St. Petersburg, R2 Halep b Konjuh after a very tight game, with hard hitting. Konjuh hits FH with an extended arm, for lots of leverage. Very dangerous player. Good elements: coming to the net, swinging volleys. Missing: slice, which would have helped with a power player. Halep played a cool, controlled game. Good to see her move well. Small band under left knee: probably to protect against patella tendonitis, like Nadal had once. Worrying: she seems to have lost serious weight just in the last 2 weeks. Was it recommended to make her speedier or to reduce the load on the knees (see above)? Next Natalia Vikhlyantseva, who beat Kasatkina, both 19. Tall girl, Natalia.