Monica looked VERY good
Gotta say, I haven't seen Monica play that well in a long, long time. She was barely breathing hard the whole match. She wasn't just hitting amazing angles. She was hitting DIFFICULT angles. Anyone who ever stepped in from the sideline to get that angled out shot knows how often you miss it. Monica hit it over and over and over. Monica dictated play. It was like Monica vs Arantxa much of the time.
This is a player who'sheading into the off seaosn in control and heading in the right direction. I'm not saying she's going to win OZ. But today proved to me anyway, that Monica can play a sustained match against a tough opponent at a level sufficient to win OZ. Cliff Drysedale was crowing over and over about how Monica was taking control of the center of the court, but it was a good point. If Venus couldn't get the ball on the sideline, Monica took control of the points.
If Roland Garros was a month from now, I'd put money on Monica. I'd put money on a couple other players too, but Monica looked really strong today. The players who are banged up right now, they aren't going to catch up with Monica if Monica stays injury-free, and keeps up her current training regiment. Kim seems in similar good health and form. And Venus and Serena. The rest of the tour elite is tired, banged up or off form.
And BTW, tonight put it all to rest Venus is the fastest player on the tour. At least she has the highest top speed, because she caught up to some shots from Monica that were smokin'.
I'm not seeing any GS titles for anyone under 21 next year.
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