Re: 2013 - Season Review and Off-Season Thread
It´s astounding whoever claims or is said to have developed herself as a player and person. So will we have the pleasure to watch better, matured, settled german tennis girls next year?
Frequently telling us that she has learned so much about herself ("I want to pay more attention to my body, play fewer tournaments" (translation by KatjaS). "I want to be convicted by my game." Nensel, I hear you sermonizing.
And then - a huge change!: "I want to again consistenly bring my performance."
Please don´t, CHANGE is the keyword.
Consistently performing her defeats? Nensel - please implement something better in her mind. She is listening to you.
Claims "to be in the most relaxed phase of my life just now - as a tennis plyer and a person." (at Franfurt „Charity-Tennisturnier“).
But these days she also says: "I don´t panic but I get somewhat hectical. I really don´t have too much time left (Sport Bild).
Just this had been her attitude when the series of injuries occured.
I don´t know what to make of these statements.
Hopefully not so extremely confused next year as her fans, adorers, followers, stalkers are because of recent private things with this guy, äh, . . . sorry, I have forgotten his name.
Maybe there are some stable facts left?
Communication silence. Presumably the same procedure as every year. At least solid as rock, amidst so many moulted, brand-new ball chasing german cracks.
But as to Barthel I will stop my iromic comments, and that for some special reasons:
Whenever last season she lost a game and (together with her mum coach) was critized heavily here I remembered a posting years ago from her sister. Mona had lost a match, had received lots of bad judgements, and then her sister posted: "What do you badmouthers really know about her! What did you censors achieve in your own life?" And she mentioned her sisters difficult situation because of the cancer of her mother.
I know how disturbing and worrisome a situation with suffering parents can be. I believe here is the origin of her clinging to the mother. And never would I blame her for this, we have to respect it, it´s her decision. What we see sometimes - she herself is not happy with this situation, struggling with her family position, as she is struggling in her games.
As I mentioned in another posting of mine: "We know so little about the private life of our german players." And I ironically added: "Some of us did not even foresee that Lisicki would have another boyfriend". Really, we don´t look behind the curtain that protects the players, and that´s okay with me.
But finally there are convincing reports about a player who really learned something from the last season:
2013 was "a season of consolidation, and finding out more about herself as a person and competitor". (burnstennis.blogspot.) Wants to improve her game by playing more aggressive, powerful shots, with better serves.
In this case I´m inclined to believe her: "She has gone through a unique period of learning about herself, managing disappointment, injuries, motivation, change of coaching setup and still found a way to finish the year on a relative high. That is something which takes mental strength and character." (burnstennis)
Nothing to add.