Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: hiding in my bed
my personal say regarding bartoli is that you simply CANNOT build a career from one injury to another.
her father and couch is a doctor in his profession, surely he must understand that ruining the girl like this is crazy.
her very low, very wide spread makes her extremelly strong on the ball, and with the double-double (two handed both sides) she can really blast them around, especiialy cross-court.
but the stance and double blow also makes her very slow, moreover, the entering and exiting of it really hurt her knees and legs - her main reason to retire or withdraw mostly.
IF she is healthy, fit and well-prepared, she can beat most players, including a good bunch of the top20 right now - but most of the time, she isn't.
i don't think she is now. she's playing only because it's her home town tourny, it's a grand slam and it's alot of money.
but with no good clay preparation, even though it's slower - she won't be able to play as she usually does.
i really hope she get's well in the two week break she'll have should she lose first or second round, and get it on to smash winners evrywhere in the grass season. by the european indoors, she has to be fit or else she'll drop the rankings.
now for jankovic - i've been saying for quite some time now - nick saw a very special young lady and worked on that marvel of a backhand. she hits it better than....anyone. that down the line, if you haven't seen it - you don't know HOW deadly it can be. against second serves, it's almost sure she'll take it with her backhand, and power it back so fast and deep you have no way to get it back in.
but, and this is a big but here - ever since the beggining of the year, something has changed.
she looks to be stronger, faster but the weapons are pretty...normal. she lost something of that wonderous touch, and i think it has something to do with the hype, good looks and money around her.
she's still delivering the goods, but IMO she's not playing her natural kind of game that led her to the success in the beggining.
and against anna, who is much stronger in her legs, and smaller - she's gunna have trouble keeping it up.
20CM give jankovic a much better serve, but anna can return the big serves, the question is what can jelena do with the topspin returned at her.
if anna can take it to three sets, the running will kill jelena.
she has weapons, anna doesn't and so anna learned to be as fit as a goddess, and fast as the wind. jelena is going to taste some of her own medicine if she won't bring back the wonders of her backhand.
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