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Re: Ana's Summer Swing Session (Until US Open)

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Did you watch the match?
Hey Isa! No I haven't seen it yet. It's recorded (well, whatever part of it they showed on NZ tv, along with the whole day's play) and I'll try to have a look tonight. It's tough though because when there's a live match on I'd rather watch that of course... but I'll try to have a look at some key parts of the match. Your description sounds right though. When you feel that there will not be many opportunities it is difficult to execute when you finally do get the chance, and Ana has had problems with this kind of thing for a while.

I feel that the lower ranked players find her serve a real handful, they aren't good enough at returning to deal with it despite her poor toss and low percentages. But because of her toss and the overall unreliability of it, against top players it doesn't work well enough. I'd have to have a look to see what was actually happening in her serve games against Serena. Mind you, Serena is a very good aggressive returner so she can make even quite good serves look bad.
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Hey Isa! No I haven't seen it yet. It's recorded (well, whatever part of it they showed on NZ tv, along with the whole day's play) and I'll try to have a look tonight. It's tough though because when there's a live match on I'd rather watch that of course... but I'll try to have a look at some key parts of the match. Your description sounds right though. When you feel that there will not be many opportunities it is difficult to execute when you finally do get the chance, and Ana has had problems with this kind of thing for a while.

I feel that the lower ranked players find her serve a real handful, they aren't good enough at returning to deal with it despite her poor toss and low percentages. But because of her toss and the overall unreliability of it, against top players it doesn't work well enough. I'd have to have a look to see what was actually happening in her serve games against Serena. Mind you, Serena is a very good aggressive returner so she can make even quite good serves look bad.
I think Ana's 1st serve is okish.. could be a lot better, but its not that bad, considering how wild her toss is. But Ana's second serve is highly attackable, against anyone really. She hardly ever wins over 50% of second serve points. And she was hitting over 60% of 2nd serves for this match and in average for the tournament. I'm not even considering Serena, because she can make any serve look average if she is playing well. But Ana hitting SO many 2nd serves definitely made her life (and of any opponent) way easier.

Now I do think that the serve is the one shot Nigel has made worse.. I would like to know what they are trying to do with her serve.. its not really working TBH.

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I think this was a really good tournament for Ana getting to the quarters . I agree with u guys. She did have her opportunities but didn't convert. Her intentions were good though. She wasn't playing passively at all. Serena was really just too good. Good Job Ana!!! Hope she continues to play well next tournament

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