Re: Sofa-coaching: Match Review and Discussions 2011 Edition
Fed Cup: Flavia beats Sam 7-6, 6-7, 6-3
I thought Flavia should have taken this in straight sets. She was two points away in that tiebreak but made a bad miss on an easy putaway to give Sam the slight opening. Overall, I didn't think she played that well, made some easy miss on volleys by being a little too casual and made a handful of UEs on easy putaways. One positive though is to see Flavia being more aggressive--taking her chances on the net whenever she gets a short ball.
This is the first time I've seen them play against each other and it's amazing to see how well Flavia's game matches up against Sam. Flavia may not be that tall but that kick serve goes right into her strongest shot, the backhand. I thought she was also reading Sam's serve quite well. And more often Sam is forced to hit her backhand and slice it as Flavia was able to engage her in long crosscourt backhand rallies. What I find most impressive though is how well Flavia was able to put Sam in the most awkward positions on a lot of rallies. Sam is not the best mover out there especially when she's pulled wide so I thought this was a good strategy from Flavia.