2021 WTA week of 10/18; Moscow 500 & Spain 250

fundrazer

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Shame Rybakina and Vondrousova got matched up in the first round. I like both so it's disappointing to have one knocked out in first round.

Have a bet on Kudermetova tomorrow. Went under 19.5 games which is maybe a little dodgy for her, but she's playing a Russian junior whose game seems a bit defensive (made semis of RG juniors I think though). Thinking Kudermetova will have a lot of free points on serve but we will see. Only worried that she could start spraying if her opponent goes into lockdown mode.
 

Harry_Wild

G.O.A.T.
No Emma Raducanu! She just signed on to a new coach Esteban Carril who got fired by Konta when she was at her peak back in 2016! LOL! It only on a trial basis, however!
 
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fundrazer

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Jabeur dropped first set 6-1 to Alexandrova and retired. Deserves a break with all the tennis she's been playing.
 

fundrazer

Legend
Didn't necessarily think about the quick turnaround from playing the doubles final to landing in Moscow for this tourney. Still think Kudermetova should be able to close this out fairly easily, but we never know.
 

fundrazer

Legend
Well Kudermetova cruising along on serve so far. Up a break to start as well, 3-1.

Looking for that double break now though, 0-30.
 

fundrazer

Legend
Meh...few poor points after opening up that 0-30 lead. Had a decent approach but left one loopy ball that dropped in.
 

fundrazer

Legend
Selekhmeteva rattled off 4 games in a row and took the first set 6-4. Kudermetova was so solid through the first 4 or 5 games, although maybe Selekhmeteva also needed some time to settle in.

Probably kills my bet but we will see. Need her to win this set now, 6-3 or better.
 

fundrazer

Legend
Kudermetova actually having a lot of trouble with this lefty serve swinging into the body now. She is trying to take most of them as forehands but it's just not working out for her.

2-1 for Selekhmeteva in the second with Kudermetova to serve.
 

fundrazer

Legend
Hopefully Selekhmeteva can rally off two more games and close this out, but it will be tough. Hasn't had any looks on Kudermetova's serve this set.

Svitolina down 1-4 is a big LOL from me.
 

fundrazer

Legend
Selekhmeteva won 15 points on return so over half of those game in the span of 2 return games. She's barely had any looks at all in this second set.

Kudermetova with the mini break in the tie breaker.
 

fundrazer

Legend
Really poor service game from Rybakina and Vondrousova is serving for the match. Was learning towards her slightly before the match, but not confident enough, especially considering that loss to Golubic in IW.
 

fundrazer

Legend
Woah.... Basiclina lost to Osorio Serrano. That's really surprising considering Maria's recent hardcourt results (not good).
 

fundrazer

Legend
Pavs having an easy time with Pera so far.

Had 40-0 in this service game but Pera fighting back. Pavs responds with an ace and an unreturned slice serve down the t. 5-1
 

fundrazer

Legend
Yeah rough start time. It's a combined event and there were 4 or 5 matches before this one, and I think all but one of them went three sets.

Good on Pavs to come out so strong in this first set though. Hopefully she wraps it up in two and gets to bed a little earlier. lol
 

fundrazer

Legend
Forehand dtl from Pavs to Pera's forehand has been a great shot for her this match. In fact I think any time she gets Pera running to that forehand side she's taking charge of the point.

Good stuff, she's up a break to start the 2nd.
 

fundrazer

Legend
Vondrousova having an easy time with Tsurenko. Had a small hiccup serving for the set at 5-2 and dropped serve, but immediately broke gain for a 6-3 first set. Tsurenko hasn't really been able to get the ball through her.
 

fundrazer

Legend
Had Kontaveit and Vondrousova 2:0 today so I am happy with that. I also like both girls so it's good to see them keeping their good form going.
 

fundrazer

Legend
Osorio Serrano looking to follow up her win over Svitolina, won the first set against Sherif! Following the Murray match at the moment, but I have the scores on for her and would be happy to see her win again.
 

fundrazer

Legend
Now I'm watching. She busted out the jumping 2 hander against one of the moonballs from Sherif.

Up a break 4-2. Vamos!
 
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