I think yes. She played agressive tennis today vrs. Monica. I don't know with a good draw I think ASV could do it again. I mean she took a set off of Seles? And we all know Seles is no joke.. and RG is clay.
ASV surprised me today with her tennis.
Anyone else think she has a shot?
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I've just replied in another thread that Arantxa was basically on nice, comfortable, well-worn turf against Seles yesterday.
She didn't have to adapt (maybe accept to the conditions), because playing Seles is like what she's been used to for 15 years or so!
Yes Arantxa played very well yesterday (better than I've seen her in an age), but in the future she's gonna have to win the matches against the awkward and hungry upstarts, before she gets a shot a Seles or a Hingis, or a Capriati (3 players I would rate her chances against).
A victory at RG is not impossible for Arantxa, but still unlikely at this stage. (in singles )
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I don't see her winning, but she certainly is capable of taking out any of the big name players in Paris (except maybe Martina whom she seems to ave a mental block against) as she has an amazing record there.
Confidence and self belief like yesterday are the key though.
You can't rule her out simply because she often fights the odds and proves everyone wrong. She has a pretty good record at RG over the last few yrs bar last year so she could do well. Well, I'm hoping anyway
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Well, anything is possible. I just don't see it as being likely. ASV best season last year was on clay and that wasn't all that impressive, considering her past accomplishments. I don't think players veterans and rookies fear ASV anymore nor see her as much of a threat on clay or hardcourts.
Does anyone have any idea what's been off with ASV's game? Or has it been more dealing with personal issues, like her marriage? As of late she's been mentioned more for her doubles game than for her singles.
I think Arantxa's game is still as good as before really, the only difference I see is a more aggressive atttitude to her style. Before she could afford to get away with some matches where she was a bit more defensive, but she does know how to attack aswell. I think adapting into a more aggressive player, getting to net more, and going for her shots may have been costing her a bit the last little while because she may not be quite used to it, and still needs to work a bit more at choosing the right moment. When she's on top of it she's very dangerous though, and even a year ago at Amelia Island against Hingis she was really attacking and not allowing Hingis to just push her around. A few losses and inconsistent results may have hurt her confidence a bit, but hopefully her form is coming together again and seeing Arantxa adapting is a good sign to me. The results aren't necessarily all going to happen right away, but I think that this Indian Wells result was a good step in the right direction.
As for whether she's a contender for the Roland Garros title, who knows. Last year was a tough loss to Frazier (clay is not Amy's best surface, but she does have a winning record against Arantxa, particularly in rceent years). If she is playing as she has in Indian Wells then I think she can make the quarterfinals likely, but I think the title is a bit too far away now. But anything can happen, so you really never know. I'd love to see her finally win Roland Garros doubles though