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Myskina's Slump Now A Worry

in january we all said it was post fed cup letdown....now its april and she is only 8-7 on the year and has been losing one or two matches into her tournaments (and losing to way inferior opponents to boot) on a regular basis. and even if you claim her ranking is too high like some do around here, i know she is better than the likes of peng, dechy, and asagoe...if she was losing in the qf or sf to top 5 players thats one thing but these results now should be cause for alarm....the question is what can be done to reverse the downward spiral that is 2005

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She'll be needing some major at the French if she isn't 100 % alert.

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Not sure that she wants it badly enough right now. Perhaps she needs some time off to re-focus and re-dedicate herself. Or perhaps her inevitable drop in the rankings after RG will be the wake up call she needs.
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No, donīt worry, sheīs still tired, i mean last year was an unprecedented success for her and she hasnīt really had a rest. I think that the clay court season will rejuvenate her and she will come back.
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No, donīt worry, sheīs still tired, i mean last year was an unprecedented success for her and she hasnīt really had a rest. I think that the clay court season will rejuvenate her and she will come back.

I hope you are right! She needs to get her act together fairly soon....

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I'm quite pessimistic about how the rest of the season's going to go

I haven't seen any of her dreadful matches this season - even when winning, she's had awful scorelines - so I'm not sure exactly what's gone wrong; I assume she's just not mentally up for tennis at the moment. And when her mind is her strongest weapon when she's on top form, when it goes it means she can lose to ANYONE.

Clay won't rejuvenate her, she's hardly a clay court specialist - it'll make it worse, because she'll need to be patient and mentally strong. I don't see her results improving until after RG.

Possibly losing the Russian No 1 spot was more of a blow than we thought. Or it might still be the Olympic loss - but I thought with her Kremlin Cup win she'd gotten over it.
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Myskina has been off her game since Moscow. All she can hope for at this point is a jump-start match against a top 10 player. Since she's won two straight against Lindsay, it looks like that might be the match that could get her back on track. Problem is she would have to fight her way to play Lindsay. Interesting.
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i have a feeling that next tournament will show us what is Myskina's cost for current moment

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She hasn't had one top 20 win this year. From the matches I've seen this year she isn't that different from last year. I still say that her game isn't good enough to belong in the top 10. It is too dependable on her opponent.
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nope, i can think of a couple of croatians that are in a worse slump

ugh, why do they all suck????????
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I saw her vs. Golovin in Antwerp and she played quite OK there, but was very, very rusty and didn't have a rhytmn and not the patience, too. I think she tries to dominate more rather than using a mixture between aggressive play and her defense qualities. And I say that as a "not-liker." She definitely is better than her results show though.

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If she loses early at RG, could she potentially fall out of the top 10? Especially considering that Clijsters and Henin-Hardenne have points to gain. For a few years, she hung around the top 10 to 15....not until this past year was she a real force on the tour. I wonder if her time being ranked 10th to 15th was representative of her true ability.

I like her style of play a lot...it's can be fun to watch. She just lacks the consistency and focus to play not only solid defense but to also take control and attack for a full match. If her opponents play well, she is a sitting duck. It's not surprising that she has lost to opponents who are having excellent seasons so far: Dechy, Conchita, Asagoe, Schnyder, etc.
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I agree that her slump is now a worry as opposed to before... she surprised me by recovering from the Olympic losses to do well indoors and then rocking Fed Cup, but I think one of her biggest concerns may be that shoulder injury. I understand how much she must not want surgery, but if she keeps playing at this level what's the point?
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She really has lost her fight and consistency. I dunno what happened!! She played so well at fedcup...but this year has been abysmal.

Pull it together Nastya!

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