I first saw mirza play a couple of years ago.Strange really,because I usually wait for players to put it all together,and then jump on the bandwagon(saves a lot of disappointments
).Her shotmaking abilities really caught my eye,and i thought lets keep an eye on this kid.Her forehand particularly,is a beautiful shot.One of those 'jesus!' shots
At this point I think she has a number of flaws,but also something special.Right now I'd say top20 for sure.I think she has to fix her serve,and work on her fitness,and then i'll revise that.I'll see what Roche has done to her serve before making any predictions for the year.Her first serve, particularly to the ad-court can be very good when its going in,but her mechanics need work,and the second serve is nonexistent.
Her point construction at this point is rudimentary,she rather goes for winners from anywhere and everywhere.Her strength, as well as in a way her achilles heel is that she has no fear of anyone or anything.In fact she rather reminds me of a tennis player trying to play cricket,and find the gap with every shot.But she can be surprisingly versatile in her shots,and unsually instinctive.There's more to her than just hitting hard.Her shotmaking can be quite breathtaking at times.However,she needs patience and discipline.If I was an indian she would have driven me mad,and bald by now
I think she might make quite a splash in the next few years,but I don't think it'll be in 2006.She's such an unusual player both in her style,and her approach that I can't say anything for sure.
But she improves very quickly,and I would not be surprised at anything.She is also extremely tough,mentally.It could be worth being patient with her.