...The change is obvious, especially regarding the tactics, last year she was playing very defensive. I might add that Simona even though she is little, she hits the ball pretty hard...
I agree with everything you said, not just the quote above, BUT...
What I mean is "sheer power". Imagine a light weight boxer fighting a heavy weight boxer. The light weight has all the tricks, knows how to fight (like Simona), nothing wrong with him, BUT... there is the danger of the power of hitting that may knock him out. Just one hard hit from the heavy weight boxer will win the fight for the heavy weight.
Same thing can happen in tennis. Just "brutal force" can be enough in hard courts.
Players with heavier shoots win on hard courts more than on other courts.
Simona doesn't have the power of Vika, Serena, Maria and all these type of players, so maybe her pure tennis may not be enough.
I dont know how she will do. Its interesting now because she improved so much
Maybe she also hits harder now, I hope so. Before the Andrei era she had real problem with hard hitting players, maybe she improved on that also