Alright, so I watched the Memphis match between Camila and Stephanie. Having now watched her for the first time, my verdict is that Camila is a player that people need to watch out for. The girl is a shotmaker, and she has got real talent. I think a good way to describe her to someone who has never seen her play before is to call her an ultra-aggressive version of Kirilenko, and that says a lot about Camila's style of play because Maria is a pretty aggressive player herself. Yes, you can easily make the argument that she is way too aggressive, and that her style has probably hurt her progression up the ranking. That said, even though I've now seen her play and am acknowledging her weaknesses, I'm not going to make the mistake of dismissing this girl as just a thoughtless player who is wasting her talent. I follow ITF match results, and sometimes you can spot up-and-coming players before they hit the main tour. Camila's results down on the ITF tour were good enough that they had caught my eye a while ago, so I can say that I was familiar with her name even before she beat Nadia. Camila hasn't blasted up the ranking, but she is making steady progress upwards. That alone suggests that she is doing something good with her talent.
With regards to her playing style, I think that she will be a lot of fun to watch when she is playing well. The girl can hit some incredible shots from the back of the court, but she also seems quite comfortable moving forward to the net and finishing a point off. I can't imagine that there will be too many players out there that will want to face her when she's in a groove, because all she does is attack. If she is not playing well, the unforced errors will kill her, and her fans will be left pulling their hair out.
When all is said and done though, I think that she will continue to get better, and that she just might turn out to be an impact player one day. She would not have gotten this far without already having put in a lot of hard work. She looks like a good athlete. Her technique is sound. I see a lot of potential in her. Yes, she hits a lot of low-percentage shots, but she just might learn how to put enough of them in, and if she does that, she will win a lot of matches. What she is trying to do is not impossible. People can learn how to hit difficult shots with lots of practice. All-out aggression is her style, so she is definitely getting a lot of practice.
Finally, I took the time to read some of the posts in this thread, and it's pretty obvious that most of the people in here don't exactly have a lot of respect for either her or her game.
I think that is a bit sad, because she's still quite young. As she gets older, she will have an opportunity to learn from her mistakes. As a matter of fact, I can't see any 'unforgivable crimes' that either she or her father have committed thus far, so why are people in here giving her such a hard time? I think that it's way too early to be writing this girl off as some sort of failure. As far as her career is concerned, she just might end up being the one that has the last laugh, so people had better start taking her a bit more seriously. If they don't, they could be in for a rude awakening. Nadia's post-match comments said it all:
She didn't give me any rhythm. She was playing very aggressive. Clearly she wanted to play two-stroke rallies, hard through the middle and put it away. So it was really difficult for me to get into the match. She produced very good tennis today and I thought at some point maybe she would have trouble closing it out, but she stayed solid throughout the whole match.