Alright folks, we might be seeing some light at the end of the tunnel -- Lucie won a couple of matches at last week's 100k in St Malo.
So where do we go from here? Well, she's now playing in the China Open, and she's drawn Wozniacki in the 1st round. Not an easy match-up for Lucie by any stretch of the imagination, but you've got to remember that Woz has had her own struggles in the recent past too. It will be interesting to see how this one turns out.
Now, turning to Lucie's doubles results.
At the US Open, she made it to the quarters with Andrea, but did even better in the mixed by making it to the semis with Frantisek Cermak. I watched a good bit of her and Andrea's 2nd round match against Petkovic and Goerges, and I was really impressed with how they hung in there to ultimately win that match. Petko and Gorgeous came roaring back in the 2nd set, and found a way to stretch this thing to a 3rd. Petko was sensing blood in the water; all of a sudden, she got fired up and started celebrating every big point that they won. It really wasn't looking too good for the Czech girls at that point. That said, they found a way to pull it all back together in the 3rd, and they were able to raise their games when it really mattered. No doubt about it, Lucie and Andrea make a great doubles team. Their games and personalities complement each other. You look at Andrea and sometimes think, "If she had a bit more power in her game, she would be so dangerous." That's not a problem when she's playing with Lucie; Miss Hradecka has got power to spare.
You look at Lucie and think, "With a bit more self-belief and fire in her belly, she could easily be a Top 20 player." That's not a problem when she's playing with Hlavackova, because Andrea is always looking to encourage Lucie and to get her fired up. When those two are in a groove, they can definitely be a lot of fun to watch.