Re: Julia's 2014 - April - Intercontinental Travels from Charleston to Brisbane
Gonna ramble off my thoughts
First of all, the first part of the match can only be described as absolutely disastrous. Shockingly so. She was down 0-6 0-3 40-40. She lost 13 points in a row at the beginning of the 2nd set. And not against a top player but rather against (with all due respect) Virgina Razzano. I have a hard time imagining how that even went, how badly she must have played to even reach that scoreline. And she was getting tons and tons of first serves into play, in the first set it was above 80%. Those 9 games alone should set off all the alarms in the world, she must realize that there is something seriously wrong with her game.
Then of course, on the positive side, she didn't give up at a point where many probably would have. No idea if Razzano's hand started shaking of if Julia played much better, but to come back from that deficit and actually pull out the 2nd set is impressive, at least as far as her fighting spirit is concerned.
And then comes the 3rd set and all is bad again. Yes, Razzano took an ridiculously long toilet break, but she's allowed to do that. There are distractions in tennis, you can't play in a vacuum. I don't know if that's what triggered it, but from then on it never really looked good anymore. The first return games went quickly, and the break inevitably followed. Even though she managed to briefly get back on serve it was gone again quickly, and she collapsed completely from there. These kind of struggles really just shouldn't happen against a player like Razzano, where every single service game is a nailbiter that eventually starts going badly. She does have one of the best serves on tour, and yet she has so many stretches where it looks like she has Errani's serve. She won 27% of her points on first serve in that set. It's mindblowing.
Bottom line, yes her fighting spirit exists, but at the end of the day this is another terrible loss against a player against whom she just should not lose (especially not like this) if she wants to get back anywhere near the "right track".
But I fear that once again there is not much hope for change. Here's still stupid doubles so it won't really feel too badly to lose R1, then she'll go to Fed Cup, have a fun time there, for Stuttgart she's excused and then the clay season is halfway over already. She'll surely play Madrid and Rome, even though she won't make the MD there because she has to carry Grönefeld in that stupid doubles. And it all goes on, too much to die, too little to live with no sign whatsoever that she is willing to make any kind of changes.