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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Nov 30th, 2016, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
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2017: Hopes and Expectations

I used to do this thread in the Justine Henin sub-forum back in the day, and now that I'm more firmly following and supporting Angie's career, I thought I would do one now, too.

Essentially, this is a straight-forward thread about how we, as fans, are mentally approaching the 2017 season.

I will start.

To be honest, I'm not expecting Angie to win another slam next year. It would be amazing if she could do it, and certainly, I'm rooting for her to do so, but it wasn't an expectation I had in 2016, and it's the same for 2017. I am, however, expecting her to continue on this path of consistency. I expect her to make at least the SF of every slam except RG. From there, anything is possible.

I would also love to see her beat players she should be beating. I'm not going to pretend that reaching the finals of the Olympics and the YEC are great achievements, because there's no reason why she should have lost those to the likes of Puig and Cibulkova. Both are lovely girls who fought their way through those victories, but Angie should have shown the same kind of tenacity and beaten them. For a player like Angie who has never had this kind of success before, reaching the finals of the Olympics and the YEC aren't givens, and I wish she took better advantage of the opportunities by winning them. Next year, I hope to see her do better in these tour-level events. A two-time slam winner should have more tour-level titles than she does. It would be great to see her bag a couple of Tier I tournaments next year.

Game-wise, she did so well in improving her fitness and adopt a more aggressive stance in many of her big matches. And I expect to see her push forward in that regard, especially in her return game. There are so few big servers in the game, and with Angie's powerful legs, I would love to see her start her return games with big, explosive returns more often. I also saw more promising netplay this season. It would be great if she could add that to her game. No one expects Angelique Kerber to go to the net more, but she's really been very good there when she approached this past season that I can't see why she can't develop that part of strategy more fully.
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Re: 2017: Hopes and Expectations

Hopes:
- Another stellar year like that -> wins a GS (Wimbledon) and defends her #1 ranking.

- Staying injury-free

Expactations:
- Less "Complaingie" on court. She already has improved her attitude but sometimes she falls back to her alter ego.

- Making deep runs at the GS tournaments -> reaching the semifinal (beside RG). From this stage on, everything is possible.

- Improving her finals record. She has a very good finals record at GS with 2-1, but as great as her year was, it could've been even better with Olympic Gold and YEC!

- Winning a PM/P5 title (overdue)

- Qualifies for the YEC again

I guess that's it
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Re: 2017: Hopes and Expectations

I could see her going over a bad patch due to motivational reasons. She has reached all her goals this year, so it might be difficult for her to (push) counterpunch herself to the limit over and over again.
But it will be extremely difficult to predict. Who knows, maybe she found the switch in her mind and will be a slam contender for the next 2-3 years and remain No. 1 for all of 2017? Or maybe 2016 was a one-off, and she will go back to losing in R3/R4 at slams again? One thing is for sure: it will be another rollercoaster ride of emotions.

Hopes:
- rewarding herself more often for all the hard work (aka less painful final losses)
- that she will not always play the same running forehand crosscourt passing shot. Everybody knows it’s coming cross, so please more DTL variation, Angie!
- staying No. 1 until Wimbledon (if she plays a good Australia season, it might be possible)
- winning a PM/P5
- improving her net play. I second the opinion that her volleys are actually quite good, she just doesn’t know how to set them up
- beating Errani to erase that horrible US Open 2012 result from my memory
- finally giving us one epic racket smash

Expectations:
- she will not win/defend a slam, but still have good results at some of them (occasional SF, maybe even a F). Also she will at least reach QF at RG
- winning 2-3 tournaments (mostly premier)
- there will be another Vika epic late in the year, possibly USO R3
- ending the year in the Top 5
- she will be unbeaten in Fed Cup, but Germany won’t reach the final
- a lot of mockery and ridicule on TF when she doesn’t back up her 2016 results
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Re: 2017: Hopes and Expectations

Tough to predict, definitely. I'm very curious to find out what's going to happen next year but I can't really say what I'm expecting, she surprised us too much this year

I'm definitely not expecting her to keep winning slams although I'd love if she could snatch a Wimbledon title before she retires, but that would just be the icing on the cake, I'm more that satisfied with her career

I could see her having a hard time in Australia though. First time as the top seed at a major + the pressure of being the defending champion could be too much for her (we know that she often struggles in situations she never had before ). She might lose the No.1 ranking at some point of next year, but I'm hoping that she has another strong second half, maybe with another great run in Wimbledon and hopefully another participation in Singapore Top 5 finish would be great IMO.
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Re: 2017: Hopes and Expectations

Staying healthy is the most important thing of course! In this context I also really hope that she starts scheduling like a top player should do by skipping Internationals like Hong Kong, Bastad and even Nürnberg and some P470 events like Charleston. I don't really expect it though. She has already committed to Brisbane AND Sidney

My hope/dream I've always had for Angie is winning Wimbledon! I really hope that she will get to another final there (without having to face PeakServeRena then )
Winning a PM (or P5) finally is something I would love to see in 2017! Staying #1 for a long time would be great, too, but I can definitely see Serena taking it back after Australia.

Game wise, I only want Angie to keep working on her serve as much as possible. A few more free points now and then would be so helpful!

I don’t expect Angie to defend her slams, but I expect her to play a better clay court season this time (bold guess I know ) and to have consistent deep runs in big tournaments again! I expect her to keep struggling in finals if she is the favourite tho
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