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Post Info TOPIC: Week 37 - ITF ($15K) - Prague, Czech Republic Clay


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Week 37 - ITF ($15K) - Prague, Czech Republic Clay


Maia has a good first round draw here against a qualifier, Mirabelle, I'm sorry to say has no chance. Rankings for the Brits are updated to this week.

L32: (6) Maia LUMSDEN (GBR) 601=CH vs (Q) Tereza POLANSKA (CZE) UNR 19 yrs

L32: Mirabelle NJOZE (GBR) 892 vs (2) Gabriela PANTUCKOVA (CZE) 383 (CH268 April 17)

Unfortunately for Mirabelle too, whereas she has done relatively well in doubles at least of late (ie winning some matches), her partner of this week has already withdrawn so they've conceded a bye in the first round. 



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L32: (6) Maia LUMSDEN (GBR) 601 def. (Q) Tereza POLANSKA (CZE) UNR 6-3 6-4

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Looks a straightforward win but it wasn't. Maia had a lot of very long service games, averaging nearly 9 points per service game, to her opponents 6. She saved 9/11 BPs, but had a lot more deuce points in addition... So a good battling win.

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Good to get through. With Maia this year playing so regularly and scoring she now has more than a full set of ranking counters and nothing due to come off until November so a R1 win here doesn't add to her ranking points total, but you can't win R2 etc without winning R1.

Be good to get into the 500s and then go off after a top 500 spot.



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Michael D wrote:

Looks a straightforward win but it wasn't. Maia had a lot of very long service games, averaging nearly 9 points per service game, to her opponents 6. She saved 9/11 BPs, but had a lot more deuce points in addition... So a good battling win.


 That doesn't matter is 4 of the 6 points in the opponent's game went to Maia, surely? Getting out of a service game by losing it quickly is not a plus.



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christ wrote:
Michael D wrote:

Looks a straightforward win but it wasn't. Maia had a lot of very long service games, averaging nearly 9 points per service game, to her opponents 6. She saved 9/11 BPs, but had a lot more deuce points in addition... So a good battling win.


 That doesn't matter is 4 of the 6 points in the opponent's game went to Maia, surely? Getting out of a service game by losing it quickly is not a plus.


 Yes my point was mainly that Maia was battling long and hard to maintain her own serve... which though she was successful in doing, losing only 2 BPs, it did not come easy!



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Yes, interesting, Michael. I often like to hear, or look into myself, the background to a score.

Even say a 6-2 6-2 can be in essence very comfortable or a real battle ( more often in the women's game with less serve domination, well often none at all, and many games being more 50/50 ).

Games and ultimately sets are what count. But an idea of how these were arrived at in tennis's great scoring system ( please stop tampering so much, tennis authorities! ) can be interesting. And well done to Maia in clearly being strong when it most mattered.

Additionally, I see of the overall points 76-64, 21 of these were BPs either way ( 10 of them protecting her own serve ) which Maia won 14-7 in making 5 breaks to 2 ( she had more of a lead in BPs won than all other points put together ). If these BPs had in total gone the same ratio the other way then trouble at mill. But they didn't  



-- Edited by indiana on Tuesday 12th of September 2017 12:35:57 PM

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L16: (6) Maia LUMSDEN (GBR) 601 vs Anastasia DETIUC (MDA) 860 18yrs JCH:22

Well, hope Maia'a first round battle stands her in good stead for her second round match and a counter that will actually count!

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Maia has 5 (1x1, 2x2) points coming off by the end of the year. 1 point is nice, 2 or more would go a long way to safeguarding her ranking.

Also a useful point for Emma Hurst in Thailand.



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Mirabelle recovered from 0-4 in set one, and was a break up in set two, but ultimately, neither situation came to anything 5-7 4-6

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That's actually a much better result for Mirabelle than I expected. If she'd performed similarly against players ranked around her she would have won many more matches in the last few months!

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R1: LUMSDEN, Maia (GBR) 6 601 def POLANSKA, Tereza (CZE) UNR 6-3 6-4
R1: NJOZE, Mirabelle (GBR) 892 lost to PANTUCKOVA, Gabrela (CZE) 2 467 5-7 4-6

R2: LUMSDEN, Maia (GBR) 6 601 v DETIUC, Anastasia (MDA) 860 CH=810 28/8/17
H2H 0-1 US Open Junior 2015 4-6 7-6(5) 0-6

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Maia has lost the first set, 4-6

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Maia lost, 4-6 1-6

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Detiuc was a very good junior (JCH 22; beat Swan & Dolehide back-to-back in 2015 Orange Bowl, when 15).
Still: playing the Moldovans at tennis; Tony Hawks made it seem so much easier.

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