Re: The Amazing and Remarkable Monica Niculescu
She wasn't at her best but yeah Vee was excellent from the baseline : not bothered by the slice, easily overpowering Monica, very few mistakes (!)
Still, I'm quite pissed at how she handled Venus's serve, anyone in the top 300 would have returned better than Monica today
She simply has no idea what to do with slow balls on her FH side.
Great week anyway !
Lots has been made this match about how poorly Monica returned Venus's weak serve. Well it wasn't good. That said a lot of the women's tour struggle to return serves effectively. Monica is actually on of the best players on the tour at getting big serves back into play and setting the rallies back to neutral. Last year she ranked in the top 3 I recall in points won returning the 1st serve and games broken. But her approach on return has always been to reset the point to neutral and against Venus's weak serve than approach didn't change. Reality is returning weak serves just isn't her thing.
Bottom line is Venus played very well off the ground and Monica was just a bit too tense today and it did bring her game down, not a lot but a little and that was enough. Nevermind it was still a good week.