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I don't think it depends to much on height. Look at Zvonareva, Errani, Vinci. But they all are very good doubles players, it seems today only doubles specialists can play well at the net -))
However may be Simona with her playing style doesn't need to play at the net too often
If she continuu to improve her game, she will come natural more to the net

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It`s not easy for a player with Simona`s height to come so often to the net, where she can be easily lobed or passed. Her arms are not that long like let`s say Azarenka so it`s harder for her to cover all the net. ...
I don't agree. Look at Giorgi. She is very small, but she is always running to the net to attack.
Halep could use more of that. When she hits a ball deep in the corner, she should move up inside the court instead of waiting at the baseline. Many times when her opponent throws a short ball at her, she is so far back it's difficult to get to it and do something with it.

I am not saying she should go straight to net, but she should get off the baseline... she should move forwards... When she does that, she wins the point most of the time.
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I don't agree. Look at Giorgi. She is very small, but she is always running to the net to attack.
Halep could use more of that. When she hits a ball deep in the corner, she should move up inside the court instead of waiting at the baseline. Many times when her opponent throws a short ball at her, she is so far back it's difficult to get to it and do something with it.

I am not saying she should go straight to net, but she should get off the baseline... she should move forwards... When she does that, she wins the point most of the time.
No offense, but I don`t think Camila is a player that we should look up to ,and yeah, she takes a risk every time she comes to the net, cause the opponent can easily do a passing shot. Simona only comes to the net if the opponent has played a short ball, and her height and speed are there to help, or if she send the opponent way behind the baseline and she wants to close the point.

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No offense, but I don`t think Camila is a player that we should look up to
This Giorgi is probably the last players who can be considered as a role model
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Re: coaching Halep from behind the keyboard

At the net it's all about confidence. You may not consider yourself to be a net player (I'm not speaking for Halep -- she does a pretty good job there, though I've seen lapses, too), but you find yourself, often on tough points, at the net, where the confidence is needed when you're there to make all kinds of shots. There'll be no confidence without match-toughness, which might well entail forcing the issue, at net, at times. I find it does for me in my club play.
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No offense, but I don`t think Camila is a player that we should look up to ,and yeah, she takes a risk every time she comes to the net, cause the opponent can easily do a passing shot. Simona only comes to the net if the opponent has played a short ball, and her height and speed are there to help, or if she send the opponent way behind the baseline and she wants to close the point.
Exactly. Giorgi might be someone to emulate when you compare her to say Cadantu who has no net game whatsoever and, in that case, being more aggressive could only help. Simona could come to the net more often, but she seems to have found a balance that works for her right now. She might need to change that in the future, but not that drastically and certainly not overnight.
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Exactly. Giorgi might be someone to emulate when you compare her to say Cadantu who has no net game whatsoever and, in that case, being more aggressive could only help. Simona could come to the net more often, but she seems to have found a balance that works for her right now. She might need to change that in the future, but not that drastically and certainly not overnight.
didn't say to play Giorgi's game. I said she can come to the net like her. She can add that to her game. It helps shorten the rallies, mainly when the opponent is far back and struggling to bring the ball back. You got to go to the net and put it away.

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Congratulation Halep !!!! You've played up to your ranking. You beat all the players ranked below you. We've seen that in the last 6 months.

Now the next step is to start beating consistently some of the players ranked above you.

I insist that the big change has to come from your positioning on the court. You got to move closer to the baseline to put and keep the pressure on your opponent.
If you stand far back like you are doing right now, you are not going to move up, deep inside the top-10.

Watch this video. Watch where Azarenka is playing from. She is on the baseline at the farthest. And ready to step inside the court each time. Watch Halep, watch.

You got to move off the wall and inside the court. You have done it successfully in some matches. You've got to make that your game, all the time. Not just once in a while. Get off the "Melbourne" sign. Step closer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pg7hDEX4d60

Take some notes, since you have no coach to tell you.
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Don't stand back like this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcpXYb6Kma0

You are too far... You got to move forwards, instead of backwards.

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[B]i think she needs to improve her serve .. this is the most important point in my opinion
I disagree. Serve is not her biggest problem. Look at Radwanska.
Halep's glaring problem is her court positioning. I hope the new coach was watching and taking notes. If he starts worrying about her serve, he should be fired immediately. There is a big elephant in the middle of the room. And it's not the serve.
She played Serena twice: got serve 2 bagels.
She played Cibulkova 4 times: 3 bagels.
If you leave the whole court open to them, they'll keep serving you hot and fresh bagels.

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I disagree. Serve is not her biggest problem. Look at Radwanska.
Halep's glaring problem is her court positioning. I hope the new coach was watching and taking notes. If he starts worrying about her serve, he should be fired immediately. There is a big elephant in the middle of the room. And it's not the serve.
She played Serena twice: got serve 2 bagels.
She played Cibulkova 4 times: 3 bagels.
If you leave the whole court open to them, they'll keep serving you hot and fresh bagels.
i still think that serve is the most important thing to improve to be one of the top player and win big tournaments
i think positioning is a temporary problem appeared due to being out of her form , i didn't see this problem in the last few monthes of 2013 , but i saw a serve that if she improves , she will be in another level
i don't think that the new coach great work will be telling her not to stay behind baseline , anyone can tell her this
she need very important improvements : serve , net and plan B when her aggressive play is off

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I agree with mido1988, her serve this year is yuck )
Without a good serve to help you in difficult moments (even if isn't powerfull,just to be an well-sited serve) you can't handle top players!
That DF'S in 2nd set with Jankovic killed me
After the serve, her aggressive play... and should be enough for top 5
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listen to Li Na:
“When first time Carlos is telling me, 'You should come in more on the volley,' I was like, 'What this guy talking about?' In the beginning, I was thinking, ‘Huh, why? I will stay baseline for maybe 100 years, never try to come to the net.’ But after he tried to say the good way for me. I try. I was feeling well. Is not bad. Especially in Wimbledon last year, I was feeling, if I lose the match, at least I try. I find the new thing for myself. I think now is much better than in the beginning.”

Every great coach knows this. You got to move forwards, not stay by the wall. Bouchard coach Nathalie Tauziat did the same thing to her game. Play from the baseline forward.

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I agree with mido1988, her serve this year is yuck )
Without a good serve to help you in difficult moments (even if isn't powerfull,just to be an well-sited serve) you can't handle top players!
That DF'S in 2nd set with Jankovic killed me
After the serve, her aggressive play... and should be enough for top 5
Radwanska, Errani, Vinci, Kerber have no powerful serves.

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Radwanska, Errani, Vinci, Kerber have no powerful serves.
In fact I hope simona becomes a better player than these players

my ambition to her is to be a dangerous player who can dominate most of her opponents , not any player hit balls in some power can upset her from any round like those you mentioned
I want her to be something like li na for example
a tough player who can win slams and bother , beat the big 3 or 4 not a one who reached good ranking Somehow for a while

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