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Re: Sahaja Yamalapalli thread

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Nothing is fair chance in Sahaja’s world.
Loss 3-6 6-7. She came back from 3-5 in the second set whilst having 1-2 set point opportunities, but to no fruition! Indian women’s tennis is a joke at the moment.
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These are all alien conditions. I don't know how fair isnto judge our players on that. At this time, the expectations are so low, that I am happy that someone has the backing to go to US and play. Keep trying I would say.
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At the ITF W35 in Betheny Beach, Delaware, USA (clay)

[R1] (3) Sahaja Yamalapalli (IND,315) vs Jada Robinson (USA,998)
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Straight set loss for Sahaja.

At the ITF W35 in Betheny Beach, Delaware, USA (clay)

[R1] (3) Sahaja Yamalapalli (IND,315) l. Jada Robinson (USA,998) 46 26

She has had 4 main draw first round losses in 4 weeks in US. :-(
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This was a horrible loss. No other way to put it. Sahaja has not shown much notable improvement since sometime last year when she went to the Florida coach who fixed her double-fault issue and smoothed her serve technique. Took a next step at that time, but has basically hit a plateau since then. I hope she breaks out of this and starts winning again.

Hope she was not ill or something today. I did not expect a loss today otherwise.
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Sahaja doesn’t lose because of injury or illness reasons, she’s just either hot or cold. She needs to work on her maturity IMO.
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Sahaja will be at the M35 in Santa Domingo (Dominican Republic) on hard courts next week... I think she will be the third seed there. Hopefully recharged after a few days of a break and happy to get back on hard courts to do some damage, after that generally forgettable US swing on green clay.
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Last week in Dominican republic, Sahaja lost in the QF against American Catherine Harrison who went on to reach the final.

This week Sahaja is playing in Sumter in South Carolina and started with a win.

At W75 Sumter, SC, USA (Hard)

[R1] (5) Sahaja Yamlapalli (IND,323) d. (Q) Charlotte Chavatipon (USA,NR) 75 61

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[R2] (5) Sahaja Yamlapalli (IND,323) vs. Katerina Scott (USA,387)
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[R2] (5) Sahaja Yamlapalli (IND,323) d. Katerina Scott (USA,387), 64 26 61
so,
[QF] (5) Sahaja Yamlapalli (IND,323) vs (1) Maria Mateas (USA,260), Friday

It is a tough match but Mateas is not unbeatable or anything.
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[QF] (5) Sahaja Yamlapalli (IND,323) l. (1) Maria Mateas (USA,260), 36 57

A bit less competitive than I expected. Sahaja played well in patches, but could not really sustain it for too long. Broke ahead twice in the second set and served for the set at 5-4 too but she kept getting broken too often today.
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Making it to the qf of a challnger 75 in the US is a good show. The field was a bit weak. But still better than losing r1 in the previous tournaments.
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Par for the course at least wrt seeding.
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Sahaja is third seed at W35 in Wichita.

At ITF W25 Wichita, KS, USA

[R1] (3) Sahaja Yamlapalli (IND,323) vs. Hong Yi Jodi Wong (HKG,550)


Her match today ( Wednesday) afternoon.
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[R1] (3) Sahaja Yamlapalli (IND,323) d. Hong Yi Cody Wong (HKG,550), 64 16 62

Sahaja really did not play as well as we have seen her play before, but was good enough today in the end. She went ahead early by a break, but got broken back twice, and broke Cody for a third time in the 10th game to take the set. Sahaja was broken in the 7th and 9th games. The pattern of poor service games continued, as Sahaja was broken SIX times in a row till the end of the second set, and broke Cody only once in the 4th game. She looked rather out of energy and a bit out of focus too, except for a few points here and there when she was pumping herself up. But she steadied herself in the 3rd set after a toilet break and dress-change. Was a different players in the third set as she broke Cody and held serve after a long time to start the set. A couple of service games still became adventures and she went through deuces, but she avoided getting broken and went ahead by two breaks in the 7th game. She started the final game with two aces to the corners out of the blue and converted the third match point. I liked that she tried a good cross court winner from near the net at the first MP, though she net-chorded it. She is becoming a tad bit more comfortable near the net these days. Still needs to learn to "stick" the volleys rather than dump it across.

I should say something that I have had in mind for a long time... Sahaja needs to learn to wrong-foot the opponent at least occasionally. She just keeps hitting the ball to where the opponent is (or is bound to go). That seems to be her instinct. She needs to make a mental adjustment and force herself to hit to the open spaces, and not to areas covered by the other player, at least sometime. You cannot overpower good players that easily if they are in position, and if your shot is any less than powerful, the other player gets time to do to you what you failed to do - that is wrong-foot you or hit away from you. Time and again, I see her lose advantage in rallies and lose points (may be 4 or 5 in every match, and that is big) due to this issue.

But it was a good win today for Sahaja. In fact Codi was one of the top couple of unseeded players in the field, and she was ranked as high as near 320 just last year. So she was not an easy opponent, though her rank has dropped a bit.

Sahaja will play either Victoria Flores (USA,667) or Ashton Bowers (USA,667) in the next round. Hope she can make a run now, as the 6th seed in her quarter also got knocked out today.
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Re: Sahaja Yamalapalli thread

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Also, in doubles at the Wichita W35,

[R1] Sahaja Yamalapalli (IND)/ Chieh-Yu Hsu (TPE) d. Mary Boyce Deatherage (USA)/ Jayden Jagolinzer (USA), 63 63
[QF] Sahaja Yamalapalli (IND)/ Chieh-Yu Hsu (TPE) l. Ashton Bowers (USA)/ Sophia Webster (USA), 36 57
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