The U. Rad match wasn't a fair example of Mel's game this year, I don't think. It's an example of Mel's other twin, the evil one who looks like her and plays bad tennis
That video is full of the things that Mel does when she's too self-conscious. She's not feeling her way through the point, not moving her opponent around the court, not using her variety, not being aggressive. When she is aggressive, the misses are horrendous. The tennis switch in Melanie's head was set to the "off" position. She was struggling with a player ranked in the 300s earlier for god's sake, though she won the match, her service stats were ridiculously bad.
But her ability to jump from that, to the bagel she handed Sloane, says to me that it's mental not mechanical. I think she was fighting those 09 USO demons again during the summer run. Winning a fall 50k without dropping a set tells me she got over her issues after the Open.
I like the idea of comparing videos though, maybe should've been its own thread. I think this is a better example of her best this year:
Makarova stepped up her game in the second set, but Mel found another level in the third and ran away with it. How do you think this Mel stacks up against the 09 version?