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Svetlana: "I didn't play my best game, that's why i lost"

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"With these players you just have so few opportunities.

"If you don't use them there's no way I'm going to win. I had so many of them. I felt I just didn't move to the ball well enough because I was pretty tight.

"It's very tough. I think the match was much closer than the score for sure.
To what extent do you agree?



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Re: Svetlana: "I didn't play my best game, that's why i lost"

I do agree, she was ahead in so many games, so many missed opportunities.
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Re: Svetlana: "I didn't play my best game, that's why i lost"

She was nervous, but give her credit for playing way better than she did in that semifinals. Ugh, that match was so ugly that I had to turn the tv off and take a walk.

Justine was determined, but still there were games that Justine got away with such as that 0-3* and *1-5 in the first set and in the second set, kuzzie was up *1-2 40-0! and it went to deuce 7 times before juju broke. So not the drama. and that last game where justine hit 3 df's and 3 second serves........
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Re: Svetlana: "I didn't play my best game, that's why i lost"

Justine was lucky.. if she had played that standard against venus she may have lost a set or match.. Sveta will look back at this as missed chance

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Re: Svetlana: "I didn't play my best game, that's why i lost"

Both didn't play their best game !
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Re: Svetlana: "I didn't play my best game, that's why i lost"

Justine does tend to put her opponents under pressure early on the match, breaking them right at the start. That's a really clever tactic, that no doubt her experience in playing lots of big matches these past few years has helped.

She's sharp from the first ball.
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Re: Svetlana: "I didn't play my best game, that's why i lost"

And also, going by the title: Do youthink Svetlana could have / should have won if she played her best? To what extent do you agree with that?
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Re: Svetlana: "I didn't play my best game, that's why i lost"

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And also, going by the title: Do youthink Svetlana could have / should have won if she played her best? To what extent do you agree with that?
I honestly don't think there's much she could've done out there. At her best Justine would have still beaten her. Justine owns her on the tennis court. She did have many chances out there but she was just way too tentative and didn't take advantage of her opportunities. It's just too bad.


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Re: Svetlana: "I didn't play my best game, that's why i lost"

Justine was playing her B game that final, so was Sveta. If Justine had played like she did against Venus the scoreline would have been even more dominating. Justine's level of play was still higher overall in that match.

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Re: Svetlana: "I didn't play my best game, that's why i lost"

I think if Svetlana gets 75% first serves in, hits twice as many winners to UEs, executes on all her forays into the net and delivers on the big points she beats anyone on tour. Same for Justine, same for the Williamses, same for most players in the top 20. IF everything goes *perfectly* and they achieve this mythical "best game" they win.

Winning slams isn't about that though, it's about consistency and how you cope in pressure situations. It's not as if Justine played her best tennis winning this US Open either, she's choked away serving for a set more times than Carlos Rodriguez would like but it's how you deal with that that separates. Look at Djokovic last night, chokes serving for the set, loses the tiebreak - Henin doesn't do that, she puts it behind her, recovers and steamrolls on.

Back to Svetlana - she made a lot of UEs and on paper played nowhere near her best game but she was making UEs because of the pressure Henin was applying by saying "this is the standard I'm setting, you either don't reach that level and lose or you step up and then *maybe* you win". Sveta had chances to break in the second set but she didn't take them - thing is though, had she taken them that doesn't mean she wins the match, that just means then it's closer.

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Re: Svetlana: "I didn't play my best game, that's why i lost"

Kuzzy is correct it was her match to lose!!!

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Kuzzy is correct it was her match to lose!!!
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Re: Svetlana: "I didn't play my best game, that's why i lost"

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Justine does tend to put her opponents under pressure early on the match, breaking them right at the start.
I don't think you can choose to break serve per se

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Re: Svetlana: "I didn't play my best game, that's why i lost"

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She's sharp from the first ball.
Correct.
Henin is ready right from the start, something that gets overlooked. Justine tends to "bully" Sveta when they play: bringing her in, playing lots of flash shots early, lots of angles.

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