Re: Donna Vekic
Well people, what a match this was! Congratulations to the whole team once again, you all've been doing a really good job, no doubt about that now.
I really didn't know what to expect in this one as we haven't been able to watch Donna live at all this week, so we could only wonder how her level of play will compare to that of Jovanovski, but I don't think even the greatest optimists among us saw a straight set win coming this way.
Donna really showed a number of qualities out there, some of technical nature, some of psychological. Overall, she's already a very well developed player in many departments. I especially loved how she showed maturity and composure on the court, which was really important for this sort of match. She walked out there focused, ready and seemingly believing that she can win. There was no sign of a potentially shaky 16 y.o. as many girls her age would turn out to be, scared of an opportunity that was slowly but surely emerging.
I was also fascinated by the way in which she was controling her own game during points, how well she constructed many of the points by showing a lot of maturity and knowledge, but also how she was perceptive during exchanges about her opponent's behaviour and possible intentions. Really wonderful to see in someone so young.
Sure, technically speaking she has room to improve, but when you take into account how far she's come at this young age, that's actually not a bad thing. Her serve is inconsistent, although it's great to see that she isn't a type of player that'll do 3 consecutive double faults or something similar. Her second serve tends to be vulnerable at times and her movement could be better, but the way she can strike a forehand groundstroke winner is pretty amazing, with backhand trailing behind only slightly.
Overall, this was an impressive performance and I can't wait to watch her one more time tomorrow (1400 CET). I don't know much about Birnerova apart the info available online and watching a few video clips, so I realy don't know what to think about this next match. If you'll look at Birnerova's HC results coming into this event they're definately not great (got hammered by Rybarikova and Puchkova, lost on retirement to Oudin), but if she was capable to beat an in-form player like Cadantu - regardless of surface preferences - in the previous round, that says something about how ready she is. I'm guessing her vast experience (she's 28 y.o.) played a role in that match too. Being a player that prefers fast surfaces, she is definately a type of opponent that'll suit Donna's game. She is not very tall (1,70 m), so she probably doesn't have a lethal serve, but she must have something good if she reached top 60 at one point. Somehow, however, I believe that a repeat of today's performance by Donna could see her win even that match. She must be tired, no doubt about that, but her matches all finished in straight sets and she usually doesn't have problems with fitness.
So who knows, Donna doesn't seem able to stop with the surprises this week, so we might be heading for another one. What a week it's turned out to be already. Hope she can end it in a nice fashion.
Good luck Donna!
Last edited by ma re; Sep 13th, 2012 at 05:53 PM.