Re: Road to Wimbledon - is the grass greener in 2013?
I'm really wondering what Sam's mindset is going into Wimbledon this year. I think anything is possible, ranging from "I really don't give a fuck, but will turn up to play because that's what I'm expected to do" to "This year I'm going to pull out all the stops and finally show myself and the world that I can play great tennis on grass".
Adomoose's spy's sighting of Sam in London gives some hope that it might be the latter. I think the fact that she's gone straight to London, as opposed to e.g. DT's place in Liechtenstein, suggests she wants to maximize her training time on grass. And the fact that she still hasn't entered any lead-ups, and has apparently stated that she doesn't plan to, suggests that she thinks that the best way to do that is practice, practice and more practice.
That could well be a good strategy, after all, most of the top players don't play a lead-up tourney. But the catch is that unless Sam plays next week, she will go to Wimbledon seeded 14 or lower, which will almost guarantee she'll run into one of the top 4 in R4 if she gets that far. No matter how well she practices, I really can't see her getting past any of the top 4 on grass, even Aga.
So even though getting to R4 would be the best she's ever done, if that's the best conceivable result I can't see the point of practicing every day for 2-1/2 weeks to do that. Pointswise she'd be better off entering Birmingham, and maybe Eastbourne as well, and just going to Wimbledon to swing her racquet and see how that gets her.
Sorry for being so negative, but I just get the feeling that Sam is losing the plot a little bit atm.