You know, Valérie, she is a player of missed opportunities. She has the best capacities of all the WTA girls, but she's not able to use them. Ricardo can't hit the ball instead of her and he is not guilty for her slump at all. Somebody said that he helped her to progress last year. Nope. I disagree. She reached 3rd position, firm 3rd position on the WTA list without a coach. Her last year's success is the result of her awareness that if she wins 3 tournaments in a row, she'll get to the deserved #1 spot. She really deserved it. She became #1 during the OG in August, and was there only one week. That was enough for her haters in various media to laugh at her, and she also didn’t feel that she deserves it. She was highly motivated. Now, she's not motivated that much, and that's the problem. She was motivated before the AO, but she was under terrible pressure, and then that bulking up thing, Sneki’s health, etc.
She admitted that she was too lazy to practice as much as other girls when she was younger, she wasted her talent. And what happens now? A number of various 19 years old Lisickis, Cirsteas, Azarenkas, Wozniackis, etc suddenly appeared from nowhere with the aim to become GS winners, future #1s, great champions, etc, and play like mad. What’s with JJ? She is 24, on the top of her career, and she’s slumping. Shit! I thought that she already knows what to do and what she has to change. At least she belongs to those more experienced players. She had 5-4 and 30-00, and she lost next 4 points just because she dared not to attack. Why? Dinara, Sveta, Serena or some other also experienced player would never allow her opponent to come back, unless she is also a top player.
IMO, she is a silent girl who plays tennis normally, but in the wrong time. Her smiling on and off court is just a way to hide her inner insecurity. She would have been more successful 10 years ago. She can’t get angry. Have you seen Dinara today? How her face got red, how she was mad.
She smashed Azarenka in the 3rd set with such ease. That’s what JJ must do. She must get mad. But she can’t.
She’s not half beast. She’s just one simple girl, talented tennis player, and that’s all.
She started well yesterday, and would surely bring the match to an end in the 2nd set, but that problem with her toes slowed her, and the trainer came when Sorana was already 3 games up.
It was very difficult to her to come back, what she managed, but then screwed up everything after 5-4 and 30-00. And i knew that she’ll lose that game, i felt somehow dammit! That’s what she must work on. She definitely needs a new coach, she needs some refreshment. She already spent Ricardo. After one year with JJ i'm sure that he's totally empty.