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Bali Day One: Licky Goes Down

Posted by gauloises1 on November 5, 2009

So it was the first day of round robin play in the Tournament No-one Can Watch. But it is apparently happening. I have photos.

Two of the top seeds posted straight sets wins in their groups; Marion Bartoli handled Birmingham champ Magdalena Rybarikova with ease, winning 64 64, and Yanina Wickmayer survived a tough first set challenge from Kimiko Date-Krumm to come through, 76(5) 63.

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Fellow top seed Samantha Stosur didn’t have such an easy time of it but came through against another unpredictable talent, Agnes Szavay, 61 in the third. And sadly for me, Licky lost to Aravane Rezai, 16 63 64. Based on that scoreline I’m extrapolating the usual Licky pattern; a dominant first set followed by an unaccountable loss of concentration in the second and an implosion in a morass of unforced errors at a crucial point in the third.

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I like Aravane and think she’s a beautiful ball-striker (and her fashion choices often make me lol). Still, I’m gutted that Licky’s Bali sojourn doesn’t look like it’ll last particularly long.

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