My comments on Monica's 2002 US Open
Overall, it was a good tournament. Let's not forget that Monica is coming back from an injury and hasn't played during the summer. She had no preparation at all.
She was able to tough out the first couple of rounds including a revenge against Schwartz.
I am also VERY happy that Monica beat Hingis for the 5th time in her career (2nd time in slams). I expect Monica to start gaining the upper hand in her rivalry against Hingis and I hope that they meet again very soon. It's obvious that Monica has all the shots to beat Hingis and I think after this week's win, she will approach matches against Hingis different mentally.
I was very disappointed with the way Monica played tonight against Venus. She didn't serve well, she didn't move well, her return was OFF and she made a lot of errors. Venus was solid overall, but Monica simply didn't play anywhere close to what she's capable of. After seeing earlier this week the Capriati/Seles match from 91, it's obvious that Monica back then was way superior then now in every aspect including her power on the groundstrokes, her intensity (HUGE difference) and her movement (HUGE difference). But anyways I hope Monica improves some of these aspects for next year.
So overall, considering that Monica had no preparation coming in this US Open, I am happy that she made the quarters and that she beat Hingis. A good effort.
Does anyone know what Monica's schedule is for the rest of the year and who's playing in the tournaments that she's entered in? Thanks.
Also, it's funny that at the Australien, Monica beat Venus and then lost to Hingis, and at the US Open Monica beat Hingis and then lost to Venus. At least she's up there with the top players and she can still beat the best of them.