Yes it's Rosmalen this week, so time for my annual useless notes, and of course my pics.
I won't post too many pics in here, if you want more of any player, you can request it and I will upload them, but that will probably take some time
I didn't watch a lot of practices today as I managed to miss pretty much all the players I am interested in. Got to the court just as Anabel and Ana were leaving, I saw Sara's coach, but she was just gone, he told me
, I heard Vinci but went to a match and when I came back half an hour later she was gone again, etc....
Anyway, the notes.
Malek vs Coin
Typical messy WTA match. There were soooo many breakpoints! I just checked the stats: 11 breaks out of 37 breakpoints. That does sum up the match pretty well.
I paid most attention to Malek, and I have to say, her backhand has improved. A bit. It's still weak though. And all the slicing she does, especially on her bh but also on her fh is enough to drive anyone crazy. Her main problem is her inconsistency. She would play 2 or 3 good points, and then totally disappear for the next few points.
Coin's biggest problem - at least in the first set - was the balltoss. She had to toss the ball twice quite often.
I didn't watch the 2nd set but when I came back for the 3rd set, I noticed that the level of play had definitely improved, and the intensity was much higher. Malek especially is quite fun when the match gets intense
Parra Santonja - Pivovarova
Not much to say about this. Parra disappointed me, somehow I always expect more of her than what she shows when I see her play. I think her serve especially should be so much stronger than what it is, considering her body *
. The motion is so static (nice contradiction, I know) and I feel it could be much stronger.
*which I should not make any further comments on....
Cibulkova surprised me in a positive way. She was playing better than I expected. But Robson is really talented. All her shots are in place, she just needs a lot of finetuning and then I think she can be really good. I don't know if her current coach is the right guy to do that but they do seem to have a nice click - I saw them practising later, and he was giving a lot of advice on her serve especially but it all went in a really relaxed atmosphere.
Oh, and Laura also needs some mental help. Maybe it's just her age, but when things don't go her way, she looks upset, gets down on herself and that doesn't help her the next point. She needs to work on that. To be fair, it improved a lot since I last saw her though (that was her first WTA match, against Benesova in Luxembourg).
I don't particularly like either play so didnt stay long and didn't really think about how they were playing. You'd expect Petkovic to win that more easily though.