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Heather making terribly heavy weather of holding her serve at 4-4, but manages it in the end. Can she somehow get back into Wickmayer's serve and take the second set?

And she struggles through her serve game at 5-5 in the same way, escaping a couple of break points from Wickmayer, who alternates between great shots and inexplicable errors. This is not a pretty match. 6-5 Heather.

And, miraculously, she does it! A couple of good returns and a just-wide shot by Wickmayer and the second set goes to Heather, 7-5. I really hope that gives her an energy injection for the third set, because she seems to be unable at present to find a real rhythm, and I think her serve is currently a bit of a liability—although at 55 percent for the second set her first serve percentage is at least better than Wickmayer's which was 38!

I think both girls have gone off to the loo.
[ Last edit by Tamaragl March 26, 2016, 06:53 PM ] IP Logged
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And for once Heather has a fairly comfortable hold of her serve to start the third set! She also has a small but quite vocal cheering section.

I've spared everyone the intervening struggle, but at 4-3 Heather produced some great deep shots—one of which Wickmayer got mad about because she was convinced it was out and there's no Hawkeye on this court—and suddenly is serving for the match at 5-3. Fingers crossed!

And at 40-30 Wickmayer hits one long and suddenly she's done it! 3-6, 7-5, 6-3. Bit of a miracle to be honest. There was not a lot of consistency on either side in that match.
[ Last edit by Tamaragl March 26, 2016, 07:39 PM ] IP Logged
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That was a tough battle. Heather held her nerve when it mattered in the third and was rewarded for it. Into the fourth round in Miami for the first time in her career.

Looks likely she'll play Halep.
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Good win that I did not watch. Heather seems to make all her tight matches a trial for those following but being an Andy supporter I can cope.
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cmon yeah Heather!
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So, not terribly surprisingly, Heather lost to Halep this morning, though not embarrassingly, 6-3, 6-4. Haven't seen the match so don't really know it went. But overall she's on an upward trajectory. Hope Jo Konta can beat up on the strange game of Monica Niculescu this afternoon...
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Good tournament for Heather. Halep is a tough player for Heather to get past, but I feel like she could do it if she keeps improving on serve. Heather started well but Halep called Darren Cahill down for OCC at the first sit down and she responded well to his input. Halep plays a similar game to Heather, but she's a. It more solid from the baseline. Thought Heather was good at the net on the whole today, but played a few too many dodgy dropshots!
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Heather and Naomi Broady both won in the first qualifying round in Madrid! Naomi beat Océane Dodin, 6-2, 6-4, and impressively, Heather managed to outlast Lucie Hradecka in two tiebreak sets.
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v lucic-baroni qualification in madrid - score only:

http://www.flashscores.co.uk/match/tA8lhifJ/#match-summary
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MADRID  - Heather is drawn as lucky loser, playing Gavrilova after Putintseva withdraws - scores only

http://www.flashscores.co.uk/match/Wf5qoygk/#point-by-point;2
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Never follow Heather's scores during play.  Far too difficult with all the ups and downs?
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Never follow Heather's scores during play.  Far too difficult with all the ups and downs?

agreed, frustrating to watch too, as she is capable of beating many players...
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Heather lost 7-5, 6-4.
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