I mean, yes it's a positive she won a match, but not much of one. Usually it means signs of better form, but honestly i'm not convinced here it does, she just had an extremely kind draw. Usually I am a very positive fan, but the form this year is a joke. In particular, the serve. Her second serve is pathetic (when she gets it in!!) and though her first serve is good, the percentage has not once been above 60% this year. Hate to rant, but she is digressing rather than improving right now and there are little signs of that changing
Originally Posted by *hingis_forever*
I'm with Evans on this one. The window of opportunity is so small in tennis, and this is stage of Laura's career where she can't afford to have slumps like this. She's showing no signs of improvement and continue to lose in the same manner time and time again. She simply cannot serve these days and as far as I've seen, her movement is as bad as ever. I know I'm just upset because it's so soon after the loss, but I'm really angry with Laura right now.
Yeah I mean I totally agree that the win wasn't a meaningful win, she got probably one the very best draws in the whole tournament and was almost in a situation where she couldn't lose to Giorgi, and even then they went to 3. I guess I'm just glad she got that draw and managed to get that win
The second serve is an odd one, it's been a probably for pretty much most of her career, not having a consistant enough one and therefore would be one of the key thing they would be working on. Doesn't seem to have improved tho...so don't know what they're doing.
Overall something needs to change she must get out of this rut by FO/Wimb time which is fast approaching otherwise the ranking will drop like a stone with a poor USO draw and she's completely back to square one. This is undoutably a massive year of consolidating top 40 ish or crashing back down. Whether she will come good in time...or something needs to change? I don't know what it's difficult to critise a coaching relationship when your not the one in it, though that's always the obvious thing that gets targetted. The thing with Laura is you feel she has no plan B and you're waiting for the switch to flick on when she can play some amazing tennis and there's no real plan of how to do that, it will just happen...or not!
Plus Laura also seems to have a habit of capitulating towards the end of tough matches, which last night was totally an example of. I know it's been widely discussed before but unlike someone like Hev for example you never really have the feeling that it Laura gets significantly behind in a match that she will fight back. She needs to be level or in front. I'm not so sure that's lack of fight per se I feel it's more of a mental thing of just getting down on herself too much and then not knowing how to fight back...
On a personal note I never really feel I have the right to be angry at players. Sad, disappointed, annoyed even but anger never sits well with me xD I just feel they're not doing it for me and they don't owe me anything, plus it's not like I can play tennis anything like they can xD So what right do I have to be angry at someone for not doing something I can't do either? Plus I'm sure Laura at this moment is waaay more pissed off with herself, according to the twitter updates last night she did some racket bashing after several points. So yeah I'm just not one for anger, but each to their own.
Let's hope the clay brings some of that divine inspiration cos you're totally right the clock is ticking things must pick up soon.