Indian Wells is nearing, and on everyone's [mostly Dani fans] mind is: Can Daniela Defend this title?
Lets think of why Daniela CAN and WILL defend it:
-her thirst and pride for wanting to defend it
-her motive: showing everyone that she IS a top-player
-the confidence that she is the favourite there
-the comfort that she loves being here and playing in front of that crowd
Lets now think of why Daniela CAN'T defend it:
-the lack her confidence that she has in the previous matches
-the inability that she cant finish off a match when shes ahead
-her not-so-good matches against the unseeded players
-pressure for defending the title
and so on... the lists can go on and on.
I've been on the official Indian Wells Site and I've looked at the Players Entry list and among them are: Daja Bedanova, Elena Bovina [up and coming.. should be a threat], Jennifer Capriati, Els Callens [remember her? the one that took Daniela to 3-sets at Antwerp?], Kim Clijster [finalist at Antwerp], Lindsey Davenport [beat Daniela in Sydeny], Natalie Dechy [took Daniela to tie-breakers in Antwerp], Elena Dementieva, Jelena Dokic, Anna Kournikova, Magdalena Maleeva [beat Daniela easily in the Tour Ending tournament], ...etc. etc. but no where to be found was: Venus OR Serena Williams... theres a breather! BUT if they are there: its not very good for Daniela.
And Daniela's records against them aint so good, shes 0-5 against Venus, thats lack of confidence there already. She will go on to think that she CANT beat the Williams, but realli she CAN, she jus have to concentrate and play HARD AND FORCEFUL! If none of the sisters play than theres a chance for Daniela, but then again theres other players in the draw that will be a threat. ...Too much negative on Daniela! [SORRY!!!]... Lets think of the POSITIVE!!!: Daniela should feel right at home here, the crowd loves her, and she loves the crowd. Last year she realli enjoyed playing here, she loves the desert heat and the beautiful sceneries, she also loves the golf courses!!! [which she took full advantage of]. I expect the crowd to be on Daniela's side, rooting her on, the crowd there respects and loves Daniela, and i dont see why Daniela wouldn't be pumped when the crowd starts chanting her name: Dani! DANI! DANI! > GO DANIELA!!!. Daniela should also feel confident because she IS the defending champ here, so she should feel the confidence power: like she owns the place!!! like, wouldnt you? You KNOW you're the champ here and NO ONE has beaten you yet, wouldnt you feel the exhilerating, thrilling, feeling that, YOU, are at the TOP?! I would!!! haha.
The reason for Daniela loosing in those previous matches/sets/games is because [i think] is the lack of concentration and confidence. She should be focussing on what she's doing and where she's playing the ball. Try to run down EVERY ball so your opponent sees how determined and fearless you are. Daniela should just draw everything [the crowd's chant, chirping birds, coughs, etc.] out of her mind and just focus on the player. Show your opponent how ready you are, how you can EASILY take them down! Besides all that, you should be praying that God loves you and is totally on your side. And if all goes well: Daniela WILL be the 2003 Indian Wells Champion!
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