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Re: WTA Tour/Non-India Fed Cup

Post by S_K_S » Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:22 am

Final set of Stephens vs Williams was one of the best sets of tennis ever.

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Re: WTA Tour/Non-India Fed Cup

Post by prasen9 » Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:36 pm

sanjay5goel wrote:
Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:13 pm
maybe we should just do away with other tournaments and only keep the slams - the slams are the only ones that matter anyway - right?

Hare Krishna!
You are absolutely spot on Sanjay. However much we tweak the points, if we do not have a points system that offers an order of magnitude more points for the slams, we will always have the player who has a higher ranking by playing well year in and year out but not doing well at the slams. What we want with our ranking system is up for debate.

One option may be to have an equitable ranking system but a different formula for the seeding at the slams. Increasingly, I think the seedings at the majors should be decoupled from the ATP ranking. I used to think otherwise before.

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Re: WTA Tour/Non-India Fed Cup

Post by jaydeep » Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:38 pm

S_K_S wrote:
Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:22 am
Final set of Stephens vs Williams was one of the best sets of tennis ever.
Yes Samarth, terrific tennis by both players ... Really loved Stephens 'never die attitude' in the later stage of the match.

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Re: WTA Tour/Non-India Fed Cup

Post by Prashant » Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:27 pm

I am generally disinterested in women's tennis, but by chance I have caught much of Madison Keys' last two matches. I am impressed. I haven't watched Stephens, but I think Keys will be a tough out in the final.

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Re: WTA Tour/Non-India Fed Cup

Post by S_K_S » Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:15 pm

Prashant wrote:
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I am generally disinterested in women's tennis
Strange but your loss

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Post by prasen9 » Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:21 pm

Agree. It is high quality tennis.

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Re: WTA Tour/Non-India Fed Cup

Post by S_K_S » Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:56 pm

Anyone else watching the tour finals in Singapore? Have watched some top matches and the standard is fantastic. Williams and Ostapenko have just played out a 3 hour classic. Tennis at its best.

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Re: WTA Tour/Non-India Fed Cup

Post by PKBasu » Tue Oct 24, 2017 4:28 pm

Not watching much this year, although I am now in Singapore (got back here yesterday), but rather busy.
Karoline Pliskova seems to have hit a ridiculous vein of form. She decimated Venus yesterday and Muguruza today. I don't find her game particularly worth watching...
Ostapenka has all but been eliminated after the epic match against Venus which she lost today.
Halep also seems to enjoy playing in Singapore.

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Re: WTA Tour/Non-India Fed Cup

Post by S_K_S » Tue Oct 24, 2017 5:25 pm

PKBasu wrote:
Tue Oct 24, 2017 4:28 pm
Not watching much this year, although I am now in Singapore (got back here yesterday), but rather busy.
Karoline Pliskova seems to have hit a ridiculous vein of form. She decimated Venus yesterday and Muguruza today. I don't find her game particularly worth watching...
Ostapenka has all but been eliminated after the epic match against Venus which she lost today.
Halep also seems to enjoy playing in Singapore.
I heard the commentators say that if Pliskova beat Muguruza then Ostapenko would be out. Navratilova was saying that it will be a Halep vs Pliskova final.

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Re: WTA Tour/Non-India Fed Cup

Post by PKBasu » Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:18 am

Ostapenko is out, having lost the first two matches. Pliskova is through to the SF, and the other SF slot will be determined by whoever wins the Venus-Muguruza match.

The other group is still wide open, since each player has only played one opponent so far.

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Re: WTA Tour/Non-India Fed Cup

Post by PKBasu » Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:05 pm

Wozniacki thrashed Halep today 60 62. She had also beaten Svitolina 62 60. Lots of lop-sided results in Singapore this year.

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Re: WTA Tour/Non-India Fed Cup

Post by PKBasu » Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:53 pm

Carolina Garcia wins a 3-setter to knock out Svitolina. Garcia has had a terrific time in Asia (especially China) in recent weeks, but she was obviously nervous in her first match here against Halep.
Garcia vs Wozniacki should be a barnburner.

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Re: WTA Tour/Non-India Fed Cup

Post by S_K_S » Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:34 pm

Venus beats Muguruza to make it to the semis. Williams fought for it and wanted it more than Muguruza who played a better 2nd set.

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Re: WTA Tour/Non-India Fed Cup

Post by PKBasu » Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:58 pm

Excellent, aggressive play by Venus to avenge the loss in the Wimbledon final, when she suddenly melted away after around 4-2 in the first set.

She was in trouble when she served two DFs to concede the break in the seventh game of the second set. But her brilliant aggression in the next game enabled her to break right back, and she was equally aggressive in the final game to break Muguruza again and finish it 75 64.

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Re: WTA Tour/Non-India Fed Cup

Post by PKBasu » Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:59 pm

Venus has beaten (and hence knocked out) both the Wimbledon and French Open champions here.

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