Originally Posted by Shvedbarilescu
We have over the last few years seen plenty of very successful doubles teams made up of two, shall we say, diminutive players. Who is currently the number 1 ranked doubles team in the world? Oh yes, Errani and Vinci. They do alright without a Groenefeld on the team. Then you have all the Asian teams in the last few years and of course coming up you have Barty and Dellaqua. A big power girl on a team just isn't necessary. What is important is that if there isn't a power player on the team both girls can return well and volley well. Monica certainly does both of these things just fine. And Zakopalova is a vet, who certainly has developed some fine skills along the way too.
Only worry about her is her attitude. She does seem go through fazes where she stops caring about tennis. But as long as she is committed she is a fine player and I see no reason why she can't be an excellent partner for Monica.
You are absolutely right that two petite players can make a great team. But as far as Monica is concerned, most times when she had a durable partnership (by that I mean more than 2 tournaments) with another petite yet accomplished doubles player (King and Erakovic come to mind), the results have been quite disappointing. And since, IIRC, she's friends with both those players, I figured that the failure of their partnerships had more to do with their playing styles not matching.
On the other hand, the partnership that has brought Monica the most success in recent years was with inexperienced and probably poorly motivated Princess Begu, who corresponds to the kind of players I described earlier.
So that's my theory
But I guess Monica winning back to back tournaments with Kookie destroys that theory
My only concern is, like you said, Kookie's lack of reliability. I mean, the girl is downright bipolar... That said Monica has some mental issues of her own. So I guess 2 wrongs can make a right in this case
As for her match vs. Peer, I saw that they played an awful lot of doubles together back in the day. Are they friends ? Did thay have a falling out ?
Either way I think it could be an epic match à la Niculescu/Cornet