Re: Mona Barthel - Volume 2
Here is a translation of the conversation between Mona (M) and Hannelore (H) after the first set against Pegula:
H: Make sure that you always get into a good position and use your knees!
M: That’s what I am trying to do all the time. It is about my head!
H: Do always strike with your favorite speed only. That’s the most important thing, that you strike with your favorite speed. Don’t hesitate! The problems always arise when you are hesitating. Just act according to your instinct!
M: It (the instinct) has gone, it has gone, it has all gone. How is it possible to always play that badly? How can you lose your whole game and play only shit? I nearly can’t get a ball into the court.
H: She really plays fairly surprisingly (unpredictable).
M: What is so surprising about it (her game)? It is just normal what she is playing. But if I am not able to keep the ball in play it is going to become difficult. I am pushing every ball with only 4 kmh onto the service line and am returning her serve into the middle of the court.
H: Play with your favorite speed! The tactic that you have chosen is exactly right.
M: Yes, exactly right! Nothing is right!
H: Hm, okay!? Then strike the balls sometimes higher and sometimes flatter. Everything is alright!
M: It doesn’t work! I don’t know what to do!
H: You have to do what you have done before but make sure that you get into a good position and then strike the balls like you want to.