Played QF? Where?
They only ever played a 1st round mixed doubles at the USO in 2010.. losing to a total random team who lost in the next round in straights.
No, I thought they played RG in 2005, I'm sure I heard him talking about two matches there. That's when Ana reached the QF. i can't remember USO 2010 at all.
Separately neither needs to be crafty, its not their game. That's exactly why they need a crafty partner for doubles, to complement their games. Put together, its power with no craftness, so there is no mix, no match up between them. Game gets one dimensional and easy to counter.
If both serve fine on grass, it could be good enough for a decent result. It's a doubles team for Olympics, there are no perfect teams. I mean, who's crafty? Serena or Roddick? Noone, they can both serve and I can see them winning it if they care.
Zimonjić won 2 slams on grass, I'm sure he has ways to complement Ana's game, the problem is that he's in bad form. And Ana has nice volleys, it's not so bad.
Oh.. serve back then was about 100 times better.. Ana's ground game was 100 times worse though. 2009+2010 Ana was still serving at 180 mph consistently.. and placing it ok, even at high of toss issues. The issue was that once returned, she just had no ground game to win the point. Serve this year has been at an all time low of % and average speed. Ana's groudgame is a lot better than back then, even if less powerful its more consistent, so it somehow compensates the serve. But if you take serve alone, I do think its worse ever. It's actually the one shot that I thought Nigel made worse. Ana's serve was relatively good last year.. she was living off her serve. Since she teamed up with Nigel I've seen her serve going comprehensively down to its current all time low. Thank God her ground game made so much progress.
RG 2010 R1 - fastest serve 190 km/h, average first serve speed 161 km/h, average second serve speed 151km/h, points won on first serve 68%, points won on 2nd serve 45%, 1 ace 12 double faults.
RG 2010 R2 - fastest serve 186 km/h, average first serve speed 164km/h, average second serve 143 km/h, points won on first serve 47%, points won on second serve 38%, 1 ace and 7 double faults.
Is that better? Faster? Not in average, really. She doesn't hit 190 kmh serves anymore, but the average speed is the same. The placement... Well she was placing 30% of her second serves outside the service box. It was probably hard for opponents to read if it was gonna land in the bottom of nets or somewhere in the stands.
Does anyone remember this?