Izzy, I don't believe that anyone including herself thinks that she should be some weird counterpuncher. And, not only that she isn't, she also much more aggressive than an average passive player. I don't think that it's their plan. She just played a more safe game because she needed winning the matches and therefore her confidence back. She regained that confidence, but she's clueless when she's facing the best players. I don't think that before her match against Kim or Vika Nigel suggested her to keep the ball in play. No way he did that. No way! And about them practicing only junkballing... No way! If he's doing that, he's worse than some local tennis club coach, we know he's not. Let's be honest, Izzy. He knows about tennis more than we would learn in thousand years of following tennis. Watching tennis and playing tennis for fun is nothing compared to coaching pros. There's no way he can't see the thins that we see. He needed her to be consistent again, he must have a plan for the next step. If he doesn't, I'll be the first one to admit that he was no better than glorified club level coach. But, if he's not, suggesting that any of us noticed things that he didn't is not fucking possible. He actually knows her, coaches her, knows about her mindset, her demons and the weaknesses more than ANY FAN. If he doesn't, then he's really clueless, a glorified club level coach.
I must be explaining myself horribly or you just don't get my point at all.
Nigel is remodelling Ana's game to what he thinks will be the best for it.. as Kardon did with the net rushing, for an example.. people have their opinions of what is an affective game and try to make their players play like that..
Kardon also knew Ana, coached her, was experienced.. but can you honestly say Ana should play netrushing after every shot? Look.. Nigel and Ana probably think this is the most effective style of game and that she should play like this.. but this is not her natural game, and this ends up limiting her potential and hiding her weapons, rendering her game useless against top opposition. They will both realize that sooner or later, as she fails to beat a top player time and again and again and again...
Now.. please.. I never said Nigel's plan is to make Ana a weird counterpuncher or that their plan is to be passive. Their plan is to be aggressive within the average game.. but Ana gets caught up and is unable to be aggressive when the opponent is faster, smarter, more consistent and robbs her of time on her FH.
And then when she has the chance to be aggressive, she is too earger to take it knowing its a rare chance, and becomes erractic.. mostly working on consistency and adding spin and air to her shots also doesn't help her cause when she needs to hit flat FHs.. Playing an unnatural game usually leads to these consequences..
And Ana's serve is not a weapon right now, I think we agree with that.. she relies on her FH alone to be a weapon, and when she hits it airy, trying to put spin and rally with it, its just not a weapon either. Weaponless players cant hurt players with weapons.. and all top players have at least one. Ana should be playing a game that actually makes her weapons shine, not one that hides them.
I'll post the stats about her serve these days, not today. I took a short look, it really looks like it's regressed since Rome. Not before that.
Its been getting worse since last year...
And not only stats will tell.. For an example.. Ana wasn't serving all that well at AO, if you look at placement, speed, damage it did.. but her stats look quite good.. mostly because she faced crap returners who would make anyone look like Karlovic. So they would return Ana's serve without getting into an advantage in the point, making the ground game decide it.
Then when Ana faced Kvitova, who isn't really a good returner at all, but who is a good player, her serve looked awful. It was already, but crappy returners can give good numbers. Its just been degenerating since last year.. which has become more obvious since Rome as Ana's 1st serve percentage started to fall.
at Aždaja, he loves arguing with the girls on this board, it's his weakness.
But this is the first time after many months that I agree with him.
We should celebrate it, it doesn't happen often.
Look.. fine.. we disagree.. its all obvious in this 10 page discussion. We'll see what the future holds.. hopefully Ana, Nigel and you all prove me wrong.