Re: Jelena Jankovic Cheering Thread - 2014 Season - Volume 17
To me, "Shappy's" style of play is a bit like a young Lisicki.. (What am I talking about.. Sabine is still young) more like a lesser version of Lisicki. She has great strength in her legs and upper body. She can hit some hard serves, she can stay in the rally a bit more than I think Sabine can. She's quite a bit shorter than JJ but has a good foundation to build on. Great serve for her size, I think.
It's really hard to judge because I would hate for someone who just now saw JJ for the first time describe her from this one match. Because this is not at all the JJ we know. And Bogota is one of the more unique clay court events with the way the ball just zips through the air. You're thinking clay court style of play but it doesn't at all look like a typical clay court event from any of the players. So seeing Shapatova on this surface isn't going to be a fair description.
EDIT one thing I'd like to add is that Shapatova never once looked to me like someone who thought she was going to win. JJ might have already had this win in the locker room.. so I don't think it's fair to say JJ is in great form by this routine win. JJ still has a lot of work to do in this tournament.. I think.
I'm impressed with Shapatova. But this is coming from a guy who was impressed with CoCo Vandeweghe, Garbine Muguruza, Madison Keys, Mona Barthell... and not impressed too much with Genie Bouchard and Simona Halep and look whose doing what in the sport right now.
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