Originally Posted by Apoorv
I saw the sania's footwork was the best part i would say. her serve percentage was low but even her second serve seemed to have improved. she was throwing in double faults in second set but apart from that it was much better placed. the fight was there. sania made amazing gets and played beautifully near the net. but martina kept on returning everything and with some statement on each return. sania was making unforced errors in every 7th or 8th return she was hitting in the point. sania's court sense and speed and FOOTWORK have improved a lot since usopen and i am surprised. she was even running behind her backhand to hit forehands just like graf.
That was exactly what I was excited about, despite her bad loss to martina. I caught a bit of her matches, and I was just astonished at the improvement in anticipation footwork and movement. I think it paid off today.
And thats the wierd part. Footwork is one of the hardest areas to improve in and it takes a long time. Usually the results only really show after months to years of work. But this was just amazing. At the USO she looked flat-footed and sluggish, but suddenly she was using her feet the way roger does. Its very unusual. Fitness, and court sense does not
improve so visibly in two weeks.
Theres only one way she could have improved so fast, and if that is really the case I don't think we need to worry about her any more. There is one problem though. Early on I really struggled to maintain the concentration levels needed to time the ball perfectly, and I often lapsed into my old mediocre self. I think she'll struggle to maintain that level of concentration on the court, but she'll get there soon. She's always had good footwork, but she does seem to be half asleep on court, which is why she hasn't got the best out of it thus far.
Funnily enough these were the exact words I used a mere fortnight ago. Coincidence? Not really...
About the movement she does seem to be a bit of a dreamer on court at times. Its actually possible to show huge improvements in your court coverage, and in fact raw speed through improved concentration. I haven't done a single footwork, or fitness drill, but i'm faster than I was two weeks ago. When your awareness improves, you seem to have all the time in the world.