Re: Aussie ITF circuit 2012/2013
Jess had close one today, still likely to go through. I think you summed up well. Especially compared to players around WTA 100-200 mark that play quals WTA events looking to get into MD, and who have more pace having to play higher risk games and make balls not just grind. For Rachel, have not seen her game for a while. Saw few times in 2011 Circuit (vs Peers, South, Sema etc) and looked like baseline hitter. If had to pick a style- eastern european flat, with side spin. Power thou lacking consistency, sometimes shot selection is "wow" no touch winner, other times "WTF" was that for as wasted point after nice setup? Saw hitting with Barty few times in 2012, going toe to toe with a bit of a crowd gathering, awesome. (did not realise was Rachel till afterwards when niece pointed out). I think I saw her in Barty's box at AO?, and on Barty's web site so hopefully something rubs off there. Not sure what has happened since 2011 debut, a short glimmer at Rocky (QF) and Port Pirie (vs Moore) last year. Looks like no coach, no real tactical program, and doing same old thing sans improvement like the others around same rank level. But has different physique (tall, athletic). And "melange" (mixed, like me!). Has French name but speaks English and Japanese?, I thought Polynesian at first? Others might know more.