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2009 was a total blow - 2010 is gonna rock! *ajdefistpump!*

So, Ana ended the year with 3 consecutive losses and now a withdrawl from Beijing

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China Open withdrawal

October 03, 2009 /

Ana has been forced to withdraw from the China Open due to an upper respiratory tract infection.

Ana has written about this and the entire season in her latest diary entry.
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Season review / October 03, 2009
I guess having to withdraw from Beijing is an appropriate ending to a very disappointing season. This trip to Asia has been a big disappointment and I have struggled with my health pretty much since I arrived. I am sorry to my supporters who were hoping to see me play here in Beijing. It's very disappointing for me as well, to come here, see the amazing facility they have and not have the energy to be able to step onto court. I can only look forward to coming back here next year.

It's especially disappointing because I was hoping to be able to see some improvements before the season ended. I have gone through a lot of training and physical changes over the past few months, which have mostly remained private until now... My body is quite fragile at the moment, because I over-trained during the first part of the year. This was, I think, what caused me to have many small injuries this season.

Instead of being patient and accepting that my best form was almost impossible due to physical limitations, I was always over-thinking things, and I never dealt with it very well. The season was a continuation of going from one disappointment to another. If I had dealt better with these setbacks, I would have had a lot more success.

I also found it very tough to switch off and have a proper break over the past year or so, partly because of these physical problems. Actually, I don't think I can remember the last time I had a proper holiday: I was always doing some kind of fitness or recovery work during my holidays, and that meant that I wasn't able to switch off from tennis. I guess I just want it so badly.

As you may have noticed, I completely changed my serve after Wimbledon. This was because of my shoulder: if I continued serving and training the way I was, I would have almost certainly picked up a serious injury. My team and I are confident that I will be able to go back to my old service motion when I start practising again in November.

On the positive side, I am still No.11 in the world. I have no clue how I am ranked so highly, but to look on the bright side, I can't play any worse than I did this year and I'm still in the top 20!

I've learnt so much this year. It's a bit little bit like a few years ago, when I was ranked around No.14 for almost an entire year, and everyone was asking me, "when are you going to reach the top 10?" Within a year I was there, and within two years I was No.1. Sometimes you have to go through these experiences in order to become a better player.

Despite my disappointments there is nog a single doubt in my mind that I will reach the top again and win Grand Slams.

One other positive to come out of all this is that I realised what a great team I have around me: they never doubted me, they supported me so well and did everything they could to assist me. I am very grateful to them all: my family, coaches and management.

I have appointed a new fitness coach, whom I will tell you more about later. Over the next month or so I can have a great break. I can rest without thinking about any future tournaments, then train and practise hard for the new season.

I have a lot to look forward to. Now is the time to rest, recharge, and come back stronger.

Love
Ana

P.S. I'd like to thank my loyal supporters for their encouragement this year. The journey is never easy!
There is not much I could add to this!

It's truely disappointing, but I would like to believe that she's able to turn it around!

2010 is gonna rock

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Re: 2009 blows - What's in for the rest of the season?

2009 is over. Expect a lethargic Ana
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Re: 2009 blows - What's in for the rest of the season?

Ana definitely needs to start playing the ITF events again. Persistent losing in the early rounds of Premier events is only going to make things even worse. She needs to get that winning feeling back, cause right now she feels like a loser and thats not the mindset you want to be in.
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Re: 2009 blows - What's in for the rest of the season?

At least when she's not top 10 she can have a bit more freedom, but who knows what events she will play. She probably doesnt even decide herself. I agree with MarieC, she needs to get back into the habit if winning. She doesn't seem to know how to at the moment. I think her game is actually in a better place than it was in early 2009. We've now had 2 NEAR vintage Ana 2 set wins, but they just didn't quite make it, and propmtly turned into long, drawn out, 3 set, scrambling losses.

At least she clearly wanted this match. It meant something to her, and she is still a well known name, she can't just disappear into the background of women's tennis. She had the desire to track down every ball she could and win the points, and she came very close. I am devastated to be honest.

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Re: 2009 blows - What's in for the rest of the season?

Maybe she should just start practicing harder and take everything with a grain of salt. I still don't think she's totally regressed, Bondarenko was a tough opening round opponent and she's been in form so I don't think the loss is as miserable as it seems. Though her choke was inexcusable, and I can't find anything redeeming about that.

It maybe seems too simple but it's possible that she could eventually just play her way back into form. We've seen what she's capable of, we know her game is still there.
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Re: 2009 blows - What's in for the rest of the season?

her game is there, the game in the first and half set today and against safarova is not going to make her win slams, but for sure it's enough for top 20 or top 10. so she really needs a psychologist

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A lobotomy. Or beach time with Adam, idk.

At this point, I can see a sports psychologist inspiring Ana to buy a hundred books on the subject and quitting tennis to pursue a college degree more easily than I can see her game improving. Tough times.
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Re: 2009 blows - What's in for the rest of the season?

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her game is there, the game in the first and half set today and against safarova is not going to make her win slams, but for sure it's enough for top 20 or top 10. so she really needs a psychologist
Sure she does but it`s not like whatever is bothering her can be fixed in a few month
She can spend many years on the sofa trying to figure out why she can`t toss the ball in a right way or why she has panic attacks on court
She needs to relax more on court and to figure out why she started playing in the first place
Ana needs to find that love for competing again
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Re: 2009 blows - What's in for the rest of the season?

I think she should take the rest of the year off. She should think what she wants and what she is willing to do.. come back when she actually enjoys on court.. she always looks like she is suffering.

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Re: 2009 blows - What's in for the rest of the season?

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I think she should take the rest of the year off. She should think what she wants and what she is willing to do.. come back when she actually enjoys on court.. she always looks like she is suffering.
Yes but i don`t see that happening
Too many obligations with the sponsors Adidas,Yonex,Rolex,Verano ....
I don`t think she is in a position to quit and get back when she wants to

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Re: 2009 blows - What's in for the rest of the season?

yes she has the pressure from the sponsors too... that must be huge, so many millions, yonex figures were up to 100 millions or something...

but it mostly comes from herself, she's a perfectionist... hantuchova was saying the same...

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Re: 2009 blows - What's in for the rest of the season?

Serious quesstion. Will Ana win another match this year? She has two tournaments left on her schedule (Tokyo and Beijing). I am not to optimistic. I think gaviotabr is right, she should just take the rest of the year off and regroup.

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Re: 2009 blows - What's in for the rest of the season?

She has to end 2009 right now. Forget about the 2 tourneys she is meant to play.
The girl hates playing tennis right now, you can tell by her. She needs a long break.

Then start again for 2010 and that will be a huge year for her...she either recovers or if things keep going like they did this year i can see her walking away from tennis sadly

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Re: 2009 blows - What's in for the rest of the season?

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I think she should take the rest of the year off. She should think what she wants and what she is willing to do.. come back when she actually enjoys on court.. she always looks like she is suffering.
I agree with this. Personally I think she's mentally in such a bad way right now there's not much point playing out the season. Take a nice long, relaxing break, don't even think about tennis for 3 months, then in December start preparing for the Aussie summer.

And as for playing ITF's, she doesn't need to go that low. Lower, Wozniacki type events, would do fine. But as I said, I think she'd be better off taking some time away from the game. She's mentally exhausted right now.
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Re: 2009 blows - What's in for the rest of the season?

Yes. She should definitely take the rest of the year off and evaluate both herself and her game. Put the tennis racket away for 2 months or so. If the fire comes back, then she can start to train and practice again. If not, well, it was nice while it lasted.

She mentioned that she's never had an extended break from tennis, so perhaps this is on her mind.

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