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Rome!!! Here we come!!

So easy to stay positive with Ana (like she ever did well there)

AJDE!!!!


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Re: Rome!!! Here we come!!

Well, clay has been a surface on which Ana has consistently reached career milestones (2005 - 1st GS QF, 2007 - 1st GS Final, 2008 - 1st GS Win). Hopefully she can regain her championship form at Rome, Madrid, or Roland Garros.

Then again, I hope this isn't the place for another career "1st" (i.e. 1st GS 1R exit).

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Re: Rome!!! Here we come!!

Oy. At least it's clay now.

Ajde!

Ana *sigh* Ivanović.
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And posting pics!

Finally clay! I love this time of the year.
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Clay rules

Maybe she can play mixed doubles with Rafa
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I love the clay season too, surprising as a Davenport fan

Good luck Ana, and please surprise me, I'm really not expecting much.

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Re: Rome!!! Here we come!!

Good Luck Ana!

Any win is good I guess..

I also love the clay season, even though I almost never manage to watch the matches as they are always in the mornings and I have classes at university. Livescoring all the way..

Mental Strength is an underrated ability, it sets champions apart

Making mistakes is human, repeating them is dumb.

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Re: Rome!!! Here we come!!

It's going to be one looooooong month waiting for Rome.

I was wondering.. many of Ana's problems recently have come from the fact that she has been rushing a bit.. she has not been patient at all in rallies.. sometimes even looking extremely anxious. We all know that clay demands patience from the player. I was watching the RG semi against JJ, and Ana was just so patient.. getting into long rallies with Jankovic, until she had a clear opening to unleash her forehand. Will she be able to get that patience back in time for the clay court season? She will definitely need it.

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It's going to be one looooooong month waiting for Rome.

I was wondering.. many of Ana's problems recently have come from the fact that she has been rushing a bit.. she has not been patient at all in rallies.. sometimes even looking extremely anxious. We all know that clay demands patience from the player. I was watching the RG semi against JJ, and Ana was just so patient.. getting into long rallies with Jankovic, until she had a clear opening to unleash her forehand. Will she be able to get that patience back in time for the clay court season? She will definitely need it.
I think it's about adjustement. I mean, at these very fast surfaces its favourable to end the point quickly with a winner. It also suits Ana's gameplay. But she is smart and knows that this won't work on clay. She just has to find a slower pace.

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I think it's about adjustement. I mean, at these very fast surfaces its favourable to end the point quickly with a winner. It also suits Ana's gameplay. But she is smart and knows that this won't work on clay. She just has to find a slower pace.
I know that it's good to finish the points quickly in fast surfaces.. but sometimes you also need to be patient. I was told by people who watched the match against Szavay that Ana was anxious and rushing. And I had noticed that in other matches as well.. even in the fast surfaces sometimes you need to be patient in a rally until you can get in a good position to hit the winner..

Anyway.. I hope Ana realizes that's not the way it works on clay and adapts her game.

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Yeah, of course, you are absolutley right. And as you say, I think Ana has that in mind

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OMG what kind of haters are posting in the forum... please report them i'm doing it, they can ban them from the player's forum (i know for personal experience)

Anyways Idemo!

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Re: Rome!!! Here we come!!

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I was wondering.. many of Ana's problems recently have come from the fact that she has been rushing a bit.. she has not been patient at all in rallies.. sometimes even looking extremely anxious. We all know that clay demands patience from the player. I was watching the RG semi against JJ, and Ana was just so patient.. getting into long rallies with Jankovic, until she had a clear opening to unleash her forehand. Will she be able to get that patience back in time for the clay court season? She will definitely need it.
Its no different than baseball. For me, tennis is all about pitching, hitting and defense. Before you think thats crazy, just consider what pitching is:
"The art of pitching is upsetting the timing of the hitter."

Some people might use terms like counter puncher, pusher, etc to describe what Ana's opponents are doing. Well, im a baseball guy, so for me it is pitching.
Ana is a pure hitter. If i am Ana's opponent, I know im not going to win with hitting. If Ana is going to keep swinging at bad pitches and keep fouling them off(UE's), then im going to keep throwing Ana bad pitches all day long.
In tennis, it seems to me it is easier to be selective as a hitter than it is in baseball. When the ball screams "Hit me!" , hit it! If it doesnt , be patient, get yourself into a pitching duel until you DO get a pitch to hit, then hit it and yell ajde! Ana has never been the most disciplined hitter, but now the troubles are worse. She just doesnt seem to swing the bat raquet like she used to.
Sorry for the baseball analogies, but the season starts next week.
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