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DA FOREHAND
Jun 1st, 2004, 05:20 PM
He did an amazing job w/Steffi, and now appears to be whipping Jenn's game into shape. Jenn always had crisp clean strokes, Heinz seems to have imparted more strategy and belief.

FanDeJen
Jun 1st, 2004, 05:24 PM
:worship: Heinz Gunthart :worship:
If Jen wins this!!! he should get a monument on Champs Elyseés!!!!

JEN ROOOOOOOOOCKS!!!!!!

pigam
Jun 1st, 2004, 05:30 PM
I'm sure he is agreat coach.
All credit to Jennifer, but Serena helped her a great deal too today, it wasn't only Heinz

DA FOREHAND
Jun 1st, 2004, 05:32 PM
I'm sure he is agreat coach.
All credit to Jennifer, but Serena helped her a great deal too today, it wasn't only Heinz
Haven't seen the match yet, but Jenn layed out her game plan yesterday, and it seems to have worked.

DA FOREHAND
Jun 1st, 2004, 05:32 PM
I'm sure he is agreat coach.
All credit to Jennifer, but Serena helped her a great deal too today, it wasn't only Heinz


Serena has lost two straight -v- Jenn

Once shame on you..twice...double shame on you ...LOL

GermanBoy
Jun 1st, 2004, 05:34 PM
That is what I thought: Heinzi ;) is good for Jen! :bounce:

SerenaSlam
Jun 1st, 2004, 05:35 PM
he is doing a nice job with jennifer. jennifer needs to take this in stride. although i think the sisters just need more match play, Jennifer needs to take all the positive she can out of this. she is now the highest seed left in this grandslam and has the best chance to win this title now. if she doesn't take advantage of this i don't know if she will ever win a slam again. but she should take all positive out of this. The sisters, again i think they just need more match play. all in all Mauresmo is what is most shocking to me. i just new she would do the chocking in the finals at least. But quarters is where it seems to be the sweet spot for her. But i hear Dementieva played really well. Still expect a williams to win Wimbledon easily though. They dominate that tournie most of all.



J Cap 2004 French Open champ! Good luck gurl! do what u do!

pigam
Jun 1st, 2004, 05:41 PM
Haven't seen the match yet, but Jenn layed out her game plan yesterday, and it seems to have worked.
she explained it to the french tv after the match.
Play through the center to prevent Serena from making angels, and going for her shots when she has the chance. Same thing Kim and Justine did (tried to do) to beat Serena. Wait untill you have seen the match. Still, for a player, it's always great to beat Serena two times in a row .

cheo23
Jun 1st, 2004, 05:41 PM
its Obvious he's gotta be Coach of the YEAR...Before he came to her Tennis Career..she was strugglin of late..but Semis at BERLIN, Final at the Italian Open..now Semis or Final or possibly Even Repeat Champion at the French Open!! Go J.Crap w/ Heinz! He's Very Awesome as a Coach! He knows his Tennis!

DA FOREHAND
Jun 1st, 2004, 05:48 PM
he is doing a nice job with jennifer. jennifer needs to take this in stride. although i think the sisters just need more match play, Jennifer needs to take all the positive she can out of this. she is now the highest seed left in this grandslam and has the best chance to win this title now. if she doesn't take advantage of this i don't know if she will ever win a slam again. but she should take all positive out of this. The sisters, again i think they just need more match play. all in all Mauresmo is what is most shocking to me. i just new she would do the chocking in the finals at least. But quarters is where it seems to be the sweet spot for her. But i hear Dementieva played really well. Still expect a williams to win Wimbledon easily though. They dominate that tournie most of all.



J Cap 2004 French Open champ! Good luck gurl! do what u do!
More match play?

Venus was on a 19+ match win streak, if she needed more match play she should have played better today.

Cybelle Darkholme
Jun 1st, 2004, 05:49 PM
Definitely coach of the year if she wins the whole thing.

Kart
Jun 1st, 2004, 06:37 PM
I agree he seems to have given Jennifer more self belief and encouraged her to go for it more.

Shame he couldn't do the same for Dokic.

WtaTour4Ever
Jun 1st, 2004, 06:49 PM
Although I'm dissappointed the Serena lost I'm very happy for Jennifer, b/c many fans including myself get so frustrated at players who have a problem with there game and do nothing to fix it. Well Jennifer def stepped up, dumped dad (respectfully), and found someone to help her with her game!! She is the last American standing, GO JEN get the Title.

jenny161185
Jun 1st, 2004, 06:53 PM
JENNIFER is showing players its never too later to turn things around - If she wins this tourney I think It will be her greatest slam victory and I will be extatic - but Im not looking beyond the semi's dont want to get over Excited

DA FOREHAND
Jun 1st, 2004, 07:03 PM
JENNIFER is showing players its never too later to turn things around - If she wins this tourney I think It will be her greatest slam victory and I will be extatic - but Im not looking beyond the semi's dont want to get over Excited
I still think 02 A.O. would trump this one should she win it all


Jenn on Heinz

"JENNIFER CAPRIATI: Well, you know, nothing really like technique-wise. Just a couple things maybe that I was doing. You know, my game is to be aggressive and basically, you know, I mean my forehand is, I think, my best shot. And just, you know, set points up like that. And also working more on the net and things like that. You know, basically just trying to enhance, you know, what I already have, I think.

And just a little bit strategy-wise, you know. I think it's just the whole idea of, you know, before a match, just sitting down and talking about what I'm gonna do and go out there with a plan. This helps my focus better, you know, so I'm not just going out there and just hitting tennis balls, you know. So I think he's helped in that way."

The last paragraph really sums it all up. She has a plan beyond going out and just hitting the hell out of the ball.

GO JENNIFER!

LDVTennis
Jun 1st, 2004, 10:32 PM
A few thoughts on what Heinz did with Steffi:

He came up with the strategy that Steffi used so effectively against Seles beginning with the '96 US Open Final. The strategy was quite simple: Attack the weakest of Seles' two-handed shots, the forehand, with deep slice backhands. Once Seles started favoring that side, Steffi could use her forehand to hit the ball behind her (inside-out) or into the open court. One other element of the strategy was to upset Seles' movement on the court by having Steffi hit her slice backhand short and wide. In the '96 US Open, these shots often went unchallenged.

Heinz also helped Steffi to understand that she could effectively win a point with two or three shots: Two shots: First Serve, Forehand inside-out or down-the-line. Three-Shots: First Serve, Slice backhand crosscourt, forehand inside-out or down-the-line. When Steffi was in peak physical form, that is all she needed to do. That is why he never tried to get her to hit more topspin backhands.

On what he is done for Jennifer:

She's double-faulting less. Mary Carillo did say during today's coverage that he's tried to get Jennifer to cover the ball more. Now if he can only improve her placement. She may never have a serve as good as Steffi's, but better placement might set up her forehand for a put-away.

She's also trying to feature her forehand more. Jennifer's forehand isn't as lethal as Steffi's was, but Heinz seems to have recognized it's her best shot, the one she needs to be hitting in key moments of a match.

It doesn't look like he's developed a winning pattern of shots for Jennifer yet. Until Jennifer can improve the placement of her serve, and its consistency, he'll have a problem doing that.

It does seem like he's placed some faith in the strategy of hitting down the middle to neutralize the movement and angles in the Williams' sisters game. The success of this strategy would probably mean more to Heinz than any other coach, since hitting down the middle is the one thing you never wanted to do against Graf.

Against Serena, Heinz also seems to have pulled an old trick out of his bag. Steffi attacked Venus' backhand at the '99 Wimbledon QF and broke it down. While Jennifer sometimes cannot control the ball as well as Steffi did from the forehand side, she does seem to be picking on Serena's forehand more and more in their last two matches.

I hope she signs a long term contract with Heinz. With Steffi, he proved to be a great strategist and great mentor. With Jennifer, he'll have to be both those things and a great teacher of some basic technique.

Abdoul
Jun 1st, 2004, 10:47 PM
Hey!!
Da Forehand ,wazup with so many STUPID thread today ???
are you trying to break a record or what ?

suct it up Man !

*JR*
Jun 2nd, 2004, 12:08 AM
Given his results with Jeca last year, she must REALLY suck! :o And the Suisse Screwball could Have Had Heinz this year if Rainer Relented Re. Paying Promptly. (Given the way he and PP fucked Hu-Bear ova last year, she'll never be Trusted To owe a "real coach" any money ever again).

DA FOREHAND
Jun 2nd, 2004, 02:27 PM
A few thoughts on what Heinz did with Steffi:

He came up with the strategy that Steffi used so effectively against Seles beginning with the '96 US Open Final. The strategy was quite simple: Attack the weakest of Seles' two-handed shots, the forehand, with deep slice backhands. Once Seles started favoring that side, Steffi could use her forehand to hit the ball behind her (inside-out) or into the open court. One other element of the strategy was to upset Seles' movement on the court by having Steffi hit her slice backhand short and wide. In the '96 US Open, these shots often went unchallenged.

Heinz also helped Steffi to understand that she could effectively win a point with two or three shots: Two shots: First Serve, Forehand inside-out or down-the-line. Three-Shots: First Serve, Slice backhand crosscourt, forehand inside-out or down-the-line. When Steffi was in peak physical form, that is all she needed to do. That is why he never tried to get her to hit more topspin backhands.

On what he is done for Jennifer:

She's double-faulting less. Mary Carillo did say during today's coverage that he's tried to get Jennifer to cover the ball more. Now if he can only improve her placement. She may never have a serve as good as Steffi's, but better placement might set up her forehand for a put-away.

She's also trying to feature her forehand more. Jennifer's forehand isn't as lethal as Steffi's was, but Heinz seems to have recognized it's her best shot, the one she needs to be hitting in key moments of a match.

It doesn't look like he's developed a winning pattern of shots for Jennifer yet. Until Jennifer can improve the placement of her serve, and its consistency, he'll have a problem doing that.

It does seem like he's placed some faith in the strategy of hitting down the middle to neutralize the movement and angles in the Williams' sisters game. The success of this strategy would probably mean more to Heinz than any other coach, since hitting down the middle is the one thing you never wanted to do against Graf.

Against Serena, Heinz also seems to have pulled an old trick out of his bag. Steffi attacked Venus' backhand at the '99 Wimbledon QF and broke it down. While Jennifer sometimes cannot control the ball as well as Steffi did from the forehand side, she does seem to be picking on Serena's forehand more and more in their last two matches.

I hope she signs a long term contract with Heinz. With Steffi, he proved to be a great strategist and great mentor. With Jennifer, he'll have to be both those things and a great teacher of some basic technique.

Great breakdown of his accomplishments w/his pupils. I see he's still wearing Addidas, if Jenn knows what's good for her she'll have him in Fila by wimbledon.

RedFilaJ-Cap#1
Jun 2nd, 2004, 02:53 PM
He is great for Jen and I think Jen can take this title and that would be great!!!! I am so glad she decided to get him on her side and I hope she keeps him because she has totally turned around since he cam aboard. I am so happy for Jen she seems so happy to be winning again!!!