Originally Posted by TennisAddict84
Ex, you're right. Just watched the 2nd set (missed it last night) and it doesn't seem like Petra was suffering from any lapses in energy either due from asthma or anything else.
So looking at the 1st set, i don't think petra played THAT great...she was okay, solid enough, and Kerber didn't do much, just kind of reacting. In the 2nd set, Petra's level def went down, making more errors and DFs, and not playing the important points well. I didn't see much of a difference in her movement/footwork from the 1st set though. She was still moving fine to me. But at the same time in the 2nd set, I do think Kerber was playing a bit better and trying to do something more out there on the court, resulting in her making some good shots.
I'm just surprised Petra didn't make the adjustments in the 2nd set after being down 0-2. She should've took some off of the 1st serve and her shots since they were going out. I feel like there was still good intent behind most of her shots/shot selection, but since the execution was off, she really should've made some adjustments.
All in all, it obviously wasn't the greatest level of play from Petra, but not the worse either. I've seen much crappier play from her this year. She was def playing at a much higher level in her SF against Venus.
3 things I would really like to see her work on: closing better at the net (she was burned a times this week w/ passing shots), NOT going for the winner when she's out of position (granted she's done a better job of this, but she needs to STOP going for the DTL when she's in the doubles alley and she's 0-40 down in the game), and making more strategic use of her slice (if she makes this more of a key component during rallies, she'll be at much more of an advantage especially against players like Serena)
All good points, and recommendations by you. I had mentioned some of my own (recommendations, in earlier post).
I certainly don't know what to make out of this?
But let's hope Petra gives us more decent tennis? Even though, I agree she didn't play her best today. Just watching her shot making, moving inside the court, slicing and volleying, is a sight for sore eyes. She really has a unique game/style (that's mostly easy on the eyes) compared to other WTA players, when playing well.
I agree with you on your last paragraph. I felt during the Venus match, Petra got too caught up into hitting with Venus (albeit well), instead of throwing in some off speed stuff, loopers, slices, and drop shots to mix it up. Even Venus's coach, had recommended this tactic to Williams against Petra, to potentially throw Kvitova off.
I also felt Petra was pinned to the baseline too much in her last several matches. Doesn't matter how well she was striking the ball, and how fast the court was. She could have ended the points much sooner (Venus, Kerber for ex.), if she would have followed up her deep drives at the net. Ultimately, Petra did do that when she had to/it counted. And Petra was able to hold her nerve (especially when down/under pressure serving), and play the big points well through out the tournament. She was quite composed. We haven't seen that from her in a while.
We'll see what happens in Beijing, the YEC (yeah, she'll make it), and next year??