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Here is a video of her practicing today:

https://www.facebook.com/wtcatennis/...4558029593598/

She seems to hit as hard as she can, I hope she doesn't turn into a ballbasher

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Here is a video of her practicing today:

https://www.facebook.com/wtcatennis/...4558029593598/

She seems to hit as hard as she can, I hope she doesn't turn into a ballbasher

I hope she chooses to hit smarter, as opposed to harder.
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No idea what to expect, just hoping for Simona to be (and stay) healthy.
My expectation is this: IF Slow Start ==> Fast Exit
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I hope she chooses to hit smarter, as opposed to harder.
Her ability to play smart tennis comes naturally if she feels the ball and the court. The days when she can't find her range she plays what we call "safe" and gets dominated like in the first round of AO.
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My expectation is this: IF Slow Start ==> Fast Exit
If she plays anything like in St. Petersburg against Konjuh, she's safe until QF/SF at least. That was a very good match, played with aggressive mindset as she should always do, especially against big hitters. One of her best matches in regard of aggression, IMO. I didn't get this impression when I was watching live because Anna hits so hard, but watching the recording later on I changed my mind. It's exactly how she should play. Maybe it was because Darren wasn't there, so therefore less pressure?
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She seemed rather rusty on the practice court to me - not surprisingly.
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I'm just happy to see her back on court again, with Simo and Kvitova missing i've had very little to cheer for this year...
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The only data I have been able to find, from the ATP, suggests that IW is one of the slowest of the hard courts they will play on, which may make it harder for the big hitters to dominate matches than at Aus Open.
I have seen few players who've shown recent form on the WTA: the one that stands out in Simona's sector being Mladenovic, which could be a testing match up. Other than that, the draw doesn't look too bad until the semi finals.
I would love to see Simona doing well here and at Miami, but my main hope is that she works her way to full fitness for the clay court season.
I nervously await her return to the court.
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the slow court could help her find her range rather than be blitzed on a fast court... as long as she's patient and plays smart tennis, those were the days...

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The only data I have been able to find, from the ATP, suggests that IW is one of the slowest of the hard courts they will play on, which may make it harder for the big hitters to dominate matches than at Aus Open.
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They need the slower court to compensate for the air density. The ball flies here faster than anywhere else. The court grip is the only thing keeping the ball at playable speed. So it's quite tricky as the ball gets really fast over the net, and comes at an unusual speed after the bounce, being slowed down a lot but then again traveling trough low density air. That's why the big bounces, and some players struggling to figuring out where to anticipate incoming balls for their sweet hitting placement.

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the slow court could help her find her range rather than be blitzed on a fast court... as long as she's patient and plays smart tennis, those were the days...
Don't forget aggressive court positioning.
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They need the slower court to compensate for the air density. The ball flies here faster than anywhere else. The court grip is the only thing keeping the ball at playable speed. So it's quite tricky as the ball gets really fast over the net, and comes at an unusual speed after the bounce, being slowed down a lot but then again traveling trough low density air. That's why the big bounces, and some players struggling to figuring out where to anticipate incoming balls for their sweet hitting placement.
That's why IW has always been slow, even when the event was held at the hotel in Palm Springs.
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...I have seen few players who've shown recent form on the WTA: the one that stands out in Simona's sector being Mladenovic, which could be a testing match up. Other than that, the draw doesn't look too bad until the semi finals...
Are we still saying that, after all the R1 losses she's collected over the past 2 years, from Cepelova to Rogers?

I mean, in theory you have a point. But I guess we've learned this much that we can never know which Simo comes on court ... even if she's healthy (and that seems to be a big if with her fragile body).

Yes, the surface favors her a bit (she didn't win IW for nothing), and she has a decent draw... but sometimes I have the feeling she hasn't made the best out of an easy draw since RG'14 or something (Bucharest'16 doesn't count because, even if she won it, she had some pretty poor matches against supposedly pretty weak opponents). And come to think of it, not even RG'14 was that easy... Really, I can't recall examples where she peaked and cruised through an easy draw.

I do hope she manages to get back to #4 again tough, to avoid Serena in the QF's at slams.
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