If nothing else, this match should explode the myth that Simona is a great defensive player. Her defensive game is adequate at best. Which means that she´s in deep shit when her natural attacking game is not firing. She is a spectator in this match. Domi is playing quite well, but not spectacularly so.
It rather explodes the myth of her being a mental giant of some sort. The only decent points she played today where after longer rallies where she was able to hit the winner after coming back from a defensive position. She basically didn't win a single point when she was the first one to go for the winner in a rally.
Simona lost this match in the locker room and it's likely that she would have lost against a scarecrow today. No fire, never looked into the match, folded like a tent after losing the first set and simply gave up in that very last game. Absolutely pathetic.
But then again, yes, Cibulkova played very well, although Simona made it easy for her. She overpowered her from the baseline and overwhelmed her mentally, intimidated her with a couple of 'Pomes'. Too easy.
Anyway, reaching a QF despite playing that poorly, only champions can do that and she will learn from this experience.
Has anyone seen Halep move inside the court to follow a deep shot?
I am watching ESPN360. And the commentators are saying what I have been saying here.
Halep is never looking to move forwards. Great observation.
Cibulkova has all the time in the world to place her shots. Cibulkova is playing from inside the court.
Halep stuck in the back.
Maybe she'll change her game and win. I would be very surprised. Halep is playing junior tennis right now.
You can't stand by the wall, in the back, and never come inside the court to put pressure on your opponent.
You got to play from the baseline and move forwards.
Hope the new coach watches this tape and sees what I have been talking about.
You are now top-10. You've got to play top-10 tennis.
Yep, she can thank her seeding for reaching that stage of the tournament. She's clearly far away from the level of play she displayed last year.
That said it's still a slam QF and she lost against a player who played almost flawlessly. It's still early in the season, she has time to get her shit together and start working with her new coach.
Both comments are absolutely quoted for truth here.
Only in the last set against Jankovic, Simona looked good, the rest was messy and her draw was a joke.
She is close to hiring an excellent coach who should really help her to develop her baseline game. She has never been an early starter, nor in matches in especially not into seasons. She will improve and she has to improve, but as you guys said, having a higher seeding basically makes it impossible for you to fall down the Rankings if you don't get dramatically injured which makes it easier for her.