I wish things had worked out with Gunthardt more than anything else. I really believed she was back after fall 2010.
It was a strange decision. She fired him because he couldn't be her full time coach and only few months after that she decides to work without a coach and the slump starts again. Go figure.
I do. I remember even during 2008 when she was in great shape many people on here talking about how "blocky" and big her body shape was. And I remember specifically many people comparing her to Maria's body type and saying Maria was so much thinner and had a nicer figure. This of course disregards the fact that Ana and Maria have different body types. Even at her peak Ana was considered chubby or even fat by a lot of people on TF, that's why this concern about her being so thin rings false to me. Maybe some people really care about it possibly effecting her game, but to a lot of people this is just another chance to body police a famous woman. Ana was too big, and now she's too small. The chances of her ever being just right to a lot of these people are non-existent.
Saying that she was fat in 2008 is hilarious. Someone may prefer slim women, but Ana is not a model, she's a tennis player and she's not there to please people who have some weird idea about how her body should look like. If her game was fine, if her fitness was OK in this moment, her weight wouldn't be discussed as much as it is now. Sure, some jerks would be bitching about the way she looks, but not her fans.
And to clear up, I have no problem if people think Ana needs more muscle definition or whatever. But I have seen so many people call her anorexic or say they are "worried" about her health. Even if it is said jokingly, to suggest Ana has a mental disorder that kills people who suffer from it is disgusting. Neither is there any reason to "worry" about her health. Ana obviously isn't as good as she used to be, but she's still out there playing for hours at a time. Someone with anorexia is not going to have the strength to do something like that.
There are some people that are actually worried, including myself. Her shots are weaker, her fitness is a mess, she's getting thinner every day, I don't see how this weight loss benefits her game. Maybe she moves slightly better compared to 2008 (which I don't believe), but her defensive skills are limited, so moving a bit better isn't going to help if her main weapons are affected by this weight loss. The worst thing is that she constantly speaks about getting stronger and being more aggressive, but she's only shrinking. It's appropriate to ask if her diet is wrong and why she continues losing weight. It doesn't have to be an eating disorder now, but it can eventually lead to that if she doesn't stop with this mess.