Re: Ajmo Miki! U.S. hardcourt swing
Yes, but she also has to be judicious with her money. Vancouver is gorgeous this time of year, and it is tempting for many players to play that 100K, obviously, but it's frankly expensive to "stay & play" in gorgeous Vancouver. I would rather see her risk qualifying to reap WTA level points, if she feels she can stick to her guns. Mirjana will be wisest to hit Stanford, San Diego, and wind her way back to Flushing Meadows via Cincinatti and Toronto, travel-wise.
I hope to hell she is playing New haven, too. We have to keep in mind: this is her "home stretch" for the season (including the Quebec event), because she will be getting married and is highly unlikely to drift back to Europe for the scattered indoor WTAs ... unless something really remarkable happens by the end of this summer. She may delve into the Challengers post-September, but only if she has to, and she will not want to "have to".
But let us also be of good cheer (as much as Lucic fans can be cheery folk). It only takes one or two really good runs to change the entire playing board.
She is putting a lot of eggs in one basket this hard-court season, but pros put eggs in baskets every time they hit the courts at one event, anywhere. I believe Ms. Lucic has already made crucial advances this season (though the ranking sadly doesn't reflect it because of the timing of her advances). I also feel confident that her form (except for a couple of eye-bleeding yips) is very good. Let's be honest: we all ought to be praying to the draw gods and hoping she can dig-in and nail two or even three rounds at the US Open in a flurry of inspired play. She could have done wonders at both Paris and Wimby, save for the draw demons.
I just want her to sizzle as best she can this summer and, if she only gets "so far", then put massive effort into being super-prepared and ballistic with her game right from the start next season. In many ways it has been a bigger breakthrough year for her than last year -- the two WTA quarters and the Top 50 wins and the general Big Babe form,the authority with which she is hitting the ball. Damn the timing, but she's been belting Top 40-50 ball out there.
Miki is due for a BIG breakthrough, and I still think it could come at any moment, if the stars align and her head stays screwed on.
As her long-suffering (and never bored) fans, we are also due for breakthroughs ;->