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Old 02-11-2011, 03:19 AM   #31
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Old 02-11-2011, 04:20 AM   #32
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Default Re: Kei is seeded! US Winter HC season starts in San Jose

I didn't see the match but my friends from russian forums did. They say Smyszek played incredibly good, it was definetely his day, everything he did worked good, and in the end of the match Kei was mentally exhausted because he couldn't turn Smyszek off.

I'd say it was unlucky day for Kei.
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Old 02-11-2011, 05:56 AM   #33
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Default Re: Kei is seeded! US Winter HC season starts in San Jose

Thanx, Dana, yeah I saw similar comments on Japanese boards too. And actually Kei lost to Smyzcek in LA qualies last year, in straight sets. So, although Kei beat the American in Sarasota as well, the guy is probably not a good match up for Kei.
Well, now he has enough time to travel to Memphis qualies! Wish him better luck there although the field will be stronger.
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Old 02-11-2011, 07:16 AM   #34
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Kei wrote in his blog that it was horrible and nothing worked for him today.
He tried till the end but no matter how he hits it didn't go in.
He now thinks he needed to be calmer. The opponent had good defence and however hard Kei attacked he only made mistakes. He couldn't find his game and he really felt down but there's nothing he can do so he wil focus on the next step. He will go to Memphis tomorrow, and he will do his best and change his mindset.


Memphils qualifying draw to be announced at 9 p.m. local time.
Hope he'll have a good draw and qualify!
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Old 02-11-2011, 09:50 AM   #35
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Default Re: Kei is seeded! US Winter HC season starts in San Jose

Thanks for the reports guys, at least now I know Smyszek played well. I saw some of Smyszek's first match and he was ok.

But I can't deny how extremely disappointed I am, having waited all week to watch him play on the weekend cause he's always scheduled 5am in the morning Aust time. And I really thought the draw is quite open for him to succeed here.

Somehow I had a feeling it will be an upset even though Kei was the favourite.
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Default Re: US Winter HC season continues in Memphis!

Memphis qualifying draw
[1] NISHIKORI, Kei JPN vs BOGOMOLOV JR., Alex USA
(WC) STRODE, Blake USA vs HAJEK, Jan CZE

OOP for Saturday:
STADIUM
Starting At: 10:00 am
Joe SALISBURY (GBR) vs Ryan SWEETING (USA)
Kei NISHIKORI (JPN) vs Alex BOGOMOLOV JR. (USA)
Alexa GLATCH (USA) vs Katie O'BRIEN (GBR)
Heather WATSON (GBR) vs Michelle LARCHER DE BRITO (POR)
Tim SMYCZEK (USA) vs Michael RUSSELL (USA)

Good luck, Kei!


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Old 02-13-2011, 05:09 AM   #37
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Much tougher than expected win over Bogolomov Jr. 2-6 6-4 6-3.
Next opponent is Hajek, only five days after they played in San jose.
Good luck, Kei!!

Court 1
Starting not before noon
Kei NISHIKORI (JPN) vs Jan HAJEK (CZE)
Heather WATSON (GBR) vs Andrea HLAVACKOVA (CZE)
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Seems like it was quite a battle. Good on Kei for hanging in there and turning it around.
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OMG, Kei is losing... He is definrtrly out of form now...
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no potential for a LL spot??
or, it may be good to have a break...so that he can regroup till the next tourney in Florida.
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Probably no chance for a LL unless someone breaks his leg...!

3-6 1-6. Strange score, there must be something gong on either in his head or body from R2 in San Jose against Smyzcek. He was seen rubbing his arm and also sweating profusely in San Jose, but then he didn't call a trainer. And then barely beating Bogolomov Jr. whom he beat more easily many times and losing to Hajek, whom he beat 6-1 7-6 only five days before... OK, Hajek might have employed a better strategy vs Kei, but Kei isn't someone who has no Plan B when he's playing well.
Hope this slump or what ever is just for a short spell.
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I'm also bewildered bunny, I just want Kei to pull himself together soon!
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Thanx, chewy!
Let's hope his return to Delray Beach is a much better one than last year!

He's back in Bradenton, according to facebook. Hope he'll have a good rest and practice to get ready again.
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Delray Beach main draw
[1]RODDICK, Andy vs USA SELA, Dudi ISR
BENNETEAU, Julien FRA vs DODIG, Ivan CRO
PRZYSIEZNY, Michal POL vs Qualifier
KARLOVIC, Ivo CRO vs [6]TIPSAREVIC, Janko SRB vs

[3]QUERREY, Sam USA vs BROWN, Dustin GER
ANDREEV, Igor RUS vs Qualifier
DABUL, Brian ARG vs NISHIKORI, Kei JPN
BLAKE, James USA vs [7]BECKER, Benjamin GER

[5]ANDERSON, Kevin RSA vs Qualifier
SERRA, Florent FRA vs HARRISON, Ryan USA
BERANKIS, Richard LTU vs DEL POTRO, Juan Martin ARG
GABASHVILI, Teymuraz RUS vs [4]ISNER, John USA

[8]MANNARINO, Adrian vs FRA vs MAYER, Leonardo ARG
STEPANEK, Radek CZE vs Qualifier
MELLO, Ricardo BRA vs SCHUETTLER, Rainer GER
PHAU, Bjorn GER vs [2]FISH, Mardy USA

Official site: http://www.yellowtennisball.com/online2/


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I posted the draw in the top post as well.
Kei said last year it was his match against Dabul in Binghamton that he felt for the first time since the injury his game was coming back together. Hope he'll get a good feeling again!
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Good luck to Kei in Delray Beach!
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