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
raquet like she used to.
Sorry for the baseball analogies, but the season starts next week.