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Why Daniela Hantuchova Is Not A Top Player

I love Daniela, but I just realized why she is not a top player. Why she is not winning tournaments, slams, and beating top players. The reason is that she has not improved any aspect of her game since 2002. If anything I think she has gone down in form. I think Daniela of 2002 beats Daniela of 2006. Daniela of 2006 is unbeliably incosistant and constantly looses to players ranked below her. Amazing that she has not improved whatsoever in four years.

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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old Jul 30th, 2006, 11:22 PM
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Daniela's personal problems really pushed her back for a lot of 2003, and 2004. In 2005 she finally seemed to be showing more signs of life, and this year she's still been inconsistent, but she's also been able to get into the 4th round of all 3 slams this year which is definitely a good step forward.

I don't think Daniela's improved a whole lot in her game since 2002, she's a hard worker, but really the concentration is a problem for her, and I still want to see her implementing more in terms of using some of her all-court skills. She has the ability to do that, she showed she was quite capable of it even early in her career. I think a lot of it is just confidence building, believing again that she can use those things successfully, and still learning when to use the right shots at the right times.

That said, while I do think she is capable of getting her ranking into the top 10 again, you have to consider that in 2002 she was unknown to many people, and when people don't know your game, and you have nothing to lose, it seems to come a lot easier. No pressure, and people aren't after you. Now people know what to expect from Daniela, they know her weaknesses, and that's why it's all the more important that she adds to her game and really tightens up her concentration on the court.

Hopefully she can do it

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Daniela has a serious problem in her head. That's why.
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Daniela has a serious problem in her head. That's why.

And her movement is still a liability; she goes off-balance far too easily. Her forward movement is OK, but her lateral movement still needs a lot of work.

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She was #5 WTA ranking in 2003. Doubt She'll ever see top 10 again. Comparing her with other top 10 candidates, her lack of overall quickness and endurance is her downfall. If I were her coach, two things I would suggest would be more weight training for strength and muscle endurance and to get her to stop the incessant bouncing she does at every conceivable opportunity in every match. She wastes hundreds of calories of energy in every match. Calories her slender body needs. Plant your feet more, do a wiggle.
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She was #5 WTA ranking in 2003. Doubt She'll ever see top 10 again. Comparing her with other top 10 candidates, her lack of overall quickness and endurance is her downfall. If I were her coach, two things I would suggest would be more weight training for strength and muscle endurance and to get her to stop the incessant bouncing she does at every conceivable opportunity in every match. She wastes hundreds of calories of energy in every match. Calories her slender body needs. Plant your feet more, do a wiggle.
WTF?

She bounces so her feet are ready for the next point.

What are you talking about?
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Every one has to bounce some. She does it to excess. Even when she's not being served to.
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Every one has to bounce some. She does it to excess. Even when she's not being served to.
She's trying to keep herself pumped and ready.

I never knew it was a crime.
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No, it's certainly not a crime. I think in her case it may be nervous energy. Being a big fan of her, I sure get disappointed with some of her results. What do you think she could do to get back to the top 10 ?
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No, it's certainly not a crime. I think in her case it may be nervous energy. Being a big fan of her, I sure get disappointed with some of her results. What do you think she could do to get back to the top 10 ?
She needs to work on her footwork and her movement. Shee needs to use the variety in her game more. She needs to be more consisent from the baseline and keep down the errors. She also must stay calm mentally and focus.
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She has a good all round game but she doesnt have that killer instinct that focus and her game is just not quite as good as the very best, they move a little better, hit a little harder and some have a more complete game.
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She has a good all round game but she doesnt have that killer instinct that focus and her game is just not quite as good as the very best, they move a little better, hit a little harder and some have a more complete game.
She actually does have a killer instinct. She just hasn't unleashed it yet.
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Forget the previous top ten ranking, and the one tournament win. Look at her game. it's one dimensional to a fault. Hit cross-court, hit cross-court, hit down the line if the opponent falls over in a siezure. She can't volley well enough to come in off a deep approach shot. If she comes in at all, it's off a short ball. Her serve has pace, but it easy to read. She has no spins worth mentioning.

In short, she owes her ranking to her power. I don't see her game suddenly blossoming. It's too late in the day.

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She can't volley well enough to come in off a deep approach shot.
She's one of the best volleyers on tour. :retard: Hence the reason she matched her career-high ranking of No.5 in the world in doubles this year again.

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Hit cross-court, hit cross-court, hit down the line if the opponent falls over in a siezure.
Don't forget that she can throw in drop shots and drop volleys here and there!

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Her serve has pace, but it easy to read.
Her serve is very good actually. When she's playing well like at the beginning of the year she was hitting quite a handful of aces in her matches. And they weren't because of sheer power, they were more about placement.

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I don't see her game suddenly blossoming. It's too late in the day.
It doesn't have to blossom. It's already there. Just a few kinks that need to be sorted out. You act as if she's ranked #105 in the world.
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Daniela has a serious problem in her head. That's why.
What sort of problems she have?I know the divorce between her parents...but there is more than that?
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