Originally Posted by Mightymirza
well thats really a fascinating read!! Sania definately has a lot of problems with the concentration level you mentioned..But also its much harder for sania as shes veryy temperamental..Shes veryy short tempered and hates it when she misses a shot maybe causing more distraction for herself!!
Federer had a terrible temper when he was younger. In fact his parents were so embarassed by his behaviour they refused to watch his matches until he sorted himself out.
About Sania's temper, she has always had a short fuse, but I do think she's worse this year because she's being forced to curb her bashing. The thing is sania's temperament is a little unusual. She isn't like Marat who is ruled by his emotions. She blows her top, feels better, forgets it and gets on with the game. I actually think its good for her to let it out once in a while. When you keep your emotions locked up and let it fester you drive yourself crazy. She may never be as self-contained as federer, as she is much more emotional, but she doesn't let her emotions rule her. She is however ice cool under pressure, which is when it really counts.
This brings us to the part that is driving everyone crazy: if she is indeed a talent in the class of King Fed and i'm positive she is, why is she the wildest, most indisciplined waste of talent on the wtatour? I have the answer to that too.
The day I realised that I could hit a 100mph forehand, I couldn't wait to get out on the court and try it out. It wasn't as easy as I thought. It is very difficult to hit a ball with such immense power and keep it in the court without topspin. I am not fearless like sania. I am a complete wimp in tennis terms. I was holding myself back, playing conservatively so I wouldn't hit the ball out by miles and look like a moron. The wonderful forehand, and the federer-esque backhand completely deserted me. I couldn't time the ball at all, and I was even worse that I used to be. I couldn't fathom what had happened. When I was practising against the wall I could hit harder that I could believe (I even broke a small plastic swicthboard that would take an incredible amount of power to shatter). The key to sania's power is her fearlessness. She can hit it that hard, and hit insane shots because she's never afraid to hit the ball out and look like a fool (and quite a few people are under the grossly mistaken impression that she is not a smart player). So the next day I stopped worrying, and let rip. The next few days, I hit the ball out by miles, looked like a moron, and let it pass. Within a few days those shots had started to land in. This is how sania's game developed, and this is how her mind works (or rather doesn't
). If she tried to curb her bashing instincts she wouldn't be able to do anything right, and the amazing groundies would disappear. I think that is what has happened to her this year. She has to develop patience, variety, and learn when to go for it, but everything has to be done through experimenting during practice. During a match, no matter what the situation, if she feels like bashing the ball she should go ahead and do it. It will take a while, but it will work in time. Will an instinctive power-hitter like her ever incorporate finesse? I think she will, because she's not afraid to try anything. I used to hate volleying because I have (had
) pathetic hand-eye co-ordination, but over the last couple of weeks I used a different method to develop net instincts (thoughtlesness), and i'm improving. I'll see how it works, and i'll share it with you, because I think this technique might work for her too. She can if she wants develop, and in fact re-invent any shot in the book. She is that kind of talent. But for now, the instinct to bash must be given a free rein
. I doubt she will stagnate as a basher, because at this point, luckily its not enough for her to win. She is one of the few players out their with the timing to really develop all the shots. Most players today, because of coaching methods geared towards developing the concious brain simply don't have the timing to do so. Hopefully she doesn't waste that gift.