of course but as of now she needs something like1300 points to get to top 8 and she's not gonna get there by playing linz. i do think playing there would be a confidence boost but not sure by how much. pointswise linz saved ana's 2010 season (would she have been in the top 20 without it at the end of 2010?) but when you are closer to the top gaps between players are much bigger.
but it's not only internationals. she missed some premier events with weaker fields as well. however, i take this into account when i think how this year was for her. caring about the olympic games too much effectively prevented her from getting into top 10, reaching that magical decimal bracket. and when she was ranked lower her scheduling was just
Yes.. missing Stanford and San Diego was directly affected by the Olympics.. but I think Ana's top 5 kind of schedule is just the schedule she wants to have. She doesn't want to play more and she doesn't want to play smaller tournaments. I know Linz won't miraculously get her to top 10 now.. but playing a smaller even during clay season, for an example, could've got her a top 12 seeding for both RG and Wimbledon (considering she missed out on it by about 50 points), giving her better draws and a bigger chance at going further in tournaments that give out the most points. Anyway, we definitely agree Ana's schedule is an issue.. unfortunately I don't think this will ever be adressed.
i am talking only about the very top. in events that actually bring you most points ana lost mostly to them plus the usual suspects venus and kim. the consistent top 4 or 5 mean that you consistently run into them when it matters most. this is a different situation from the past few years, both in the sense that there are consistent players to beat and in the sense that ana actually regularly manages to run into them rather than lose in earlier rounds. ana's rise in the rankings was slow earlier this year because of this.
it's not like any of top 10 players really can do much against serena, maria or vika. and i think ana can beat most of other top players, perhaps not always but she can do it. i think that's the company ana belongs to right now. a really good run at the end of the season might still get her into top 10, so we can officially say that this season was considerably better than any of the past 3 (a different decimal bracket). of course it still could end in disaster, ana will probably want to save some energy for fed cup
I think Ana's current brand of tennis is harmless against any top 10 player.. not only the strong top 4. Its the average route that serves well to beating scrubs, because its more consistent.. but that also negates any of her weapons, so it cant cause even ticking in top players.
In premier events and slams, apart from losing to Serena, Vika, Maria, Kim and Venus.. Ana also lost to Cetkovska, Barthel, Safarova, Vinci, Wozniacki, Kvitova, Errani.. so its not like Ana is only losing against the very best and she didn't have chances of doing better in tournaments, instead of losing in early rounds 80% of times.
We'll see what happens in her last 3 tournaments.. I hope she can build on the USO run. And don't remind me of Fed Cup.. that's almost always recipe for disaster..
well, anapolis is itself not a very positive place to begin with. there are some people who started to respect ana because of her quiet comeback. surely we can all agree with that view here as fans even while we still expect more.
Yes.. I barely visit GM to be honest, so just surprised me a bit. Everytime I go there I seem to stumble upon a thread of people hating on Ana and saying she was never good enough. That pisses me off to no end.