The Martian Llama
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Settling into new flat
Probably the most disappointing performance from Anna that I can remember, considering the circumstances and also what was at stake, the best chance so far of lifting a title. Maybe that's what got to her. I don't think the match yesterday helped with it being so long, it must have taken a lot out of her. I know it's not much of an excuse, but that's 4 days running that she played at the same time, at a time when it was baking hot weather, that doesn't help things either.<br />Anna will be so disappointed, because really this tournament I think was either win or nothing for her, but she's got a few matches under her belt, and hopefully she'll get some good draws in Sydney and the Aussie Open.<br />She needs to play a few more tournaments like this in the year, I don't really care at the moment what tier a tournament is, the fact is Anna needs a win and I don't care where it comes from. <br />I think finally this defeat possibly raises the issue of a coach again. Maybe she needs someone to watch future opponents, because I can't imagine that she had anyone watching Smashnova's match in the last round.
One thing about Anna though, she will be back, she'll be hugely down about this loss, but she'll be back, she's a fighter.