Re: Mona Barthel News & Opinion
An improved Google translation of an article that was published on the website of the NDR (North German Broadcasting Corporation):
Mona Barthel: She cannot win anymore
About a year ago, it seemed as if it would be only a matter of time before Mona Barthel manages the jump into the top ten of world tennis rankings. On March 18 2013 it was published by the WTA that the Neumünsteran was ranked 23 - never before she was better placed. Back then Barthel was preparing to outshine other German professionals like the long-term injured Andrea Petkovic (Darmstadt), Sabine Lisicki (Berlin) or the Bad Oldesloerian Julia Goerges. The German Tennis Federation (DTB) were about to dream to be able to celebrate a lot of successes in the Fed Cup with the northern duo Angelique Kerber and Mona Barthel after a long dry spell. It all remained only dreams, because afterwards Barthel’s star descended as fast as it had previously risen. In March 2014, the 23- year-old is only world ranked 85.
Six first-round defeats in 2014
On Monday, the Schleswig-Holsteinian once again failed at the attempt to take the opening hurdle in a tournament. In the polish city of Katowice Barthel lost without any chance against the three years younger Annika Beck by 1:6, 4:6. It just happened after 1:09 hours. It was the sixth opening defeat for the North German this year. Only in Hobart and Dubai (both second round) and at the Australian Open (third round) the 23-year-old won matches. Before traveling to Katowice she started in Miami and had to give up the match against the Swedish qualifier Rebecca Peterson in the second set due to illness. However, Barthel was behind at that time by 4:6, 2:4.
Split from her coach Maik Schürbesmann
In Miami and in Indian Wells earlier the Neumünsteran got coached by Nic Marschand for the first time, after she separated from her longtime coach Maik Schürbesmann at the beginning of March. "We have worked together for eight years. I want to thank him for all the support and help he has given me over the years. But I think it's time for me to try something new," said Barthel. In the upcoming weeks and months, it remains to be seen whether it was the right decision to withdraw her confidence from Schürbesmann. Barthel doesn’t have to defend many ranking points until the end of the year. In case the series of losses does not continue she can rise up the rankings again.
Barthel ~ Martic ~ Muguruza ~ Garcia ~ Konjuh ~ Kasatkina ~ Kerber
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