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Players that were major chokers but improved mentally.

I'm not just talking about in slams (like Clijsters) but all the time. The ATP have Berdych & Soderling - two players who got to the top 20 on mostly talent alone and were weak mentally but improved that area and moved up to top 10 level.

I think Petkovic had quite a choking thing going on for a while. But she was putting that to rest quite well before she got injured.
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Re: Players that were major chokers but improved mentally.

I heard Vika started to tough up after her grandmother preached to her about life.
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Re: Players that were major chokers but improved mentally.

Sam Stosur obviously, she lost the first 5 finals she played and won the first set on the first four of them And now she's a Grand Slam champion

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Re: Players that were major chokers but improved mentally.

Serena was a choker in her late teens.

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Re: Players that were major chokers but improved mentally.

Serena, especially against certain players.
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Sam Stosur obviously, she lost the first 5 finals she played and won the first set on the first four of them And now she's a Grand Slam champion
She's gone from a terrible choker to just a bad choker but she's still a choker AO and FO this year anyone?
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Re: Players that were major chokers but improved mentally.

Henin.
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Re: Players that were major chokers but improved mentally.

Henin's probably the most famous example. That choke against Clijsters at the 01 French Open was epic.

Serena was a mental disaster for most of 2001. She was up 5-3 on Hingis in Australia and lost, she served for the match against Capriati at Wimbledon and lost, she blew like six match points against Seles in one of the US Open tuneups, and it took her forever to close out Davenport of all people at the US Open.

And then there's Clijsters. I remember she had quite an epic choke against Henin in Berlin in like 03 or something. But she always played scared against Henin in her first career.


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Re: Players that were major chokers but improved mentally.

Serena was a major choker in her early career. She didn't start maturing mentally until 2002. Clijsters as well.

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Re: Players that were major chokers but improved mentally.

Sara lost tons of matches with chokes and mps last year while now
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Re: Players that were major chokers but improved mentally.

Vika of course. Was always talented, but a mental midget, improved, and look where she is now!

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