WTA week of 2/5; Abu Dhabi 500 & Transylvania 250

spystud

Talk Tennis Guru
Quite the difference in host countries this week.

Abu Dhabi draw

Rybakina/Jabeur/Sakkari/Krejcikova get R1 byes. Some damn good matches for a 28-player field.

Osaka v. Collins
Kudermetova v. Noskova
Kalinina v. Badosa
Kasatkina v. Parry
Garcia v. Cirstea
Bouzkova v. Raducanu


Translvania draw

Not much to say here. Can't believe Sorana is in the other one, Romania had to offer a strong appearance fee.
 

No_Kwan_Do

Semi-Pro
Once Raducanu sorted her serve out, Bouzkova just didn't have the weapons to put Raducanu in difficult enough positions to extract errors, and reeled off 10 of the last 11 games.

You feel once she gets a run of matches under her belt, and remains injury-free for a few months, she'll rocket straight back up the rankings. There's too much talent there not do. Still a bit of rust and inconsistency to sort out but the signs are good.
 
Once Raducanu sorted her serve out, Bouzkova just didn't have the weapons to put Raducanu in difficult enough positions to extract errors, and reeled off 10 of the last 11 games.

You feel once she gets a run of matches under her belt, and remains injury-free for a few months, she'll rocket straight back up the rankings. There's too much talent there not do. Still a bit of rust and inconsistency to sort out but the signs are good.
There’s the rub. Can she stay healthy?
 

JJGUY

Hall of Fame
Once Raducanu sorted her serve out, Bouzkova just didn't have the weapons to put Raducanu in difficult enough positions to extract errors, and reeled off 10 of the last 11 games.

You feel once she gets a run of matches under her belt, and remains injury-free for a few months, she'll rocket straight back up the rankings. There's too much talent there not do. Still a bit of rust and inconsistency to sort out but the signs are good.

it's a very good win for Radu but let's be honest, Bouzkova is not some heavyweight here, even if she beats Jabeur who is very vulnerable now in the next round, she still has a long way to prove she belongs to the top. I am not here to put Radu down, but this is a girl who won USO with basically no WTA tour experience whatsoever, a fact that most people tend to forget. Before her USO run, she only played 3 WTA events in her entire career, one 250 (WC, lost in R1), one 500 (WC, lost in R1), her back to back win came in the WTA 125 event right before USO, she won 4 matches in a row before losing in the final, a week later, she was in the USO qualify, and the rest is history! Radu is a major winner, but after 3 years, she is still a "newbie" on WTA who has not played a full season on tour, her best effort was about half season at most, it's hard to believe but it's true.
 

Wander

Hall of Fame
Osaka's movement looks diminished from her peak, but she is serving bombs at Collins, apparently served one at 205km/h (127mph) which I believe is the fastest she's ever served.
 

ktx

Professional
I was hoping T2 would show abu dhabi, but no luck. Maybe a replay. I am so over Tennis Channel programming lately.
 

tennis24x7

Professional
Once Raducanu sorted her serve out, Bouzkova just didn't have the weapons to put Raducanu in difficult enough positions to extract errors, and reeled off 10 of the last 11 games.

You feel once she gets a run of matches under her belt, and remains injury-free for a few months, she'll rocket straight back up the rankings. There's too much talent there not do. Still a bit of rust and inconsistency to sort out but the signs are good.
Hopefully, I would give a 20% chance of that happening.
 

Connor35

Semi-Pro
The first set was sloppy from both players, no rhythm.
Then Naomi bageled in the 2nd even though she had 6 break points.
Tough draw, but that's the risk in 500s. You're going to have to win big matches right from the start.
 

tennis24x7

Professional
Given how Jabeur has been looking, Raducanu has a big chance to get her very first win over a top 10 player...

Yes, slam champ Emma Raducanu has never defeated a top 10 player before.
Yep Ons is the ideal candidate for Emma, but this might turn out worse if both do not want to win.
 
it's a very good win for Radu but let's be honest, Bouzkova is not some heavyweight here, even if she beats Jabeur who is very vulnerable now in the next round, she still has a long way to prove she belongs to the top. I am not here to put Radu down, but this is a girl who won USO with basically no WTA tour experience whatsoever, a fact that most people tend to forget. Before her USO run, she only played 3 WTA events in her entire career, one 250 (WC, lost in R1), one 500 (WC, lost in R1), her back to back win came in the WTA 125 event right before USO, she won 4 matches in a row before losing in the final, a week later, she was in the USO qualify, and the rest is history! Radu is a major winner, but after 3 years, she is still a "newbie" on WTA who has not played a full season on tour, her best effort was about half season at most, it's hard to believe but it's true.
Wimbledon?
 

No_Kwan_Do

Semi-Pro
The loss to Collins for Osaka doesn't concern me, it was the manner in which she just gave up early in the 2nd set which does going forward. Rust is understandable, but giving up the ghost isn't. Osaka can talk the talk about wanting to committ fully to the tour, but we'll see how that plays out this year. She said a similar thing two years ago and then promptly went back to bombing out early and playing little to no tennis.

Collins isn't the tough draw she was 1-2 years ago. Some people are acting like Osaka was facing Swiatek or Sabalenka today. She's ranked 70 for a reason at the moment.
 

Wander

Hall of Fame
Hopefully, I would give a 20% chance of that happening.
I think the chances of Raducanu shooting up the rankings to at least the top 50 are far better than 20%. To think about something like the top 10 again we need to see way more of her (injury-free) though.
 

spystud

Talk Tennis Guru
Damn, Samsonova demolished Tsurenko, 0 & 1 in 52 minutes. First W since October.

Dart & Andreeva the Elder both won in Romania.
 

coolcamden

Hall of Fame
Damn, Samsonova demolished Tsurenko, 0 & 1 in 52 minutes. First W since October.

Dart & Andreeva the Elder both won in Romania.

I like that. Can’t stand Tsurenko. Very surprised she didn’t quit mid match. Prob didn’t have time to form the thought before it was over.
 

JJGUY

Hall of Fame
By technical definition, maybe.

In reality though, nobody thinks of the tournaments in those terms. Nobody says Roger Federer has 83 atp titles and 20 majors, for example.

It's just confusing to leave out a run to the 4th round of Wimby when talking about a young player's notable tourneys.

but that won't change the fact that she had no tour experience on WTA, before her 4R Wimbly, Emma played one single WTA match with a wildcard and lost. Anyway, the point I am trying to make here is people tend to talk like Emma is an established elite player on her comeback, but the truth is, she is just starting her pro career at WTA, she is not an elite player, not yet, and so far she has not proved she can be one. If we take away her fairytale USO run, the result she has posted in the last 3 years is just typical for a young player on the scene, a handful wins but a lot more losses, even her injury timeout is so common for new players who find themselves not ready for loaded schedule. If we take away the 2,000 points she earned from her USO title, the losses she had afterwards, some are lost to "higher" ranked players, it should come as no surprise, but she also had wins against some very high caliber players, which means she has the potential , but that's doesn't mean a lot, especially in tennis, there is no shortage of upcoming players who exhibited momentary brilliance then vanished.

All tennis players started from being a nobody on tour, had the worst draw, played on the worst court, faced the toughest crowd, defeat after defeat, tears after tears...those days are awful but they are crucial, that's how you learned from your losses and became better and stronger, and learned how to manage your emotions, your body and things that you can't control, the weather, the crowd, the calls, the condition... And some names will come up a lot and they will move up on the rankings, either slowly, steadily or fast, by fast I mean two seasons at least, those are the top elite players we are talking here, is Emma one of them? We actually don't know, she has not been tested yet, that's a big problem for her, she was a major champion also a complete newbie, but she is not playing on tour from the bottom and moving up like everyone else, she is sampling big events on WTA. I understand as a major champion, there might be some concern from her team on playing WTA 125 or 250, but honestly she needs to forget her USO title, that was 3 years ago, she needs to play from the lowest tournament and collect the smallest title like every other major champions had done in their career, they had those things before collecting their biggest title, Emma already has the biggest title but she cannot skip those things. If she keeps playing with wildcards, I am afraid the USO would be the only title she ever had, she already wasted 3 years and accomplished nothing, how many more years does she want to waste?
 
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