Re: Why did Kuznetsova end up with a better career than Dementieva and Petrova?
She played Dementieva and Safina in her slam finals, so it was a bit of a crapshoot. Someone had to win those.
In all seriousness:
1) She also had a higher peak level than either of them. When she keys it in and moves and times her shots, she probably has the most complete and lethal game of the three. Dementieva's serve was always a bit of a liability even in the best of times, and Nadia's forehand and movement are a bit wonky.
2) She won her first slam as a fearless 19 year-old playing with no pressure, and got that monkey off her back pretty early, before she could look back and reflect on the magnitude of the occasion.
3) Her mental weakness is exaggerated. She just has risky and unclever shot selection most of the time. Looks good on the rare occasions she makes them, but is read as "mental weakness" when she doesn't. People just fail to accept this is part of her game.
A single flow'r he sent me, since we met./All tenderly his messenger he chose;
Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet - One perfect rose.
I knew the language of the floweret;/'My fragile leaves,' it said, 'his heart enclose.'
Love long has taken for his amulet/One perfect rose.
Why is it no one ever sent me yet/One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
Ah no, it's always just my luck to get/One perfect rose.
Last edited by moby; Nov 4th, 2012 at 07:35 PM.