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What are the things that your favourites need to improve badly?

Be frank and honest, all our favourite are not perfect. There are a lot of things the players have to change or improve badly, both the skills of playing and maybe the personality. Besides defending our favourites, we DO need to admit their problems or weaknesses. What do you think your favourites need to improve?

I think Jennifer should control her temper on court more and stop bashing at linesmen and the umpire. In addition, she should focus a lot more at the beginning of sets and the improve her ball toss.

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Martina should improve her serve, but that's no news
Amanda should just get a few inches taller

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Monica to continue work on her conditioning maybe teying to run on high field or something like Martina, she can beat everyone but she really need to learn how to beat 3 top 10 players un a row, if she want a shot at Grand slam
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Marta should run more and faster, she cant do anything against player who make her move.

Mariajo should improve her mind!! This girl has a terrible bad confidence in herself

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Arantxa's definitely losing her confidence...which is sad because it is usually her mentality that helps her win through matches.
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Wink What are the things that your favourites need to improve badly!

Well, in Martina's case she needs to finish off her opponent when she has championship point on her racquet?? Oh! that nightmare at the AO...will it ever go away??
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Jelena needs 2 improve on her on court tactics

n Martina her serve n closing out matches
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Martina deifnetely needs her second serve beefed up, and she needs to believe she can win slams again.
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Jennifer's ball toss and double faults. Jennifer has a fantastic serve when she tosses the ball correctly and slows down a bit between serves.

Monica's conditioning and her serve should be a huge weapon. I want Monica to look fresh in every 3rd set she plays. She looked great against Venus in Oz!

I always wanted Steffi to crank up her topspin backhand more often (or at least a few times per set!).
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Venus has to cut down those UE ........ but even so, she's doing pretty fine !
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Kim needs to be more aggresive against better players... when she plays against the top heavy hitters she tends to stay back and never come to net...

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Iva - needs to concentrate for whole matches at a time, but REALLY needs to rid herself of those damn injuries. Some confidence would be nice, too.

Lina - needs consistency, which she should find when she plays more tournaments this year. Once she's got back from - yup, you guessed it - her injuries.

Elena D - needs a sports psychologist, a better serve, and the self-belief and determination which she showed at the end of 2000 and which she has, unfortunately and hopefully temporarily, misplaced.

Venus - less UEs would be nice. Before, I would have said 'play more tournaments' but she's doing that. Good girl.

Mirjana - needs a) a sports psychologist and b) a fitness trainer.
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Hey Sartrista.......good choice for your avatar!!!! I love BJORK!!!!!! I 'm gonna see her in april at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, set for April 27-28 !!!!
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Okay

1.) Venus - STILL needs to keep her service motion in check and serve more consistently. Also continue to develop her volley and netplay. I would love to see her serve and volley one or two points per game. She also needs to work on that forehand - or at least keep it in check.


2.) Serena - Here is where Serena is lacking: Needs big work on her volley. As accurately as she serves, she could also serve and volley a couple points per game. Serena needs help developing alternative game plans when she is behind. Venus has improved significantly in this area in the last two years. Serena also needs more touch in her game. She doesn't have to hit out on every shot - especially when she has an open court. She needs to conserve energy in matches so she lasts longer.


3.) Monica needs to serve more consistently. Her serve is much better this year. She also needs much work on coming in to net. I got so frustrated during the AO match with Hingis when she waited for short balls to bounce instead of taking them early in the air. She expends so much energy setting up the point then lets the opponent back in. She needs to get more fit although she looks so much better.


4.) Alexandra Stevenson - More fit, more fit, more fit. Biggest problem. She also needs to develop a better backhand down the line ala Sampras. I would like her to incorporate more defense in her game - slices, lots of topspin, lobbing, etc and even some angles on the run so she can get back into points more often. So far this year, she is so improved. Like serena she needs help developing plans a,b,c for times when the match is not going her way.

5. Iva - More fit, more fit, more fit. Also her second serve is weak and very inconsistent. Otherwise her problems are mental. At times, she seems lazy and like she is going through the motions. She needs to get focused and hungry.

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joao - I'm sooo jealous of you, I've never seen her live (I've seen PJ Harvey and Tori Amos, so she's the only Goddess I've not been to a concert of). I would have seen her at Covent Garden last year, but couldn't afford it - £75 a ticket
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