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Lena is not playing Amelia Island

Lena should be playing AI this year. She has almost no points to defend until Toronto.
Green clay is a fun surface to play on. Easy on the feet, and you can still play aggressively. Come to the net. Hit those groundstrokes like Sesil does. Wham!

Edit - Lena is not playing. And Sesil stinks. Hit your groundstrokes like Vika.

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Well, Lena is no longer in Florida... so I'm doubting she'll play. If she does, then she'll probably be in Charleston at the last minute, also.

Green clay should be a good surface for Lena to play on, like you say. But don't get your hopes up.
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GL, I think you mean for Lena to hit those ground srokes like Maria does!

It's nice to have Lena back and playing again. And you're right about the green clay being easy on the feet. But why is it called green clay when it's grey? I've never understood that.

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I think it's green. I've played on green and red clay, and it looks green to me.
And when it drizzles, the balls pop high up in the air. It's very hard to hit winners. Unless you catch the line, then the ball skids.

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Lena already knows how to go for way too much on her shots, and make tons of errors.

Well, not anymore... since she's Amanda Coetzer +1 foot, -1000000000000000000000000000000000000 movement.
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I would rather Lena be overaggressive, than passive.

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Much like Maria... Lena has to play that way to win.

So, I agree.
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No. Like Sesil.

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Yes... it is impressive that a 14-year old can hit the ball that hard, and play so well.
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No, like Maria. Lena has nothing in common with the quick as a cat Sesil Karatancheva. But there are similarities between Lena and Maria physically and as hard hitting tennis players.

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I watched those 4 games that ESPN showed again. Sesil creams the ball. I want Lena to push opponents behind the baseline.

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Lena should also talk shit like Sesil.

Then, I might be a fan of hers again.
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The whole tour should talk like that. It had everyone buzzing.

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Sesil seems to have alot of talent and great athletic ability. She reminds me of a stronger Steffi Graf at 14 years old. But let's see if Nick Bollettieri can get Sesil to control her emotions and play her best tennis. I saw those same 4 games between Karatancheva and Sharapova as you did GL and I was very impressed with Sesil. I'm sure her speed and ballsy cockiness with fluster alot of her opponents. And I'm sure she had Maria a little rattled in the first set of their match in Indian Wells. But now the pressure is on Sesil to perform. And she might have to play Alisa Kleibanova another 14 year old in the second round of the Luxlon Cup. The pressure would be on Sesil in that match. But Alisa could beat her.

EV, it's not in Lena's personality to talk badly of others. I think she's only ever made snide remarks about Anna. And that was a couple of years ago.

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This is why the AER doesn't work. Right now, people want to see Maria or Sesil play, and they can't.

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