Re: Laura hits the red dirt - Clay Season Cheering Thread
The pessimist in me, says not to take it foregranted, but you can bet Wozniacki is thinking the Danish equivalent of FML at the moment ;-)
All you can hope for is a decent draw with no gigantic roadblocks early on (like Rome last week), and this is a very decent quarter. It is right up to the quarters before (current) top class opposition arrives, and Kerber hasn't done anything of dramatic note on clay this year either (think she's reached one premier semi, which is decent) so there's a good chance in that matchup too if she gets that far, and she has beaten her before (albeit on grass before the surge).
Fingers crossed Groeneveld will be earning his money now by prepping Laura well and getting her into the mindset of 'this girl can't hurt you', because if she stays patient and plays intelligently she will sweep Wozniacki away.
I really like what we've seen so far in the clay season from Laura. Something about the speed of the surface, seems to give her just that tiny bit more time to use the tennis brain, because she can play very intelligently and use the power a lot better than she tends to on hard courts. She's been hitting some cracking spins and angles on the red dirt this year, and that extra intelligence and patience could be key to wearing down a grinder like Wozniacki.
Good draw - fingers crossed!