Originally posted by Sam L
IMHO Kim didn't choke in this match.
True choking imo though was Novotna in 93 Wimbledon, she just didn't do anything right, another player stepped on court after she lead 4-1. That's choking.
there is no difference between Novotna's and Kim's choking experiences. in both cases, both players knew precisely what they had to do bec they had done it many many times before. and in both cases they became hyperaware of what was at stake, and that increased awareness made them switch off off automatic mode and start thinking
about what to do. next thing you know, Kim couldn't even serve the ball into the court -- and there is no question that she does know how to serve!
Kim didn't panic. you can only panic when you don't have a freaking clue what to do. attend any Junior tourny and you will see panicking all over the place. poor babies. (of course anxious parents only make it worse!)
when you choke, things that you could formerly do in your sleep with both hands tied behind your back, suddenly become at first difficult and then impossible to execute. that is what defines choking. the actual outcome of the match is irrelevant.
Novotna cried and had to be comforted by the Duchess of Windsor. Kim didn't cry but she looked as scared as a doe caught in headlights. she looked downright terrified out there. however the difference in emotional respinse doesn't change the nature of the experience. they both choked. and i say that with kindness bec it's no fun being out there feeling that way.
and just so you know, i actually teach this stuff so i happen to know whereof i speak...