2019 Italian Open - WTA Thread

Who gains the title?


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After seeing Vika play SW in the AO, I’ve really come to admire her and her game. Even her owl noise she makes doesn’t seem to bother me anymore.lol. She’s been on the tour for some time now, I’d like to see her win another title.

Edit: I’ve never seen players have to play two matches in a day.
Halep did twice last year at Canada and Cincy making final both.
 

D-Lite

Semi-Pro
If players are continually withdrawing from Premier Mandatory events less than 2 weeks before a slam, perhaps the calendar needs reshuffling so that these events finish 2 weeks before? Of course some of these players need to get a grip and actually have a thirst to win these events before a slam too.
I get the impression the Osaka camp are being extremely cautious as they probably imagine she has a good shot at another slam or two this year, but also she could do with playing in form players like Bertens on clay before the French begins, surely?
For me, it seems too many players are playing light schedules as if they're legend level like SW, VW etc - they don't have the experience advantage of these kinds of players when encountering an in form player who has been playing a fair amount more than they have.
 
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Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
Bertens looking for a Kerber like late career surge and she’s delivering so far.

Up to #4 with her second Premier+ title in 12 months. Has no points to defend in Rome and only 3R points at the French Open where she has to now be one of the favourites for the title. She could leave Paris #1. She’ll move to #3 in the live rankings on Monday as Kerber will lose her QF points as she withdrew from Rome.
Bertens is now just one win away from overtaking Halep and becoming world #2.

She is one Vondrousova or Konta match away from being the #2 seed at the French Open..

The former SFist there and incredibly gifted clay player also only has 3R points to defend in Paris. She is looking like she’ll be #1 by the end of the French Open!
 

AM75

Hall of Fame
If players are continually withdrawing from Premier Mandatory events less than 2 weeks before a slam, perhaps the calendar needs reshuffling so that these events finish 2 weeks before? Of course some of these players need to get a grip and actually have a thirst to win these events before a slam too.
I get the impression the Osaka camp are being extremely cautious as they probably imagine she has a good shot at another slam or two this year, but also she could do with playing in form players like Bertens on clay before the French begins, surely?
For me, it seems too many players are playing light schedules as if they're legend level like SW, VW etc - they don't have the experience advantage of these kinds of players when encountering an in form player who has been playing a fair amount more than they have.
Those "many players" do so many tournaments because they need money and ranking points, it's as simple as that.
 

PDJ

G.O.A.T.
Watched the Stosur doubles, and as much as I like her, she blew it for her and her partner.
 

AM75

Hall of Fame
Not in the Top Twenty! Check out their earnings!
Who speaks about top 20? Those are players who have more balances schedule and also cash appearance fees. But go below top 50, or better top 100. Their life is not easy, and they simply have to play almost at every occasion.
 

PDJ

G.O.A.T.
Who speaks about top 20? Those are players who have more balances schedule and also cash appearance fees. But go below top 50, or better top 100. Their life is not easy, and they simply have to play almost at every occasion.
But we are talking about this tournament- mostly highly ranked players that have retired.
 

fundrazer

Legend
Vondrousova just ran out of energy today after spending 4+ hours playing yesterday.
Rain on Wednesday really ruined what could have been a great event. Still some good matches, but not what we could have gotten.

I don't know if they could have done it, but pushing things to Monday would have been a more fair approach to the players. Thiem also mentioned that organizers apparently kept all of the players around until after 7 on Wednesday night. Doesn't make any sense.
 

fundrazer

Legend
Well it's back on serve. Sakkari's coach says stay with the plan, it will work, but keep bombarding the backhand.

Really that is the play. Just have to be ready for the bailout dropshot Kiki goes for when she's pressured too much.
 
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fundrazer

Legend
Point like that I think Sakkari should have just gone for a yolo winner though. You're never getting back in the point running corner to corner like that.
 

fundrazer

Legend
Maybe I should be a coach :p First thing Sakkari's coach says is you need to be closer on the baseline.

She doesn't seem to have confidence right now though. Pleading to him for support on every point.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
After seeing Vika play SW in the AO, I’ve really come to sadmire her and her game. Even her owl noise she makes doesn’t seem to bother me anymore.lol. She’s been on the tour for some time now, I’d like to see her win another title.

Edit: I’ve never seen players have to play two matches in a day.
It happened several times last year. The Rogers Cup and Cincy both comes to mind.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/10/sports/tennis/citi-open-rogers-cup-rain-delays.html
 
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Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
If Pliskova and Bertens win their SF (which seems likely), the two will then battle for not only the title but also for the #2 ranking.

It puts them both in a good position for the French Open as both Pliskova and Bertens only have 3R points to defend.

It's going to be so tight at the French for the #1 spot. Osaka, Pliskova, Bertens and Kvitova with just 3R points and then Kerber has QF points to defend.
So I believe it'll just be those 5 fighting for the top spot and possibly Barty depending on how well she does in Strasbourg. Halep can't leave as #1 even if she defends her title.
 
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