Sheīs very patient, she never tries to hit a winner, when she isnīt sure about it. Her foot-work is the best Iīve seen in a long time, you know if you only watch at her feet itīs very interesting, she does a lot of little steps, especially when going for a backhand winner and then changes it, especially on clay you can "hear" the foot-work very good (tz,tz,tz,tz...shht
Due to her patience she just tries to run everything down, which make her opponents going crazy after a while which most often ends with an unforced error. If you look at the stats of her opponents youīll see that their numbers of UEs is very high. Very often poeple think itīs because the opponent was just playing bad, but itīs because of the reason Iīve mentioned.
Anticipation...do I need to say more to this? Fantastic. She seems to see what the opponentīs going to do. Nice to see in the match against Maria yesterday and especially against J-Cap at the FO.
Ankle...she tries to hit the ball as straight as possible, so that the opponents wonīt get a chance to hit balls with extreme ankles.
Groundtstrokes...amazing, especially the backhand. She does have the most effective double-backhand right now on the tour. The forehand is good, but when she has an off-day, the forehand can really give her a hard time.
Change of pace: Really interesting, you wouldnīt count Nastya as a hard hitter, but she has the ability to change the speed of the balls very differently. Another thing which freaks the opponents out (just ask J-cap).
Mental: Hmmm...I guess she just needs to scream at her coach and breaking rackets though leading 4-1. Not very nice behaviour, but hey, it works.
She can play on every surface, which you canīt find that often.
Overall: her game isnīt spectecular, but itīs efficient, itīs all about tactics and I love it. Itīs a pity most people donīt see it, just because sheīs no hard-hitter.