Ok guys still digesting the 4-41 W/UE
Li posted in her 4th. round in Miami.
Guys promise to ban me if Julia ever reaches that kind of critical stage because I know Julia does have her unforced moments too but not right there.
I`m not sure about the infect, there were not significantly more tissues than else in use.
On the other hand Julia is not the most weatherproofed player and when you see her practicing hard and sweating in the wind, as seen in the videos of Aravanecaravane, you always fear that she`s in for catching a cold or something.
She might also be a bit tired and needs a little break apart from the tournaments to prepare well for this important part of the season. Maybe playing some cards again in good Ol`Bad Oldesloe.
To start with -120 points into clay season is not nice. Defending the points of Stuttgart and Madrid will be very hard/impossible. She wants to play Barcelona and Rome too, I guess.
Julia can earn something there and also reach the second week at RG so she might not fall down the rankings too much.
Weirdly you know, Julia had more chances of defending herself in a Mandatory event than in Stuttgart.
This explains by the draw. Stuttgart is a 28 (32) draw which means Julia has a very high chance of meeting a top player in the 2nd. round to me with her actual ranking.
Madrid has a 128 draw -- so it allows Julia more opportunities to work herself into the tournament. In Stuttgart unless she has incredible luck I just don't see how she would escape getting a difficult top player early.
Here's what a typical draw in Stuttgart would look like with the 8 seeds :
She could take a difficult top player in her first match or in her R16 match -- I know it really depends to the top girl for example Bartoli or Caroline would not be bad.
I know she beat lots of top girls in 2011 but she had lost the first set Vika, still has not beaten Maria, Radwanska is a huge stub -- actually she can compete with Petra pretty well
- and we need revenge against Marion.
I think Julia really has a big pressure to win Barcelona, she needs the Barcelona trophy absolutely.