Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Sydney, Australia
Re: Matches Sam SHOULD have won!!
As if she would have won Sydney...
She would probably have made the quarter finals and then lost to Wozniacki. Serena was playing better against her, and Wozniacki pushed her just as much.
And why do you automatically assume that she would have beaten both Dementieva AND Safina (two players she has never beaten before) to win Sydney, THEN go on to make the semi finals at the Australian Open? I think you have too higher expectations of her. She is not in that league.
If Sam is ever going to when a singles title (note, IF) she will win it at an event like Hobart/Seoul. She won't ever win a tournament like Sydney, she was incredibly lucky to make the final in '05 and didn't make the most of her chances.
And she is a bit of a mental case IMO. When she puts herself in a winning position against a top player, she starts thinking too much, rushing too much. That is (I think) when she starts to make mistakes, and use poor shot selection. And she has a dysmal record against the likes of Vaidisova, Dementieva (0-3), Safarova (0-3), Safina (0-3), Petrova (0-3) etc. To me this suggests that she has a poor mentality, not a killer at heart. She has had opportunities to win sets and matches against these players, but blown them with her thinking.