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"sabalan" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast

The Tennis Podcast

08:10 min | 6 d ago

"sabalan" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast

"We're sitting inside for a reason. Exactly. Yeah. And I just think those sort of slightly chilly breezy conditions were not great for sabalenka. Lynette was playing really well. You know, the smart tennis that we've come to see from her all tournament, David, you were in the stadium and mentioned just how much the crowd were on the net side and enjoying her. There's always a big Polish contingent of following all the Polish players. David said the crowd love in all caps, magdalena. It's good. I mean, I think for a start, you've got this player. Who is nigh on half the size of her opponent, and nobody's ever heard of her before, right? And she's not making enormous noise when she hits the ball. And that's not a criticism of sabalan. Some has this feeling of being overwhelming, as though her power could just destroy you. And just knock you out the stadium. And yet she was standing up to it. And she's redirecting the play. And she's winning rallies that you can't believe she's winning. And it's just, it's a real underdog feel that they loved it. So I mean, given that, given how sabalenka was playing, given the conditions, and I think most importantly, given his record in slam semifinals coming into this zero wins three losses and, you know, the one that always stands out for me is her performance against state of Fernández at the U.S. over which was just a tornado of unforced errors and she just was so anxious and nervous just to unable, unable to play her game, given all of that, the fact that she then found her way found her game in that first set. I thought was really, really impressive and by the end she was, as you said, in that tiebreak, she was paying the sort of tennis she's been playing all tournament. I just love how she has got a handle on the mental and emotional side of her game without reining in any of the power. You know, she's still just as eye catching and overwhelming. And she's just sort of brought everything else under control. It's an amazing sight. And yeah, she then stormed through the second set pretty comfortably. I really love watching her because she's like the sort of tennis player that I'd want to be if I could choose just like Dominic team. It's full throttle. All the time. You know, I like watching the fabrice centauro deaf players, but I wouldn't want to play like that. I want to just be able to crush every ball I'm just going to trample on my opponent with enormous feet like those players do. Which is kind of like a lion when she's doing what she was doing in the tiebreak. And yeah, it's just spectacular, spectacular tennis. The freedom of those swings when she's going. She's actually got better timing than I think maybe people realize because there's so much noise and so much drama and all the rest of it. You actually look at a racket skills. I mean, she hit one clean backhand winner with a slice cross court late on. We collected item. I remember that. It was gorgeous the way she did it. And I realized cracky, she's got good hands. She's very successful double split. Yes, of course. Yeah, and those are her two Grand Slam finals, aren't they? She's actually, she won them both as well. Just quickly. What sort of tennis player are you? If you want to be on cagey, sabalenka, and you want to be team what action are you? No, no, I'm very conservative. Stylish. Give me a name. ELISA corneille? Well, the help strapping. When I possibly I said I am slightly permanently injured so that would be one comparison. What do we think? We've got a single handed backhand. Well, you've played with science. When we're playing again. In about 11 hours. Why would you describe him as? Well, he's been described on our Instagram as Dan Evans. Me and my very best friend. He's loving that description. He does play percentages to some extent and he's got a method of playing and he doesn't have big weapons when he gets to the end of sets, which is why he has a problem closing, which is something else I would identify with. That's not. And just going back to savvy, I must say the pattern of this match was actually quite similar to a lot of the matches she's played and maybe something to look out for in the final in that she actually isn't coming out all guns blazing, which has just been a breakdown to Rogers, to bang chick and to the net and she was three all with vekic after about 45 minutes. It does seem that that those opening stages of the time where you've got to try and capitalize, but no one yet has been able to build a big lead and eventually sabalenka's power has sort of switched on and it's all calibrated and she's ended up sort of overwhelming everyone. She hasn't lost a set this year in Adelaide or here in Melbourne. But yeah, maybe something to watch out for in the final or whether the nerves of a first grandstand final as well might feed into that. But once you get going, it kind of feels like she's unstoppable, but there is a chance at the beginning of the match. And at the end, I mean, she falls. She saw three match points come and go, but it wasn't just that. It was really a stiff arm just coming down the home straight. And that will be much more powerful in the final. And also, I wonder how many rallies they're going to be. I mean, we talked about how they do move well for being the size of the player they are, but they're not either great defenders, are they? So it could be average rally three and a half shots. Could be a lot of winners, a lot of them four stars. A couple of things struck me when Savannah was toiling away in that first set. First of all, I thought if she loses this one, if she becomes urban form in grandson finals, including one now again, with all due respect, magdalena. She's heavy favorite there. I was starting to think that baggage she won't overcome. It started to feel even higher stakes is the match went on, especially she was playing badly. Magdalena was playing very well, but sabalenka, it was poor from her in the opening stages. It was nervy. It was poor. It was anxious. It wasn't low heart rate stuff. And given all of that, that must have been in the back of her mind thinking, oh my God, I can't blow this one as well. Very impressive from her. And the second thing was the walk of Magdalene, which of course they tracked back to the locker room because they do that here. There's cameras everywhere you go. And on one hand, I thought, well, water tournament, so much better than she ever could have expected when she was coming here, but so, you know, wonderful from that perspective, but also she probably thinking that that was it. That was it. That was the chance. Yeah. Yeah. She might get another one, but I think we all know and she probably knows because she's not doing anything differently. She's played, she's been the best version of herself. She's been incredibly focused and fit and strong and got better is every match has gone on, but the stars have aligned for her this tournament and the chances of that happening again are very slim and there was something really heartbreaking about just seeing that. Especially as we now know that she really did want more. She wasn't satisfied in the previous round. And I do love that. You know how much I hate it when people are just happy to be there. Want more always. But it wasn't on a racket at any stage. No. When is it ever? Emma is interesting, isn't it? Because both of these two players we're going to see in the final. They used to having everything on their racket. Yeah, and that's the thing.

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"sabalan" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast

The Tennis Podcast

01:43 min | Last week

"sabalan" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast

"2019, U.S. open, that was her first Grand Slam called to final. We're just so chuffed for them both and I think it was easy to just be unashamedly chop for them today because Linda for a bitter is clearly extremely good and her time with will come. You know, I think it's okay for her to have made way for Donna vekic and Pam. Today I don't feel any guilt about that. No. You're right. I mean, look, on the whole, we do at least try to we certainly try to look at every match objectively in order to come to a view on what we might think might happen and what did happen, but I was punching the air when vector was winning that match today and when, you know, what she was going through, she's been on the tour a long time. You know, as a 17 year old, I remember when Dona vekic was winning quite big matches when she was 16. It's ten years ago. This is her 11th Australian open. This is it. And I've always felt that she hasn't fulfilled her potential. And I think I potential is a lot better than the one quarter final she got at the U.S. open. Here she's in a second one now. I don't know whether it's potential that can help a beat in a sabalan or not. I don't know, but I think this is just a great story. And the fact that there are so few female coaches out there and there are so many great former female champions out there that are not being tapped into and to see Pam be one of them and to be able to get her side of it as often as we're able to I just think it's just a really great moment and I'm

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"sabalan" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast

The Tennis Podcast

07:58 min | 3 months ago

"sabalan" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast

"Gets the next game somehow, despite being love 40 down, she just makes every game scrappy and chaotic and uncomfortable and you didn't know what was coming next. And you got the sense she was sort of thriving off it because this is what happens every week with her. Yes, she's won all of her big matches from a set down. You know, she doesn't win matches in straight sets and sram tech just combusted honestly and in the final set, she went off the rails completely, sabalan could just started to hit the front and swing for everything. And I think Laura Robson and commentary said, you know, you don't go toe to toe with sabal Anka when she's hitting the ball like this. Nobody would come out on top. And it was just fascinating to find a player that is fan tech. Finally couldn't tame unless she sort of was absolutely on a game and changing things a little bit. Really interesting. I really want to know if arena sabalenka has been seeing a sports psychologist or maybe even just a therapist, you know, she's got this self acceptance. Which is like the magic ingredient for her, isn't it? It's really fascinating. Because I used to think of her as a kind of just all or nothing. Player, and she's, you know, I gave, I suppose on paper is still that in terms of its brute force and there's no plan B but mentally it's not all or nothing anymore. It's really, really fascinating how she is able to go, this is me. I am going to make tennis look a bit horrible sometimes, but that's okay. Petra kvitova is had a bit of that about her. Hasn't she over the course of her career? This is my game. Accepting it. Look at that look, I've just hit the back fence, isn't it? That was a did you say that? Yeah. But also knowing next time I do it, it'll go in and that'll be great. There's a bit of that about her, but give it a kind of always had that about her game, whereas sabba Lincoln didn't, you know, she used to be tortured. Tortured on the court at times, but now she's got this. It's almost this rye sort of, whether it's laughing at herself or different perspective and maybe the double fault issue helped her get to that place because it became so significant and sort of took everything over. You know, when you're when you double faulting to that extent, you know, looking back to Australia of this year, maybe you just have to laugh. When she did an undrawn sir, yes, because she couldn't get anymore. She didn't get it in. Yeah, maybe that is what I tell my kids to do. Is it? Doing a drum now, going. It's all right. You're allowed. Yeah, she's psychologically fascinating. And I'm very interested in this final with Caroline Garcia, not least because it's Catherine V David. Oh, yeah. I could do with the points. Big time. And we could do that. We're like a team in relegation trouble and a team in the promotion battle, aren't we? And we both need the points for differing reasons. Neither one of us are mid table obscurity. Like essen. Anyway, so what else have we got in the I tell you what? We better just pick a winner. I mean, are you still confident that savvy link will win based on what you've seen? It's not confident, but I'm going to stick with it. I picked it from the start and I can't drop it now that she's gone beat Nigerian tech, can I? No. It's a compelling prospect. And yeah, I'll still go with Garcia, but I'm looking forward to it. I hope it's I hope it's close. And maybe the more important question is regardless of who wins, will that player? And maybe it applies to both of them having reached the final, but will they be able to carry this through to next season and make this form relevant? Next year and in particular at the Australian open. You've still got the memories, haven't you of the garbine muguruza run last year in your mind? And Caroline Garcia before that, in 2018, was it your end of year charge? There were countless examples. That's not an answer to my question, David. If Caroline Garcia wins tomorrow. We'll come for next year for you. I can't see it necessarily. Meaning anything because of the I just, I remember that indoor run so vividly from back then in 2018 and then she lost to think third round or something like that in Australia to Madison keys. I remember it's so clearly because I was watching all the matches fascinated to see what would happen, whether it does mean anything, you know. And it turned out not to. But then I think something that was being discussed yesterday is just how it's simplified her approach to the sport. The fact that she just stands inside the baseline, she smacks the ball as hard as she can, and she tries to get into the net. So it just makes it very clear in her mind. And maybe that's, I don't think that's what she was doing 5 years ago. So I think maybe, yeah, you know what? I think she will carry it into Australia, whether it will lead to a title run is another matter, but I think she she's going to be deep into the second week. Again, I think she's going to be a contender in Australia. You went on a real journey over the course of that answer, David. Well, I wasn't thinking about it until you put it to me. Arena savoline crime less convinced by. I don't think it's possible to predict anything for renaissance. No. Same. Don't make me. Doubles final is going to be between the two teams that we were predicting yesterday would be in it, which is babur a critique of and Katarina Sinéad and Veronica could have met over and ELISA mertens, who lost just two games against Karev and Demi scher 6 one 6 one was their win. So that's a high quality final in prospect because they always felt like the two best teams. And they still seem to have plenty left in the tank. A few news lines from over the course of the week, which will just bring you up to date on the BBC reports that Nick curiosus settled a legal case with a spectator he had accused of being drunk out of a mind during the Wimbledon final and a palace instructed in solicitors to bring defamation proceedings against the 27 year old Australian. He was in the Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic and he complained to the umpire about a fan saying she looked like she'd had about 700 trigs. Palace said that those were reckless and entirely baseless allegations and brought a suit against him and he has now settled that case saying that he accepts his belief as mistaken he apologizes and to make amends he's donated 20,000 pounds to the great ormond street hospital charity, a charity chosen by palace and says I will not be commenting on this matter again.

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"sabalan" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast

The Tennis Podcast

05:35 min | 3 months ago

"sabalan" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast

"The WTA finals deciding match was set up and it's a bit of a shock to be honest. I mean, I think even if you looked at on paper for both sides of the semifinals, I think he would probably have expected it to be sakurai against Sri Lanka. But the actual loss of Schrodinger is a massive shock, isn't it? To arena sabela. Or you say that, David, but who did you pick for the title at the start of the week? Well, I've gone for Caroline Garcia. And who did I pick for the title at this time? Oh, did you go for samba linka? I did. Oh, well, oh, well, look at us. Aren't we good? I don't know Matt went for. Well, I think we all watched the Garcia sakurai match yesterday. It fitted nicely into our awake time. But it was a totally damp squib. I mean, we covered off the WTA finals week as a whole Matt and I yesterday and we were buzzing about the Catholic kine Garcia match, the night before that. And you were on the WhatsApp group with us, and we were just loving it. Weren't we? But last night, just never took off. I mean, I don't know who to put that down too most. It was 6 three 6 two for Garcia who was just finding the lines and hitting winners with everything and Zachary just couldn't handle it. Yeah, she couldn't get near as could she and she felt vulnerable on pretty much all of her own service games did Zachary. First time in 7 years that a player has gone undefeated in the group stages and not then reached the final. Which of course is the case for both tech and Zachary. Yeah. So it is fairly unusual. That that happens. And I think Zachary has a mental problem. You know, it didn't surprise me that much. I think we touched upon it, didn't we when she sealed her qualification for Fort Worth in Guadalajara? She played that straight shooter, didn't she with the Veronica. And I thought, um, the fact that she's just scraped in, the fact that she's the lowest seed suddenly, she's the underdog at that tournament. I did think that which changed things for her and lo and behold in the group stages where she's the underdog going into every match. She's brilliant, but then she qualifies for the semifinals unbeaten, and the mental dynamic changes in look anyone can use to Caroline Garcia, but it wasn't close. At all. I was disappointed that she wasn't able to make it a bit closer and I don't think anything about this week is good as well as she's played in some of these matches really changes my feeling of where Maria Zachary is at in her career. Unfortunately, I still have, I still have serious question marks. Whilst knowing that she can play brilliant tennis, and she's such a nice person, such a compelling person. I love her frailties on the court because they make her compelling and she makes her relatable and she's so open and it's brilliant, but it's not going to help her win a Grand Slam. Being relatable to me is not her goal. Winning slams is and I still have major major question marks. And the flip side to that is arena sabalenka because she has issues with her game. There are vulnerabilities about her game, but she's as accepting of them as anybody in the sport right now, which is really interesting because I didn't think that two years ago, before this year, she's the last person I would have thought of as somebody who would accept anything short of perfection and blazing winners. But the way she's dealt with the double faults issue over the course of the year, that was encapsulated in this one single match against egos FinTech who, who just couldn't handle the chaos. She came out and I mean, look, I don't know if she was playing as well, but sabalan could just went for it. And I think in the first three games, hit 5 double faults. And yet she won the first 6 two. And Sri and tech started hitting double faults as well. And then at the end of the first set, went off the court for a long time. I mean, she took the absolute maximum time she could and came out like a different player. And her footwork was faster. She was playing more like she did against Garcia, reacting incredibly quickly to the big shots coming away. And I used the word counter attack yesterday, but actually the best word is it's kind of retaliation, the way she counters an opponent's power. And she went up four love in about ten minutes in the second set. Classic Sri and tech. And then a very, very interesting game in the 5th game of the second set. Sabal and 30 40 down, and she smiles at the sheer brilliance of her opponent. She's love for 30 40 and she smiles because she's just getting the floor wiped with her by her opponent. And then she hits an ace.

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"sabalan" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast

The Tennis Podcast

06:07 min | 3 months ago

"sabalan" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast

"At the top in both singles and doubles over the last few years. It's just extremely physically draining. I think a cheek of a felt that at the start of this year and I think maybe pagola and goth kind of feeling that now and I just wonder whether the example of eager tech, the way she's completely committed to singles is going to be something something that pagola and goth look at as they look to sort of develop from here. It's going to be interesting, but Garcia, of course, is another example of, as you said, someone who's benefited from playing doubles in the past because her ability to finish points at the net and they're just the sort of touch and control she has up there seems better than a lot of the other players. Yeah. Yeah. Right, and so Garcia sakurai and schwinn tekken sabal and who have we got. Have we got win in these matches, Matt? It's interesting, isn't it? It's actually three of the four U.S. open semifinalists. I realized, and egos feel sad belenko is a repeat of their semifinal at the U.S. open, and then they've played a lot over the last year. I've got them down having played 5 matches since this time last year. And sabalenka won the first of those 7 5 in the third at last year's WTO finals, but then the next three matches, 6 sets to zero for Sri Lanka and none of them closer than 6 three. And then the U.S. open semifinal where sabalenka was up a set and then up a break in the final set and really was in a position to win that. She was not far from winning that match until she filmed sort of locked her game down and accelerated to the finish. I think she won 16 of the last 20 points at that match. I'm going to picture fonte. Absolutely, but I think she'll take aware of the threat that sabalan composes. I struggled to see as we talked about sabalenka, just not having a dip that she film tech can take advantage of. Saba link needs to play a pretty perfect match. I think all perfect two sets and I'm not confident that she'll be able to do that. Plus she found text levels just so high. So I'm going with film tech. Garcia sakurai feels utterly 50 50 to me. I'm going Garcia, I've gone for her for the title. Mainly because I need the points. But I wouldn't have gotten much. And I actually think, I think Garcia is a good, a good secondary pick. I don't think she is the favorite, but I think she is the one player who plays in a way that even now having lost his fantastic steels think if shrunken had a bad day. For instance, you never know, but then if they do face each other, it'd be in a final. And we know what happens with a finals unless you Barbara critique, but we're all one or two others, but I would go for Garcia, but I mean, it feels this saccharine with this confidence. That's going to be very interesting to see whether this three and O record coming in in the group stages. The record between them is two and zero for Garcia. But their most recent one played in the summer, I think in Cincinnati was very close, two tiebreak sets, one each, and then a 6 one comfortable third set for Garcia, but I don't know, that really could go either way in a sort of a pick them kind of match. I'll go Zachary just to make things a little bit interesting. I just think I totally agree with the point you made that it changes a bit now for saccharin now she's in the semifinals. Now there is a bit more pressure, but I've just really liked to this week, I think she's, I think she's paid really well. And that was a pretty grueling match for Garcia last night. It wouldn't totally surprise me if she's, I don't know if there's a bit of an energy lull today, but yeah, I'll go with Zachary. In the doubles, if anybody beats Barbara critique of it and Katarina senior for this week, I think they'll be worthy of a bit of extra prize money, frankly, because they have looked so good. They looked so in sync, critique of a now being as fresh as she is because there have been periods of the year where she couldn't play because of injury. I mean, they just destroyed pegula and golf the other day and know maybe that's not that representative because as we've spoken about with Gotham pagoda, there's a fatigue element going on. But they're up against kitchen och and oster penko, the 5th seeds are critique of encyclo and in the other semifinal. I think it's expected really that could have and mertens will come through. They're up against kravchuk and Demi shoe. So yeah, I would imagine because she'd give us any arc over against kurima and mertens on form is what we could expect. And that could end up being a brilliant final. So we'll watch with interest and I hope a lot of people watch with interests in the stadium because the crowds have been a talking point. Now, it's so difficult. We should say to put on an event from scratch from a standing start, with two months notice and to promote it sufficiently in order to get enough people through the doors to make it look full to make it thrive. And I think I have to say I felt a bit down beat at the start of the week because they have a cavernous big stadium in Fort Worth, looks a beautiful stadium, but it's one of those slightly echoey ones where you can hear the constant humming of the air conditioning in the stadium, and there aren't that many people in it. There are a lot of empty seats. I think they've done well to bring them all to the front so that the TV view most of the time has the most amount of people in and the crowds, it feels have grown as the weak has gone on. It is last night felt like a good atmosphere, but I'm comparing it to a year ago in Guadalajara, which was so such a carnival feeling to it.

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"sabalan" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast

The Tennis Podcast

06:19 min | 5 months ago

"sabalan" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast

"Between fulfilling your dreams in a match and having them dashed because there were moments where tiafoe bouncing around in glee and on the other side you've got this face and picture of despair and that kind of is what I want on a certain level from tennis and winning and losing. But I mean, I missed the moment that people tell me he burst into tears more or less. Yeah, there was a slow motion shot of him crying while simultaneously biting into a tennis ball and it was well, it was a picture of absolute anguish. And I know we've seen that before from Andre Rublev, but this is his 6th lost now in a Grand Slam quarterfinal, it's great that he's getting there, but there's a very clear wall that he's run into. That's quite a lot of evidence that he's creating a ceiling for himself. And I think some of that ceiling is his game, there are limitations. He, you know, he's always going to be that backstop at the back of the court, but that doesn't mean that he can't develop frills here and there. And certainly develop his game and willingness to come in a little bit of those powerful ground strokes, but an even bigger ceiling I do think is his mentality and his lack of compassion towards himself. You know, Martina and ratatouille talks about the battle tennis players and I presume all top level athletes have with perfectionism. You know, you've got to be able to settle for excellence. She says, I'll settle for just being okay. Passable. But you know, you can not achieve perfection in sport. Certainly not in tennis and I don't know if it's that streak in him that brings out this really tortured side. But it's something in him. There's a demon in there. And I think it's a very nice demon. It's so inward, his anger and his anguish. He never directs it outwards a little bit towards his box. But that feels like overflow almost because it is directing so much towards himself. It looks like help me help me. Handle it. I feel for him. Me too. But he is holding himself back without question. Yeah, and 5 of those 6 grand Sam called a final defeat, so you mentioned have been straight sets and yeah, it's tough to watch. There was almost an exact overlap between that scene of him crying and Juan Martin Del Potro tweeting that he's on his way to the U.S. open and I just thought Rublev needs a del Potro hug. It was like, it was like the super nanny GIF. You're in crisis. I'm on my way. I wonder what he does need. Because I mean, Fernando Vicente seems like a really nice chap who's trying his absolute heart out. Yes, and I hear great things about Fernando sent in their relationship, but there is an extreme emotional dependence on him and maybe that's unhealthy. Maybe it's too much. I don't know. Well, Pam shriver on ESPN said that she thinks Rublev needs a break from the sport. He plays, he does play a lot as well. But he also absolutely loves it, doesn't he wants it so badly. I can imagine if he did take a break, just rocking back and forth in a dark room. Yeah, I mean look at checking live scores. It is difficult, I think when you're this immersed in a sport and you're that desperate to do well and you've got to but anyway not to be for him. I've just had a thought to take us on a tangent and bring the mood up a bit again. How good? Del Potro's mates with Bruce, isn't he? Yes. He's in town. Bruce Springsteen. For now. I don't know. Just a thought. It's a good thought. I like where your head's at. Okay. It'll happen one day, you know, we've already had one massive moment of meeting. Matt can't cope with COVID that just yet. Just imagine if we said that. Okay, we've got to see. For you. I need to see it. Okay. Well, you know, one day, one day, he'll become a friend at the bottom, sure. I wonder if he does like tennis. Anyway, so the other match that we had today started off the day was a renaissance against Karen in the police car and a really interesting match because they played each other in the semifinals of Wimbledon. It got the better of saddle and it occurred to me whilst I was commentating on this match. I don't feel as though I've ever seen the tour level real sabalenka in a Grand Slam tournament. In my life, the only time I can imagine that it probably happened were matches that I didn't see on the way to that quarterfinal or fourth round, maybe it was in 2018 where she ended up losing to Naomi Osaka and people were saying the winner of that match would have won the tournament and obviously the winner of the match did win the tournament, but it was the only three set match asak had, the only real kind of crises she had in the tournament, and that was against sabalenka. Every other time, I feel we see sabalan could just overflow with the moment and not be able to handle it to use that expression again and to combust. When you think of what she did, did when she played in Wuhan a couple of times. And when she won Madrid and ash Barty couldn't cope with her in a nobody could cope with her. Today, for a set and a half, it got a bit dicey at the end, but for a set and a half, it was that sava lenko. She was awesome. The only player is played like that at this tournament is Caroline Garcia. It was amazing to watch and who knows whether she can carry it on, but I found it really exciting to watch a play like that.

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"sabalan" Discussed on The Passing Shot Tennis Podcast

The Passing Shot Tennis Podcast

05:48 min | 9 months ago

"sabalan" Discussed on The Passing Shot Tennis Podcast

"But I hate that expression, by the way, but I just couldn't think of anything else to say just then. But yeah, really nice super gooey on clay as well, growing into her level of comfort on this surface whereas we've naturally think of her maybe as more of a hard quarter. Yeah, exactly. I think we've seen her do really well at the grand slams on a hardcore and it was interesting to hear her talk about how she felt. She was moving better on the clay courts than in previous seasons and I think that's a big strength of her game is that movement around the court and I just think her general kind of fight as well. I think she's a real tenacious kind of character on the court. She had a very good win earlier on in the tournament she was very close to going out. She had to save match point against Camila giorgi. And then that win against Cyrus cerebus tormo, who came through, admitted a little bit of an injured name Osaka, but coming through SST and straight sets as well. Again, it just shows I think that she has added this court surface to her game and yeah, it might not have been something we would have associated with her a few seasons ago, but her consistency and her application to all of these kind of all the different court surfaces now. I think really kind of bodes well for being a competitive competitive consistent player across the whole season and yeah, I think she did make the most of the draw she was given as well. You know, I think a lot of the seeds didn't just did not perform as much as we were expecting, you know, we spoke about in the previous pod, saccharin going out in the second round. There was obviously no Schmidt tech there. Muguruza not doing well. All these sorts of things, particularly in that top half, and yeah, she came through and made the most of it. Yeah, and Alexandra in the bottom half coming through in that section that had sabalenka. Azarenka and so they all fell by the wayside, you know, sabalan was out straight away to anissa mova. So yeah, I mean, fair place at Alexandria. I do think this does make the case though that Madrid is a bit of an anomaly on the clay tour in terms of the conditions and the way it plays. If you particularly look at, as I say, that the Madrid women's draw and see the players, you got to the semifinals. I am very curious to see how these players do in Rome where I feel like the conditions are very much more similar to the clay in Paris and I think is a truer indication of potentially how they will get on the French Open, but you've got to make you got to turn up, you got to make the most of the conditions out there and yeah, certainly for certainly for pergola and jabor, they made the most of the conditions where, whereas the other seat, the other players, the other top seeds didn't. Well, the other players would just be like, well, you know, I'll be fine for red and gar Oscars. Portrayed is not a reliable predictor, so just ignore everyone's results. Exactly. I mean, I sort of was laughing when jabbar beat hallett because I think in our last podcast, we were like, oh, yeah, Simona Halep's on for this title, she's working with morea jiggly. Rejuvenated and then you know, she kind of meekly loses to lingual, which is testament to how well visual has been playing. But I was a bit disappointed that that wasn't a closer match. I'm not going to lie. I thought Halep would have had a bit more in her to challenge, but you know, perhaps when we get to Rome, we're at Rome now. We're Rome is underway. I mean, she's already beaten. And corneille has always a bit of a scupper Y player that can, yeah, calls it. Had a four one winning head to head against Halep. I think she beat, she beat Halep at the Australian open, I believe. She has previously what was it this year? It might have been this year, wasn't it? Yeah, it was this year, because back in myself, I believe, I believe that is right. It might in cyclo media knowledge of tennis. But yeah, that was a good win for Halep. Yeah, a little bit disappointing though, I think, given the way she started in Madrid yeah, it was a little bit disappointing. She wasn't able to kind of carry it through. What do you think about jabor and Roland Garros? I mean, do you think at a slam level she, you know, we've seen her at called finals before, but do you think that now this might be the best opportunity for her to go even deeper? Kim, I still believe everyone, if your name is an eager film tech in the draw, I feel like you're playing to lose to English field track at the moment. But I certainly think that on could be the top of that list. Given, yeah, the form of the other top players who are not, as I say, not really performing. It feels like an open opportunity at the moment. And I think we saw her, I remember her at Wimbledon last year. I think she actually revels and thrives in those sorts of environments in those big, those big match environments. I know she's not got the greatest record in finals, but I certainly feel like when she comes up against tough opposition, she loves to kind of go out and leave it all out there. So, you know, why not? But as I said, I still think there's still think you're playing the opportunity is to be second fiddle at the moment, I feel good on tech. Yeah, I feel like although we haven't seen shrink in majority, she didn't play. She's back in Rome and I mean, this next week will be interesting, but if she's continuing the form that she has previously been then absolutely, I think she'll take still your woman, but we did have actually quite pleasingly in Madrid Joel. We had Gabby dubrovsky, former guest of the passing shot. She won the doubles with giuliana olmos, their first team doubles title beating craw chick and shires in a champions tiebreak..

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"sabalan" Discussed on The Passing Shot Tennis Podcast

The Passing Shot Tennis Podcast

05:34 min | 1 year ago

"sabalan" Discussed on The Passing Shot Tennis Podcast

"Just, you know, dare I say I hate to say it is about saint Stephen's because I love love watching her play. And when she's on, she's really on, but has she just sort of fallen back into kind of like a Yelena ostapenko a little bit sort of I feel like making up the numbers dare I say in the main draw. It's a shame because I feel like it was a Roland Garros last year. She's kind of went on a bit of a resurgence but seem to have continued too much. And I mean, I have Sloane Stephens down to win this match. I think if radically lost a bit more narrowly in Sydney, I would have felt a bit more comfortable. I would have just taken a loss by like a single break to be honest. 6 four 6 three, but the nature of it. I mean, I know Robert Keane has been extremely informed lately. She got to the final week before. But I just didn't give me much confidence. And I know you can't always read into losses. I mean, hey, was it Sophia kennen got a double bagel by Azarenka prior to that French Open? And then she made the final. So I guess you can't always read into things. But I think there will be a difficult year on tour for Emma. And I think there's going to be so much pressure and expectation on her this tournament. Which I think is natural, but also I mean, it would anyone expect her to suddenly win two slams in a row. I don't think so. So I hope she doesn't take it to two personally like too much on board. Yeah. I think what I would say is, you know, watching some of the highlights of her match against ribo. It was good to see her in high spirits. You know, I think a lot of players would be quite despondent if they were losing by that scoreline being really frustrated. But you know, she was sort of taking it in a stride kind of smiling to the crowd when I think she won her single game. So I think she's still got that obviously that positive outlook, which I think is really important. But again, it's going to be a very steep learning curve this season and I just think a lot of these payers are just going to have that extra motivation now to be her because like saint Stevens she now is a Grand Slam champion and players will want on their resume. I've beaten a Grand Slam champion and it feels like radical new is sort of there for the taking baby a little bit at the moment given the fact that not by any sort of design of her own, but by the fact that she's not had I think an ideal setup around getting COVID getting a new coach as well, which is probably still being gelled in. It's going to take time. And I think people she needs to be afforded that. I think she's deserved deserve to have that. But whether that happens in reality, I think, is another question. Yeah, I think this is a very difficult section of the draw again to predict not going to go for radical. Sorry. I would love her to come through and to meet Halep in the third round, for example. But sadly, I don't think that's going to occur. I mean, let's just quickly look at the very bottom of the draw as well, Joel, because obviously sabalenka's down at the bottom end is the second seed. She's had a bad start to the year. She lost Rebecca Peterson in this event. So I really don't know what to expect with sabalenka. She could suddenly turn it around and perform, but based on what we've seen so far, she's not in the best of places. Should be on tech on the other hand, as his other top seed at this section has had a pretty decent start, and she lost a party. In Adelaide, but has been playing playing fairly, fairly well to start the season off and we know she's capable of going deep at a slam. So, yeah, again, though, I'm not convinced. I mean, kasak keener, she's in the semis of Sydney and just beat muguruza today. Layla Fernandez U.S. open finalist. Could she go through with a bit less pressure? It's a Kerber. I mean, pavlichenko about obviously Grand Slam finalist last season as well. How long ago I noticed in this part of the draw as well Kim. And he's got a qualifier. There's got a qualifier in the first round. I mean, that is for Caroline Garcia that is I mean, Caroline Garcia actually obviously beat rober keener was due to play her and Robert Keane I think withdrew this week. So Caroline Garcia actually got to the quarterfinals of the tour. I know. For the first time. Just on sabalan cut, you know, she, again, I think like svitolina has not had a great start to the season. And it seems to be, I mean, there were tears in her eyes. It was quite painful to watch her on the court. She just could not. She was not able to do to serve. She just lost or she just felt like she forgot how to serve over the off season. You know, she was putting in underarm serves that were just getting belted back and it wasn't pretty at all. And I think it tells me that regardless of who her opponent is, I think Saba lenker at the moment could just beat her beat herself. And she's got kind of storm Sanders in the first round to I saw a little bit of the Billie Jean King cup. Finals in person. Yeah, that could be I think an interesting one..

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"sabalan" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast

The Tennis Podcast

08:35 min | 1 year ago

"sabalan" Discussed on The Tennis Podcast

"Agree with you. I think that's a really fascinating breakdown of of the difference. Between medicare new finance and absolutely fernandez played a part in this of course with her tenacity from the baseline her refusal to give in a fight and also her tenants she she occasionally put sabalan language awkward spots she got some great returns into play particularly towards the latter stages of the maxi started reading it Were a few times where she used the sliced blanca and just take out wide a little bit. There were loads and loads of things. She did well and she is one as you said so. Many tight matches in this tournament that she got extra belief from that and also she clearly doing something all of those matches to win them. I just think the difference with this one is salamanca. Did have the game to win it. I think asarco occasionally so for the match but in that third set fernandez was actually the better player she was the one hitting the winners dictating and then kurban fit selena. Were just couldn't be more different from salamanca. they don't have that firepower. And i think firepower is what you need to get through. Fernandez to get pastor and i maintain it was sampling incas racket. And a part of that was the moment and the pressure getting to sabah. Linka and part of it was what fernandez was doing to disrupt and disturb and just yeah i mean she's a star. She is an absolute style. Oh was a it was a real thrill. And do you know what i mean. Look i i need to twenty minutes in hold my hand up and and acknowledge how wrong. I got in a show yesterday about what i thought would happen. I thought sanca would find a way to beat. Finland is in this match. I think that's what i thought. And i absolutely thought that zachary would be read ikano. I said that. On the podcast. I thought her relentless her experience her age has has a physical presence. Would just come to bear on the match and that she would just overwhelm radha kanu. That's what i thought. And i said that and i thought the same and i got it so wrong. I mean it's really interesting. How how honestly at the end of the finance match. I started to doubt that prediction. Because i started to think aldana. I'm giving too much credit to the experience here. And i'm forgetting about the youth. The freshness the uae county of of these young players financial shouldn't be winning these matches. Really when you line up her skill set against the the she's beaten maybes facility and i would back to to beat five or six times out of ten but the others. No i wouldn't tell it. I thought she would be overmatched. And she is. It's mind matter in some regards what she's achieving And so at the end of that. I did start to remember. Some of the things that con has been doing all of these other players. All inferior plans to maria zachary. But she has this. Almost supernatural kind of ability does radikal. She does things. Don't feel human at times. I saw all these years that we've been watching tennis. I call quite believe one. I'm watching with her main either. If you're that goods your past experience doesn't matter as it and yet that is what we've got to go on when we think about these matches and what we've seen from saccharine in this tournament and in the past and yet i think she tried to make it a physical matt and yet it just didn't work because radical who is so smooth and so efficient and so good that she just managed to impose her own style on the match. Make her own mac. I thought she started a lot better than she has done. In her previous matches on she held immediately didn't she didn't she go up. She went five level up. Of course you went five. Isn't she went on a radical new run. That is now a thing if somebody goes on five games without conceding run it's radical on. Yeah absolutely stem. Pit is hers. She saved two break points in the first game and yet i thought she was really well. It was a good hold and then she goes on this run and what she was doing was winning. All of the big points it was it was quite close. A lot of the games close. And i think points i think she had seven break points within those first few games in the match and yet has kanu with her trademark. Poise and composure won the mall and just played better when it mattered. And that is such a defining feature of great players to be able to do that in those key moments Salary serve has been talked about all. Tournament has been brilliant tournament and yet it. it's match in the form of radical news. Return of serve the way she threatens on that shot the way she is able to get in her opponent's service games because of the quality of her return just makes her dangerous. I have we gave. And i think that's why she goes on these runs because she's just as good kind of returning as she is serving kind of nowhere to go against a. It was extraordinary. I i found it widdly stressful in a way because so much of me was thinking this. This can't be happening. This has to stop happening at some point and yet it never did even in the second set when actually the couple of moments where she missed a couple and secretary managed to hold get big holds twice in commentary on five live. I think there was a there was a service game. I think three to when she got the break but she's she serving at six one three two and then six one four three but i'm saying in commentary right now we'll find out something else about so will the precious to tell we'll we'll she stopped to get tight and she immediately in both games went forty love up immediately and she reeled off seven points in a from the first point when i said i think she might feel some pressure now she she just. That hadn't even occurred to her that she feeling pressure like everyone who has watched tennis. Even just a little bit knows that the game after you've had break points and not taking them is a tense game and that is a fraud game and is a danger game. And you're in danger of losing your serve losing your momentum losing your lead. Everyone knows that those are the games you circle you. Bookmark you think okay. Potential turning point coming here. It seems like everyone knows that except democratic con because as you said she just held easily every time you thought there might be some pressure here. She just held easily like it was normal. That is not normal. It was just staggering to witness. She and as a player she feels like this composition of all the best bits of so many other players. Because she's she's around so freely around the cold it's getting to bulls as if it's very little effort required and then hitting these raking drives down the lines with a full hands and backhands and if if for whatever reason she happens to miss one or two which.

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