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Why isn't Alexandra going to Europe?

I figured that this would be an opportunity to get much needed bonus points and to really get used to clay since I cannot remember any succeses on clay........

Does anybody know why?

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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."
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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!
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She has said that she will play Amelia Ilse and S. Carolina but will take the next three weeks off to work on fitness. She knows exactly what is missing from her game now, and wants to work on it.
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But if she was expecting to be seeded at Roland Garros..You figure the girl may want to practice with the warm-ups tourneys....maybe she can move up to a higher rank like maybe top 20 or 15....

I guess if she'd played through-out til RG then she won't have enough time for Wimbledon.

Hopefully she's practicing at home....I want to see Alex at least 15 in the rankings.

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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.

But playing on clay won't help her win Wimbledon.
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I think she wants to do better on grass and on hardcourts in the summer so she is preparing for that more and not the clay. Davenport does the same thing.
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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..

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CC is right.....Alex did say in an interview she wanted to work on improving her fitness.

She is gonna compete in Paris; but I think at this point, finding good results on grass and the California hard courts are more important to her right now than what she might do on clay.

She knows what she wants I say good for her.
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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..
She conceded that that was contributed to by a fitness issue. Thus her plans to work on it.
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furthermore venusfan.....I hope she dashes right before your eyes right into the top ten....
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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.
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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.

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umm...she's an american and she is afraid that she would be harmed?

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