2020 Dubai Championships - WTA Premier. Kim Clijsters returns!

Who will win Dubai?


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spystud

G.O.A.T.
Found this in the ol’ rule book...

vii. Wild Card Maximum

Except as otherwise set forth herein, the maximum number of Wild Cards a player may receive into singles Premier and International Tournaments during a Tour Year is six (6), with a maximum of three (3) allowed in the Main Draw. This maximum does not apply to Wild Cards accepted into Grand Slams. Wild Cards accepted into Women’s ITF World Tennis Tour events and WTA 125Ks count separately.

The maximum number of Wild Cards a player may receive into singles WTA 125Ks during the calendar year is three (3). These Wild Cards are in addition to the maximum number of Wild Cards allowed in Premier/International Tournaments.

It is the player’s responsibility to track the number of Wild Cards she has used.
 

AM75

Hall of Fame
Absolutely baffled by next weeks entry list for Acapulco and Doha.

Why on earth is #12 Keys playing an International instead of Premier 5 Doha? She must be getting one hell of a payday to skip a Premier 5 tournament offering up to 900 points for a tournament that will get her a max 280 points. It makes sense for #2 seed Sloane since she's ranked #34 and is 0-3 this year but Keys made the Brisbane final and AO 3R and would've been the 10th seed. Could genuinely have gone deep in Doha.
Maybe Keys doesn‘t want to stress herself travelling that far. If she‘s in the USA right now it wont make sense to fly to Doha and then right back.
 

helixx

Hall of Fame
Is there a limit to how many wildcards a player can get a year? Might be a good idea for Clijsters to take one into Acapulco. Much weaker draw, could go far and bring up that ranking. Unless she's saving all the wildcards for the big tournaments.
Former n1 can get unlimited amount of wcs.

edit: its for the grandslam winners and wta final winners.
 

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
Maybe Keys doesn‘t want to stress herself travelling that far. If she‘s in the USA right now it wont make sense to fly to Doha and then right back.
You could make that argument for pretty much any tournament that's not in the USA. It's a Premier 5 tournament after all.
 

spystud

G.O.A.T.
Brady breadsticks Vondrousova in the 3rd.
KP murdered French Kiki, 1 & 2.
Garbine in 3 long ones over Kudermetova.
Martic routine in straights over Strycova.
 

D-Lite

Semi-Pro
Why is Muguruza so lousy in her H2H with Ka. Pliskova? I'm glad they're in opposite halves of the draw.
It'll be interesting to see what Rybakina can do here, as Pliskova actually plays well in standard WTA tournaments.

Jabeur takes the 1st set 6-1 vs. Halep.
 

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
Dubai QF's:
(1) Halep v (7) Sabalenka
(Q) Brady v (9/WC) Muguruza
(8) Martic v Kontaveit
(SE) Rybakina v (2) Pliskova

Pretty darn good lineup.

Wimbledon champ v Wuhan champ
Brisbane QFist v Aus Open runner up (and 2x slam champ)
French Open QFist v Aus Open QFist
Most match wins of 2020 v Brisbane champ and world #3.
 

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
Brady backing up her good Brisbane run.

Won 3 qualifying matches in Brisbane and then notched wins over Sharapova and #1 Barty before losing to Petra.
Won 3 qualifying matches this week in Dubai and then beat #6 Svitolina and Vondrousova. Now faces Muguruza
 
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Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
Pliskova drops the first, has three break points to start the second set but can't convert any. Then gets broken.

Rybakina now up 7-6 2-0.
 

flyingboris

Hall of Fame
Dubai QF's:
(1) Halep v (7) Sabalenka
(Q) Brady v (9/WC) Muguruza
(8) Martic v Kontaveit
(SE) Rybakina v (2) Pliskova

Pretty darn good lineup.

Wimbledon champ v Wuhan champ
Brisbane QFist v Aus Open runner up (and 2x slam champ)
French Open QFist v Aus Open QFist
Most match wins of 2020 v Brisbane champ and world #3.
You probably guessed from all the "Likes", but I really appreciate these summaries. I keep up with tennis, but I certainly don't have all this info ready in my mind. It's great to read your posts to put the matches in context. So once in words rather than with an upvote: Thanks!
 
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D-Lite

Semi-Pro
So it's Rybakina vs Halep or Sabalenka in the SFs - I'm excited for this one either way. Really intrigued to see what Rybakina can do this year if this form continues. SFs Halep will be a challenge with plenty of match play, and likewise Sabalenka as late in to tournaments she's often a lot more dialled in and dangerous. I'm hoping the winner of this half of the draw takes the title.
 
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So it's Rybakina vs Halep or Sabalenka in the SFs - I'm excited for this one either way. Really intrigued to see what Rybakina can do this year if this form continues. SFs Halep will be a challenge with plenty of match play, and likewise Sabalenka as late in to tournaments she's often a lot more dialled in and dangerous. I'm hoping the winner of this half of the draw takes the title.
nope. Rybakina vs Martic (Beatable)
Halep vs Brady (Beatable)

What's up with Brady? crop up some good results recently. She trolls a lot on insta.
 

flyingboris

Hall of Fame
Martic starts well, breaking Rybakina in the first game. Game two: Rybakina has break point. Is it going to be one of those matches?
 

D-Lite

Semi-Pro
nope. Rybakina vs Martic (Beatable)
Halep vs Brady (Beatable)

What's up with Brady? crop up some good results recently. She trolls a lot on insta.
I've no idea how I got that one wrong - I try and check the draw after every round, so clearly I'm not paying enough attention when I do. Yeah, I'm disappointed Garbine fell to Brady... I guess that's what I signed up to being a fan.
Rybakina down 4-1 in the 2nd, after nabbing the first... I'd love to see her play Halep in the final.
 

tennis4me

Hall of Fame
Don't remember watching the 20yo Rybakina's match before until today. She surely looks very promising. Gutsy play on many saved match set points. Big serve too.

I'd like to see Halep v Rybakina final.
 
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D-Lite

Semi-Pro
Sheesh Rybakina is just winning matches like crazy. She might win a slam this year.
She's doing brilliantly to make so many finals but she lost handily in Shenzen and last week in St. Petersburg, so I'm wondering how clutch she can be in finals realistically. I think this final if she plays Halep will be interesting as she's just had the experience of a final against Bertens, a top 10 player, last week (albeit not a slam champ).
 

slipgrip93

New User
I saw Rybakina's dictating playing vs. Kenin where she seems to prefer her powerful backhand weapon along with her nice serve. Seeming sweet mellow or humble personality so far, and focus on court, thankfully no need for a scream or grunt on every strike, kind of refreshing/throwback to me.
 
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Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
Rybakina into her 4th final of the year. I repeat that in 2018 and 2019, the most finals made by a player in the entire year was 6. February isn’t even over and she’s 2/3rds of the way there.
 

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
Russia ought to be kicking themselves lettinng Rybakina slip away. Russia has had a lot of talent but a lot of it has slipped away. Kasatkina just plummeted as soon as she got into the top 10 and now she’s out of the top 60. Makarova announced her retirement last month. Sharapova is as good as done. Kuznetsova and Pavlyuchenkova are still around but not top 10 worthy. Gone are the days of Dementieva, Zvonareva, Safina and Kirilenko.

At the end of 2009 Russia had four players inside the top 10, now they have 0 in the top 25.
 

insideguy

Legend
Russia ought to be kicking themselves lettinng Rybakina slip away. Russia has had a lot of talent but a lot of it has slipped away. Kasatkina just plummeted as soon as she got into the top 10 and now she’s out of the top 60. Makarova announced her retirement last month. Sharapova is as good as done. Kuznetsova and Pavlyuchenkova are still around but not top 10 worthy. Gone are the days of Dementieva, Zvonareva, Safina and Kirilenko.

At the end of 2009 Russia had four players inside the top 10, now they have 0 in the top 25.
I have always been curious about the Russian tennis system. They seem very capable of producing many many good players but very few great ones. I wonder why that is.
 

TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
Rybakina into her 4th final of the year. I repeat that in 2018 and 2019, the most finals made by a player in the entire year was 6. February isn’t even over and she’s 2/3rds of the way there.
She is definitely one to watch. I like her game very surgical, reminds of Pliskova and the height too.
 

helixx

Hall of Fame
Russia ought to be kicking themselves lettinng Rybakina slip away. Russia has had a lot of talent but a lot of it has slipped away. Kasatkina just plummeted as soon as she got into the top 10 and now she’s out of the top 60. Makarova announced her retirement last month. Sharapova is as good as done. Kuznetsova and Pavlyuchenkova are still around but not top 10 worthy. Gone are the days of Dementieva, Zvonareva, Safina and Kirilenko.

At the end of 2009 Russia had four players inside the top 10, now they have 0 in the top 25.
You can read about the topic in this tgread. Kazachstan is buying players. I already mentioned it 2 years ago that they bought Rybakina and russian junior n1. Dunno where he is at but Rybakina was a pretty good buy :notworthy:

 
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