Agreed. I know people think you pick on Jess too much but your absolutly right. Getting double bagelled by someone like Chan is not good, espically if she is one of our biggest prospects coming through.
I was impressed with what I saw at AO this year, i know she only beat Ditty but i thought she could contiune to improve throughout the year, she would be able to get some nice results. While here was smart schduling, losing like that shows signs she hasn't improved at all and needs to work her game.
I don't really think you can say that she hasn't improved at all. AUSBOY even said that she has improved this year. I mean you don't go from being ranked at No.376 at the end of 2007 to being ranked inside the top 150 twelve months later, without improving. You don't make the second round of two Grand Slam championships without improving. You don't win a 25k singles title on clay in Europe without improving. You don't make the final of a Junior Grand Slam without improving.
Clearly her game does need work, yes. She herself has admitted that she needs to work on her game, develop more consistency and power and placement. God, if she didn't need to work on her game she would be the World No.1!
If Sophie was fully fit and had sufficient match play, she would've beaten Jess, but she has barely played this year and Jess had better fitness and won, congrats to her. Its a good tournament points wise for Jess, smart scheduling on her behalf, but yes she didn't get to play anyone tough until the quarter finals and she got creamed. There is no excuse for losing 6-0 6-0 with all her experience, and that shows you just how much work she still has to do on the mental side of her game.
Despite her high rank it is a worrying fact that Jess still can't threaten a win against a top 200 player. I think she has improved this year somewhat, but she's such a long way off consistently beating top 200 players. Unless she can really make a significant jump in her overall level of play she won't be ranked so high this time next year.
Agree with most of that bar a few things. Obviously Moore wasn't in the best form of her career here this week, it is plain to see after being double bagelled. But it would be interesting to see Moore play Ferguson (both in top form and fully fit). For now, yes Sophie may be too much. But in another twelve months, it could be a different story.
Agree that she is a fair way off consistently beating top 200 players on a consistent basis but disagree that she still can't 'threaten a win against a top 200 player.' What's Gajdosova? Chopped liver? And for all those people that are going on and on about her having a dysmal record against top 100 players, the only top 100 players she has played are A. Bondarenko (twice), Kuznetsova, Safarova, Peer and Chan (let me know if I left anyone out). They aren't exactly slouches, so it is harsh to state that she has such a poor record.