Yeah, I find Konta's game unbearable to watch. Her movement isn't fluid at all, just box-like and it looks like she's in a panic. Her strategy hasn't changed from day one, hitting the ball hard from side to side and aim to end the point as quick as possible. You could put highlights of today's match with any one of hers from last year and they would look exactly the same. The better players should have her figured out by now, just mix it up and don't play baseline tennis all the time.
Would have to disagree....her movement in Miami this year for example was better than in Miami the year before. She has improved her consistency leaps and bounds so it's difficult to come forward or take Jo off of the baseline these days if you're not playing really, really well or are not a top player.
Definitely doesn't look in a panic. I saw her live today for the first time and she was remarkably calm, especially under pressure situations. She also isn't *just* bashing the ball, she's become more patient in the last few months. There were many instances today where Rybarikova sliced to Jo's BH and Jo opted for the short angle or a deeper midcourt rather than rushing to end the point.
Rybarikova DID mix it up - a lot actually. Many dropshots, slices etc and tried to move Jo around but to largely no avail overall - yes she won some points off of it but Jo coped very well with it. Jo has an under rated passing shot as well, so net rushing isn't a guaranteed working tactic against her either.
Anyway, as for the match, am so happy to have seen Jo win live and also serve well today - I'm talking more about what she did off of the first serve rather than just the percentage itself. Also mixed up the serve well at times in pressure situations, was really using her head.
she'll be the favourite against the tired Donna tomorrow but I doubt it'll be easy, she needs to keep the standard up that she has had all week. Let's go Jo! There hasn't been a british WTA title winner winning a WTA singles final in Britain in over 30 years.