2020 Dubai Championships - WTA Premier. Kim Clijsters returns!

Who will win Dubai?


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flyingboris

Hall of Fame
Here we go!

Edit: couple unforced in the first game, but Rybakina holds. Both players not quite going for broke yet.

Ryberror on the court! By which I mean: couple of sky-high shanks just now.

On the upside: two service return winners by Rybakina in the second in the second game. Looks like Halep is going to have a tough day serving..

Halep saves a break point to win her first service game. 1-1

Game 3, Rybakina plays horrible drop shot. Hope that's a one off.. (still gets away with it). She holds. 2-1

Game 4, Simona's second double fault. Maybe she's feeling the pressure? Couple of absolute bullets by Elena, but Halep retrieves both. Halep holds, but she's doing some serious running around the court! 2-2

Game 5: There's now been a couple of points (3? 4?) where Rybakina tries to pull the trigger, but hits the top of the net. Maybe a tad too over eager. Still, she holds. 3-2. Halep is angry, swats a ball away. Nice balanced match so far. Forum posts: not so balanced.

Game 6: Another deuce game for Halep. She's certainly being tested! ... and Rybakina breaks! 4*-2

Game 7: I got distracted, but looked relatively straightforward. 5-2 Rybakina, Halep to serve.

Game 8: love hold for Halep, 5-3. Rybakina serving for the set.

Game 9: 30-30. Rybakina just hit a backhand halfway down the net. Easy girl.. Double fault. Deuce.. Lucky net cord for Halep, Elena saves it with good net play. Second set point... INCREDIBLE SECOND SERVE RETURN WINNER by Simona. Deuce. Second lucky net cord by Simona, break point. Ace! Deuce. Double fault! Ad Simona. Some good ground strokes, deuce! ... set point 3...

Elena takes the first set!
 
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flyingboris

Hall of Fame
Some stellar play by Halep right now. Epic.

Edit: but Elena survived, getting to 2-4. Then Simona loses her service game at love, maybe failing to break again rattled her? Either way, back on serve!
 

flyingboris

Hall of Fame
I'm not quite sure what we're learning here. Elena is.. unpredictable? Edit: I guess we're learning: inconsistent depth, and predictable direction.

Rybakina forehand placement:
 
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flyingboris

Hall of Fame
I don't like it when coaches shake their head, like 'nonono, you shouldn't hit in the net'. Really coach? Good point!

Edit: Elena holds despite a negative coach :) She could use a quick service game at some point though!
 

flyingboris

Hall of Fame
I can't watch this match but Rybakina reminds me of Maria's in term of movement and game.
Hadn't noticed. Notably absent: screeching, and facing the back wall fist pumping while making everybody wait. :)

Edit: spoke too soon, she does walk to the back wall between service points :unsure:
 
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zvelf

Professional
Two poor games from both players as Rybakina gives the break right back. Rybakina's going to have to work on mental fortitude to add to her phenomenal forehand.
 

zvelf

Professional
I first noticed Rybakina when I got front row seats, well, a bench on court 14 at last year's U.S. Open to see Rybakina & Natela Dzalamidze drop a close one to Maria Sakkari & Ajla Tomljanovic 6-7 (2-7), 6-4, 7-5. I had no idea then she had the ability to string together 4 finals this year.
 

flyingboris

Hall of Fame
OMG, what a return again! Rybakina hasn't been dominating as much on the return as I though at the outset, but still some pretty good ones.
 
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