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No Net, its not as bad as Caro, her slam results are far worst than Petra, at least petra made it pass the 1st round, Caro has bombed out of 2 slam 1st rounds, 1 quarter and 3rd rounds, while petra lost 2 semis (maria both times), quarter and 4th round.
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You see,Shifty,even though Net has probably been corrupted somewhat by growing up in the U.S.,she's still a half-Latina angelita and she posted that to make ME feel better since both of my faves are battling right now.Being that Caroline has struggled so badly at Slams lately,it was sweet of Net to compare her to two-time(or maybe 1 1/2)Slam champ Petra


Didn't think about that, Excelsior, but it's true; even if Petra is playing absolute shit she can still get a few winners in there somehow just because of her game style. We'll have to wait for the AO to see for sure but I just wondered if anyone else was seeing similarities. Of course, the difference is that Caro has kind of been on a downward spiral for a while now...at least Petra got the US Open Series in there

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For fans of Czech tennis: livescorehunter shows Martina vs. Martina tomorrow!

(About one or two hours after Kookie Zakopalova match.)
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What are we supposed to do if we only love Petra and despise all other manifestations of Czech tennis?.....Just speaking hypothetically,of course

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Didn't think about that, Excelsior, but it's true; even if Petra is playing absolute shit she can still get a few winners in there somehow just because of her game style. We'll have to wait for the AO to see for sure but I just wondered if anyone else was seeing similarities. Of course, the difference is that Caro has kind of been on a downward spiral for a while now...at least Petra got the US Open Series in there

Yeah. I know what you mean to.

However, it's not just her game style (risky shot making) on how/why she could get hot. A lot of players can play with risk, but not have her abilities.

As you know, Petra's got that easy smooth power. Petra can also have her great serving, returning, angled shots and precision. Her volleying, slices, various spins, and spectacular shot making are just added bonuses, if/when she's really feeling it.

We've all seen these things from Petra (from varying to absolutely complete degrees) before. The question, when are we gonna see it/them again?
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@Netphobia

This is Petra full circle.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eanoH72Dyjk

Sometimes we have a tendency to forget.

And you notice: Azarenka doesn't play any differently than she does now. But notice how Petra easily deals with her almost metro-nomic fast pace, deep balls, and turns it around in a variety of ways. This player was clearly the best in the world, and so enjoyable to watch at that. Who could complain? No wonder she picked up many new fans.

This is also the player (Petra at 2011 Istanbul) that Aga's coach was referring to in late 2012, when he mentioned "the perfect tennis player" she was approaching, in discussing her form, direction and potential at the time.

I hope we see Miss Perfect back again soon (even if it's only for a few majors).

Petra and her team really need to get their act together (or we're just going to have to wait for that natural maturity process, 1-3 yrs later, if it ever comes at all)?

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Yeah. I know what you mean to.

However, it's not just her game style (risky shot making) on how/why she could get hot. A lot of players can play with risk, but not have her abilities.

As you know, Petra's got that easy smooth power. Petra can also have her great serving, returning, angled shots and precision. Her volleying, slices, various spins, and spectacular shot making are just added bonuses, if/when she's really feeling it.

We've all seen these things from Petra (from varying to absolutely complete degrees) before. The question, when are we gonna see it/them again?
we will wait until we realize we should remove the when
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Is there any chance that Petra is content to be a top 10-caliber player in the latter portion of those rankings...but would rather not have the increased scrutiny and expectations of a top THREE player??I'm not talking about deliberate tanking to lower her ranking,rather a subconscious resistance(that affects her on-court play) to all the camera flashes and mikes in faces that are inevitable for players who are at or near #1.....We can agree,can't we,that there's a notable difference in the amount of attention received by Errani,Stosur and Bartoli when compared to Vika,Masha and Ree....I'm sure that Petra has noticed

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Is there any chance that Petra is content to be a top 10-caliber player in the latter portion of those rankings...but would rather not have the increased scrutiny and expectations of a top THREE player??I'm not talking about deliberate tanking to lower her ranking,rather a subconscious resistance(that affects her on-court play) to all the camera flashes and mikes in faces that are inevitable for players who are at or near #1.....We can agree,can't we,that there's a notable difference in the amount of attention received by Errani,Stosur and Bartoli when compared to Vika,Masha and Ree....I'm sure that Petra has noticed
All those things may be true, indeed Bruce. I also don't think that Petra or her team have accepted the dedication and professionalism (if they're even aware of it) required to be a top 3 player as well. It's a lot of work, planning and redundancy.

Either, or; it is what it is (until it changes, right)?

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I think Petra had a great 2010 because she had a certain hunger that required her to get as big of a status and as much money as she needed, 7 million in prize money alone and Career High of No. 2 later, as well as 2 Semis and a QF at Olympics and Wimbledon, I guess that hunger either lessened or disappeared.
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What are we supposed to do if we only love Petra and despise all other manifestations of Czech tennis?.....Just speaking hypothetically,of course
Then you have a problem

For those of us who love ALL the Czech players, whether past or present, there's always something to watch

The Adelaide exho was great to watch and Navratilova's volleys are still far better than those of any current player, Petra included
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it is what it is (until it changes, right)?



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All those things may be true, indeed Bruce. I also don't think that Petra or her team have accepted the dedication and professionalism (if they're even aware of it) required to be a top 3 player as well. It's a lot of work, planning and redundancy.

Either, or; it is what it is (until it changes, right)?
Was just thinking about those losses Petra had to the Siberian gringa you love so much and,just maybe,an unwillingness & lack of desire for the elite spotlight has a slight ebbing effect on those key points where killer instinct is often required

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Paul changed location from Melbourne to Melbourne Park?

I'm pretty sure there're lots of exquisite places for barbecuing in Melbourne, much better than Melbourne Park
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Paul changed location from Melbourne to Melbourne Park?
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I'm pretty sure there're lots of exquisite places for barbecuing in Melbourne, much better than Melbourne Park
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