Originally Posted by oh yeah i guess
I'm not concerned about her ranking for now, it's just in the past when returning from injury she's never found it that hard to get up and start winning again, whether it's due to the nature of the injury/time spent off court I have no idea, but it's a bit concerning nonetheless.
I'm still really unsure how she lost that match, the serve is close to the best I've seen it for a long while and there's little issue with movement, she had no trouble hitting winners regularly, could it really have been just been the UEs/rust on the mental strength that cost her?
She never really had such a long injury break though. For all intents and purposes she was out for 4 months. I can't think of anyone who was out for that long and come back at their normal level.
I think a combination of things cost her. Firstly it costs you when you come out as bad as she did. This is the kind of match you can hammer down from the start and say you are not winning today, then the opponent completely goes away. She gave Jovanovski hope from the start. Then going into the 3rd I just felt like there was no way she was going to lose. And again she ended up 4-1 down. She played well to get back in, but really she had so many chances to break at 4-4 and 5-5.
There are lots of good things to take away. She served as well as she has in ages. Her level is there somewhere, she looks really good in patches, and she doesn't seem to be taking the losses too hard, at least publicly. There is a finite time this can last though, and she really needs to be turning these matches into wins real fast. She can come into the grass court season with no expectations, her expectations are going to rise in the US hard court season though.
This is why I said in a dream world right now she'd go to some international, win it, and be ready. There are no options though, so Montreal it is. I think her playing really well is around the corner, we will see if it's in time for the US Open.