Join Date: Jan 2003
I hate to say this, but this was a truly dismal effort by Dani. When things weren't going her way in the Stevenson match, she fought harder to make sure things turned in her favour. In this game, there was no fight. Everyone knows how Conchita plays. She just slices everything back with the backhand and then once she's opened you up, bang!
To Daniela's credit, she tried all sorts of tactics but nothing worked. She tried serve and volley which was successful only occasionally. She tried baseline slogs followed up with some net approaches, in fact she tried everything to break Conchita down, but we all know what a good steady player she is. She just kept returning everything Dani threw at her and the body language from Dani was not good. No matter how hard she tried, Conchita was far too good for and it was sad to see that Dani just didn't have either a game-plan or a game good enough to beat her.
With this constant failure to break her down, her shoulders dropped, she kept huffing and puffing at Nigel, and in the end, she just gave up. There was no fight there, no determination to turn fortunes around and the look of defeat on her face came far too early for me, as if it was a foregone conclusion.
If Dani really is to be established as a top ten player, she needs to have a game that is good enough to match players like Martinez. At the moment, while she can almost match the power of someone like Venus (I said almost as she put up more of a fight against her in AO) by slogging it out from the base line, she cannot match the deft touches and guile of someone like Martinez.