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Sunday, August 31, 2014

2014 USO JR] Dbls draw

Compiled by juki of TF

Doubles Main Draw

(1)Bellis/Vondrousova (USA/CZE) v Bouzkova/Minnen (CZE/BEL)
Kingsley/Sebov (USA/CAN) v Bondar/Galfi (HUN/HUN)
Bourguignon/Shibahara (USA/USA) v Wargnier/Yerolymos (FRA/FRA)
(7)Kuzmova/Schmiedlova (SVK/SVK) v Ho/Samir (USA/EGY)

(3)Badosa Gibert/Bolsova Zadoinov (ESP/ESP) v Blinkova/Komardina (RUS/RUS)
Grende/Stefani (INA/BRA) v (wc)Chen/Liu (USA/USA)
Taylor/Vikhlyantseva (GBR/RUS) v Steffensen/Zarazua (USA/MEX)
(6)Soylu/Teichmann (TUR/SUI) v Kolodziejova/Zidansek (CZE/SLO)

(8)Kalinskaya/Levashova (RUS/RUS) v Boulter/Heinova (GBR/CZE)
(wc)McKenzie/Peus (USA/USA) v Lumsden/Stollar (GBR/HUN)
Ivanova/Ye (USA/CHN) v Rosca/Wallace (ROU/GBR)
(4)Fridman/Ostapenko (UKR/LAT) v Hofer/Turati (ITA/ITA)

(5)Bains/Black (AUS/USA) v Lapko/Mihalikova (BLR/SVK)
Cristian/Ruse (ROU/ROU) v Dolehide/Neel (USA/USA)
Christie/Swan (GBR/GBR) v Arconada/Birrell (USA/AUS)
(2)Kalinina/Shymanovich (UKR/BLR) v Gordon/Kenin (USA/USA)

1st grp, time for Ena to shine at the big stsge lol.
I think Ho/Samir could be competitive.

2nd, nice WC, they certainly could do some damage?

3rd, tough opponent but Kylie driving and Ryan poaching could be a nice combo.

Dolehide and Neel, this combo in fact could be formidable lol, what with both players being comfortable at net.
G/K are both excellent defenders as well, so maybe they could push the #2 seed.

Svitolina, Sharapova & Woz

Watched a bit of doubles yersterday, Elina volleyed well but her lobs were too short: needs a lesson from KK!

Maria's penultimate point against Sabine was her bh slice eliciting Sabine's error! Forgot to mention this.
Watched today's match from the 2nd, Caro somehow clawed back to win: especially her bh doing some damage, and retrieved well too. When did Masha sign for fans after the loss, refreshing. :)

Visitors to Waco

BU hosts many good teams next year:

(From their website)

/30/14Jack Kramer Club InviteRolling Hills, Calif.All Day
10/31/14Jack Kramer Club InviteRolling Hills, Calif.All Day
11/01/14Jack Kramer Club InviteRolling Hills, Calif.All Day
11/02/14Jack Kramer Club InviteRolling Hills, Calif.All Day
01/18/15vs. GeorgiaWaco, Texas1:00 p.m. CT
01/24/15vs. VirginiaWaco, Texas6:00 p.m. CT
01/30/15vs. Texas-Pan AmericanWaco, Texas1:00 p.m. CT
vs. PittsburghWaco, Texas5:00 p.m. CT
02/01/15vs. TulsaWaco, Texas1:00 p.m. CT
vs. Incarnate WordWaco, Texas6:00 p.m. CT
02/08/15vs. MarylandWaco, Texas1:00 p.m. CT
02/13/15at RiceHouston, Texas2:00 p.m. CT
02/15/15vs. ClemsonWaco, Texas1:00 p.m. CT
02/20/15at MichiganAnn Arbor, Mich.5:00 p.m. CT
02/22/15at VanderbiltNashville, Tenn.1:00 p.m. CT
02/27/15at NorthwesternEvanston, Ill.4:00 p.m. CT
03/01/15at Ohio StateColumbus, Ohio10:00 a.m. CT
03/07/15vs. UCLAWaco, Texas12:00 p.m. CT
03/13/15at Oklahoma StateStillwater, Okla.5:00 p.m. CT
03/15/15at OklahomaNorman, Okla.1:00 p.m. CT
03/17/15vs. MiamiWaco, Texas12:00 p.m. 

Especially from far East, UGA, UVA, CU, UM...

And not only that, next month:(from their website)

"Sept. 12 by hosting the BU H-E-B Kickoff. The event, which will run through Sept. 14, features players from Alabama, Baylor, Texas A&M and USC."

So UA and USC joins them too. Will be interesting how SC freshmen fare against quality competition.

Vandy coming to Cal

Next year's special guest is Vandy.

Plays USC then Stanford, tight schedule.
Feb 14 SC
Feb 15 STAN

Is Vandy recruiting a Californian? Not playing Baylor(as many teams are) but further West...I see that Baylor visits Vandy lol.

Vandy roster from their website:

Frances Altick5-2JRMonroe, La. - Laurel Springs School
Ashleigh Antal5-10SRWilmington, NC - Laney HS
Sydney Campbell5-7SOFranklin, Tenn. - Christ Presbyterian Academy
Marie Casares5-5SRQuito, Ecuador - Colegio Compuinformatica
Courtney Colton5-9JRDavie, Fla. - Broward Virtual School
Maggie Leavell5-6JRMemphis, Tenn. - Hutchison School
Payton RobinetteFRMaryville, Tenn. - Maryville
Georgina Sellyn5-6JRGlasgow, Scotland - Glasgow Academy
Astra Sharma5-10SOPerth, Australia - Applecross Senior HS
Ellie Yates5-7JRRidgeland, Miss. - Southern California

Both matches could be competitive, since Vandy boasts strong depth.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

2014 USO] jr draw

Singles Main Draw
(1)Catherine Cartan Bellis (USA) v Renata Zarazua (MEX)
Natalia Vikhlyantseva (RUS) v Sandra Samir (EGY)
Katrine Isabel Steffensen (USA) v Greetje Minnen (BEL)
(13)Naiktha Bains (AUS) v (wc)Ingrid Neel (USA)

(12)Anastasiya Komardina (RUS) v Elena Gabriela Ruse (ROU)
(wc)Katerina Stewart (USA) v Katie Boulter (GBR)
Michaela Gordon (USA) v Miriam Kolodziejova (CZE)
(5)Kristina Schmiedlova (SVK) v Anna Bondar (HUN)

(3)Iryna Shymanovich (BLR) v Luisa Stefani (BRA)
(wc)Francesca DiLorenzo (USA) v (Q)Maia Lumsden (GBR)
Sofia Kenin (USA) v Tami Grende (INA)
(15)Ioana Loredana Rosca (ROU) v (Q)Katherine Sebov (CAN)

(9)Anhelina Kalinina (UKR) v (Q)Margot Yerolymos (FRA)
(SE)Katie Swan (GBR) v (wc)Claire Liu (USA)
(wc)Brooke Austin (USA) v Evgeniya Levashova (RUS)
(7)Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov (ESP) v Simona Heinova (CZE)

(6)Jil Teichmann (SUI) v Isabelle Wallace (GBR)
Dalma Galfi (HUN) v Jessica Ho (USA)
(LL)Madison Bourguignon (USA) v (Q)Nadia Podoroska (ARG)
(10)Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) v (Q)Caroline Dolehide (USA)

(14)Ipek Soylu (TUR) v (Q)Vera Lapko (BLR)
Anna Blinkova (RUS) v Dasha Ivanova (USA)
(Q)Freya Christie (GBR) v Viktoria Kuzmova (SVK)
(4)Tornado Alicia Black (USA) v Kimberly Birrell (AUS)

(8)Paula Badosa Gibert (ESP) v (Q)Tereza Mihalikova (SVK)
Raveena Kingsley (USA) v Jaqueline Adina Cristian (ROU)
(wc)Kelly Chen (USA) v Tamara Zidansek (SLO)
(11)Anna Kalinskaya (RUS) v Bianca Turati (ITA)

(16)Olga Fridman (UKR) v (wc)Kylie McKenzie (USA)
Usue Maitane Arconada (USA) v Gabriella Taylor (GBR)
(wc)Ena Shibahara (USA) v Marie Bouzkova (CZE)
(2)Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) v Qiu Yu Ye (CHN

I don't know about foreign players, so can't really make a detailed preview.
I've seen Bains, so vs. Neel, blockbuster, possibly.

2nd grp seems pretty packed.

3rd, Kenin vs Grende should be good, G beat McKenzie, Higuchi & Daniell recently(lost to Ruse)
And Dilorenzo, who had a strong showing at Nat. Against Lumsden...could be interesting? I think L has more firepower judging from the video, but we'll see.

4th, Swan vs Liu could be good. Kalinina vs Yerolymos...could be interesting?

I think top half is stronger, maybe.

Caro advancing isn't a surprise, I think she might even have a decent run. But of course her 1st match might be tough. I see that V bageled Cici at FO.

Last grp, all good american players, wonder how they'll fare.

So, not much of an analysis lol.

2014 USO jr] against Bellis

The match against Diyas highlighted Cici's relative weakness methinks:

Serve and bh.

Cici got broken tons(no easy pts off serve, and that might've contributed to her fatigue later in the 3rd), and since fh is her go-to-shot Diyas seemed to avoid hitting to that wing later in the 3rd, and I think it worked.

So attack Cici's srv and avoid hitting to her fh.

Sounds easy lol, but noone did it to defeat her at ISC, EB and the Nat.

I do hope Cici at least advances to the final, so we can watch more juniors(1st rd match was already on stream lol, at grandstand)

2014 USO] Juniors Q results

Compiled by juki of TF;

QR1 (1)Fiona Ferro (FRA) d. Verena Hofer (ITA) 61 62
(15)Tereza Mihalikova (SVK) d. (wc)Kayla Day (USA) 61 61

(2)Lucie Wargnier (FRA) d. Raquel Pedraza (USA) 76(7) 61

Great fight as usual from Raquel against the #2 seed.

(wc)Caroline Dolehide (USA) d. (9)Emily Arbuthnott (GBR) 62 64

(3)Vera Lapko (BLR) d. Wushuang Zheng (CHN) 16 63 62
Johnnise Renaud (USA) d. (12)Destanee Aiava (AUS) 64 63

(4)Margot Yerolymos (FRA) d. Julie Noe (DEN) 60 46 75
(wc)Alexandra Sanford (USA) d. (14)Ojasvinee Singh (IND) 63 62

Theresa Alison Van Zyl (RSA) d. (5)Olivia Hauger (USA) 61 61

Olivia is not a bad Scrivano must be pleased.

 (13)Freya Christie (GBR) d. Veronica Miroshnichenko (RUS) 64 62

Madison Bourguignon (USA) d. (6)Ioana Diana Pietroiu (ROU) 75 64
(10)Katherine Sebov (CAN) d. Emilie Francati (DEN) 63 62

Nadia Podoroska (ARG) d. (7)Maria Fernanda Herazo Gonzalez (COL) 64 64
(16)Tessah Adrianjafitrimo (FRA) d. (wc)Ryan Peus (USA) 62 62

(8)Maia Lumsden (GBR) d. (wc)Ellie Halbauer (USA) 63 64

I thought Ellie might qualify..Michaela defaeting Maia at Wimby seems to be quite an achievement lol.

 (11)Siqi Cao (CHN) d. (wc)Mayu Okawa (JPN) 46 76(4) 76(5)

(15)Tereza Mihalikova (SVK) d. (1)Fiona Ferro (FRA) 62 26 63
(wc)Caroline Dolehide (USA) d. (2)Lucie Wargnier (FRA) 62 62
(3)Vera Lapko (BLR) d. Johnnise Renaud (USA) 64 61
(4)Margot Yerolymos (FRA) d. (wc)Alexandra Sanford (USA) 60 62
(13)Freya Christie (GBR) d. Theresa Alison Van Zyl (RSA) 63 64
(10)Katherine Sebov (CAN) d. Madison Bourguignon (USA) 61 63
Nadia Podoroska (ARG) d. (16)Tessah Adrianjafitrimo (FRA) 62 16 61
(8)Maia Lumsden (GBR) d. (11)Siqi Cao (CHN) 63 46 75

Not surprised with Caro advancing. And Margot must be pretty good.

Importance of service/service return

After watching some matches through the years, can't help but think that service and service return is crucial in winning the matches.
I don't even have to mention Serena, who is one of the best ever in this category(they say Vika is a more consistent service returner, but Serena's clutch performances are well known).
Some commentators yesterday mentioned Fed, who not infrequently outaces huge servers, like Roddick.
Watched a bit of the 2nd between Dellacqua and Pliskova, and Karo's 1st serve % was of the reasons Casey won in 2, methinks.

On Inconsistency

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Re: Why the best and the most talented players are so inconsistent?

Instead of pointing out that the question is inherently flawed, I will rather interpret "most talented" as "most capable of hitting great shots" which I think is the intention of the OP.

Usually great ball-striking requires very little margin of error in placement, and timing (a powerful or heavy shot requires very quick racket head speed). Just because a player has the ability to generate very fast acceleration (this is a result of strength and fast twitch muscles) does not also mean they have or can develop the hand-eye coordination to maximise that speed. Obviously the faster you swing the racket, the smaller the window in which you can hit the ball optimally, and the better your timing has to be to keep the ball in play.

So I see inconsistency as merely a matter of their hand-eye coordination not catching up to their physical abilities to swing fast, coupled with a decision not to swing slower or with more margin (which would make their shots less potent). Most players have to make a decision on how much risk they are willing to take, and in general a slower, less fit player with poorer point construction will have to take a bigger risk on their ball-striking.

Bigger risk = more ups and downs = less consistent.

(Radwanska is a different story. She's not inconsistent by any means.)

P.S. A note on mental strength is also useful here. It goes without saying that a player with naturally poorer hand-eye coordination requires therefore greater concentration to time the ball well. So sometimes we are quick to point out that a player is a mental midget, when probably a big part of the equation is that perhaps they are simply not blessed with great hand-eye coordination, and that to time the ball at the level they were doing required so much concentration that was simply not sustainable and a let down was inevitable.
I wonder if hand-eye coordination is an inborn talent that can't be bettered by training..

Friday, August 29, 2014

2014 USO] 8/29 some matches

Missed McHale/Schmiedlova dbls, too bad.

Bencic def. Kerber

Watched from the 2nd, dunno, I was a bit distracted lol but I guess Belinda was pretty aggressive in the end, smooth hitting as usual. Nobody was noticing her watching the main screen at IW right next to me lol, wonder it's the same in NY haha. I guess at least in USA, Cici's more recognizable now!

Safarova def. Cornet

Watched from the 2nd, Alize seemed..somewhat lackluster lol, or is she always like that haha. Fought hard, made Lucie's life miserable lol, getting all those balls back. And attacked when the opportunity presented. Luv her trademark bh chip? shot(racket manipulation). In the end I guess she ran out of gas? Her shots frequently sailed long. Nice exchange at the net.

Watched the last moment of Venus vs Errani, Venus got ousted a bit like Mads Keys, overhitting so many.

Sharapova def. Lisicki

Sabine was so bad..not many 1st serves, and how many balls did she sink lol, what's the use of having big weapons if you can't use it properly. I think Masha won the serve and serve return battle, and she won most of important points as well.
I was pretty impressed with Maria's hitting, SO wonder she won 5 slams. Dictated the majority of the rallies. And that 'cow on ice' comment is a sham! Lol she actually moves very well for her size..returned all but one of Sabine's drop shots(drop shots not good enough).
Sabine did hustle well, so could win points...yet wasted so many gps and bps?  I felt that her shot selections were a bit poor. Lovely when on of course, angled shots.
Signed autographs before leaving the court(most just want to get off the court as fast as possible lol), nice to see :)

Approach timing

Thought about this while watching the matches:

If you send a strong ball and your opponent responds with a slice, u want to come in and finish it.

Even more so because sliced ball travels slow..u can react accordingly at the net.

But of course, timing is everything. U don't want to come in too fast: the opponent then has a great chance to pass u lol.

Say, when she is about to slice the ball, watching the ball, too preoccupied with retrieving first.

Remember all those Woz's passing shots in her prime? Maybe the opponents' drop shots weren't good enough, or, their approach timing was crap lol.

Tennis is really, not easy: finding that delicate balance..

Mirjana, congrats! & Nicole, good luck

Didn't watch the match but what a story. She was really nice to my photo and autograph requests some years ago at a local ITF event(Carson? or Stanford WTA?). :)

Nicole (Vaidisova),  did you watch this match :)

Nicole alternate for 75k tourney next month

I've only watched her lackluster match at WTA Carson, so hope to see her in good form. We need more tall big(Pliskovas don't necessarily hit that hard though, more like effortless) hitters & racket bouncers like the Pliskovas! Haha.

Looking forward to USO junior tournament

So checked the WTA site and Cici is the only player other than Halep to bagel Diyas at least from ITF HK last December...!

Hope they televise lots of junior girls matches.

And think Sofia Kenin could go far, because:

(From USO website)

 girls 18s is no shabby achievement. What was that like?
CICI BELLIS: I think it was a really great experience to play that, then come here and play. Those girls in the girls 18s, they're not that far off from these pros. It's crazy to say, but they're really good.

It could be important to Dasha Ivanova if she's thinking about attending college: she recently went off the radar, mainly plaing away ITF events.

The most prestigious Div. I college dbls championship

Is no longer the 3 slams lol.

It's Ojai, PAC 12 women, because:

DOUBLES -- Championship Bracket
[2] #5 Kaitlyn Christian / Maria Sanchez
Round of 16 (April 29): def. Kankaras/Musilovich (WSU) - 8-5
Quarterfinals (April 29): def. Marks/Smyth (ARIZ) - 8-4
Semifinals (April 30): def. [4] #24 Hein/McKenna (ASU) - 8-3
Championship (May 1): lost to [1] #1 Andersson/Juricova (CAL) - 7-6 (8), 4-6, 6-1

One more reason to maintain this individual status, not following men. I hope the format hasn't changed(above was 2011).

To think of it this could be another good Inducement for recruiting(Pac 12 women teams): you get to experience real dbls in the final lol.

Wonder other regions have a comparable tournament.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

USO] Nobody asking players about NCAA/ITA rule change?

Just read Gibbs' interview. Lots of questions concerning college, yet, incredibly, noone on the rule change. Clearly reporters not doing their homework. Can Colette ask her next time?
Were other players, men asked about it? I think I read Isner saying that no ad for dbls is good -_- somewhere.

Doubles has started, so I really hope some 'smart' reporters ask about this issue to former college players including the Bryan bros. Because, the biggest trend of college tennis through the years, is the marginalization and ornamentalization of doubles.

Other matches 8/28

Nice win by Karolina Plis, was especially surprised by her defense, it seems that she's moving a lot better; managed to reach some tough balls, won some crucial points off those.
Didn't serve exceptionally well by her standard(I think Ana scored more aces), but still served solidly. Those effortless drives managed to elicit some errors from Ana methinks.

Saw Krunic for the 1st time, and what a server! Despite her small frame..body serve, serve out wide, with pace..very impressed. Even attacked Mad's 2nd serves well, once making a winner on her jumping bh lol.  And managed to stay in rallies against Mad's monstrous pace, no small feat.

Saw Sasnovich for the 1st time against Caro yesterday, just a bit, was impressed with her too.

Bouchard: pure aggression.  Maybe that's why the Wimby final finished so fast: stubbornly tried to attack Petra's srv maybe. Just that Petra was in Goat mode that day lol.
Cirstea is also known for her aggression so the match was of a very HQ methinks.

Bellis vs Diyas

Shivered watching the match at the fitness center and now shivering again typing at the library, the profligacy of USA(or CA) is astounding lol(too cold, A/C too strong).

I think Cici served generally well, despite not making too many 1st serves; some nice t serves with pace.  Diyas did attack Cici's serve in the 1st but her serve didn't overwhelm Cici either. Cici did have trouble returning srvs, made lots of errors.

Saw Diyas for the 1st time, very solid player. Ranked 48th? Didn't notice noticeable gap in ability between those 2 though. So there were lots of rallies, and Cici's aggression was good enough: I'm sure the stat will support it, she scored more winners methink(checked, 21 to 19. Cici had twice the errors though lol, over 50. She usually makes very few errors). Lots of errors especially on the forehand side in the 1st, but managed to lessen it in the 2nd; in the 3rd, the errors again piled up.
Showed variety as well, drop shot winner, volley winners, excellent defence..really appreciated her small and fast steps, watching from the baseline(well u only get to watch from the baseline on TV lol).

In the 3rd, she tried more drop shots, weren't bad(since she could pin Diyas behind the baseline dictating), but not sharp enough; Diyas reached it and returned well, winning the points.

I think Diyas was smart in the 3rd, tried to delay Cici's serving, was seen holding hands up to disrupt Cici's rhythm. And later on almost exclusively drove to Cici's bh side methinks. So managed to win long rallies, mostly ending in Cici's errors.

Diyas won exactly one more game.

Nice to see Cici's dad, hope he clears the ancestry question!
And when did ESPN interview the losers :)

Now let's see how the pundits - former players, journalists and TF users - dissect Cici's game lol.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Kenya Jones' National result

From TRN:

July 31 - August 9, 2014
Youth Tennis San Diego, San Diego, CA
Girls' 18 Singles
Complete Results 
128 Catherine Bellis (1)2-6;6-2;6-0
1Arianna Spirtos (177) 7-5;6-2
2Alaina Miller (9) 6-4;2-6;10-7
3Q Meghan Kelley (14)6-4;6-2

Also according to TRN, she is interested in:

SchoolInterest LevelOffer?Visit DateSigned NLI?
Georgia Tech   

Doomsday?] Sept. 9

According to ITA FAQ, match tiebreaker(in lieu of 3rd set) is implemented in ALL 'individual' doubles matches(dual is that infamous, mere 6 games: clearly doubles enthusiasts are meant to celebrate that it is played at all, before singles. To quote Churchill, "we have sustained a total and unmitigated defeat" ), including WAATC and NIIC, two of three slams. Regional semi and final employ the same format.

Which leaves NCAA doubles. And they will decide on the 9th next month. Match tiebreaker was also recommended.

Of course no ad is also applicable to all ITA matches, and is also recommended to NCAA.
Will the decision on that day 'salvage' any of the 'integrity' of the game? We'll see.

I'm not hopeful though, since there's a matter uniformity of rule to consider(well, Wimby doesn't employ tiebreaker though, a bit different from other slams?). The day that ITA announced the new change was the real doomsday lol. In that sense, Sep. 9 decision, if they conform with the ITA rules, will just be a final nail in the coffin, nothing but a mere formality.

The 'battle', if there ever was one, is already lost.

Some recent college recruiting announcements

Samantha Hampton to ASU
Elizabeth Profit to Baylor
Jacqueline Urbinati to Boston College
Anna Ulyashchenko to WF
Yuki Asami to Pacific

Great adds(Hampster going to ASU was a bit expected), and BC is recruiting pretty well...I see that they also recruited Asiya Dair(she was pretty highly ranked at TRN?, now it says NA)

Boston College current roster from their website;

2014-15 Women's Tennis Roster

NameClassHometownLast School
borr lexiLexi Borr3SOWestfield, N.J.Westfield High
dair asiyaAsiya Dair1FR

dalton sarahSarah Dalton7SRDubuque, IowaWahlert Catholic
ren jenniferJennifer Ren5JRLondon, EnglandTapton School
safron emilyEmily Safron3SONew York, N.Y.Professional Children's School
salonen heiniHeini Salonen5JRHelsinki, FinlandHVS-Tennis
sweeting wan-yiWan-Yi Sweeting5JRSingaporeSchools of Isolated and Distance Education
vasilyev katyaKatya Vasilyev5JRFoster City, Calif.Burlingame
wacnik jessicaJessica Wacnik7SROrland Park, Ill.Amos Alonzo Stagg/Kaplan

Could be pretty competitive in the future.

Is Bellis Italian

I thought the name Cartan Bellis could be Greek. Yet..

Ben Rothenberg @BenRothenberg  ·  20h
The moment you know CiCi Bellis has made it: Italian journalists are frantically asking about her ancestry to claim her as their own.

From USO site;

Q. Can you tell us more about your family, your background, your name, where it comes from.

CICI BELLIS: You'd have to ask my dad that. I'm not 100% sure. He's right there if you want to ask him.


Where's Cici's father lol.
("Attempts to reach the Bellis family on Wednesday were unsuccessful." !)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Valenstein at Winnipeg

From ITF website

Wallace beat Carol Zhao in 2, then lost to Hibi in 2.

So Val losing to Cici 0,1 at Nat. ....means that Cici is just too good lol.