Two time grand slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and 42 year old Japanese wonder woman Kimiko Date-Krumm have both advanced to the final round of qualifying at the Apia International in Synndey with wins on Saturday.
Kuznetsova, now down to the 70s in the rankings, beat American Alexa Glatch in straiight sets 6-1, 6-1 while Date-Krumm needed three sets to get past another American Vania King.
17 year old Madison Keys also moved into the final round of qualifying but contrywomen Melanie Oudin, Irina Falconi and Coco Vandeweghe were beaten.
Qualifying Singles – Second Round
Qualifying – S Arvidsson (SWE) d O Puchkova (RUS) 62 63
Qualifying – A Morita (JPN) d L Hradecka (CZE) 62 62
Qualifying – A Tatishvili (GEO) d C Feuerstein (FRA) 62 63
Qualifying – J Cepelova (SVK) d A Hlavackova (CZE) 36 61 64
Qualifying – M Erakovic (NZL) d G Arn (HUN) 75 46 64
Qualifying – K Date-Krumm (JPN) d V King (USA) 26 64 62
Qualifying – S Kuznetsova (RUS) d A Glatch (USA) 61 61
Qualifying – M Keys (USA) d J Larsson (SWE) 62 62
Qualifying – E Cabeza Candela (ESP) d M Oudin (USA) 62 62
Qualifying – K Pliskova (CZE) d [Alt] I Falconi (USA) 76(5) 63
Qualifying – G Voskoboeva (KAZ) d C Vandeweghe (USA) 63 64
Qualifying – M Doi (JPN) d [WC] S Sanders (AUS) 62 64
How to play from the baseline
The expression “to endure the rally” is about those indeterminate moments of a rally where none of the players is leading.
The ability to endure the rally is fundamental when you play a “long rally”, because it offers you the chance to measure your opponent’s strong points and vulnerabilities, besides letting you position as best as possible for your next offensive shot.