Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Vienna, Austria
I think it's as Jen said during the interview after the Testud loss: It's been a long year for her, in the end she's run out of petrol a bit.
I agree, it was hard for me to see that after the French Open final it seemed as if her tennis slipped away more and more. Wimbledon wasn't bad and the US Open weren't either, nevertheless I got that impression. In nearly every tournament she played before / after the US Open she didn't go further than to the QFs (sometimes a SF or F, that was it -> oops, I'm getting immodest <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> ) I don't make any reproach to anyone, that's just a fact. It's clear that it's impossible to hold the incredible high standard of tennis she showed e.g. at the Aussie Open. The tennis year is long, the travelling is fatiguing, everyone wants to see Jennifer winning each tournament she enters. There IS pressure, even if Jennifer doesn't want to confess it.
I think the upcoming rest is the very best thing that can happen to Jennifer - she needs a break. She'll regroup, find her strengh again and will (hopefully!) work on her weak points. Her serve already causes so much problems, it could become even more serious if she doesn't work on it. There are also other points which need to be changed - you certainly know which one I mean.
I was really disappointed when it was clear that Jennifer would end the year "only" as the #2. Now I see that with other eyes: I know, that Jennifer is eager to end the year 2002 in the top position and will work hard to get there. I'm sure we'll see the "Old Jen" soon.