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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

2017 ITF RSF 3rd day

Traffic, ugh.

Meelis updating score fast, me likee.

Saw 200th bird this year at San Elijo trail east of Rios Ave. 78 species for SD this year, and for life, 161. 3 more to go to tie with OC!

'The Iron Curtain' now descended on courts 4-6, view getting restricted every day! Now nowhere to 'hide' the sun while watching those matches(especially court 6 match).

Who's that girl, came up to 'my' 'eyrie(my usual seat of course, to watch 3 courts at the same time. Gustave Flaubert is called 'The hermit of Croisset'; reading Michel Winock's bio of him nowadays. Now what should I call myself then lol)' with her coach and suspiciously looked like Shailene Woodley! Probably playing tomorrow.

A girl was sitting alone at the sideline seat at crt 1 for a long time, was wondering who she was. Methinks it was MLDB.

Later watching doubles, noticed a girl's forehand drive form at faraway court 8. Didn't even have to guess who it was, 'Regina' Dani Collins of course.

Thought about playing Indoors. Some big hitters do struggle. Maybe it has to do with long takeback. Because the balls are also coming at you faster; you have to hit quickly, as well.

All were pretty much nice after the match, especially losers, nice handshake.

Court 2 scores were not updated at all, the first 2 matches(Kalinina vs Mihalikova, Sanchez vs Guillermo).

Wind began to pick up later.

So I came to watch KK/Lao vs Kalinina/Scholl, and noticed a big girl sitting at the sideline, 'babyface' making a face.
Strangely familiar...then it hit me.
It was Safina!  Was surprised, to say the least, but of course I dunno what she's up to nowadays. Is she coaching Kalinina.
Of course she was 'working' so prudently gave her space lol. She was a 'clapper', clapping frequently on the teams' fine plays(well who doesn't).

Qualifying Round

(1)Anhelina Kalinina (UKR) d. (9)Tereza Mihalikova (SVK) 64 60

M's running forehand, like Jana Juricova. Can't be bad, coming into the court hitting, lessening the opponent's response time.
Both had nice variety, and served solidly methinks. Probably K was a tad more aggressive. The drive pace was enormous.
They're playing again? Practically watched the whole match today, so can't watch it tomorrow, have to watch other players.

Luisa Stefani (BRA) d. Kaitlyn Christian (USA) 75 63
(3)Katherine Sebov (CAN) d. (10)Zhanlan Wei (CHN) 63 61

(4)Elizaveta Ianchuk (UKR) d. Sophie Chang (USA) 76(1) 75

Sophie's serve return; consistently good, making winners here and there, just like Dunleavy.
More or less even, as the score suggests. #1 matches took so long, this match and the following Gordon vs Turati match; practically all points were long, both matches(but especially G vs T).
I also had nice variety.

(13)Chanelle Van Nguyen (USA) d. (5)Jaqueline Adina Cristian (ROU) 60 60

C's balls were rather harmless today. So actually got attacked by VN(VN was quite aggressive today), and also sank a lot. And, try as she might to lure VN into the net, VN is just so fast lol. Passed most of them.

Caroline Dunleavy (USA) d. (6)Chiara Scholl (USA) 46 64 60

Caro was the bigger hitter, including service return winners, even though S is not a bad server. But was also making errors, and S's variety wasn't without effect.
So what did Caro do, began to play more conservatively. Smart choice. And moved quite well(in fact her on the run fh is quite strong. Also could reach S's drop shots), so could grind out the win.

(7)Maria Sanchez (USA) d. Lorraine M. Guillermo (USA) 62 62

G as usual made some net approach errors, but her aggression did trouble Maria. Maria as usual served and volleyed well.

Michaela Gordon (USA) d. (12)Bianca Turati (ITA) 16 76(5) 63

Break-fest. And as I said, practically all points were long. T seems like a quintessential grinder, quite a good one. Worthy of BU's #1. One hand bh was quite good too, both defensively and offensively. So try as Michaela might, just could not win the points easily. Thought she might have to attack T's serve from the get-go(and she did that), T's defense was just that good. So made errors in the end, that was the story of the 1st set.
But probably maintained the aggression to the end, hence the eventual win. Didn't watch the 3rd set, had to watch doubles at court 6.

Singles Main Draw

(1)Kayla Day (USA) v (SE)Danielle Lao (USA) 
(Q)Luisa Stefani (BRA) v Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 

Chloe Paquet (FRA) d. (wc)Hanna Chang (USA) 63 63

P was just a bit better. Both were quite aggressive and C's net game wasn't without effect. Both had a 'whack' at throwing racquets haha(P mid-match, C after mp).

(5)Mayo Hibi (JPN) v (Q)Michaela Gordon (USA) 

(Q)Maria Sanchez (USA) v Jacqueline Cako (USA) 

(wc)Alexandra Sanford (USA) d. Jovana Jaksic (SRB) 62 76(4)

Couldn't really watch much at first. Points seemed short though. Alex probably a bit more powerful; served quite well, too. Form went down in the 2nd and J rallied.

Renata Zarazua (MEX) v (Q)Elizaveta Ianchuk (UKR) 
(7)Fiona Ferro (FRA) v (Q)Katherine Sebov (CAN) 

(6)Daniela Seguel (CHI) v (SE)Caroline Dolehide (USA) 
Danielle Rose Collins (USA) v Sofya Zhuk (RUS) 
(LL)Tereza Mihalikova (SVK) v (Q)Anhelina Kalinina (UKR) 
(4)Sofia Kenin (USA) v Kathinka von Deichmann (LIE) 

(8)Michelle Larcher de Brito (POR) d. (wc)Mishel Okhremchuk (UKR) 62 62

Cali J almost had a chance to beat this O? Wow. But MLDB still, too powerful. Couldn't really watch much though, saving her match for later.

(JE)Claire Liu (USA) v (Q)Caroline Dunleavy (USA) 
(Q)Chanelle Van Nguyen (USA) v (wc)Sabrina Santamaria (USA) 
(2)Catalina Pella (ARG) v Bianca Andreescu (CAN) 

Doubles Qualifying Draw

(1)Carruthers/Kopinski (SAM/USA) d. Leon/Urbina (MEX/MEX) 76(4) 63
(2)Gordon/Hibi (USA/JPN) d. (wc)Duva/Luk (USA/USA) 62 60

Doubles Main Draw

(1)Cako/Jaksic (USA/SRB) v Cristian/Von Deichmann (ROU/LIE) 

Kenin/Stefani (USA/BRA) d. Santamaria/Wong (USA/USA) 61 57 10-2

They started early, didn't know that. K/S were leading 5-1 in the 1st methinks at court 2 when I arrived back to my eyrie seat(after watching K/S vs C/L).

At first overheads galore from K/S, but in the 2nd they did make some errors(actually S served for the match but got broken, and K later too, DFing at set point methinks).

Sabs' drive condition seemed good(frankly W didn't touch the ball a lot methinks lol. W's underhand volley is one of the best out there, but we all know that). As good as ever, I'd say. So you have to hand to K/S returning those strong drives well. Both have no problem handling pace, so it wasn't unexpected though.
I've praised K's defense before but again, superb. Even lobbed well. Just makes so few errors, playing accurately.
S/W in turn made nice overheads. But Sabs did make some volley errors.
In the end, the clincher was Luisa 'flying like a bee' at net. Peaked at TB. So good. As I said, dazzled lol. Also made the shot of the day, a very difficult behind the back? volley winner.

(3)Chang/Kobelt (USA/USA) d. Bekker/Wei (RUS/CHN) 63 62

Just could watch this court 2 match a bit at first, then had to watch K/S vs C/L at court 6.

Day/Dolehide (USA/USA) d. Kramperova/Krawczyk (CZE/USA) 60 61

USC is fucked. Have to pray Caro turns pro early lol, like Jen. But I do want her to play at least 2 years, because I want to see the best college doubles team in action(which means that I should pray UCLA won't win NCAA next season haha); just imagine Elysia playing doubles #3 lol. No team could possibly win the doubles point against that team. In a 6-game format..will it take 30 minutes? 20 minutes?

Desirae as usual was competent enough at net, soft touch and all.

Ferro/Paquet (FRA/FRA) v (Q)Gordon/Hibi (USA/JPN) 

(4)Ianchuk/Marand (UKR/USA) d. (Q)Carruthers/Kopinski (SAM/USA) 75 61

Couldn't watch much but was quite impressed with C/K, they played really well methinks. K lobbed(slice) well, too.

Kalinina/Scholl (UKR/USA) d. Christian/Lao (USA/USA) 63 62

Practically watched the whole match.
Lao and Kalinina exchanged service return winners. L served pretty well methinks. But their returns were weak, or were to high, so got pounced often. Lob too, got pounced by Kalinina. And KK did make some volley errors, although she was the most prominent player at the net. KK's serve wasn't bad(few DFs methinks), but was still attackable.

Kalinina. NICE FORM. Especially thought so at the penultimate game or something. Her passing shot again was quite superb. Was comfortable at net, too. Pace, accuracy, all good.

(2)Wacnik/Zarazua (USA/MEX) v Guillermo/N Smith (USA/USA)

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