Overall, not a bad tournament from Lucie in Nottingham. The positive part is that her high during matches was very good. The negative part and what worries me is how much her level can vary during a match. If she runs early into a more consistent player, or a player that can close easily, she's going to have a hard time making it deep in the draws.
Should be interesting against Angie. I like them both, so I'm just hoping it will be a good match and may the best player win.
Nevermind. Angie is out of Birmingham and took a WC into Eastbourne. Cibulkova takes her place in the draw. My thoughts are that this is winnable if Lucie can keep focused. Might be winnable anyway, as Cibulkova is not playing at all well at the moment.
Hi - It appears you just recently joined.
I am one of the most notorious posters in Lucie's forum - 2nd only to Davodous who just a few months ago announced his "posting retirement" (Although pleased to see that Smarties is still with us
)I have followed Lucie on a week in / week out basis since Rogers Cup 2009. I pulled back a bit in the opening months of 2011 because I was devastated over Dementieva's retirement. Since then, Lucie has probably become my favorite player of all time. Unlike Dementieva, I love her game - go for it, lefty (I'm a lefty) - suits what I enjoy to watch.
Upon reading your post, I wanted to address your concerns relating to her level of play. You communicated that you were worried about her drop in play. Please note that this is quite common with Lucie. She plays with such little margin for error that mistakes are naturally going to occur. Lucie's level always 100 percent differs in a match. Due to her style of play she is never going to blow anyone off the court. In the event she drops a first set, she will often come back and win the second set, only to lose the third - just an observation I have noted with her.
If you go back through prior postings you would note that the biggest concern has always been her mentality - she completely collapses under pressure, has done this her whole career. It wasn't until she started working with her previous coach Rob Steckley where this started to become addressed. There are countless matches where she has given away matches after having leads in the final set - point being - this is nothing new.
Point being Lucie is always going to be a 100 percent up and down player - this has been her whole career. On a side note, luckily I did not have to endure much of it last year as I went overseas to the UK to study at university for my post grad degree and therefore did not monitor her tennis religiously like I did in years past. However, following her again this year, I have observed that patterns never change.
I wish she had never parted ways with Rob; however results show she is doing better this year as opposed to last year. I wish her the best cause I know she is capable of so much more. 2015 was a great year to be a fan of hers.
P.S. I would like to point out that I met her in Cincinnati 2012 - where she lost her opening match against Shvedova (after being in the Rogers Cup semi a mere day prior) What really impressed me was that she lost her match but still took the time to give me a personal autograph. I was very touched by that - since other losing players I noticed tended to storm off the stage upon defeat. Probably one of the nicest players on tour. I recall reading an article after the 2015 French Open mentioning players who were so pleased Safarova's success stating that she was one of the favorite players on tour.
Lastly, I've been to Prague for a three day New Year's retreat and I really admire the Czech language. I would really like to learn it as soon as I complete my Spanish courses. Such a unique language.