This to the nth degree. I mean, I'm not going to hope for Jelena to lose to Petkovic or whatever. At least she clearly knows the importance of attaining that Top 12 for Wimbledon and the difference it makes, hence why she chose to play/vulture/whatever Nuremberg. Unlike a certain somebody who still schedules her year as if she were a Top 10 player. But I guess how could you blame her. Tournaments like Birmingham are beneath greats like her
Does Ana really have the right to "try less" at MMs though? Does she? This is basically what I'm talking about. The fact she actually has the nerve to believe these tournaments are beneath her
I have no problems with her playing Eastbourne. I just have no problems with Jelena vulturing Nuremberg to get that Top 12 ranking either, since Ana didn't bother playing Birmingham. It's as if she believes she'll be making finals every week, hence her choosing not to play tournaments because she might possibly get fatigued
Exactly! As if she could afford to tank MMs!
She should see what she really wants to get from her career.. because if she wants to be top 10 and play major QFs, she should look at things with a more realistic view. Its not coincidence her best result at a slam since 2008 came when she was actually seeded in the top 12. She obviously sees that she is losing everytime she faces a top player, so its not like she is playing semis and finals every week. But instead of looking at it practically, she seems to take it as if it was bad luck!
Like.. oh damn, bad luck! Everytime I get to the round of 16 I play a top 4 player!
So expecting luck to strike soon, she just keeps scheduling as if she were going to find an open path to the finals in all other tournaments.. she can't overschedule, because playing 4 weeks in a row is just draining!
Heck, she hasn't played a single final in almost 2 years! She has to see she plays 3 matches in each tournament max, and facing a top 4 in round of 16 is not matter of luck, but matter of her seeding.
She can change that, but she and what's worse to me, the people around her like Nigel who should be knowledgeable about all this, don't seem to see that its in her hands.. not only by winning those round of 16 top 4 matches, but by avoiding them and getting better draws with a better seeding position.
But sure... if she wants to just wander around top 20 on talent alone she can have all holidays and tank and skip all tournaments she doesn't feel like playing or feels are beneath her..