What you're describing is not how she plays. I remember seeing her trying to add some spin, while it was never a true spin, it worked better than this crap. She doesn't add any spin, her fh is not loopy. She's simply pushing. She's a coward Btw, if it was really him who made a mistake, how long would it take him to realize that it's the wrong way. A month, two, six months at most... Not two years. If we believe that it takes him two years to realize she can't play like Hingis, then well... Option #1 He's incredibly stupid man. I tell you, Izzy, if I could make my 91 years old grandpa follow tennis, he would realize some things like... Ana is tall, slow... she can't play a defensive game. Option #2 We are deluded to think that we see something he doesn't and we're more deluded to believe that we would coach her better. I know which answer I'd choose.
Well.. we can agree to disagree. Its not about realizing things or not. Nigel obviously never meant for Ana to push.. but he wanted her to play what he, himself, his words, called "the modern game". According to him, Ana should and is able to play a game that is about consistency and agression. Deep shots with spin to keep it inside the court. I'm not saying it takes 2 years for him to realize that Ana can't play like Hingis. That's not how he wanted her to play... he envisioned a game path for her game and has been sticking by it.. trying to make it work. Obviously when he first started out in this path he truly thought Ana was able to play it.. Maybe he still thinks, and blames the failures in Ana not being able to execute.
Its clear the game path they took.. its not about being defensive, its consistency and aggression.. the thing is, its not Ana's natural game... Nigel thought Ana could adapt.. its the clear path he took.. if you can't see it..
He never meant for Ana to push, but the things they worked on her game ended up leading her to that. And he might have realized things haven't gone right.. but it would be hard to go opposite ways, as his conviction of the modern game (as he described it), is the opposite of what Ana's game once was when it was good.
No, I'm not saying that we would coach Ana better.. maybe our vision of her own game wouldn't work either..
But that doesn't make Nigel's vision any more right or successful. I just think that even if Ana was executing this game path to perfection, which she obviously isn't, it would still not be any good as it negates all of her weapons.
Sure, Ana might be a coward.. but she wouldn't be pushing SO much on the FH if she had any confidence in it.. maybe, just maybe, her total lack of belief in her FH comes from the fact that it got so messed up by so many coaches, and more by Nigel desconstructing it to add spin (according to his own words), that it just doesn't feel comfortable to hit. One thing leads to another. Ana's shots didn't simply become so harmless just because she is a coward on court.
And delusion is to think that just because Nigel is an experienced coach he can do no wrong and just knows better.. everyone makes mistakes.. and some mistakes have consequences that sometimes are even harder to fix.
I don't blame it on Nigel.. Its all Ana's fault. But he hasn't been helping at all.. and has lead her game to harmless ways.. Ana's game is more harmless now than at the depth of her slump days. She used to win matches on her own racquet.. now she wins by opponents mistakes. Matches are hardly on Ana's racket these days.. hardly. As Sam Smith said.. "when Ana came on to the tour she used to decide matches.. but lately its all on opponents' rackets when I see her play.. they are doing the winners and the errors..".
And a coach who doesn't help in anyway serves for what? 5 more years with Nigel will lead to more of the same or an even more harmless game..
Maybe she can have other 5 coaches and none will have any good effect because Ana just doesn't have it in her anymore. But at least it would be some sort of an attempt... with Nigel its like giving up for good.
She will fire him after USO, it's a safe bet. But it won't make any changes. She'll be coachless for months, she'll be insecure and she'll be losing early to everyone. Then she'll find someone who'll make her have 2 good runs a year, she'll stay top 30 until she retires.
She won't fire Nigel..
He enables her.. As for the rest.. most probably.
Yes, it's hilarious to think that a veteran has a problem with that, but a teen is capable to adjust with no problem. Bunch of funny excuses. Oh, is it CC, will she adjust now? Oh, the rain delay, will poor Ana suffer.... Oh, the grass isn't worn out yet, poor Ana. FFS, she's 25. I can't help it, I roll my eyes every time I read something like that. Let's count when her period should start. Who knows, that PMS is a nasty thing and Ana is so fragile and sensitive. Perhaps her new boyfriend won't call her, it could upset her...
Seriously. No excuses. There are 42 old women, playing and winning... mothers, players who dealt with terrible personal issues, injuries, diseases. No excuse for Ana. Wind, CC, rain delay, awful schedule.... It's same for your opponent, deal with it.
Its really hilarious that a veteran like Ana has a problem with these things.. but she does have it. She lets all that mess her head even more than its already messed. What does that say about her?
And this is not an excuse at all.. its just another element that speaks volumes of Ana's effed up psyche.