Re: 2014 American adventure (Cheering Thread)
The worrying thing against Safarova was that she was probably serving as well as she can now and still never had a real chance. That ace in the first game of the second set must have been one of the fastest she has ever hit, I guess.
Even though that in my opinion pretty biased English stream commentator said otherwise, Safarova was nothing special that day. She was however still better in every department of the game - a tad more consistent from the baseline, a tad more reliable on the return, a tad more consistent on the serve and a tad more patient in the rallies. If you add together all these tiny advantages, you will in the end get a difference of level between these two that was obvious throughout the year.
I don't know if changing coaches would bring her quick success;, after all it's up to her work hard to reach her goals, but at this point she needs to try out something new. She can still stay in contact with Ionita if she wants to, but there must be one coach that is only there for her - sharing coaches would frustrate her even more.
She will play Ivanovic in Cinci R1, so her chances there are, despite her good showing at Fed Cup, relatively slim.