Re: Auckland 1R: Vaidisova d. Kudryavtseva 7-6(3) 4-6 7-5
Wow, what a nutty match with so many momentum shifts. I watched the live webstream.
Vaidisova looked secure at 4-0 up in the final set. She was serving well while Kudryavtseva was giving her tons of unforced errors, showing inexperience by making bad decisions like a pathetic drop shot attempt on break point. And then, in typical Nicole fashion, she started crumbling.
Alla's coach came on the court when his pupil was down 2*-5 and gave her some good advice. She was stubborn when speaking with him, but he told her to take her chances when she was set up and had a short ball. She took his advice when Nicole was serving at 5*-3, 40-15 and saved both match points with positive, aggressive rallies. That's when Nicole really started spraying errors everywhere. She recovered when serving at 5-5 and got up 30-0 with two winners set up by her serve. Then all of a sudden another string of ugly errors and she was down break point. Have to say Nicole was lucky Alla didn't capitalize on her momentum there and take that opportunity.
The dumb butt commentator who was calling the match actually had the audacity to say at 6-5, "It will most likely be a tiebreak now." As if, after all the erratic play from both and all the breaks of serve in the final set alone, he could say with confidence that there would most likely be a tiebreak. Yeah, right. It didn't happen.
Vaidisova did end the match with a great return winner dtl off a weak Kudry second serve. But that was one of my biggest problems with Nicole during this match. I don't understand why her new coach hasn't worked on changing Vaidisova's big swings. I swear, you watch her wind up during a match and throw her racquet back so far, and you have no clue what the result will be. Sometimes I'm afraid for the people in the audience that she might misfire and smack one of them in the head! But because she has such big backswings on both of her groundstrokes, she needs to time the ball almost perfectly. So during this match, why was she taking big swings on some of Alla's hard, flat first serves? Naturally, she caught many of them late and hit them well wide, and also often dumped them in the net. Meanwhile, she didn't punish enough of the weak second serves that she was getting from Kudryavtseva. Those were the ones to attack and place in the corners of the court! I wish Vaidisova could find a coach who would really correct her swing and just make it more practical, so she's not swinging wildly all the time from the baseline. I'd rather see her find a way into net than just stay on the baseline all match long.