Re: Mona Barthel - Volume 2
I tend to agree with Ahmed's choice. Mona played some quality tennis in those two matches if memory serves well, although I don't remember the matches as clearly as I would like.
I didn't see the match with Putintseva so don't know what the quality was like (I can't tell accurately from highlights because they tend to disguise overall match quality). Ana has a horrible tendency to mentally self-destruct. An opponent doesn't really have to play great tennis to beat her if she hits that panic button, and she usually does in a three set match (if you win a single set against Ana your chance of winning skyrockets), although she is still capable of extremely fine tennis, especially in straight set wins (happened against Angie twice this year). I like Ana but I get the feeling that maybe Popinjay likes those matches because he dislikes Ana and Putintseva? Or did you just feel she played a great match? Putintseva is admittedly not that likeable... although I at least respect how hard she fights, most of the time.
Last edited by HowardH; Jun 30th, 2013 at 07:31 AM.