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Having known Krista since she was about 8 yrs old. I know for a fact her strokes was taught by her parents. Primarily her dad. And yes both parents are doctors. Always a very honest and kind and giving family. I remember as well, Krista's mom stating that her older daughter was not just more intense, but more talented. But Krist's work ethics are second to none. What she lacked in athleticism, she made up in working extremely hard not just on the court but off the court. Someone told me a story once that lived in the same area as Krista. She told me that she passed by the courts at which Krista practiced on a saturday morning. It was just Krista and a ball machine there. She would drill hitting the corners side to side over and over and over again. The person told me that she go about her day return in a few hours and Krista was still be there doing the same same drill a few hours later.
Wow, this is not something Iíve read anywhere about Krista. I mean, it is such a great story and I am surprised that it isnít mentioned anywhere.
I assumed she was born with such tennis talent to have accomplished what she has. It is inspiring to those who work hard, in absence of natural talent.
I recall Nicole Gibbs tweeted that her dad told her success was 100% hard work and not talent.
According to her mom, Krista definitely wanted to turn pro, that may have changed within her last year or so.
The saying goes that one picture is worth a thousand wordsÖI believe this may express that change. It was my favorite picture of the tournament! Lean on me...
I think she was so happy to not only win it her freshman year such a great accomplishment, but to help win it for players like Gibbs, who had not won it and delayed turning pro a year for the opportunity AND Dillon, who was a walk-on and not a starter when the team won it in 2010. Stanfordís website didnít provide the explicit details of her victory that she was down a set and trailing 5-1 with Cercone serving for the match, before she mounted her comeback to win 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 6-3.
The USTA said yes but you cannot bring your coach. Krista loved her coach. He was the only one who didn't feel he needed to change the way she hit the ball. (unlike the USTA during her stint with them)
Thatís the kind of thing that irks me about the USTA. Maybe Iím not always seeing all the positive that the USTA is doing, but when I hear about that and that story about Townsend, who was not allowed to play the US Open because she was overweight, so she decides to compete against their wishes, funding her own expenses, then later the USTA agrees to reimburse herÖ
I am assuming that coach was Robert Van't Hof, who previously coached Lindsey Davenport and now trains Coco Vandeweghe. I think it is just plain selfish and egotistical on the USTAís part to not look whatís best for the player and acting solely on their behalf to seek recognition for player development.
To think that Patrick McEnroe went to Stanford...
Still Krista won the Clay court tournament and I bet she was determined more than ever by USTAís actions. Iím not surprise that story never got to the press.
It should have. Players often have coaches long before the USTA discovers them. I'll leave at that...