Margarita Gasparyan (of Armenian and Russian descent, it seems) playing and beating Giorgi now in Linz has one of the most beautiful (if not the most, and I cannot believe what I'm saying) 1HBH combo (slice + top, both crosscourt and DTL) since Henin. Watch her. 6 foot tall, quite athletic. Beautiful, a bit overdramatic, face. Cries/shouts too much.
British commentator "one of the best young players in a long time."
Winner of Baku against Patricia Tig of Romania, also a promising younster:
2015 Baku Final: Patricia Maria Tig vs. Margarita Gasparyan
(full match; BTW, look at that sparkling new arena in Baku, practically empty - this is WTA these days, a pity)
Also see her here
Serena Williams VS Margarita Gasparyan. Wimbledon, Full HD,Monday, June 29, 2015
#63 after today and not for long ...
Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) vs Varvara Lepchenko, 1stR 2015 Moscow.
Lepchenko leads 4-1, after Gasparyan had chances to break back. The youngster fights quite well, though.
Game for Gasparyan, after a magisterial 1HBH while going to the net, gets to 4-2 Lepchenko.
Amazing inside out 1HBH return by Gasparyan, for 15-30.
Her wonderful 1HBH is just as aggressive and long as the FH, rare sight today,
and she breaks to be on serve:
4-3 Lepchenko, Gasparyan serving.
G has a quite high-elbow (very recommended) in the trophy stance while serving and a pretty good rotation: takes game to love for:
4-4, Gasparyan is really back into the game now, with some ascendancy even.
But Lepchenko is a capable veteran, she wins her service at love for
Amazing DTL BH by Gasparyan for 40-15
5-5, Lepchenko serving
Series of BHs by Gasparyan for 0-15, then breaking for
5-6 Lepchnko wants coach babying now.
Gasparyan serves for set. Let's see.
0-15 after a short and high BH volley by Gasparyan.
Great 1-2 serve-FH combo by G for 30-15.
Good serve into the body to win set.
Great show put on by Margarita in the 1st set against a former top 20 player and a very doggy opponent. Let's see how she continues.
Gasparyan breaks for
0-1 Lepchenko in the 2nd. She has very good follow throughs on both sides, and on the 1HBH, there's a flowery motion, indicating a strong wrist action on contact.
0-2 Lepchenko, after another great 1-2 by G, this time serve-BH-to-the-net.
Lepchenko holds for 1-2, thus it becomes important to maintain momentum by holding herself. Let's see. Mental here.
Great smash DTL by Gasparyan, for 30-15, followed by an excellent airborne FH DTL.
3-1 Gasparyan holds.
4-1 after Gasparyan breaks sending Lepchenko left and right and wrongfoots her. Everything clicks for her, but she needs to keep focus.
What I've just said? Lepchenko breaks for
Lepchenko holds, after 4 BH errors by Gasparyan, who puts them into the net. She seems to have lost some punch on that side, some energy. Critical game
After two holds,
5-4 Gasparyan, to serve for the match. Let's see if she keeps control.
Wins heavy rally for 15-0. Good.
but she makes enough errors to be broken
6-5 Lepchenko, she holds, Gasparyan is close to tears when talking to coach.
TB, after a good hold by G. Let's see.
Great DTL FH for minibreak by G.
Great BH by Lepchenko for being on serve
1HBH beats leftie FH for 3-2 Gasparyan
3-3 now after a minibreak by the American, but
DF by Lepchenko for
and she wins after a very good performance her debut match in the home Cup:
Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) d Varvara Lepchenko (USA) | 7 - 5 | 7 - 6 (4) |
Close to tears at shake hands, the Moscow beauty. This time, of satisfaction.
Very good coach, was able to re-stabilize her in the 2nd set. I wonder if she's the coach who taught Margarita her 1HBH, because then she deserves sooner or later a statue )
A star is born, IMHO)
Watch her, tennis fans, you'll greatly enjoy her game even though you might not be able to play the 1HBH She's effervescent.
However here, in the Kremlin Cup, Gasparyan continues to have a tough path, with Mladenovic, then Safarova or Pavliuchenkova. Not an easy draw for Safarova either, in her Singapore quest ...
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