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What do you expect from Monica's comeback?

Personally, i think she should skip the French and concentrate on Wimbledon. As she gets older, surely the surface becomes more favorable to her - short fast rallies and that lefty serve will always get her out of trouble. Pounding away on the clay i think, will do Monica more harm than good, she's going to struggle if she plays the French.

Also, if you look back to the people she's lost to at Wimbledon in the last few years, its been no disgrace, 7-6 7-6 against an on-fire Lucic, 7-5 7-6 against JHH, 6-7 6-4 6-0 against Davenport - she's certainly has her chances.

History suggest that Wimbledon favors the older player - Novotna, Martina Nav, Goran, Tauziat - lets hope Mon can complete the collection.

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jana, martina, goran, and nat were all serve-and-volliers

that match vs. mirjana was amazing

ugh, why do they all suck????????
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Personally, i think she should skip the French and concentrate on Wimbledon.
I agree.
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Unfortunately, as much as I would give my 2 front teeth to see monica win wimbledon, she is least effective on the surface, and her winning the title would take a miracle.

On grass, obviously you do well S+V'ing, the volley is not what made monica good. You also get a lot of balls to hit down low, which just happens to be where monica doesn't like 'em. In addition, grass favors players who are very quick and agile, again not monica.


She has a FAR better chance on clay, although if she comes back, slam wins are not very likey, unfortunately
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I don't expect anything, I'm just thrilled about her coming back
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Unfortunately, as much as I would give my 2 front teeth to see monica win wimbledon, she is least effective on the surface, and her winning the title would take a miracle.

On grass, obviously you do well S+V'ing, the volley is not what made monica good. You also get a lot of balls to hit down low, which just happens to be where monica doesn't like 'em. In addition, grass favors players who are very quick and agile, again not monica.


She has a FAR better chance on clay, although if she comes back, slam wins are not very likey, unfortunately
If Davenport can win Wimbledon, there's no reason why Monica can't. Plus, like someone already mentionned, she lost some close matches against some great players. Btw, in the last few years her results have been similar everywhere, mainly around the "Quarters". It didn't matter whether it's on clay (French), hard (US), grass (Wimbledon) or even indoors (Chase). She can play on fast & slow. What matters is that she has to win one of those important key matches in the quarters, and this could happen in ANY grandslam.
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I don't expect anything, I'm just thrilled about her coming back
My sentiments exactly.
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My sentiments exactly.
Mine as well

Come back EVENTUALLY Cappy!! Ok this clearly was written back in a day when I still had faith..


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Monica's foot injury has been re-aggravated again and again on Decoturf. If it is reasonably healed, playing on the clay shouldn't damage it. If she can stay healthy til the hardcourt season, I'd really like to see her do only one tuneup for the US Open, maybe San Diego.

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i don't expect anything, im just so damn excited.

and i think she really doesn't want to skip the french. she wants to show that last year was not the way she's going out. and paris might be her fav place other than melbourne.
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I am cautiously optimistic. Monica seems to be taking her doctors' advice and is taking it SSSSSLLLLLOOOOOWWWW! On clay, I give Monica as much chance as any player on the tour. In that match with Lindsay at Wimbledon, she just ran out of gas. If she's fit and healthy, she's back in the top 10 easily.

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I can't imagine Monica fast enough to deal with the sheer velocity of the groundstrokes of a Venus or Serena or Justine on grass. Or even Capriati or Petrova. The ball gets through the court so quickly. Monica needs a surface that slows the ball down enough for her to catch up to it.

As for why Lindsay and not Monica?

Lindsay's in way better physical condition, and when she won it, she had by far the biggest serve on the tour. And one aspect of the tour that has really changed since Lindsay won (BECAUSE Lindsay won) is that return-of-serve has gotten better on the tour. There are many more players who can return a 100+ mph serve with an outright winner. Serving used to mean automatic control of the point. No longer true. Monica has to be ready to move, move, move.

And, correct me if I'm wrong, but Monica had fractures in her feet. That's a weight-bearing issue. Put bluntly, she can't get away with being fat. If she's heavy, every running step put an incredible load on her feet. If she's out there at 175-180 lbs again, she'll just break her feet.

She doesn't have to be in the shape that Serena's in. (I mean, who is?) But I think she does have to be in the shape that Lindsay's in. If you want it in comparitive weight terms, she has to weigh less than Venus.

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I'm sure we are not the only ones who want to know this. Monica is committed to a tier III which she pretty much dominated. If she is ready, then she should be able to have a winning streak going into French Open. If not, then she just might do the unthinkable
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