Originally Posted by !<bloc_party>!
I'm Birmingham, Hype used to spend over 30 minutes warming up, and I mean, a proper warm up. She would jog slowly around the court, do all these leg routines, and have this sretchy elastic band thing, and literally worked every muscle she has, really slowly. I remember thinking that she must have been really warmed up. She did all of this before hitting a ball.
i watched her warm-up for the final in B'ham too. She did do everything very steady. She even had a fun, light-hearted game of footie (Soccer to our USA friends) with her dad and 2 trainers. I think she even warmed up longer than she hit for - at first I thought that seemed a bit strange but it makes sense.
A few years ago, sort of when the Williams sisters started winning GS's (especially Wimby) there was a documentry on CH4 in the UK called, "The Williams Story" (I still have it on tape) and there are many shots of them just doing warm-up/strentching excersizes. They did hit some balls, but most of the work-outs were with medicine balls, "bungee bands" and even an excersize where they just tossed old rackets and baseball bats through the air - like in a service motion but releasing the racket/bat at the top of their service motion. A great way to warm up the arm, I thought.
So yeah, Andrew you have a valid point on the warm-up thing......however, we can't always go by what we see on court with Lindsay. We wouldn't know if mybe she's done 5/10mins gentle pace on the tredmill or bike. Maybe Lindsay is more one to warm-up indoors. However, there is certainly a problem, one way or the other in the way she prepares.
When I was at Wimby watching her practice, she had her trainer on court but she didn't appear to do anything only hold a racket and retreive some balls for Lindsay and Adam.....(mmmm, lovely Adam
).....where was I.....oh yes, so what's the point in Lindsay's trainer being on the practice court if they're not gonna do any stretches/warm-ups - she never even seemed to be offering advice on anything.
But hey, what do I know?!