A couple of years? You mean 4 years ago, and she hasn't done anything since. I've said it before, in my opinion, it will take a few years probably, before she stops fearing the other girls and stops being so emotional - if she ever matures. I mean get a grip already girl, your not 10 years old anymore!!
I didn't have much confidence in her with this final and she played as expected: she just hit the ball hard in the middle of Serena's court for the most part. Plus what else bothers me she doesn't know what a drop shot is, her net play is disastrous(like a top 700 player) and her 1st serve doesn't exist(with rare exceptions).That's why I don't like her game that much. But I guess you can win a lot even if you are just a successful ball basher(just look at Sharapova). Just don't be a nervous wreck anymore.
And I never expect her to ever win against Serena, maybe when the American will be forty or injured or something, so this tournament has been a successful one at the end of the day.
I have to defend Sorana here. A slam QF is some kind of achievement and more than 90% of all players on the tour will ever achieve.
She played some great tennis in those two weeks. She has the game, may it likeable or not, but at the current low state of the WTA she can achieve a lot of success.
I mean she just played a Tier I Final, that's awesome! She is still one of the youngest players in the Top 30. At her age, the Roberta Vincis and Flipkens of the WTA were some journeywomen who were lucky if they won matches at this level not even talking about reaching the latter stages.
She certainly has a lot of room for improvement in those areas and I'm sure that she will work and improve in those areas, but you just can't say to someone. 'Don't be that emotionally involved anymore!'
It just won't happen. You can't make an emotional or expressive player being cold like a stone or the other way around. It has to come by experience.
Another possibility would be to use her emotions positively whenever possible, to be enthusiastic and fired up on a good day. The key is to control them on an off day.
Bottom line is that one will never predict how a player's career will end, but to say that she doesn't have the talent to make it is wrong.
Originally Posted by oliverdescants
For those for whom English is not a first-language, perhaps this idiom is not bothersome, but the implication of the quote above, in its English idiom, is that Cirstea's feelings for Cahill are erotic. I don't actually think that's the case. Her feelings for Cahill may be fatherly. Nonetheless, I witnessed what everyone else on ESPN 2 witnessed, which is a highly emotional perfectionism turned against itself as she was taking a drubbing at the hands of Serena. Cahill could do nothing to dispel it, father or not.
I purposely let the interpretation of 'having feelings' open. Of course mainly fatherly, but in such cases the lines are blurring.
She got embarrassed, but then again we are talking about a player who is more or less embarrassing the whole WTA tour right now including players like a hard hitting Sharapova or a clever Errani who are both at this point superior to Sorana.
Comparing her to Serena would lead us nowhere. She needs to take it step by step and compare herself at first with other Top 20 players and she did extremely well with them this week.
If anyone thinks that kind of emotionalism is going to make it happen at the Majors (QF at RG aside), I've got news for you. But it worries me in Simona Halep, too, whose self-directed temperament on the court can also get to be a problem.
This lady disagrees with you.
It's nonsense to say that emotion won't bring you far in majors, the top players on the ATP are all extremely emotional, but they can control them and use them to get pumped up when neccessary, Sorana can't and this is the thing.
Even Zvonareva, undoubtedly the biggest nutcase in the history of the game has 2 slam finals on her side and even though she lost badly in both of them it was mainly because she as well, simply met superior players there and got outplayed.
However, the first video also shows the differences between Vera and Sorana that you were noticing as well. Zvonareva lets her negative emotions out and plays freely afterwards, Sorana is piling them up inside herself and completely implodes afterwards (Marrakesh R1, anyone?)
The problem in Sorana's case is that we have high emotions and moody play meeting an instable ballbashing game which has mess written all over to begin with. She is in a difficult position, but I see this lost final and the reactions afterwards as another step in her development of a tennis player and as a human in general.
Simona as well may look frustrated at times and she had moments at the start of this year, when things weren't working at all and she was just throwing in the towel, but things has changed rapidly in her regard. No way she is as vulnerable to emotional breakdowns than Sorana.