you want her to actually have results but that's only one side of the coin. i look at a combination of both her results and her ability and the improvement was not slight. once she gets the results to speak for her it won't matter what we think. to my mind ana entering the top 8 won't be any improvement whatsoever on her current form actually. that's why i say that i'm looking only on how she does against big players. most importantly i think ana is on the upward trajectory no matter how slowly.
Not really.. I look at results and I look at level of play.. and in both I think the improvement is slight, in homeopatic doses and snail pace.
I do think her getting to top 8 is rather far, both in results and in level of play, because to get there she will have to beat the top players. I don't think Ana is playing well enough or believes enough to do just that right now. Its easy to forget she lost 60 60 to Vinci not too long ago.
USO was a good tournament, even a breakthrough, but she had lost in the 4th round in years she was playing better tennis.
As I said.. there is no problem in disagreeing. And I don't think what we think ever really matters.
but even so, again "players ranked #11 through 20" is not a valid bracket imo. the really relevant places are the ones which determine your seeding, not the ones that result in the multiple of the number of fingers we have on both hands. being barely #12 is considerably better than being somewhere between #17 and 32. finishing the year close to #10 is considerably better than finishing it close to being #20 which was ana's standard in recent years.
it doesn't mean i don't think things could be even better but that's a matter of patience and thinking whether the glass is half full or half empty.
Again.. we disagree. I think 11-20 is a very valid bracket... top 20 players. And if we are talking about seeding, the worst possible seeding bracket within the top 20 is 13-16. Its better to be 17 than 16 in terms of slam draws.
Finishing the year 12 is just slightly better than finishing the year 17 IMHO, which was Ana's year end ranking in 2010, for an example.
I don't think this is a matter of seeing glass half full or half empty..