She said she needed a break I think. But her game is not suited very well for clay. She is playing Hilton Head and Amelia Island I think. Plus she has played already a lot of events so a break might be good.
In her own words, she said of those events she was skipping that she was going to "let someone else win them."
She's been playing her ass off. Maybe she just needs a break. As far as she's come this year, I think she is still very uncomfortable on clay. Not unlike Lindsay Davenport in previous years, maybe she's using this time as a break, figuring she won't do that well anyway. At this point, she's guaranteed a seed at WB and was a second round casualty there last year, so she can continue her points climb at that tournament and then be somewhat fresh for the pre-U.S. Open tour. Who knows, just a guess on my part!
Her schedule last year was Amelia Island, Charleston, Roland Garros. So she's not losing any points. If she really said she was taking a three week break, that MAY mean she's thinking of playing Rome or Berlin.
I thought Alexandra got her act togather this year but that 6-2,6-0 trashing by hingis has left me no confidence in Alexandra..
"I told her, `You don't want to get into a hitting battle with Sharapova, because it would be uneven for Sharapova, because Sharapova only has one good side and that's her backhand,"'. "`You don't want to get into that for the simple reason you would win. So try to hit some balls to her strong side, to her backhand, and that would help you with your match for tomorrow
I like her, but I think as well as she's done, she won't do much on clay. Why waste time at 2-4 events in Europe where in all likelihood, she'll get tossed the first round she plays. She won't beat European qualifiers on that surface. Go the the French, see what happens, but PREPARE for Wimbledon. She knows grass is her best surface and that surface means a lot to her. Don't wear yourself down traveling for like 3 points. That's my take.
Agree with Jakeev and Celeste on what they mentioned. This is a smart move from Alexandra. I am also glad to hear her say that she is going to work on fitness. I always thought that was a major issue with her game.
Venusfan, that 2/6 0/6 was not as bad as it lookes. Alot of those points were close, but Alex didin't work the big points well. Alex was mentally out of it. I mean come on Hingis is not going to give an inch. Actually I liked alot of things that I saw from Alex. Her volleys were classic and her groundstrokes were smooth. I'm telling yah.. Alex has a beautiful game and when it gets together, I think she will win some slams. Especially Wimbeldon. I love the Serve n. Volley style.. alot. I miss seeing that in tennis. Especially from a top top contender.. And I think Alex has what it takes to be a top serve'n volleyer in the game.
Only after the last tree has been cut down
Only after the last river has been poisoned
Only after the last fish has been caught
Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten. "Cree Native American Prophecy"