HomeTENNISAnticipated Factors, March 11: WTA Wild Playing cards Gone Wild
Anticipated Factors, March 11: WTA Wild Playing cards Gone Wild
March 11, 2021
Anticipated Factors, my new brief, every day podcast, highlights three numbers for example stats, developments, and fascinating trivia across the sport.
Up right this moment: A trio of untamed playing cards are proving that they belong in Dubai and Guadalajara, Dominic Thiem is flying underneath the radar as the highest seed in Doha, and Jessica Pegula has mastered the artwork of dismissing Karolina Pliskova.
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The primary quantity is 3, the variety of wild playing cards who’ve reached WTA quarter-finals this week in Dubai and Guadalajara. Within the gulf, Anastasia Potapova and Coco Gauff have every received three matches regardless of not fairly having the rating essential to get into the draw the old style approach. In Mexico, Genie Bouchard recovered from transcontinental jetlag simply in time to beat Caroline Dolehide and Kaja Juvan. I’m not a fan of untamed playing cards on the whole, since they take away a important draw slot from a extra deserving participant. However these three girls have accomplished their match administrators proud. Every has good probability of going even additional, too, as none faces a seed in right this moment’s spherical of eight. Mockingly, this week of WTA wild-card success has coincided with some dire selections made by males’s occasions. Marseille gave a free entry to 970th-ranked Petros Tsitsipas, who received solely 20 of 70 factors in opposition to Alejandro Davidovich Fokina within the first spherical. A fair worse alternative was the Uzbek participant Vaja Uzakov, who was wild carded into the St. Petersburg Challenger. Uzakov hasn’t performed a match at this stage in practically seven years, and it confirmed, shedding to a different wild card in solely 32 minutes.
Our second quantity is 24, the variety of tour-level occasions during which Dominic Thiem has been the highest seed. Doha is the primary time the Austrian has been the title on the high of the draw in additional than a 12 months, and it’s virtually not possible for a #1 seed to fly additional underneath the radar. The large story within the Gulf is the return of Roger Federer, whose each transfer is extra newsworthy than a profession spotlight from Thiem. This week’s nominal favourite doesn’t have the best report within the high spot, both. In his earlier 23 outings because the #1 seed, Thiem has received 7 occasions, shedding the opposite 16 within the semi-finals or earlier, together with woeful performances in opposition to the likes of Laslo Djere, Martin Klizan, and Ramkumar Ramanathan. His week in Doha bought off to a rocky begin as nicely. He drew Australian Open shock Aslan Karatsev, and wanted three units to advance. His quarter-final opponent, Roberto Bautista Agut, could possibly be equally difficult. The Spaniard has received three of their 4 earlier conferences, and whereas these wins all got here in 2015, when Thiem was the decrease ranked participant, Bautista Agut isn’t going to worry the man with the #1 subsequent to his title. When that participant is Thiem, evidently nobody does.
At present’s third and closing quantity is 53, the variety of minutes Jessica Pegula required to defeat Karolina Pliskova for the second week in a row. This could sound acquainted: Final week in Doha, the American accomplished the identical upset in 60 minutes. Every week later in Dubai, Pegula allowed the second seed solely two video games, handing Pliskova the second-quickest lack of her profession. For the 27-year-old American, it was simply one other day on the workplace. In her earlier two rounds, in opposition to Yaroslava Shvedova and Kristina Mladenovic, she gave up solely three video games apiece. Her rating improved to a brand new profession excessive of 36 this week, whereas her Tennis Summary Elo cracked the highest 20. No matter what occurs right this moment in her quarter-final match in opposition to Elise Mertens, she’ll achieve one other few spots subsequent Monday. Pegula is the least well-known of the 5 Individuals within the Elo high 20, however each week she is forcing extra followers to take discover.