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AgaRadwanska

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    AgaRadwanska reacted to 38sdk1 in Wimbledon 2021   
    I think there’s been a mistake - this is the Wimbledon tennis forum.
    You must be looking for the ‘baseless rants without evidence, hidden in amongst lots of long words’ forum.
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    AgaRadwanska reacted to 38sdk1 in Wimbledon 2021   
    Very strange match. Obviously nerves got the better of both of them, and neither did themselves justice. 
    Yeah, that game where Barty won points by hitting the lines three times in a row was ridiculous - she deserved to be at least 15-30 down, if not 0-40, and yet she’s sitting at 40-0. Having said that, Pliskova had at least three consecutive net cords go in her favour - two at a crucial time, in the second set tie-break - so I wouldn’t say that luck especially favoured one player over the other, across the whole match.
    Then, towards the end, they ended up playing several bizarre doubles-like, or exhibition-like rallies, in and around the net - it’s like they’d both forgotten how to play their normal games by that point.
    There are so many players in the women’s game who are of a relatively similar level, it will be difficult for Pliskova to reach another Grand Slam final - although there’s no reason she can’t, if she plays to the level she did this week. I hope that isn’t her last experience of a Grand Slam final, because as mentioned previously, there are worse players than her in the current women’s field, who have Grand Slam titles to their name. Her movement on court isn’t great at all, but in her defence, I think a lot of that is a consequence of her height, rather than a deficiency on her part.
    It’s a pity that Barty’s strengths are so different to Naomi Osaka, because we won’t really get the chance to see them going toe-to-toe at their best. Osaka is so good and so dominant on hard courts, whereas Barty’s game seems much more at home on grass, and perhaps clay, two surfaces that Osaka is yet to master. Maybe over time, one of them will become better on another surface, and we will see some interesting matches between the two.
    For now, it’s Osaka who is the better player for me, given that tennis is on the whole a hard court sport. Hopefully when the pandemic and injuries settle down, we can see some great contests at the hard court Grand Slams, between not just those two, but also Andreescu, Halep, Kenin, Swiatek, and anyone else who wishes to regularly raise their game to best-in-the-world sort of level.
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    AgaRadwanska reacted to 38sdk1 in Wimbledon 2021   
    Show a bit of respect. There’s no need to resort to personal insults like that.
    Nothing ‘gutless’ about it anyway - surely most human beings would expect to be horribly nervous in that situation?
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    AgaRadwanska reacted to Torque in Wimbledon 2021   
    The problem for Sabalenka that manifested against Pliskova is the same problem she's always had - namely she doesn't seem to have the ability to do anything other than hit the ball hard. Against most players, and on good days of which she has plenty, she blasts through whoever she's playing against and is able to rack up win after win and because she's winning the deficiencies in her game are masked over. But they've always been there. Plan A is hit the ball hard, Plan B is hit the ball harder and she doesn't seem to be able to adapt and adjust her game during a match.
    The best example of that against Pliskova was being in control of about 4 or 5 rallies and being in a position half-way up the court to put the ball away and win the point, and she kept going to Pliskova's forehand and losing the point. Someone like Barty might play that shot once, maybe twice, but come the third time they'd be going down the backhand side having realised that going to the forehand wasn't working. If she's to take her game to the next level, she really needs to work on tactics and point construction and also awareness of how a match is going so that she can try to change what she's doing if it isn't working.
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    AgaRadwanska got a reaction from Torque in Wimbledon 2021   
    It's tough. We look at their H2Hs, and recent performances stick in our minds (KP's 6-0 6-0 double-bagel defeat at Rome for one). I did also think Sabalenka would win this one, albeit in a closer match. 
    Sabalenka served well for most of the match and did actually save 8/10 BPs, but otherwise looked stuck for answers vs. Pliskova's serve. She just couldn't return the ball. KP was calmness personified, and didn't make costly errors. It could and perhaps should have been 2-0 Pliskova though, which the number of chances to break that she had. Sabalenka created just one break point across the 3 sets!
    The problem with comparing the ''Legends'' of women's tennis to today's top 10 crop is that you're thinking of them in their absolute prime, vs. current players who aren't necessarily in their prime right now. Coco Gauff has a very, very high ceiling, as does Iga Swiatek. They're 17 and 20 respectively. Barty is an incredible player and is only 25. Osaka (23) and Halep are great players, but are not currently at their best for obvious reasons.
    imo today the overall skill level is a lot more evened out across the top 20-30 players than 15+ years ago, meaning that we do tend to see a lot of different players running deep in Grand Slams/winning silverware. There's no one player in the women's game who's absolutely crushing and winning 3-4 grand slams each year like Serena, Venus, Graff, Seles, Martina etc once did. Maybe in a few years someone will emerge and be that crusher, but who knows. 
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    AgaRadwanska got a reaction from CzechPunter in Wimbledon 2021   
    It's tough. We look at their H2Hs, and recent performances stick in our minds (KP's 6-0 6-0 double-bagel defeat at Rome for one). I did also think Sabalenka would win this one, albeit in a closer match. 
    Sabalenka served well for most of the match and did actually save 8/10 BPs, but otherwise looked stuck for answers vs. Pliskova's serve. She just couldn't return the ball. KP was calmness personified, and didn't make costly errors. It could and perhaps should have been 2-0 Pliskova though, which the number of chances to break that she had. Sabalenka created just one break point across the 3 sets!
    The problem with comparing the ''Legends'' of women's tennis to today's top 10 crop is that you're thinking of them in their absolute prime, vs. current players who aren't necessarily in their prime right now. Coco Gauff has a very, very high ceiling, as does Iga Swiatek. They're 17 and 20 respectively. Barty is an incredible player and is only 25. Osaka (23) and Halep are great players, but are not currently at their best for obvious reasons.
    imo today the overall skill level is a lot more evened out across the top 20-30 players than 15+ years ago, meaning that we do tend to see a lot of different players running deep in Grand Slams/winning silverware. There's no one player in the women's game who's absolutely crushing and winning 3-4 grand slams each year like Serena, Venus, Graff, Seles, Martina etc once did. Maybe in a few years someone will emerge and be that crusher, but who knows. 
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    AgaRadwanska got a reaction from Torque in Wimbledon 2021   
    some (all) of your takes are genuinely horrific.
    she's the world number one for a reason. Luck didn't get her there. Graft did, and is why she'll be a multiple GS winner before long. I suppose she got lucky today too? 
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    AgaRadwanska got a reaction from Torque in Wimbledon 2021   
    ''Serve not particularly good?'' Who are you even comparing her too, Berrettini? Sampras? Serena? 8 aces today (to Kerber's zero) and a 1st points won of 88%.  
    I watched both matches live (at center court) today. Ash deservedly won, by playing an outstanding all-round game. Kerber played well also btw, but Barty was just too good for too much of the match. Kerber had to work sooo hard to win points off Ash. 
    Sabalenka on the other hand... has a very big serve, as you mentioned. That's kind of it though. She can't control a rally. She doesn't move well, and today she got massively outplayed, and didn't have an answer. Why? Because her game is built around keeping points as short as possible. When a point goes over 3 shots she can't really compete because she either over-hits, or the ball gets smashed into the net. 
    it's fair to also say, this is as good as I've ever seen Karolina Pliskova play.
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    AgaRadwanska got a reaction from CzechPunter in Wimbledon 2021   
    some (all) of your takes are genuinely horrific.
    she's the world number one for a reason. Luck didn't get her there. Graft did, and is why she'll be a multiple GS winner before long. I suppose she got lucky today too? 
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    AgaRadwanska got a reaction from CzechPunter in Wimbledon 2021   
    Isn't Linette quite prone to losing matches from winning positions? Cirstea, Jabeur, Kvitova all spring to mind in past couple of months.
    Anyway lets all sit back and enjoy the tennis, as Viktorija Golubic somehow wins Wimbledon. 
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    AgaRadwanska reacted to CzechPunter in Wimbledon 2021   
    Well, Federer's preferential treatment might just get him a chance against Medvedev, who'll have to play three days straight now. I watched him against Mannarino and the Frenchman could've won there without the injury, Federer wasn't dealing with the pressure at all. Caught a good break there and has improved, but it shouldn't be enough to beat Medvedev, right? With Rublev folding against Fucsovics today, Djokovic has been handed things on the platter as well. Fucsovics in the Qs and Shapovalov/Khachanov in the semis, two players that can't handle the pressure.
    Novak Djokovic to win Wimbledon 2021 at 1.44 with Bet365
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    AgaRadwanska reacted to owenclass in Wimbledon 2021   
    Well that was an interesting day
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    AgaRadwanska got a reaction from CzechPunter in Wimbledon 2021   
    I have and he wasn't great in the grass warm up tourneys. He servebots sets but so many errors, vs. obscure opponents. 
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    AgaRadwanska got a reaction from Hermes in Wimbledon 2021   
    Mikael Ymer to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at 1.95 with William Hill
    Someone posted a little while ago how bad Tsonga has been since returning from injury, and in particular against Gerasimov (his only grass match since 2019). Ymer has played at a decent level recently, defeating Monfils and Carballes Baena at the French Open - before losing 3-0 to Sinner. Ymer will have a big fitness edge, and the confidence that comes from actually winning matches. 
    Tsonga on the other hand has won 1 match since the end of 2019. In 2021 his win:loss is 1:6. He has won a total of 3/17 sets played. 
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    AgaRadwanska got a reaction from darko08 in Wimbledon 2021   
    Mikael Ymer to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at 1.95 with William Hill
    Someone posted a little while ago how bad Tsonga has been since returning from injury, and in particular against Gerasimov (his only grass match since 2019). Ymer has played at a decent level recently, defeating Monfils and Carballes Baena at the French Open - before losing 3-0 to Sinner. Ymer will have a big fitness edge, and the confidence that comes from actually winning matches. 
    Tsonga on the other hand has won 1 match since the end of 2019. In 2021 his win:loss is 1:6. He has won a total of 3/17 sets played. 
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    AgaRadwanska got a reaction from CzechPunter in Wimbledon 2021   
    Mikael Ymer to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at 1.95 with William Hill
    Someone posted a little while ago how bad Tsonga has been since returning from injury, and in particular against Gerasimov (his only grass match since 2019). Ymer has played at a decent level recently, defeating Monfils and Carballes Baena at the French Open - before losing 3-0 to Sinner. Ymer will have a big fitness edge, and the confidence that comes from actually winning matches. 
    Tsonga on the other hand has won 1 match since the end of 2019. In 2021 his win:loss is 1:6. He has won a total of 3/17 sets played. 
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    AgaRadwanska reacted to four-leaf in Wimbledon 2021   
    Fritz has had an operation and just returned in time for SW19 so his level of fitness should be lower than usual.
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    AgaRadwanska got a reaction from CzechPunter in French Open 2021   
    somewhat surprising that no-one nailed the Krejcikova vs. Pavlyuchenkova final pre-tournament really.
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    AgaRadwanska reacted to darko08 in French Open 2021   
    Tsitsipas + Nadal at 1.90 with bet365
    I add this one for tomorrow. The reasons why I think the greek will beat Zverev are in my other bet pending and the reasons why I think Nadal will beat Nole are in my previous post.
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    AgaRadwanska reacted to liquidglass in French Open 2021   
    I am even more tempted to go with Krejikova after reading a comment like this. Losing money in style is the natural default state of a gambler so one will not be doing anything really different going with a favorite like Sakkaraki as you have preferred to call her. Sakkari has always looked like this female Lion that you have described. It certainly did not come into view after her victory over Iga. And by the way Iga had been long overdue for a heavy defeat as players were now beginning to catch up with her game. This is something that every player has to go through till they rediscover themselves a second time, We saw that with players with Muguruza, and recently with Kenin, Vekic, Kerber . Some players never quite make it back like Bouchard. In what has certainly been a very erratic and strange tournament I almost feel the best way forward is to only play with what you can afford to lose then aim to lose it in style to have a chance of winning. I strongly feel that Krejikova is the best on the field left especially with her very convincing 2-0 h2h over Sakkari. the set score in both cases will clearly suggest that Krej is master. Nothing would have changed much. I feel the bookies much have had some balls to make Sakkari favorite. Anyone who beats the tournament favorite should be favorite in their opinion. After all What do they care if such thinking has the potential to drown a few unsuspecting punters.
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    AgaRadwanska got a reaction from K8a in French Open 2021   
    p.s woah, Djokovic rage. any Serbian translators in the building?
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    AgaRadwanska got a reaction from CzechPunter in French Open 2021   
    p.s woah, Djokovic rage. any Serbian translators in the building?
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    AgaRadwanska reacted to CzechPunter in French Open 2021   
    Shocked by some of the results today, I reckon it's high time to start looking at the grass matches!
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    AgaRadwanska got a reaction from delfino in French Open 2021   
    The only decent player Sakkari has come past so far is Elise Mertens. Kenin was utterly woeful. Yes this is a huge opportunity for her - as in, she may not come up against a weaker field than this deep in a grand slam, but I just can't envision her coming past Swiatek. If she does, somehow, then maybe it could be her year. Great potential for sure. 
    As I said pre-tournament, my dark horse is Paula Badosa. I think she has the game to defeat Iga on her day, and her route to the final seems very possible. you only need to watch her 2-0 win vs. Barty in Charleston to see how good she can be. 
    Pavs also very impressive to come from a set down to defeat Vika and Sabalenka - although Sabalenka did kind of defeat herself a bit. Her match vs. Rybakina will be a fun one. 
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    AgaRadwanska got a reaction from CzechPunter in French Open 2021   
    The only decent player Sakkari has come past so far is Elise Mertens. Kenin was utterly woeful. Yes this is a huge opportunity for her - as in, she may not come up against a weaker field than this deep in a grand slam, but I just can't envision her coming past Swiatek. If she does, somehow, then maybe it could be her year. Great potential for sure. 
    As I said pre-tournament, my dark horse is Paula Badosa. I think she has the game to defeat Iga on her day, and her route to the final seems very possible. you only need to watch her 2-0 win vs. Barty in Charleston to see how good she can be. 
    Pavs also very impressive to come from a set down to defeat Vika and Sabalenka - although Sabalenka did kind of defeat herself a bit. Her match vs. Rybakina will be a fun one. 
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