Again loses to lefty. First Safarova, then Hsu and now Simmonds.
Right you are -- I forgot that Simmonds was also a Southpaw.
Still, with the exception of Lucie, who can be said to have truly "beaten" Miki in their heartbreaker match, Hsu and Simmonds could have played with their racquets taped to their left LEGS and Miki still would not have won.
Those two creampuffs didn't beat Miki -- she beat herself.
Hope she finds some new inspiration soon or I can see her easily dropping out of the Top 200 within 8 or 9 months.
It's time to move on from the Prpic Experiment (News Flash: It Hasn't Worked -- she had better results with Jeff Russell in 2010) and retain the basic technical adjustments Prpic quite obviously instilled (or reminded her about) earlier in the year:
1. Hit with just a slight amount of extra spin on the groundies to maintain consistency without sacrificing depth or power.
2. Play the goddamned percentages, Mirjana, until you can open up the court for your money-shot and pull the trigger. Hit big, but for crying out loud hit crosscourt and make the girls play, especially on huge second-serve returns. Don't hit something down-the-line in an open stance when you're already 10 minutes late to the ball and then stand there looking completely astonished that the shot sprayed 15 feet wide of the doubles sideline and gave some poor old lady in the sixth row a concussion. Whatever you do, don't just throw-away your first or second balls in any point construct.
3. Use the big serve out wide in both deuce and ad-courts more often to set-up your kill-shot, and then play the percentages on THOSE, too.
4. Move more quickly to your crappy, mechanical backhand and hug it closer with full hip & shoulder torque and a touch of extra topspin and PLEASE go for the crosscourt percentage shot during a typical rally.
5. Breathe between points.
The rest is for a good sports shrink to fix. A top-notch guy like Allen Fox could do wonders for her.
Pull it together, Miki. There's still two years of potential improvement, but find a new rung on the ladder.