Some pretty poor shots in that match with Sam, I agree Tecumseh.
Mona makes Pegula look a million..i mean a billion dollars
The meltdown was not as messy as i had been led to believe but still Hannelore is a star. Mona is hella cute when she is upset.
So Serious and Aggressive
Yes she is
. So I finally get to see the changeover people were talking about.
In conjunction with Tecumseh's translation I can get a feel for the conversation. I wonder if it's too much to ask someone to post the conversation typed in the original German for me to see?
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.
The underlying emotion of the conversation seems to be "you just don't get it, why don't you get it?" While there are some nice ideas in what her mother says (I like the concept of "hitting with your favourite speed" in order, I presume, to increase consistency) Mona feels like her mother doesn't understand what she is going through on the court. It's actually a very typical parent/child argument to be honest, except it normally isn't broadcast on tv.
By the way, at 4-1 Michael Joyce (Pegula's coach) didn't say that Mona wasn't trying, he said she would be "hit and miss, act like she's not trying".
I haven't watched all of it but it seems that, aside from her own problems, Pegula's forehand and serve were creating issues for Mona. Especially Pegula's forehand return off Mona's second serve. She made Mona pay for that second serve which lands in the middle of the box a few times.
At the end of the match the commentator says "Barthel has lost this match", which is appropriate I guess.
Mona went into a mode where she was trying to take frustration out on the ball. The thing about tennis is that you can't try to hit a ball in a way that feels satisfying. Maybe you can't take your frustration out on a couple of points that don't matter, but then you have to start playing serious tennis again. It's not that she wasn't trying to win anymore (well, apart from the last few points), but she wanted to hit balls that made her feel better, like when you slam a door in frustration or punch a wall. Her accuracy was affected by being tinged with emotion.
Looking at the game at 5-3 in the first set, she was up 30-0, it really looked like she would take that set.