Amelia Island QFs
Justine Henin-Hardenne (1) vs. Monica Seles (6)
Imagine a short, skinny, fast 21 year old Conchita Martinez with a big serve.
Now imagine a slow, 31 year old Monica Seles coming off an injury.
Daniela Hantuchova (4) vs. Elena Dementieva (10)
If you're a fan of brute force tennis, this Bud's for you. Nothing in the way of subtlety or variety in THIS matchup. This will be straightforward killing contest, baseline brute power new age tennis. Whoever hits best from the baseline, wins.
Put aside the H2H. Elena won the last time, Dani the 2 before that. They are well matched athletically. But Dani is a top tenplayer, while Elena struggles to stay top twenty. The matchup SHOULDN'T be close.
But it is. Why?
I think Dani short-changes herself against the big hitters, and retreats to the baseline. She HAS all court skills. she's a sound volley-er. She needs more of Chanda's 'derring-do'. What she has is Jelena Dokic's 'derring-don't'. By going back to the baseline, she stops using the very skills that make her more than one tall, baseline powermonger.
But Elena has an uber-weapon. The 2nd best, maybe even the BEST forehand in the thirty. On that side, sometimes, her racket doesn't just hit the ball, it detonates. She regularly hits winners by flicking her wrist. Her backhand is nowhere near as dangerous.
Dani's g-strokes are sound, but she can't match Elena's forehand off either wing. And her backhand isn't a lot better than Elena's. Maybe a little.
In a baseline power struggle, if Dani's serve isn't working WELL, Elena can wait for forehands and blow her off the court.
If Dani goes to net ....
Jennifer Capriati (3) vs. Lisa Raymond (12)
Old School. The first time they played was ten years ago at Wimbledon.
College Girl vs Teenage Phenom.
They both know the drill. Lisa will do what she should in case Jenn falls apart. Jenn will patiently wait til she gets chances at forehand winners.
There may not be an ace the whole match.
Lindsay Davenport (2) vs. Patty Schnyder (7)
One match out of ten, Patty brings the house. (See Schnyder vs S.Williams, QF Charleston 2002) If this match is #10, Lindsay's outathere. Otherwise, California Queen shouldn't have too much trouble.
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Last edited by Volcana; Apr 18th, 2003 at 03:12 AM.