Monday’s Set Points, WTA New Haven: Babos’s best win of the year, beats Mladenovic

Set PointsI was so focused on Cincy last week that I didn’t get to study the draw for this week’s tournament, the Connecticut Open in New Haven, until earlier today! As the US Open is next week, New Haven was a Sunday start with two main draw matches up on Sunday’s schedule – both were eye-catching results!

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni won her first match since Rome, snapping a six match losing streak with a good win over Anett Kontaveit, 6-4 6-7(3) 6-3. There still seems to be concerns about the shoulder though as evidenced by the ice pack on her shoulder in the picture below by Tennis Panorama News on Twitter.

Alizé Cornet didn’t drop a game (!) in a straight sets victory over an emotional, Yulia Putintseva, 6-0 6-0. There was a rather memorable changeover chat between Yulia and her coach.

Main draw action continued on Monday with back-to-back upsets on Stadium court with identical scorelines of 7-5 7-5 – The qualifier, Ana Bogdan beat the number five seed, Elena Vesnina and Timea Babos defeated the number four seed and slumping, Kristina Mladenovic. I watched the latter, which was a good win for Babos and just her second since April. The Hungarian player fought back from a 3-5 second set deficit and saved three set points. Mladenovic gave away some gifts at the end, yet it was a confident close from Babos.

For Mladenovic, it was her fourth consecutive loss on tour and another concerning display. The Frenchwoman was shaky on serve (12 double faults) and her tactics were way off with a handful of poorly executed drop shots. After a brillliant start to the year, the confidence seems to be draining and she appeared very nervous trying to close out the second set. 40 unforced errors in two sets is never going to cut it.

Decisive with her groundstrokes, more aggressive on return and generally playing much steadier, Eugenie Bouchard beat Lauren Davis, 6-1 6-3. This was Bouchard’s second win since Roland Garros. Davis had her moments and chalked up two break points at 3-4 in the second set, but was wasteful on return.

This was a fab point 👏👏👏

It was a good day for Dasha squared as both scored excellent wins.

Daria Gavrilova snapped a five match losing streak in three set matches to beat Kristyna Pliskova, 7-5 4-6 7-5. Gavrilova lost four straight games from 4-1 to 4-5 in the decider but held it together with Kr. Pliskova offering up errors in the final game.

Daria Kasatkina scored her best win by ranking since February with a 7-5 6-3 victory over the number seven seed, Barbora Strycova. I watched the first set which was quite entertaining – Kasatkina twice bounced her racquet and Strycova said out aloud in annoyance, “oh my god f****ing sh*t” at a line call 😂.

I thought it was a pretty encouraging display from Kasatkina who grew into the match and played a handful of aggressive points including on the set point she converted. The Russian player needed two attempts to serve out the first set with the first not exactly going to plan!

A great match point – Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova avoided the cull of seeds, fighting back from a set down to beat Christina McHale, 3-6 6-2 6-4.

While I was asleep…

Zhang Shuai beat Petra Kvitova, 6-2 6-1 in 67 minutes.

In the classic Bertens vs. Mertens match-up, it was Elise Mertens who prevailed.

Tuesday’s order of play in New Haven features five singles matches including Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Eugenie Bouchard in the evening session. I’m most looking forward to Kasatkina vs. Mertens – I like both players but would love to see Dasha get the win.

Sloane Stephens has pulled out of New Haven – after two very busy weeks, it seems a very smart decision.

The Connecticut Open are always spot on with their media – nailed it with this Eclipse video.

It’s time to download the US Open app! The qualifying draw is out with the likes of Lucie Hradecka, Kaia Kanepi, Zarina Diyas, Kateryna Bondarenko, Vera Zvonareva (!), Bianca Andreescu, Francoise Abanda, Dinah Pfizenmaier (!), Victoria Duval, Nicole Gibbs, Patty Schnyder (!) and Polona Hercog all in there. First round highlights include…

Samantha Crawford vs. Louisa Chirico

Alla Kudryavtseva vs. Laura Robson

Ipek Soylu vs. Amanda Anisimova

Caroline Dolehide vs. Claire Liu

Marina Erakovic vs. Fanny Stollar

It’s now official!

Really enjoyed the WTA Insider podcast with Lucie Safarova. It’s clear that Beth’s injury is still an emotional topic for Lucie. There are some funny moments in the interview as Lucie discusses talking to Karolina Pliskova in the locker room about the then possibility of two Czech number ones and a tale or two about Barbora Strycova!

Aww love this!

When your nieces bake you a surprise cake of #1! 😊😊😊😍🍰🎾🥇

A post shared by Lucie Safarova (@lucie.safarova) on

 

Wrapping up the 2017 Western & Southern Open – Match Points for Cincy are up on the blog with best pics, points, shots, funny moments and more!

My take on Sunday’s one-sided Cincy final where Muguruza beat Halep in less than an hour.

Last week on the blog was exciting (and hectic!) sharing the photography of Omar Boraby. I hope you’ve enjoyed all the photos!

A final shout-out that all of Omar’s photos from Cincy are up on the Moo’s Tennis Blog Facebook page.

 

And finally, I was a little detached from the tennis on Saturday as I was celebrating my cousin’s wedding! It was a lovely weekend with the family and the food was amazing! 🙂

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4 thoughts on “Monday’s Set Points, WTA New Haven: Babos’s best win of the year, beats Mladenovic

  1. Surprised to see the US Open qualies start tomorrow with a huge field including Patty Schnyder.
    Its possible some of the big name player traveled to see the total eclipse resulting in the short field for NH.

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