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Shonami Slam
Apr 29th, 2005, 01:30 PM
I saw her match today against Farina-Elia and sorta noted a few issues i'd like to share with you guys -
1. her forehand is her biggest problem. she used to have the whole pack, but since her forehand is such an explosion of power and speed, she uses it all the time - and like all power-moves, it's a winner or an unforced error. she lost her patience to wait for the right moment to hit it, and her backhand is not as good as i remembered it a year ago.
2. she moves really really well. she bulked up, but she's moving nicely and i think she should use the movement and try some down-the-line shots more often. her cross-court backhand is becoming really expected.
3. her second serve is rubbish. she used to have way more variety in her serve last year - in the USopen it was amazing. now, her second serve is really bieng attacked - sure, it's powerful, but it's always the same and good preparation sends it back as a winner.
4. she should come up to the net more often. she's a great doubles player, and she has very good volleys, drive and anguler (is that a word?). she comes up every now and then, but i think she should really go for some serve-and-volley, even on clay, since she could chipped some easy points even against a terrific counter-puncher like farina.

lastly, Smashnova and Silvia gave kuzzy some good clay practice - she should be able to take this as an advantage - if she keeps her patience, waits for the right time to hit it and varies with her serving and game plan - i really think she can give kim more trouble than she did a few weeks back.
i hope she can win this title, she looks better now, more concentrated and much faster than she did a few months ago versus mirza, i.e.
good luck girl!

Lemonskin.
Apr 29th, 2005, 02:40 PM
Go Kuzzie! :kiss:

tennisrox
Apr 29th, 2005, 04:45 PM
I was wondering the exact same thing.Kuzzy is a fantastic doubles player,so why the heck doesn't she come to the net more??She always seems to be stuck to the baseline in her singles matches.In her match in Dubai even though she was being totally overpowered from the baseline she never came to the net even once!Although to be fair, if you've seen it live, mirza's forehand is like a damn missile so i probably shouldn't be too hard on her for being apprehensive about coming to the net!I didn't see her match with Ivanovic,but i'm pretty sure she would've been stuck to the baseline again.She's gotta add a bit more variety to her game when things aren't going her way.I know she's good enough.I hope she can beat Kim tomorrow.I'm sick of all the naysayers saying that Kuzzy won the USO by fluke,and that she's gonna drop out of the top ten soon.Kuzzy's the real deal.Just show everyone girl!

Pengwin
Apr 29th, 2005, 04:48 PM
I haven't seen her play since Beijing and I find it hard to believe that her second serve is being attacked and her Forehand is making lots of errors :eek:

She was soooo good last year. :sad:

Dave B
Apr 29th, 2005, 04:49 PM
Kuzy's game is definitly defined by how consistent her forehand is. If its dropping in, she can really beat anyone...if not...ouch.

goldenlox
Apr 29th, 2005, 04:50 PM
Sveta often plays it safe on her second serve.
And she often goes for too much with her forehand.
Red clay should be a good surface for Sveta, because she loves to stay in her backhand corner and pound her forehand.

wilson-dunlop
Apr 29th, 2005, 04:58 PM
Yes she is a good doubles player but that doesn't necessarily mean she should come in more.. Do you Virginia RP come to net a lot in singles??

tennisrox
Apr 29th, 2005, 05:21 PM
I'm not saying that she has to come in to the net all the time(And i'm def no VRP:),but i'm no GS champ either!).She's a great baseliner.Its just that when her baseline style isn't working, she should try some other things, cos she definitely has the game.She relies too much on her forehand IMO,fab though it may be.I've seen her play doubles well, so i know she isn't all that horrendous at volleying.In that Dubai match, she didn't seem to have any answers at all when she came up against someone with a better forehand.

TartarVicario
Apr 29th, 2005, 05:59 PM
I agreee with No.3 & No.4 :).

Davai Kuzzy The Clay Court Queen :kiss:.

_Cell-chuk
Apr 29th, 2005, 06:04 PM
I agree with you guys totally and I posted a similar message about Sveta couple of weeks ago. Her forehand is huge when it's on and her movement is as good as Clijsters'. Her serve (first and second) is not what it was a year ago at the US Open. Still I expect her to beat Clijsters.

Shonami Slam
Apr 29th, 2005, 06:32 PM
I haven't seen her play since Beijing and I find it hard to believe that her second serve is being attacked and her Forehand is making lots of errors :eek:

She was soooo good last year. :sad:


it's exactly that way - really, since i saw her (TV, that is) in the aussie open her second serve has lost it's touch. i remember thinking that she and molik should make the best second serve team i've seen in a long while - but sveta really lost it to her safe serving.
she's still serving Aces aplenty and some unreturnable serves, but she's bieng attacked on her serve way more often as well. and it's kuz! she's a serve rocket! it's just because it's so predictable that players can just hit the ball back with all they got.
as for her forehand - i think the errors is when she wants to improve the pace on it, and then sometimes she loses herself. she needs to wait for that death-blow of hers.

Shonami Slam
Apr 29th, 2005, 06:35 PM
Yes she is a good doubles player but that doesn't necessarily mean she should come in more.. Do you Virginia RP come to net a lot in singles??

not ecause of her doubles game - she should come up more often IN GENERAL. the doubles wins and titles are just a pedigree that she can play well.
i really thought she'd have a chance to surprise evryone and take wimbledon in 2004 - i was kinda shocked that she left her S&V tactics.
she's more than an all around player - she's REALLY good on all of them. she's fast enough and her shots are hard and deep enough to go up to the net - i just think she needs to try it out.
her forehand makes her stay in the back. waste of talent.

tennisrox
Apr 29th, 2005, 06:36 PM
I don't know about expecting her to beat Kim.I know Sveta is certainly capable of it,but Kim is in top from right now, and sveta is not.Also Sveta, as ive said many times before,is not mentally tough enough.If you want to beat the best you need that more than anything else.But I do want Sveta to win tomorrow.

Andy T
Apr 29th, 2005, 06:55 PM
Of all the Russian players, she has the most complete and sophisticated game, imo. I fully agree that she should make use of her great hands and volleying skills to get up to the net more.

mboyle
Apr 29th, 2005, 09:32 PM
She'll be lucky to win a set off Kim.

TeamUSA#1
Apr 29th, 2005, 09:37 PM
See, i think her FH and serve are awesome (though the FH can go off), but I do not think she is a great mover----

Munchen
Apr 30th, 2005, 08:24 AM
Of all the Russian players, she has the most complete and sophisticated game, imo. I fully agree that she should make use of her great hands and volleying skills to get up to the net more.


:worship: :wavey:

firefly_ac
Apr 30th, 2005, 10:16 AM
Go Kuzzie!

goldenlox
Apr 30th, 2005, 03:24 PM
She'll be lucky to win a set off Kim.You are a goofball.

daffodil
Apr 30th, 2005, 03:27 PM
I don't know. I definitely don't think that Sveta's 2nd serve and forehand are as big as a problem as Venus'. If Sveta can correct these problems, though, she will be a huge contender for the French.

Szymanowski
Apr 30th, 2005, 03:49 PM
I haven't seen her play since Beijing and I find it hard to believe that her second serve is being attacked and her Forehand is making lots of errors :eek:

She was soooo good last year. :sad:
me2

the one thing I noticed when I saw her play was how hard her 2nd serve was to read. she kept not just me, but all of the other 3 playeers on court, guessing where on earth it was going, and it was even better in the singles.

sartrista7
Apr 30th, 2005, 04:07 PM
She'll be lucky to win a set off Kim.

:haha:

Shonami Slam
Apr 30th, 2005, 06:57 PM
well - i'm glad to say that kuzzy has improved a few erroes that we talked about - meaning that she:
a) reads the messages on the board; or
b) understands what she's been doing wrong and what she needed to improve if she were to take kim the way she did.

the first set was horrific. messy and sloppy - but she started playing smart, crafty tennis in the second.
the second serve was way way better. that's the only explanation, cause kim had way more problems with it than silvia had.
after kim wasted some energy in the first set, we could really see that sveta can run, jump and slide just as well as she can - it's not as consistent, not always getting to the shot as early and comfortably as kim, but she sure did match the belguim at times.
she came up to the net and went for that dropshot quite a few times and i'm really pleased.
she's going to have to get more forehands against juju tomorrow, as she seemed to handle ivanovic easily stroke to stroke.
making a belguim run ain't gunna work as well. different paces, various game and some more of the down-the-lin forehand can get her alot of points.
the DTL shot was great today, at times really dementieva like.

i'm pleased with the transformation kuzzy showed us, i'm hopeful she'll go one step better than last year tomorow.
good luck girl!

vogus
Apr 30th, 2005, 07:05 PM
Sveta often plays it safe on her second serve.
And she often goes for too much with her forehand.
Red clay should be a good surface for Sveta, because she loves to stay in her backhand corner and pound her forehand.


That forehand is Sveta's money shot, so she has to have faith that she is going to make most of them. Regarding red clay, she's one of the best at this tactic, maybe because of her training in Spain.

goldenlox
Apr 30th, 2005, 07:06 PM
Sveta won the US Open, and Eastbourne. So I think she's an all court player.
But when her forehand is on, that's all she does. Big forehands.