Originally Posted by TennisAddict84
That's why some of the rallies Petra played really brought a smile to my face today. She finally was playing the type of clay court game I've been waiting for her to play. When Petra is mixing her slice, top spin angles, drop shots, drop volleys with her usual hard, flat strokes all during one rally, she is just such a great all court player w/ exquisite shot making abilities. But I think, Excelscior, as you have mentioned in GM, against power players like Sharapova, Kvitova probably feels more rushed and has less time to think about/execute variety consistently. So she sticks with her natural instincts of playing first strike power tennis.
Is it a chicken or the egg syndrome, though?
Cause winning; and winning with variety, breeds confidence, and confidence allows Petra to try those shots against anybody.
Cause at the WTA championship, Petra utilized those strategies against everyone, including Stosur and Azarenka (even if you don't consider her a power player or having power; she still plays fast from the baseline). Unfortunately, Petra didn't play Sharapova at the WTA. However, even though it wasn't her typical Wimbledon match (reinforcing what you were saying Tennisaddict84), Petra nonetheless played enough slices-causing mistakes from Maria, a winning drop shot and volley in the Sharapova match, to help her win it. Sharapova usually lost the point on after Petra's slice shot. At the Australian Open, Petra's slice was going out of bounds.
In other words, if she was confident, winning, and had her true feel, she'd mix it up against anybody.
I think the other answer is, which I almost forgot; is that last year/when Petra's on, she hits threw any power player anyway. And that's how she probably feels/why she doesn't utilize it as much (though she did, that statement was a generalization). She probably feels why get cute if you don't have to? Lol.
PS: I think Petra will correct this as well. It's ironic. It used to be the Kerbers, Wozniaki's, Zvonareva's, etc., that made Petra feel rushed, so she would try to recklessly out him them. And now she's solved it. She uses her variety to end points sooner against them now. I'm sure she'll adapt/do the same when she's play someone like Masha (when Masha's on her game-not giving Petra the security of different shots to try, cause she feels rushed or like she can't afford to blow the point).
Petra will again, as she did the runners and the pushers! Lol