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SamuelMertensBertens
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aka Madrit.

No Novak, but aside from that all the top players are expected to show up.

Qualies today, main draw starts tomorrow. Big guns enter later this week.
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Report SamuelMertensBertens May 2, 2024 10:34 PM BST
someone else can maybe clarify/correct.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 2, 2024 10:35 PM BST
it was an off court MTO so those are tricky to judge. Then Daniil had the trainer on later and said I am so so scared and then market go so so scared too.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 2, 2024 10:40 PM BST
Feli must be seething about the men's SF line-up!
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 2, 2024 10:46 PM BST
funny how this happens to the most sexist tournament overall while the top WTA players have all gone deep.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 2, 2024 10:55 PM BST
uh oh
Report edy May 2, 2024 10:57 PM BST
Rome will have 1/10th the WTA crowds imo. Apart from when the Paolini plays and when the other Italians all lose first round.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 2, 2024 11:20 PM BST
they will love Emma imo.
Report wisewords May 2, 2024 11:32 PM BST
real Emma or fake Emma?
Report wisewords May 2, 2024 11:34 PM BST
Ryba was 2 points away from winning today. Aryna was a huge fighter and wouldn't give in until the very last point had been played. Iga's probably going to beat her up on Saturday though but let's see!
Report edy May 3, 2024 2:25 PM BST
I don't really want to be unfair and mean to her, and it is of course always possible she was legitimately injured, but I think Martincova just did a bit of a sulk retirement.

She was down 0-6,0-1 when she retired. The somewhat peculiar thing: She had not taken a medical timeout, nor was she imo visibly injured and, best of all....she had already switched sides after the first game of the second set, taken the balls to serve ....to then drop the balls and wander to the net.
Report edy May 3, 2024 2:41 PM BST

May 2, 2024 -- 7:11PM, wisewords wrote:


were you worried about your favourite Emma today?


Worried about her today.

Report edy May 3, 2024 3:10 PM BST
Bouchard is meant to play a professional tennis tournament again next week - the W60 in Zephyr Hills.
Report edy May 3, 2024 3:14 PM BST
The WTA125 Saint-Malo matches will apparently be played/finished indoors today.
Report wisewords May 3, 2024 3:55 PM BST
hey edy, were you worried about your very favourite Arantxa Rus earlier?
Report edy May 3, 2024 3:57 PM BST
Yes, very much so.
Report wisewords May 3, 2024 3:57 PM BST
did she make you blue?
Report wisewords May 3, 2024 3:57 PM BST
so blue!
Report wisewords May 3, 2024 3:57 PM BST
Sad
Report edy May 3, 2024 3:59 PM BST
Sad
Report wisewords May 3, 2024 4:05 PM BST
did Aryn make you Happy last night?
Report edy May 3, 2024 4:06 PM BST
Sad
Report wisewords May 3, 2024 4:06 PM BST
Stearns tanked out of the stinky WTA Saint Malo
Report edy May 3, 2024 4:07 PM BST
Sad
Report wisewords May 3, 2024 4:07 PM BST
oh no, blue epidemic!
Report wisewords May 3, 2024 4:08 PM BST
quick, think wisewords! what to say...
Report wisewords May 3, 2024 4:08 PM BST
Carina Witthöft dog ears!
Report edy May 3, 2024 4:10 PM BST
Cry
Report wisewords May 3, 2024 4:14 PM BST
oh no Sad
Report wisewords May 3, 2024 4:14 PM BST
Werder Bremen didn't relegate!
Report edy May 3, 2024 4:15 PM BST
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Report edy May 3, 2024 4:16 PM BST
Werder can even still reach an international cup. If Leverkusen wins the DFB Pokal, then 8th spot would be enough for Conference League qualification from what I know. Werder is only 2 points behind the team currently occupying that spot in the Bundesliga table.
Report edy May 3, 2024 4:17 PM BST
Theoretically Werder can also still reach the Champions League, but in practice it would need a miracle.
Report wisewords May 3, 2024 4:25 PM BST
Happy
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 3, 2024 7:38 PM BST
market sure buying this Jiri MTO!
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 3, 2024 7:44 PM BST
Felix's voodoo tactics getting him to a Masters 1000 final!
Report wisewords May 3, 2024 8:21 PM BST
did they hear about your nickname for Felix and they weren't very pleased so decided to do something about it. RG final next
Report Journeyman May 4, 2024 11:22 AM BST
Indian Wells is really the only 1000 that can get away with spreading itself across 2 weeks. This is just dragging on except without any actual tennis as everyone's injured.

I hope Montgomery's looking back on what she achieved this week. She got within 2 games of putting out Sabalenka who has then gone on to beat Rybakina and DRC to reach the final. She could be a dark horse for the French Open if we ever get there.
Report wisewords May 4, 2024 3:22 PM BST
I'll see you when you get there, if you ever get there
Report wisewords May 4, 2024 3:22 PM BST
See you when you get there!
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 4, 2024 5:57 PM BST
Garbine (and Daniela) in the house!
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 4, 2024 8:15 PM BST
Phorum so dead for this WTA Big 2 final Sad
Report edy May 4, 2024 8:18 PM BST
Sad
Report england_v_south_afri May 4, 2024 8:55 PM BST
Don't post much on this forum but what a fantastic final that was between Iga and Sabalenka. Awesome !! Cool
Report wisewords May 4, 2024 8:55 PM BST
I'd hate to look into those eyes and see an ounce of pain!
Report wisewords May 4, 2024 8:56 PM BST
fully agree Col! that was a great advert for women's tennis Cool
Report wisewords May 4, 2024 8:57 PM BST

May 2, 2024 -- 11:34PM, wisewords wrote:


Ryba was 2 points away from winning today. Aryna was a huge fighter and wouldn't give in until the very last point had been played. Iga's probably going to beat her up on Saturday though but let's see!


never in doubt Crazy

Report edy May 5, 2024 2:03 PM BST
Jule Niemeier led 6-3,3-0 against upstart Argentinian Julia Riera in the W100 Wiesbaden final.

...It is now 6-3,3-6,0-3. Plain
Report edy May 5, 2024 2:04 PM BST
Terrible mid match collapse in the battle of the Joolses here.
Report edy May 5, 2024 2:05 PM BST
Sorry, it was 0-4 in the final set even when I wrote that, but Niemeier just won a game to make it 1-4.
Report edy May 5, 2024 3:02 PM BST
Krejcikova and Siegemund need to get themselves a new doubles partner. Being owned by Bucsa and Sorribes Tormo Plain
Report edy May 5, 2024 4:00 PM BST
Parks is playing Sasnovich instead of a remotely stable player tomorrow. Cry
Report edy May 5, 2024 4:15 PM BST
Lois Boisson reminds me a bit of early Taro Daniel. Subpar athlete that is best on clay as there is more time to get in position for the decent enough topspin heavy forehand. Daniel was able to improve his athleticism (a bit), hope Boisson will be able to do the same.
Report edy May 5, 2024 4:23 PM BST
Some possibly other event that can be heard in the background of the Paquet-Boisson final is playing "We are the Champions" very loudly. Must feel like a bit of a punch in the guts for Paquet, given that she is currently 0-2 down in the final set after she was two points away from a straight sets victory.
Report edy May 5, 2024 5:14 PM BST
Tsitsidosa are Tsitsipas and Badosa again (for now).

https://www.tennisforum.com/threads/badosa-and-tsitsipas-have-said-i-love-you-soulmates-but-ultimately-break-up-%F0%9F%92%94.1404264/page-33?post_id=84884738#post-84884738

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Report wisewords May 5, 2024 5:17 PM BST
poor Stefanos. Paula got bored of him
Report wisewords May 5, 2024 5:18 PM BST

May 5, 2024 -- 3:02PM, edy wrote:


Krejcikova and Siegemund need to get themselves a new doubles partner. Being owned by Bucsa and Sorribes Tormo


that scoreline is truly shocking! wtf.......

Report wisewords May 5, 2024 5:19 PM BST

May 5, 2024 -- 4:15PM, edy wrote:


Lois Boisson reminds me a bit of early Taro Daniel. Subpar athlete that is best on clay as there is more time to get in position for the decent enough topspin heavy forehand. Daniel was able to improve his athleticism (a bit), hope Boisson will be able to do the same.


she improved it enough to win the title Excited

Report edy May 5, 2024 5:19 PM BST
Krejcikova and Siegemund were 2-1 with a break in the second set. So in the first set they lost 6 consecutive games, then in the second set 5 consecutive games.

....to Bucsa/Sorribes Tormo who must be red hot favourites for RG and the olympic games. Plain
Report wisewords May 5, 2024 5:21 PM BST
CrazyCrazyCrazy
Report wisewords May 5, 2024 5:22 PM BST
I watched Bucsa/Sorribes Tormo against Nastulya and Pots. it was a fairly even match, but the Spaniards were a bit smarter and moved a little better on the surface. I expected a fairly close final, match tiebreak with BK/Lala winning
Report wisewords May 5, 2024 5:22 PM BST
not a super beatdown victory for the Spaniards. did Feli bribe Laura and BK or something?
Report edy May 5, 2024 5:23 PM BST
Beating down on Krejcikova/Siegemund sure is impressive for a team of so-so doubles players that teamed up for the very first time.
Report edy May 5, 2024 5:25 PM BST
Chemistry and knowing your partner is highly overrated.
Report wisewords May 5, 2024 5:25 PM BST
Yeah. Especially when Laura is all feisty and loves to beat down mugs with her super mental giant abilities!
Report wisewords May 5, 2024 5:26 PM BST
The other option is that BK and Laura fell out or something? was there a rumour that BK & KS might be getting back together because SH got very badly hurt?
Report wisewords May 5, 2024 5:27 PM BST
you been watching the Kasatkina vlogs lately? I'd fallen behind quite a bit, but lately have caught up quite alot and I'm currently on Indian Wells. got IW, Miami, Charleston and Madrid all super long and cool episodes to enjoy CoolExcited
Report edy May 5, 2024 5:51 PM BST
I have not really watched them in full for quite a while, only skipping to and watching some segments. The latest episode has Mirra as the big interview.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 5, 2024 6:09 PM BST

May 5, 2024 -- 5:17PM, wisewords wrote:


poor Stefanos. Paula got bored of him


love for Aryna is too strong.

Report SamuelMertensBertens May 5, 2024 6:12 PM BST
next official partner for Paula?
a) Juan Betancourt
b) Aryna Sabalenka
c) others, please specify!

next official partner for Stef?
a) Maria Sakkari
b) others, please specify!
c) will never allow himself to fall in love again.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 5, 2024 6:15 PM BST
They did last longer than I thought though, I said xmas and that would be after spending lots of the time with the Tsitsipas family? Was she with them over Easter or some Greek holiday?
Report edy May 5, 2024 6:28 PM BST
Paula - c) Some latin stud from Instagram
Stefanos - c)....Sad
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 5, 2024 6:29 PM BST
Cry
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 5, 2024 6:30 PM BST
I agree with those btw.
Report edy May 5, 2024 6:30 PM BST
Sabalenka is only into married older men. So Badosa would need a sex change, a birth certificate update and a marriage to appeal as a lover for the Belarussian.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 5, 2024 6:32 PM BST
who will be tennis's next power couple?
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 5, 2024 6:33 PM BST
they would need to be at least on Katie/Alex level so can't be Tara Moore and Conny Perrin type couple.
Report edy May 5, 2024 6:41 PM BST
Carlos Alcaraz + Charlotte Ruud
Report edy May 5, 2024 6:45 PM BST
Swede Kajsa Rinaldo Persson won the W35 title at Boca Raton earlier today btw.
Report edy May 5, 2024 6:46 PM BST
green clay
Report wisewords May 5, 2024 6:50 PM BST

May 5, 2024 -- 6:09PM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


May 5, 2024 -- 5:17PM, wisewords wrote:poor Stefanos. Paula got bored of himlove for Aryna is too strong.


when will Aryna and Paula make it official?

Report wisewords May 5, 2024 6:51 PM BST

May 5, 2024 -- 6:12PM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


next official partner for Paula? a) Juan Betancourt b) Aryna Sabalenkac) others, please specify!next official partner for Stef? a) Maria Sakkarib) others, please specify!c) will never allow himself to fall in love again.


I'm gonna say Aryna for Paula and some random non-tennis Greek woman for Stef

Report wisewords May 5, 2024 6:53 PM BST

May 5, 2024 -- 6:30PM, edy wrote:


Sabalenka is only into married older men. So Badosa would need a sex change, a birth certificate update and a marriage to appeal as a lover for the Belarussian.


did we find out what went wrong with the relationship with her former boyfriend? (rest in peace)

Report edy May 5, 2024 6:54 PM BST
no
Report wisewords May 5, 2024 6:59 PM BST
didn't think so. that was very strange. they had broken up, and she has never mentioned his passing. makes me think Aryna is quite hard under the surface when you take away that giddyness she portrays in interviews
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 5, 2024 7:27 PM BST
Felix has done his voodoo thing again.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 5, 2024 7:27 PM BST
Scared
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 5, 2024 7:32 PM BST
Diego S to retire in February 2025
https://twitter.com/dieschwartzman/status/1787159741447180503
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 5, 2024 7:55 PM BST
Felix used voodoo on himself Sad
Report wisewords May 5, 2024 8:10 PM BST
Felix trying his best to escape the midcard
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 5, 2024 8:27 PM BST
TBOTAJ on back to back nights to determine the Madrid champions?
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 5, 2024 8:28 PM BST
maybe not!
Report edy May 5, 2024 8:30 PM BST
Pfffffffffffft
Report edy May 5, 2024 8:30 PM BST

May 5, 2024 -- 7:32PM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


Diego S to retire in February 2025https://twitter.com/dieschwartzman/status/1787159741447180503


Tatsuma Ito will already retire later this year. Sad

Report edy May 5, 2024 8:30 PM BST
At the end of the year (after the Japanese tournaments probably).
Report wisewords May 5, 2024 8:57 PM BST
edy who's your hot tip for WTA Rome?
Report wisewords May 5, 2024 9:00 PM BST
Jess withdrew from Rome iydk
Report edy May 5, 2024 9:14 PM BST
Hmm......Iga? Last year she decided to retire out of precaution, but this year there is more recovery between matches.
Report wisewords May 5, 2024 9:20 PM BST
maybe Madrid took alot out of Iga mentally? but agree gotta make her favourite going into it
Report wisewords May 5, 2024 11:16 PM BST
hey edy, what do you know about these qualies wildcards:

Eleonora Alvisi (plays Gracheva)
Silvia Ambrosio (plays Golubic)
Anastasia Abbagnato (plays Tomova)
Beatrice Ricci (plays Lala)
Jennifer Ruggeri (plays Katya)
Sofia Rocchetti (plays Masarova)


Giovanni Oradini (plays Monteiro)
Francesco Passaro (plays Kovacevic)
Andrea Picchione (plays Marterer)
Samuel Vincent Ruggeri (plays Reeshard)
Francesco Maestrelli (plays Jerry Shang)


any total no hopers free monies to be had?
also any total no hopers in ITF action tomorrow or Tuesday?
thanks for all infos.


lastly, withdrawals from Rome:

Sinner
Carlos
Jiri Lehecka
SadSadSad
Report edy May 6, 2024 12:27 AM BST
Ambrosio should easily be the best player among those. She has a decent peak with decent serve and forehand (for ITF) and likes to finish points, but consistency is an issue, which limits her ability to improve in the rankings. Used to represent Germany. Had quite a bit of knee trouble last year, which limited movement and serve. Think last time I watched her she had overcome them. Normally I'd say, Golubic's crafty game can move and bedazzle inconsistent Ambrosio, but who knows what kind of shape Golubic will be in. She's been out for a number of months.

Feel like I have watched most of the other women one time or another and feel they are all run off the mill underpowered lower level ITF clay player. The type that will rally with you, then rally some more with you while lacking any serving, ability to hit winners without going for total broke (ending in errors more often than not) and often a backhand that isn't a moonball or a one handed mess of a slice. I have seen too much to subscribe to the idea of free money, but I think they are probably all almost-no-hopers. The odds all reflect that though.

Siegemund obviously has a rather short turnaround from Madrid doubles, but Ricci doesn't have a backhand....like at all.

Male Ruggeri is a tall dude that is always looking to be aggressive instead of playing long rallies, probably partly because he is not one of the Sinner/Zverev/Medvedev tall super movers, but rather like the tall subpar movers of the past/lower levels. You know, the type of player that will cause trouble for either his opponent or for himself, depending on whether his rather offensive approach finds him winners or errors on the given day.

Maestrelli I watched beat Munar last year. Lanky dude, more eager to go into rallies with you than Ruggeri is, but will and can go for the winner if the opportunity presents itself. Tame first serve from what I remember.

Oradini is just a very average clay rallier. Will rally all day with you, but lacks power or anything that sets him apart. Leftie.

Passaro is quite good. Nothing that outstanding in his game either, but good at everything. Can definitely hit winners. Watched him be somewhat mentally unstable a few weeks ago though.

Picchione....don't remember ever having seen him.

ITF action on Mondays is often very limited. Most of the stuff is qualies and main draws are usually not published at this time. From a quick look, only Trnava and Sopo (very high altitude) will play a few main draw matches tomorrow.
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