Unable to maintain his intensity

Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur Men’s Final: [CR8] Kei Nishikori (JPN) vs. [CR28] Julien Benneteau (FRA) The reason given by Benneteau for losing another final.  If a final does not get him focused enough to maintain his intensity, what other incentive could he possibly need?  This was an opportunity to win his first singles title and that should have been enough. He may not get another…

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Can he break his trend?

Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur Preview Tomorrow, [CR28] Julien Benneteau (FRA) gets another opportunity to win his first ATP Tour title when he plays [CR8] Kei Nishikori (JPN) in the Malaysian Open Final, Kuala Lumpur. Benneteau has a complete game, he does everything well and he is an excellent shot maker.  He has game, making it to ten…

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Three times lucky for Kvitova?

Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, China Preview Their last encounter was on the biggest stage, The Wimbledon Final, and it was an embarrassment for [CR9] Eugenie Bouchard (CAN).  Every aspect of her game deserted her, even her will to compete.  The talented Canadian who had impressed everyone with her heavy shots and her ability to take…

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First encounter

Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, China [CR7] Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) could not play her game against [CR9] Eugenie Bouchard (CAN). Wozniacki hugs the baseline and plays more offensive and attacking tennis when she feels confident.  It was apparent  early in the match that something was off.  She would take a medical time-out in the second set…

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Deja vu

Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, China [CR7] Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) defeated [CR61] Timea Bacsinszky (SUI), 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Consistency and her athleticism are Wozniacki’s strengths; therefore, you need to adjust your game accordingly, do not get into long rallies and keep the ball away from her backhand. Hitting behind her is another useful ploy to negate her foot speed.  Soft looping…

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No upset here

Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, China [CR9] Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) had no interest in being amongst the fallen seeds and brought her full arsenal against [CR21] Alize Cornet (FRA).  Bouchard plays attacking tennis, taking the ball early and hitting with pace, she robs her opponents of time and then she finishes her shots off at net.  She almost executed…

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