Originally Posted by Shvedbarilescu
Honestly, I would have prefered that Alex rested her knees until next year but hopefully she knows what she is doing.
I have to agree kind of. Of course I'm happy to see her willing to get some matches under her belt and I didn't expect her at all to enter Dubai regarding that she has chosen nearly every week the tennis tournament with the better field, so going back to challenger level at that point is really surprising.
On the other hand, yeah, her state of health still bothers me a lot. I got caught by some kind of nostalgia and ended up youtubing the highlights of her match against Sharapova where she was able to run literally everything down and that for 4 hours of play!
I just realized how bad she really was in shape at the end of the season, not only did she lose a lot of confidence in her shots, but also her defense completely folded, and don't let me start talking about her service...
I hope she is fine now. The tournament itself has always been very random resultwise and I don't think or I can't believe that she will play that tournament in full come back mode. It's more of a test for her how she can fare with lower ranked opponents at that point.
I wish her all the best, though!