Saw her play Wimbledon '08 junior doubles last year and even then was impressed with her touch and volleys. Her singles results were absolutely dire for awhile and never saw her play, so I was unsure what would come of her. Out of all the players iPatty presented to me that were young/up and coming, Polona interested me most, and having seen her play singles against Rezai, I'm happy to say that my initial impressions weren't wrong.
I didn't see her venture to net much, but she's strong in the mid-court, and wasn't afraid to hit some traditional
volleys, which was nice to see. In a way she reminded me of how Cornet should play--if you're going to play far behind the baseline pumping topspin inside out forehands, do it with some panache. Backhand slice is very well developed and she used it not just for defense but to open up the court. Patient, point construction is incredibly high even for veteran standards, and surprised by her defensive capabilities. Ultimately I could tell even in the first set that Rezai could blow her away if she could string some more shots together (she simply doesn't have much consistent power yet) but her game is fluid and can translate to any surface. I look forward to seeing her on grass and how she improves.
Had never heard much from her before and no idea what she played like. Immediately against Jankovic I noticed horrible backhand technique and follow through and knew it'd be a thrashing. Both groundstrokes are less than worthy and will prevent her from going too much further in the ranks unless she can work on beefing both up and managing to do more damage with the forehand in particular. Defense is average at best, but can slice, squash, and moonball her way to give herself a chance in the rally, much like Ivanovic. (I prefer watching Rybarikova's awkward wonkiness by far, though.)
She has so many shortcomings in her game, but I'm still somehow completely enamoured by her game. Perhaps it's because she reminds me of the classic style I love so much: backhand slice, slice approaches, serve and volley, net rushing in general, and the occasional big inside out forehand. Sometimes amazing first serve, very bad second serve.
All the drop shots, lobs, slices, traditional volleys, big forehands, scissor-kick backhands
, I think I'm in love. She's losing badly, but her potential, especially on grass, is incredible.
In short, the future of women's tennis looks less than dire to me now. Some women actually do care to approach the net, hit real volleys, slice the backhand, and work points to utilize all-court tennis.