Great hope Halep - How far now?

How far will Simona Halep go at the 2014 USO?


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According to Romanian media, Simona will receive the National Order "The Star of Romania" (highest civil decoration in Romania) from the Romanian President (who BTW is a tennis fan and recreational player). She will also be the flag bearer for Romania for the upcoming Olympic Games.
 
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SystemicAnomaly

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Paul Annacone on Tennis Channel and one more commentator (Paul Whartal? sp) picked Halep as the favourite to win USO in the post match analysis!
Depends, in part, on the weather and the court speed at the BJK National Tennis Center. Even tho she is incredibly fit, she tends to fade in high heat/humid conditions -- like at Melbourne and Washington DC.

The slower grass seemed to help her. Will have to see if the USO courts are as slow as they were last year. Of the 4 slams, USO is the weakest for Simona. She is 75%/76% for Wimbledon and RG. 68% win percentage for AO. Only 64% for USO.
 

SystemicAnomaly

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Kind of pointless article IMO as it's a new day and a new tournament but realistically, short of winning the title, I think a good strategic outcome for Halep at the end of the tournament would be to do better than Barty, Pliskova, Bartens and Svitolina.

Better than Bartens and Svitolina -> keep #4 ranking ahead of USO
Better than Barty and Pliskova -> close the gap with Barty and widen the gap with Pliskova in the Race and ultimately YE#1

We'll see how things will unfold on court over the next week.....
 
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Pretty classy of Halep to accept to play doubles in Toronto with Fernandez, the 16 years young Canadian who just joined the professional tour.

Probably she knows they will not go far, but she is doing it anyway. Nice gesture that speaks volumes about who she is.
 

SystemicAnomaly

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Pretty classy of Halep to accept to play doubles in Toronto with Fernandez, the 16 years young Canadian who just joined the professional tour.

Probably she knows they will not go far, but she is doing it anyway. Nice gesture that speaks volumes about who she is.
Agreed.

Simona & Leylah Annie Fernandez had a very strong showing in their 1st set winning it 6-1. But ended up losing the 2nd set & the 3rd set TB.

Leylah:
 

SystemicAnomaly

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Doubles pair Simona Halep and Leylah Fernandez
The Wimbledon champion and the French Open junior champion, who paired up at the Rogers Cup Tuesday, talk about their first-time partnership.
Watched most of their 1st set and a little bit of the end of the match TB. Was great that Leylah and Simona got off to such a great start against the seeded doubles veterans, Nicole and Kveta. The vets didn't win their serve until the 4th game. And actually that was the only game they won in the first set. They seemed stunned by the neophyte team.

It was cool that Simona let Leylah start off the match serving. Perhaps they wanted to take advantage of her left serve. Or maybe it was cuz of position of the sun. But it appeared to be overcast and shadows were very short. So I assume the match was played mid-day and the sun may not have been much of a factor.

I guess the doubles veterans got over their initial shock and was able to turn it around after the lopsided first set. They were able to elicit a few more error from Simona & Leylah and were finally able to break their serves in that 2nd set. Apparently, Kveta has been ranked as high as number one and has 33 doubles titles to her name. I believe her partner has five WTA doubles titles which would be 1 more than Simona's one doubs title.
 

tennis4me

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Anyone knows what happened to the Halep/Tecau mixed at US Open? The match was cancelled. She withdrew due to exhaustion (or is it injury?) after her loss?

They are supposed to play in the 2020 Olympics and had indicated that they tried to get as much playing time together before then.
 
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