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Okay…today is THE DAY. π
I bet for Kerber and Pliskova for sure.
Wozniacki can beat Keys. She is really on fire now.
I think Sveta will beat Garcia there won’t be another upset by the french.
Svitolina can beat Muguruza as she did it twice last year. And she wasn’t as good as now.
And there are two toss up matches but I think Peng can beat Venus. The american wasn’t as good last night. Lucie was very bad.
And I go with Nastia over Cibulkova in the last one. But it can be a great match.
Kuznetsova completely annihilated Garcia. She just couldn’t do anything with Sveta’s high bouncing balls. But for the record…it wasn’t Garcia’s day. She didn’t play well and sometimes she was unlucky too.
Pavlyuchenkova actually played better than Cibulkova. I thought that about Domi’s previous matches. It wasn’t enough today. Nastia had much more winners.
Rafa was great against Verdasco btw. π
And the Peng – Williams match is really a toss up.
Wozniacki played awesome. Just like Federer in the old times. Get the break and get it done.
Mladenovic was good too btw.
Svitolina’s loss is a little surprise for me but I think it’s because she played a lot lately and she’s condition isn’t as good. As it seemed in her first match. But she needed those tournaments to get into the top10 so it’s reasonable.
Kerber is an absolutely dissapointment…AGAIN…Vesnina played a lot better than a day before but still Kerber…Woz would win this match easily. She just can’t handle this #1 thing when everybody wants to defeat him and playing better than usually.
Thanks for filling me in. Working a later shift this week until Thursday so I missed all of it. What a mess. And you were right about Nastia over Cibby. Anyway, I can’t believe that Venus and all her bandages is still in. I’m really beginning to think she could win — I’m done picking against her this IW!! Nice to hear Mladenovic and Woz are playing well.
Only two matches today
Pliskova over Muguruza (I’m staying with Karolina – but Garbine has gone a lot farther than I thought she would in IW. Last year she said she didn’t want to be there)
Kuznetsova over Pavlyuchenkova (lol, and I though Kuznetsova was injured)
Andi Mira will win the Bracket if Pliskova wins…she called it right with Kuznetsova and Woz making the SF. Then there’s the clever Woz pickers π
But I shouldn’t project or assume …Venus, Kuznetsova, Woz, Mugu, Kiki…highly doubt Vesnina, but gosh, anything can happen.
I just can’t find the words…I know it is a WTA section but OMG Rafa vs Roger… I really just can’t find the words… π
When Rafa was a young boy he had nothing to lose and he could surprise the world number one. Now it seems like the opposite. π Rafa still has time to be the best again but Roger won’t be younger and he plays like this way. Now he has nothing to lose and it was an excellent game. He almost missed nothing… That was unbelievable performance from Federer. It’s a pleasure to see both of them on court. π
So, I think Sveta can beat Vesnina. Last time when Elena had to play in the afternoon she struggled with the heat against Babos. It can be another tough one for her. And Kuznetsova is more experienced on this level.
The bracket challenge was nice. π Ratcliff and Nny we are pretty close to each other. π And Farah Diba owned.
Looking forward to Miami.
Hey ToMMo!…I heard someone miss me pretty bad!Hmm…i wonder who it is??But it’s AWESOME to be missed!!..hehehe..hey…btw,it’s a surprise contestant in the final yes?although i’m always knew Kuz have an ability to sneak at anytime…she’s that good!…who do u think will win ToMMo?My choice is Sveta…
Hey rc….i have to congratulate u as well for take 2nd place behind Amit…and thanks for the congrats u gave on the other site…Ermm..about Miami,i’m not sure yet…maybe going to pull out..citing fatigue,fingers injury or lack of motivation or self belief…not sure which one yet…
Mira Andi ππ
Aw…seriously? You are the Angel hereπΌ It’s not the same without you, you know. You’ve been bossing the WTA brackets. Actually I think manwerty took second in the ATP bracket. I should hope so — he picked Federer!
The WTA draw should be commencing soon in Miami.
Sorry about Andy and Nole both with elbow injuries
Yeah,you’re right rc!manwerty took 2nd..so,congrats manwerty!..but for a while you’re also bossing ATP,until Amit made his last surge!..clearly Amit is over the moon at the mo…he won bracket and Rog won IW…and yeah..sorry to hear about Novak,rc…but i guess,as a player,nobody can escape from getting injured,it’s just a matter of time…Hope they’re both will recover in time for MC…
It was a nice match for Vesnina. But I don’t know how was Kuznetsova more tired than her. The match was in Sveta’s hand. But congrats to Elena. She is such a nice player on the tour. π
I think Miami will be better to choose. The two finalists won’t go far so we can pull out two big names. π And Pliskova, Svitolina, Muguruza, so the young ones, and Wozie, Kerber, Aga, Halep now even more hungry for a title. π
I believe that another great tournament coming.
I started to fill the bracket a few minutes before 16:00 CET…And I thought I can do it until 16:30 because that was the time when the first match started…I filled the bracket then it “told me” I’m out of time :/ π I forgot to fill it in the morning… I am pissed of myself.
Hey ToMMo,buddy!…make sure you’re complete your pick for ATP in time k?It’s only a couple of hours left!Hope we’re not get kicked too hard this time ToMMo!hehehe…good luck to u and rc as well!Woooohooooo!!Bring it on!!
I’ve totally messed up this week. I wanted to fill it after lunch then I had to go to a meeting at work…But I didn’t think that it will take so much time. Just arrived home. So I completely missed Miami………
Even If I am not a factor in the ATP bracket. I’m much more pissed of because I missed the WTA bracket.
But we can still talk about the matches here I hope. And your brackets confirmed my betting tips today on Parmentier and Puig. π
hello ToMMo…I miss your bracket picks, matie! I’ve used to do the ATP 1000 when the ATP offered a masters 1000 bracket challenge contest way back in 2009-2011, or 2012 when they stopped doing it. I don’t remember ever doing well during IW/Miami! Almost skipped this week…because I knew I’d suck,lol.
Vekic? I’ve always thought she could be very good if she got serious. And Bouchard we know has the talent and is capable since 2014 but I’m just waiting for her to put it all together again before I start picking for more than one round. I knew Ashleigh Barty would be possibly too much for her. But the score appears like Genie is doing better than I expected!!
Bouchard is one of the hottest tennis players on court. And when she realized it that she can earn money and fame with this I don’t see the fire of the champions in her eyes. She has good days sometimes but I don’t know If she will be in the top10 ever again.
As a man I have to tell that this set of clothes what she’s wearing at the moment is extremely hot. π As the weather is hot too. π
hahhaha….Bouchard is blessed or cursed…however on looks at it but …yeah, as a female…she is certainly is hot, I can see it. And it must make it hard to prioritize all her time on tennis when she can easily earn money with a lot less physical effort!
I did reveal a few days ago that I was hospitalized with a medical emergency. Hence, not being able to do the bracket challenge this time.
Hey ToMMo…You’re right on betting with Parmentier but Puig?..hehe..sorry about that..but i think a few names that shouldn’t lose but they did..such as Kristina Pliskova[considering she’s in form player this last month],Alize Cornet,M.Doi,J.Ostapenko…but..yeah,this is tennis i guess..always unpredictable…
Well Kuznetsova isn’t too much of a shocker but certainly Vesnina was!! It’s hard to know. I’m having a sick day today and was able to catch a glimpse of Aga Radwanska, whom I picked to the final because I’ve been anxiously waiting to turn on the magic. But she appears weak and even thinner than her usual. Maybe it’s wedding jitters or second thoughts…she doesn’t appear herself. π
Thursday Picks…..NOT necessarily my bracket picks!
Lucic-Baroni over Bondarenko
Pliskova over Brengle (but I’m worried about Karoline)
Flipkens over Konjuh
Safarova over Gavrilova
Cibulkova over Cepede
Errani over Zhang
Whitthoeft over Putintseva
Pavlyuchenkova over Shvedova
Radwanska over Wang
Vandeweghe over Cepelova (go Cepelova!)
Svitolina over Mattek-Sands
Strycova over Larsson
Vesnina over Tomljanovic
Wozniacki over Lepchenko
Cirstea over Sevastova (Cirstea got an impressive win over Puig yesterday)
Muguruza over McHale
I really don’t know how Errani was ever in top5… Even if when she was younger and faster, healthier, maybe stronger too. Her spin was tricky and she can still surprise some young ones, but usually she has no weapon nowadays.
Hey rc…u watch Mugu vs mchale?What’s up with her?She played a very bad game?If so,why?And does McHale played a very good game?I picked her twice before rc,and twice she disappoint me..and now,when i didn’t pick her..suddenly she knows how to play tennis!!Urgh!!…she knew i picked Mugu over her or what?
I watched some of it. Mugu isn’t reliable — neither is McHale. You just have to take a wild guess and go for one of them! lol, seriously. That’s why I named the group, jalep_wildguess! Especially right now were in a period of who knows…There’s very little skill involved …knowing a player in general helps, but not always. Cheers MA…You have the magic right now — enjoy it while it lasts π
A note about Tomljanovic…her serve looked good – so I don’t know if it’s her shoulder still bothering her or she’s probably being cautious with it. Her right thigh had heavy taping on it but she won in straight sets over Vesnina 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. The only reason I picked a possibly tired Vesnina over AliTom was because I thought her serve would be a problem. I love AliTom!
Little Simona escaped in 3 sets vs Naomi Osaka, Yay!
Oh, McHale and Muguruza are on Tennis Channel now. McHale is serving for the match right now but Mugu saved match points and broke back. It’s 5-5 in the 2nd set. McHale won the first set last night 6-0, oddly.
Hey rc!What’s wrong with underdogs today?They’re seems on fire!Heck my picked champions here was taken out by one bulldog named Maria Tig!!Urgh!i told u my bracket will not last for long!!hehehe….Good luck to u sis!
rc!if only u told me this BEFORE i picked her!..But hey…this is the time u have the chance to kick my ass!hehehe…Kick it harder rc!woohooo!!It’s too bad ToMMo missed his chance this time around…hehehe..
Going to keep a list of those who went out early in Miami (as a reminder note):
Siegemund, Kristyna Pliskova, Pironkova, Niculescu, Bencic, Kovinic. Tsurenko, Gibbs, Doi, Beck, Jankovic, Wickmayer, Ostapenko, Petkovic, Watson, Bouchard, Vekic, Chirico, Davis, Linette, Cornet, Erakovic, Dodin, Riske, Nara, Puig
Inconsistent and choose with caution list: Brengle, Konjuh, Gavrilova, Errani, Shvedova, Svitolina, Vandeweghe, Vinci, Sevastova, Begu, Mladenovic, Barty.
rc…when MC come,you’re also have to make a list who’s got the best game on the red dirt…i don’t know a thing which player who’s got the speciality on the red dirt and who’s not rc!I make a pick like i am a blind women right now rc,let alone for clay!..Arghhh!!..i don’t know who’s to choose!
Okay boss. π Let’s get ready for Clay Season. Scrap this Indian Well/Miami hot, funky weather, hard court BS and get to the dirt!
The reigning Queen of Roland Garros is Garbine Muguruza…(yikes) – off the top of my head Shelby Rogers and Kiki Bertens come to mind – Lucie Safarova and Svetlana Kuznetsova, have done well…Serena and Sharapova, of course. I’ll have to think about it more…later this weekend. And I’m up for suggestions!
Tooth is bad but we won’t get into it here, okay? I’ll get it fixed during normal business hours. Meanwhile, I’m on pain meds…fixed to watch tennis! Gives me a good excuse to stay in bed π I’ll post on non-tennis…..
How many Clay Court Tournaments on the WTA yearly? That’s a question I don’t know: but I’ll check. I know that the Charleston tournament follows directly after Miami and is a 470 point one on green clay; which they say plays quicker than red clay. Here’s a link to all the clay court tournaments per year. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clay_court
The first one of the season (winter was Rio) for 280
Spring Clay tournaments upcoming:
French Open 2000
And there’s a few summer clay tournaments after Wimbledon.
This is the WTA page for the ranking points/tournament.
This link tells you how many points the tournaments are
Pavlyuchenkova over Mattek-Sands
Safarova over Tomljanovic
Muguruza over Zhang
Radwanska over Lucic-Baroni errrrrrgh π€π―
Strycova over Cepelova ( or the other way around!)
Cibulkova over Flipkens
Pliskova over Putintseva
Wozniacki over Cirtea
rc…Mattek-Sands suddenly on fire!Man!…WTA sure unpredictable!One day they’re cool like cucumber and the next..boom!..there goes my bracket!!Sheeshh!!….Argh!stress!!…and you’re still behind me rc!!!hehehe…run!!..catch me now rc!!
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