This has to be the most heartbreaking loss of the year for me (of any player, including Joko
which says a lot). Each year she comes to Wimbledon gets so close to winning against top players (I know Vera isn't at her best) but stumbles at the last hurdle.
Yeah, last year she came within a whisker of beating Mladenovic at Birmingham, then she came within a whisker of beating Kanepi at Wimbledon. I thought at the time how different her year might have been if she had won either or both those matches. Today she lost to Zvonareva in an almost identical fashion.
She absolutely had it in her hands. Experience v inexperience in the end
Surely, Tara has the experience by now to finish matches off? She should have learnt a lot from those heartbreakers against Kiki and Kaia. It showed her that she has the ability to challenge much higher ranked player on equal terms. The only experience she lacks is the experience of winning
. The fact that her ranking has dropped a hundred places since this time last summer suggests that her long-awaited "breakthrough" is receeding further into the distance.
Couldn't agree more. She has a special talent and she was an outstanding junior. She won the Eddie Herr 12s championship in 2004, two years before Laura Robson. And, you're right, her running forehand DTL can be a wonderful shot - somewhat reminiscent of Pete Sampras in his prime.
Let's hope she improves that serve and takes the positives from todays match to push her on the second half of this year
I'd like to think so but if she couldn't take the positives from the Kanepi match last year, how can we expect her to take the positives this time around? I'm certain all Tara's thinking about are the two chances she blew to serve out the match. I struggle to see any improvement in her mental game. Sam Smith regards her as uncoachable.