Karshi / Samarkand Challengers May 2017

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Re: Karshi / Samarkand Challengers May 2017

Postby PKBasu » Thu May 11, 2017 6:12 am

[QF] Yuki Bhambri (IND, 273) vs. Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR, 96) 62 00

Yuki had three set points at 40-0, then played a couple of loose points. Deuce. Then he takes the next two points easily. 6-2 first set!

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Re: Karshi / Samarkand Challengers May 2017

Postby PKBasu » Thu May 11, 2017 6:13 am

Stakhovsky has a big serve and strong forehand, but the relentless power and precision of Yuki's groundstrokes overwhelmed him in the first set.

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Re: Karshi / Samarkand Challengers May 2017

Postby PKBasu » Thu May 11, 2017 6:16 am

[QF] Yuki Bhambri (IND, 273) d. Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR, 96) 62 64

Stakhovsky holds at love in the first game of the second set. Very loose volley on the last point from Yuki after a superb service-return. He mustn't let his guard down, because a good player requires just a small opening to run right through. 0-1
Yuki holds at love. 1-1
Yuki breaks at 30. 2-1. Stakhovsky getting a bit desperate at the end, trying to serve-volley to little avail.
Yuki saves a break point at 30-40, and takes the game after one Deuce. 3-1
SS holds at 30, after being 0-30 down. 3-2
YB holds after one Deuce. 4-2
Stakhovsky holds at 15. He has definitely raised his game in the last two, and fighting hard to stay in the match despite Yuki's strong groundies. 4-3
Yuki holds at love. 5-3
SS holds at 30 with his 8th ace of the match. 5-4
Yuki holds at 30. 6-4. Game, set and match!!

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Re: Karshi / Samarkand Challengers May 2017

Postby PKBasu » Thu May 11, 2017 6:55 am

What a dominant performance by the India #1 against the top seed here and world #96.
Yuki's ground strokes had power, authority and placement -- and that was the difference, apart from his superb return of serve, which meant that SS was never safe on his service games except when he served an ace. Yuki's first serve percentage of 67% (to Sergiy's 57%) helped too.

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Re: Karshi / Samarkand Challengers May 2017

Postby rajitghosh » Thu May 11, 2017 6:57 am

Great win. Hope he has enough in his tank to go all the way.

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Re: Karshi / Samarkand Challengers May 2017

Postby PKBasu » Thu May 11, 2017 7:00 am

From the way he played today, there is a lot left in his tank!
Every time Sergiy tried to lob him, Yuki hit a superb overhead smash (at least 3-4 times). His volleying too was reliable (although not quite as much as his groundies). Yuki's movement today was excellent. He slowly gets into his groove when he is coming back from injury, and today he was definitely in his groove. If he plays like this, he will win the title in a canter this week (and will get into next week's draw as a Special Exempt!).

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Re: Karshi / Samarkand Challengers May 2017

Postby PKBasu » Thu May 11, 2017 7:02 am

Yuki awaits the winner of the match between Gerasimov and Shyla (BLR, 395) to determine his SF opponent.

He is now #240 in the live rankings. One more win will get him to #219, the title will take him to #198. Basically one more win required to ensure that he makes the Wimbledon qualifying draw.

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Re: Karshi / Samarkand Challengers May 2017

Postby Rajiv » Thu May 11, 2017 7:06 am

Good analysis on Yuki's play PKB, both of us and rest who watched the matched surely will agree this was a total different approach by Yuki going into this match , As far i can recollect , this is only the second match he has played this year in such a fashion , full array of shots on display with precision ,taking the ball early and finishing the points quickly

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Re: Karshi / Samarkand Challengers May 2017

Postby PKBasu » Thu May 11, 2017 7:11 am

Yes, there were hardly any loose shots on his service games, apart from the two points he lost in the final game of the match (both shots that he hit out because of the tension of the moment, I think). The precision and power of his groundstrokes (generated from bending the knees and swivelling back on both flanks to unleash each stroke) was a treat to watch. I don't know why he doesn't play like this against everyone!!

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Re: Karshi / Samarkand Challengers May 2017

Postby Rajiv » Thu May 11, 2017 7:13 am

One more win should gaurentee him the Wimby Qualies slot and the title would surely seal it .
(That ,if he doesn't have have any more option left to use us PR)

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Re: Karshi / Samarkand Challengers May 2017

Postby PKBasu » Thu May 11, 2017 7:14 am

That is actually the first top-100 win of the year for Yuki this year. His previous highest scalp was #110 Nicholas Kicker in Q2 at the Chennai Open. He also has wins over #120 (AO Q1), 136 and 147 this year. So he is playing at a pretty decent level (100-150) in 2017, and will get there if he stays fit.

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Re: Karshi / Samarkand Challengers May 2017

Postby PKBasu » Thu May 11, 2017 7:28 am

If he wins the tournament this week, I think he should skip Samarkand (except to go there and practice for a couple of days on clay). Then he should get to Roland Garros early, and practice on those courts.
If he plays in Samarkand, he will be playing four consecutive weeks of matches (including the week of the FO qualifiers).

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Re: Karshi / Samarkand Challengers May 2017

Postby Omkara » Thu May 11, 2017 8:20 am

PKBasu wrote:If he wins the tournament this week, I think he should skip Samarkand (except to go there and practice for a couple of days on clay). Then he should get to Roland Garros early, and practice on those courts.
If he plays in Samarkand, he will be playing four consecutive weeks of matches (including the week of the FO qualifiers).


Agree with you. Even if he doesn't do that well here, he should skip Samarkand. 1st round loser in a GS earns way more than Challenger winner!

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Re: Karshi / Samarkand Challengers May 2017

Postby Rajiv » Thu May 11, 2017 8:40 am

Omkara wrote: 1st round loser in a GS earns way more than Challenger winner!


Presume you are referring to 1st round quali loser , because a 1st round loser in GS earns similar or slightly more than the Chennai Open Finalist.

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Re: Karshi / Samarkand Challengers May 2017

Postby PKBasu » Thu May 11, 2017 8:48 am

Cem Ilkel has made the SF too -- so RamK lost to a player in form. He plays 5th seeded Popko (the only remaining seed) in the other SF.


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