I was looking at some old videos of Ana praticing.. there is such a difference..
Let's start with Rome 2007. Sven had some big beer belly problem going on..
Ana was hitting pretty well.
RG 2007. That serve!
And the smile.
Here we have Indian Wells 2008. So sharp! And great footwork. Ana seems to be having a lot of fun. Also, look at how thin she was!
This one is from Miami 2008. Ana was hitting with such conviction. Hear the sound of the ball.. those were spot on. And there is that smile there.. so nice to see.
Fast foward a bit and we have AO 2009. Ana seems a bit slow to me.. not hitting with too much conviction. But her shots still have sting to it.. she is a bit bigger than at IW/Miami 2008, but still pretty thin.
IW 2009. Some wild shots, but she seems to have fun.. and there is desire there.. some purpose in her shots. She didn't seem to have gained too much weight.
Eastbourne 2009. She is hitting well, despite some apparent chunks.. At least she looks like she wants to be playing. Ana already seemed a bit chubbier..
And the last one.. Tokyo 2009. Ana has terrible footwork, misses shot after shot and seems so down. She has also gained weight. Looking even a bit more chubby than her 2007 self.
I don't think I've ever seen a worse practice video. She has lost all spark..
It's funny to look at these videos and see the progression.. or regression.. It's not surprising to see how well she was hitting in 2008, but how that turned into someone with no conviction in her shots in most of the 2009 videos. Even the sound coming out of her racquet is different. Also.. Ana was really thin a year ago.