Although he did say the same thing many times over, it was great. It shows that Wilander still loves the game and makes many valid points - chief among them the state of coaching or lacktherof in the women's game. That most of the players have no plan B or other tactics to go to and just like to hit the ball hard and if things don't look good they look up to the stands like a lost puppy.
He says so few of the women's players today think of a different ways to win when their game is not going well. The others he mentioned were Serena and Henin. He says Sharapova does have the mental side but just doesn't have the variety in her game yet to take advantage of this. I like what he is saying because there is a reason that Serena has won ever Grand Slam tournament. She's a great fighter who figures out how to win even when she's not playing her best. He didn't mention Hingis as having IT, but she does IMO and probably the reason she came back is because most of the players on the tour who are blessed with terrific skills play brainless tennis and Hingis could exploit it.
On the subject of Henin, he pointed out that she is dominant on clay but in the 3 years she has lost, she has attributed losses to virues and injuries and never gives credit to her opponents.
On the subject of Kuznetsova, he thinks in 3 years she will be the #1 player.
On the subject Vaidisova he feels might have the best forehand he has ever seen. He was critical of how easily a few points affected her and how she like many on the tour didn't have a Plan B when faced with adversity, but i think by his tone he sees very BIG things in Vaidisova's future.
It is frustrating because many of my favorite players of the tour are heavy hitters and then look up at the stands if things don't go well and say "vamos" if things go well. Mats was expressing a concern of this disturbing trend. He is stating that when it's 5-5 in the 3rd set of the tiebreaker is hitting the ball hard the only strategy? I He talks about how someone like Nadal will never miss a forehand when the game is on the line. I don't think Henin played her best tennis at this French and she admitted it as much but she was smart enough to figure out how to win and the fact that she won the French without dropping a set and admitting she didn't play her best seems to confirm Wilander's points.
On Clijsters, he basically said what a lot of people are thinking that she barely even showed up and maybe she is not into the tennis game anymore.
The semis was long but if you are a big tennis fan of the women's circuit, it's definitely worth a listen. Hope this helps.
Last edited by Lenafan; Jun 13th, 2006 at 03:51 AM.