Re: anapolis general tennis discussion thread
I'm gonna say again that neither Ana nor Dinara were EVER that mentally strong even when they were winning clutch 3-set matches;you're either clutch or you aren't...you don't vacillate back and forth.That's why you rarely see proven champions demonstrate what would be called a choke.You either have those inner qualities that help you handle adversity...or you don't.It IS possible for a weak person to become strong...but that usually requires a longer-term effort to overcome at least one big obstacle...something that develops character.
What DOES happen sometimes with weaker personalities,like Ana and Dinara,is that they find strategies--mental tricks,if you will--that aid them during matches...that allow them to focus on what's at hand instead of panicking and choking.However,as we've seen,these tricks don't always work...for various reasons...or,in some cases,players stop believing in their formerly-successful methods...or they choose to experiment with something that winds up being ineffective.
Dinara is such a basket case sometimes....I fear she might be finished as a player if she doesn't get the right direction in her camp.Yet,if her career starts going completely in the toilet...at THAT point Marat might step in and offer some guidance
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