Re: Petra beat Angelique in the final, Beijing next
Feeding off pace balls to a player who moves and hits as well as Venus is an invitation for her to take control of the point. Petra clearly had a strategy, and it was to go toe to toe with Venus in a long-distance arm wrestling match in power rallies, and to create opportunities for approaches by hard hitting, and only THEN approach.
Petra's approach to playing Venus actually worked, which is more than we can say for Azarenka. I think critics need to just bow down and give her credit for a successful strategy. The sort of full-flight Petra variety show you wished for isn't something she can put on against every player. She can do it against those whose ground strokes she doesn't respect, or who can't handle her pace. Otherwise she has to fight from the baseline.
In other words, Petra is not a serve and volleyer. I wish she were, but she is a power baseliner with nice volleys. I'm very thankful she's in the mix again, as I'd far rather watch her than power baseliners with only ugly (swing) volleys or no net game at all. Petra hits a much nicer half volley, drop volley, and angle volley than Pova, Vika, or Serena. I'd even compare her favorably with Aga for touch around the net. But coming in against Venus is difficult, and must be earned by carving out an upper hand in the baseline exchange.
"I really have friends on the tour, and I'm really happy for it. ...I remember when I was young and someone told my father that I'm too nice for tennis. So I'm just glad that I can be nice off the court and fighting on the court." — Petra Kvitova, May 8, 2005
P. Kvitova def. S. Williams 6-2, 6-3
Last edited by mac47; Sep 30th, 2013 at 11:20 AM.