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Daniela's Crisis

I posted this in the "Cocktail-Party" Forum, I bring it here for a larger discussion.

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Well, I think Daniela is in a crisis of self-confidence, maybe even self esteem.
She's aware of her technical weaknesses, mainly her lack of speed and the diffculties she meets to vary her game. She's been coached by Nigel Sears for almost two years now and they've worked on the net play and the match tactics but she's not confident enough to implement it in competition and then she loses her tennis someway.
Fundamentaly Daniela's game is based on her quality of service and it seems her percentage in this area tends to decline.
These points plus the pressure of being a top-ranked player is yet too heavy a burden to carry for Daniela.
She has to cope with two types of improvements :
- Long and mid-term for the pure technique,
- Short-term as far as mindset is concerned.
Mental is the key-word for Daniela today because with the game she already has, she should be able to beat most of the players on the tour, except the more powerful, providing she's got the determination on each shot, but it's not the case right now.
Hopefully this crisis will not last very long. If she's positive, the defeats like the Dementieva quarter-final should help her find in herself the right answers to her wonderings.
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It was a joke. Dani would take it as a compliment.
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Daniela will be okay, she's in a sophmore slump imho. Last year was her breakout year, so it is a bit tougher knowing the players are gunning at yah. Her weakness is imho errors and slimness. I can see her having problems winning long matches or even grinding tourneys. I do think she along with Momo and Kim will be in contention for that #1 spot one day.

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I did wonder at the beginning of the year how it would be before she sacked her British coach. Maybe she needs some new ideas.
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I actually wouldn't say Daniela is in a slump. She's still so young, and has rapidly improved over the last year, breaking into the top 5, winning a title etc. She can't win all the time, and she can't keep on constantly improving and moving up. She's bound to have a more quiet period after the initial breakthrough. Give her a chance, and time is all I say.

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I did wonder at the beginning of the year how it would be before she sacked her British coach. Maybe she needs some new ideas.
I'm also beginning to wonder if the Daniela Hantuchova / Nigel Sears team works that well. Though Nigel appears to be a great technician and makes Dani work hard, he doesn't seem to boost Daniela's mental. But on the other hand it's always easy to accuse the coach. After all it's the player who goes on the court. Amanda Coetzer is still a helluva fighter despite her physical limits.
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Be patient. Who would have believed this time last year that she would now be #5 in the world?

I think her rise has in fact been a bit too fast. She has been fortunate enough to get into that position when she is almost certainly not the fifth most formidable player on the circuit. (I am very biased towards Momo, but I think most people will agree with me that Momo right now is a more dangerous opponent than Daniela; same with two or three other players. Think Lindsay; think Monica; think JenCap)

We are now expecting her to play like a top-five player, when we should be very happy that she is playing (as I genuinely believe she is) like a top-10 player, the sort who might have trouble against players like Dementieva when they have a good day and she is having a less good day. But also the sort who routinely gets deep into big tournaments.

Give her a bit of time to learn to play tighter tennis. Also, she probably needs a few new weapons. And a bit of extra power would help. I think she'll develop all of that, barring injuries etc. I don't think she is mentally weak, quite the opposite.

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Jouissant, I think Daniela was rather mentally strong in the end of 2002 season but that it ain't really the case on this beginning of 2003 season.

Concerning the time required for full-improvement and maturation of her game, I agree. But I think that right now she could be far more threatening. Like you say :
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I think most people will agree with me that Momo right now is a more dangerous opponent than Daniela; same with two or three other players. Think Lindsay; think Monica; think JenCap
This is what I hardly accept : that a lot of players aren't threatened at all when playing Daniela because they know she's not that consistent, makes a lot of UE's and sometimes seems lost on the court, not because she doesn't have the game but because she dramatically lacks of confidence.
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I wouldnt worry this soon. Shes only had one bad loss, but Dementieva seems to be a player who gives her trouble, they've had close matches in the past and Elena leads the H2H. She played well to get the to QF of the AO and a career high ranking, so i hardly think shes playing bad or in a slump.
I agree with her needing a good meal too. More weight will mean more power, which can only help her with that type of game.
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I'm not worrying just on this Dementieva upset but on the fact she also had to struggle hard to win matches in Australia :
Tamarine Tanasugarn : 7-6, 6-1
Fabiola Zuluaga : 7-5, 6-7 , 6-4
Adriana Serra-Zanetti : 7-6, 7-6

That seems far from the girl who trashed Martina Hingis 6-3, 6-4 in Indian Wells.

I mean Daniela gives too many games to girls who are ranked nowhere behind her, that's a sign of confidence problems.
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Did you watch those matches? Apparently Fabiola has a really great game when it comes together and i heard she was playing really well in that match. As for Serra-Zanetti, she was a quarterfinalist last year and seems to like playing on this surface. She didnt play Tanasugarn this year at AO. I didnt see those matches but from what i heard theres nothing to worry about. Serena also struggled with players ranked below her and theres nothing wrong with her.
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