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Tamira Paszek. What went wrong?

I rememebr her being the touted as the next big thing and i was one of her first bandwagoners and i still am. but somewhere along the road she just lost it. i dont know if it was losing that match at the AO or whatever but shes not playing to her potential. except at a few tourneys for example last year bali and rogers cup and this year ponte vedra. What do you think? Discuss.

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Re: Tamira Paszek. What went wrong?

It's depressing. Cuz I love her game!

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Re: Tamira Paszek. What went wrong?

Fitness and a decent serve. Probably confidence went out and I hear she's injured now.
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Re: Tamira Paszek. What went wrong?

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Re: Tamira Paszek. What went wrong?

When she was playing well, she was able to control the point very well with her deep penetrating strokes thus minimizing her weakness of movement. However, when she started playing badly, her strokes were not as penetrating giving her opponents the opportunity to move her around and exposing that weakness. When she gets frustrated, she will simply try to wack a winner out of impossible positions. When her confidence is high, she would make them but when its low, it is just ugly to watch.

Her second serve is not really helping her confidence either.

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Re: Tamira Paszek. What went wrong?

Here's a good rule of thumb: if you are under 5'9, you NEED to be quick and fit. Tamira has Bartoli-esque movement. You don't think of her as slow off the mark (she has good reflexes and anticipation), but she just tired out too quickly. She couldn't quite play top-flight first strike tennis, but she didn't have the stamina to be a good aggressive counterpuncher (Cibulkova or Pennetta, for example). For a while, she had a nice middle ground going, but I haven't seen her have faith in her groundies in a year or so.
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Let's ask Viennacalling.
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Her BH on a match point against Jankovic and the court was totally opened, since
that, she sucks.
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Re: Tamira Paszek. What went wrong?

This says it I guess.


Hope she'd go through all this tough conditions , and gain back the confidence, then she'll be in the top 30!

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Re: Tamira Paszek. What went wrong?

She struggled even before that match against Jankovic at the Australian-Open last year. She's got a great potential and fantastic shots but it's quite obvious what is missing: Fitness! She needs to work a little bit harder and I am sure she will recognize that sooner or later.
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Re: Tamira Paszek. What went wrong?

Well, in the modern women's tennis, with all these random girls in the top 100, you have to be lucky more than being over-talented. Tamira was overweighted, had no big weapons, her serve was very weak and she was choking in big occasions.
No doubt she'll be in the top 30 back soon but she absolutely needs to work on her global consistency and her mental toughness, she is absolutely brilliant when she's okay, but she's not, it quickly becomes pathetic. It's the same for other young talented players like Vaidisova, Rezai or Pironkova.
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Re: Tamira Paszek. What went wrong?

its so sad to see Tamira these days
I hope so much she can get her game back she already had and do some damage on tour again

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Re: Tamira Paszek. What went wrong?

You guys know that she has had a back injury for several months now, right? At a minimum, since Dubai. Possibly before that. She was hurting again at Miami.

Even so, she played very well in the spring at both Miami and Ponte Vedra. Was way up on Kuznetsova in Miami and then ran out of gas and had MP on Wozniak in the QF at PVB. Then she fell on her hand at Charleston, had some respiratory troubles at Stuttgart, and the back injury flared up again after that.

She had good wins after the 2008 AO, so to lay the blame on that one single match is beyond naive. She is also fitter than she was in 2008, and you can credit her work at the Sanchez academy for that.

She is short, lighter than most of the players she plays against, does not have a good serve, and is too reliant on hard hitting despite her diminutive size. For short stretches, she can hang with anyone, but her body doesn't seem to be able to take the punishment of more than a week or two at a time. It's becoming obvious that unless you're close to 6 feet tall in the women's game nowadays, you simply aren't going to be competitive in the long run. She has the talent and fight to be a top 5 player, but not the genetics. Unless someone invents leg extensions or something, she's got big disadvantages to overcome.

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Re: Tamira Paszek. What went wrong?

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This says it I guess.


Hope she'd go through all this tough conditions , and gain back the confidence, then she'll be in the top 30!
She's actually lost weight since this picture was taken. But as I heart Mimi has stated she has been plagued by injuries.


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If she gets past the injury and stays healthy for a while, she will come back to the top for sure.

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