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Improvements for 2007

Here are some of the things I've been thinking about that Nicole needs to work on.

1) Backhand - It can really fall apart on a fast surface when her opponent is if hitting deep. I really don't like Nicole's open stance swing that she does all of the time. Sometimes it's awesome, but at other times it looks so sloppy.

2) Movement - It's gotten better within the last year, but it is really suspect on grass. With Nicole's serve and forehand she should be able to go far at Wimbledon, but her movement stopped her this year IMO.

3) Plan "B" - When things just aren't going her way (i.e. vs. Mauresmo in Melbourne, vs. Golovin in Zurich, vs. Petrova in Linz, etc.) I'd like to see Nicole adapt and do something different. Sometimes she just tries to keep hitting winners and she basically self-destructs.

What do you think?

Anymore things you've noticed?
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Re: Improvements for 2007

IMHO she plays too much with her forehand...should try backhand shots more often.

And another thing is her (in)aggresiveness...should try playing closer to the net.

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IMHO she plays too much with her forehand...should try backhand shots more often.
Are you serious? Her forehand is by far better than her backhand, in terms of pretty much everything.

I'd like to see her run around her backhand more. Particulary on second serves, because 99% of the time her opponents go to that side. (Unless it's Dementieva ) That way she's using her forehand more, and also her footwork is better when she does this.

But yeah, the backhand really needs to be improved. It's awkward, not fluid at all, her timing at times can be atrocious, and as someone mentioned, her stance is too open. For me this is really what's holding her back.


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Re: Improvements for 2007

Cut out double-faults.
And I agree with everything else...
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Re: Improvements for 2007

Nothing special to add.... I agree with all of you!
And try to be concentrate at the beginning of the match in stade of losing the first set 6-1 or 6-3.....

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Yeah,i agree with you!

But i think she need to imporove her inspirit,and be dying for winning more games

Please Nicole...
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2) Movement - It's gotten better within the last year, but it is really suspect on grass. With Nicole's serve and forehand she should be able to go far at Wimbledon, but her movement stopped her this year IMO.
Nicole's footwork can let her down. She doesn't quite have all the tiny steps around the ball yet, and sometimes she hits the ball too late or too early because she hasn't moved forward or backward to the right place. Even midcourt balls which she should be hitting easy winners off, can often force her into error.

She also needs to learn to move diagonally to cut off short-angled crosscourt shots - a shortcoming I've noticed in every single Nicole-match I've analysed. She's still playing like a rook, when she could so easily become a queen.

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3) Plan "B" - When things just aren't going her way (i.e. vs. Mauresmo in Melbourne, vs. Golovin in Zurich, vs. Petrova in Linz, etc.) I'd like to see Nicole adapt and do something different. Sometimes she just tries to keep hitting winners and she basically self-destructs.
But she does have great versatility. I've seen her hit dropshots, sliced backhands and come to the net quite often. But the quality of the dropshots, and especially the sliced backhands, could be greatly improved IMO.

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4) Consistency. Nicole is a very hot-and-cold player. Sometimes she plays like she should be ranked #1, but there are times when she's just plain awful. Hopefully she will become more consistent with experience, although that hasn't been the case with everyone I've inducted into my Eternal Fanship.

5) Mental strength. In many ways Nicole has the mentality of a champion, but it's still a far cry from Maria Sharapova. Sometimes Nicole has a tendency to look back and overanalyse her mistakes, instead of thinking positively about the future of the match she's playing.

6) Service-action. When I saw her play at Moscow, she was using an abbreviated backswing, which is a real retrograde step IMO. I realise that this was due to a shoulder-injury, so I sincerely hope it will have fully healed by 2007, because at the French Open 2006, Nicole's serve was the best I've ever seen in women's tennis - not just speed, but the regularity with which she hit the lines and corners!

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Re: Improvements for 2007

Mental toughness, patience in key moments, return (especially after 2nd serves) and net-play, her volleys and dropshots are often rather awkward.

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