View Full Version : Sveta, being nervous, choking

Jun 17th, 2005, 03:27 PM
Sveta has lost a lot of close matches. Twice with mp's at RG.
The bottom line is that she is 19 (for a few more days), and has won a major.
Plus is world #5.
So she is very successful.
Yet nerves, and playing well in big moments, is an issue with Sveta.

Here's my opinion -

Now 2 majors have passed since Sveta won the US Open.
She said she played like a ball boy against Maria.
She said she didn't win it, I lost it, against Justine.

I don't know why Sveta feels so much pressure.
She's won, she's lost. Life goes on either way.

All she has to do is play like it's a regular Tier II match.
Just play.

Jun 17th, 2005, 03:30 PM
Here's some quotes from Sveta, after her loss to Justine at RG -

"She didn't really win the match, I lost it. It was all in my hands. If it was the final I would kill myself," said Kuznetsova.

"I guess so," said the 19-year-old when asked if her nerves had got the better of her.

"It was tough, she didn't miss. She just put the ball in. I just stopped (playing), I was a little bit confused, I didn't know what I had to do."

"Martina Navratilova has been playing for 30 years and she still has nerves," she said.

"If you don't have nerves it's like you don't care. But the best players are the ones who know what to do when they start to feel nervous."

"I slowed down after the U.S. Open a little bit because that was such a big thing, but now I feel like I'm starting to get my game again back," said the 19-year-old who moved to Spain at a young age to forge her tennis career. "Now I'm looking forward to preparing for Wimbledon, it's another grand slam and I'll have another chance."

Jun 17th, 2005, 03:51 PM
i agree she has developed a bit of a problem with nerves. thing is since the us open title she has put upon herself a new type of pressure (by winning the us open that is) which is now she is expected by others and herself to win these tight matches against the good players. the more of these matches the better she'll learn to deal with the nerves.

Jun 17th, 2005, 03:59 PM
I think Sveta is so good, she's going to play Justine, or Kim, or Maria - a lot.
She has to play her game, and not panic.

Jun 18th, 2005, 06:06 AM
she has a lot of potential imo. agree she has to play her game.

Jun 18th, 2005, 11:07 AM
:rolls: I like this thread :sad:.

Jun 18th, 2005, 03:17 PM
Kuznetsova admitted that she came out flat and stayed that way.

"I wasn't 100 per cent all the time today," said the teenaged second seed. "I had so many ups and downs. Kim had them also - but less. I had some stupid errors, and some good points."

However, she added: "I'm getting better on grass and looking forward to Wimbledon. I'm pretty confident with my game. "I'm disappointed to lose, but I'm happy it was in the semi-finals and not the first round."

Jun 19th, 2005, 11:32 AM
her game really should be suited to grass, sveta has good skills in all areas so to her advantage she can change her game to suit it more for the surface they are playing on at the time. use the serve and the volleying skills a bit more and she should do very well at wimbledon. and i think having a loss before the big event could be a good thing for her, last year she won a tournament, loses round 1, this year with the loss hopefully it will make her focus more for the big tournament.

Jun 19th, 2005, 09:41 PM
Well, she is only 19(Maria Sharapova tm).

Winning a major means different expectations and pressures than before and that would take some getting used to. And this is going to sound ridiculous about a GS champion, but I think Sveta's a couple of years from really challenging at Grand Slams because I think her game's still maturing. Her game is big though, just needs to learn how to put it all together and she'll clean up.

As for nerves. Federer was thought of a head case and look at him now!

Jun 20th, 2005, 02:19 AM
federer wasnt thought as a head case just that he easily lost focus from the match and mind would wander. i think sveta can challenge for the slams now but if she wants to win them well she needs to work on her mental game for that, atm with the belgians still coming back, the williams sisters not as good as they once were, sveta has a good chance with just her physical game alone to get some wins over those players, the mental side of her game will give her those wins at the right tournaments (slams), just might take her a little bit to work on some of the mental kinks.

Jun 20th, 2005, 04:28 PM
A lot of players win their first major, and have trouble getting their second one.
It took Serena a while, Sampras too.
Some like Venus, win the second one quickly.
Sveta seems like she will take a while. She has to learn to not beat herself.

Mynne Dassidy
Jun 20th, 2005, 06:21 PM
Sveta is still getting used to be a Grand Slam champion which accounts for her blowing big matches.

Jun 22nd, 2005, 06:18 PM
Sveta is still getting used to be a Grand Slam champion which accounts for her blowing big matches.Sveta had some strange losses before she won her slam also. Mp's at the FO. Really bad play when up 5-3 against Justine at the AO.
Sveta has always had trouble in big moments. Except that US Open.

Jun 23rd, 2005, 03:37 PM
Sveta talked about nerves after beating Mirza in round 2 of Wimbledon -

Q. How much do you think it was the Centre Court versus being just at Wimbledon or just today with nerves?

SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: Maybe like 30% of all my nerves. Maybe 30, 40.

But the thing is, I want to do so well. And wanting this, it's make me go so nervous, you know. But now it's looks like I'm saying that I play so bad and it's looks like I'm saying that Sania is not playing well. Yeah, she does play well, but I just expected much more game of me, you know, from my side.

I was very surprised when I saw last night's schedule and I was playing on the Centre Court. I was like, "Hell, no, I can't imagine this," you know. I know it was tough match because especially some player you never beat before, and I lost to her in Dubai. I know I didn't play well, you know, but still it's puts pressure on you. It just wasn't going. It was not my day, but I still happy to get it.

But just this year was not going that well and I just ‑‑ you know, it's difficult because the years before I was coming like junior maybe and just had nothing to lose. Now, when you get to Top 10, maybe Top 5, you just have all the pressure on you. You have to understand. This takes you a while to understand it. You got to handle this pressure how you have to handle it. You have to learn it, you know.

Q. How do you cope with nerves now?

SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: Well, trying to get matches, just try not to think of it. This is what I said. I'm trying to enjoy the tennis, you know. To play like players like Sania that play ‑‑ I mean, she was playing really well, but I was not doing the things what I'm doing well, so this is what gets me in problem.

I have to really concentrate on my things while I play.

Jun 25th, 2005, 06:34 PM
Vaidisova had a set point in the first but was unable to serve out at 5-4, hitting a forehand long on break point. Kuznetsova then saved a break point at 5-5 with an ace, and broke again with a cross-court backhand volley to win the opening set.

"You have to stay focused all the time, and I think I did that in the third set," said Kuznetsova, who lost her way in the second. "I made the first two breaks. Then she broke me but I broke her back, and that was the most important game."

Jun 26th, 2005, 04:42 AM
there's really not much sveta can do except play the matches and get use to the nerves and the pressure.

Jun 29th, 2005, 03:19 PM
Sveta had a set point against Lindsay, and netted a slice backhand. Then she netted a slice backhand on the next point too.

Sveta couldn't get her first serve in at the end of the first set. That was very costly, too.

John McEnroe thinks Sveta is the most talented Russian player.
Mary Carillo thinks she is the hardest working player on the tour. Mary was amazed at the agility drills that Sveta does, and how hard she works after her matches.

McEnroe said that Sveta is similar to Kim, they both get nervous and overhit their forehand on big points.
John said that Sergio Casal is lucky. He has this very talented player who is willing to work very, very hard.

Jun 29th, 2005, 03:51 PM
There is definately nerves involved. Sveta had a setpoint on Lindsay's serve, and lost that game in about 1 minute.
Then she couldn't get a first serve in. That killed her in the tiebreak.

Jun 29th, 2005, 05:20 PM
And not only was Sveta faulting on almost every first serve, she was only winning 30% of the points on her second serve.

Jun 29th, 2005, 09:22 PM
i agree that sveta is the most talented russian, certainly in-terms of all court game. it's good to hear she is a hard worker.

Jun 30th, 2005, 03:54 AM
Sveta played amazingly to win the U.S. Open. She served well and was hitting the lines with her forehand. Marat Safin talked about after he won the U.S. Open that he felt a lot of pressure and expectations, just how Sveta probably feels now. People kept expecting him to play that level all the time and he said it was too hard for him. It took him a while to get used to the different pressures and expectations. He said that winning his 2nd slam meant more because he really had to work for it.

I think Sveta is indeed the most talented Russian. She's got every shot and her game is so well-rounded. I think that Sveta will win more slams in her career. Every match Sveta gains experience and soon it will help her win closes matches with top players.

Jul 4th, 2005, 02:44 PM
i also believe sveta will win more slams, the talent is their.

Jul 4th, 2005, 04:47 PM
The mental aspect is there too considering she held it together for 7 matches in GS. She had it once, she can find it again. Though her match against Lindsay wasn't reassuring.

Gowza - about Fed, I thought it was because he won a lot in tourneys but then would crash out early in GS? Eh, you're probably right, I can't even remember playing styles of retired favourite players properly.

I'm still of the opinion Sveta will spend the next couple of years learning to string her game together. A GS in that time is a bonus. After that she should be looking to win it all the time.

Jul 5th, 2005, 04:23 PM
It's strange that the US Open champion has not won a tournament in 2005.
And not made a slam semi in 3 majors this year.

Obviously, just like with Maria, there's no rush to win major #2. No emergency.
Sveta has a whole career ahead of her. And no one can say she never won a major.

Jul 5th, 2005, 07:27 PM
I think Kuzy was extremly lucky to win US open as nobody expected that even herself. I mean she is still improving her tennis week after week and watching her play, I wonder when she will finally start to belive in her shot making and power. It seems to me that she quite often is afraid of her ability to dominate in match and even in those played with the other big girls. Because as an on-clay-grown girl Kuzy belives that being agressive on every and each point is not right. But she should not! When Kuzy will come on court with determination to crash the opponent in peases, no one is gonna stop her from reaching the fame!

Jul 5th, 2005, 07:32 PM
Sveta is ranked #4, but is #11 in 2005 points.
Kuzia needs to gain consistency. She can play great, and then drop off suddenly.
To reach the very top, I think she needs to get steadier.
That might mean going down the middle more, where the net's lower, or taking pace off some of her shots.

Jul 5th, 2005, 07:41 PM
Sveta is ranked #4, but is #11 in 2005 points.
Kuzia needs to gain consistency. She can play great, and then drop off suddenly.
To reach the very top, I think she needs to get steadier.
That might mean going down the middle more, where the net's lower, or taking pace off some of her shots.

Do not agree! The pace of shots comes naturaly for her. I mean she does not need to do something special to generate the power in strokes. It is just that she does not employ the power yet as effectly as for example Maria.

Please, please, Kuzy do some more volleys, please! :bounce:

Jul 5th, 2005, 07:47 PM
I think Kuzia overhits on big points. I would prefer she tone it down a little.
Sveta came to net against Lindsay, and wasn't hitting good enough approach shots.
She needs to be smart with short balls, not just hit right to Lindsay.
And when she came in behind a serve, McEnroe said she should have not left a big opening up the line. Where Lindsay hit her passing shot.

Jul 8th, 2005, 05:03 AM
sveta does over hit a bit on the big points, but from how she played in the last few games against henin at RG this year, i think over hitting shouldnt be her main focus, her main focus should just be trying to relax during a match when it gets tight because she couldnt get a ball in against justine and she wasnt even trying to hit her big shots. and on grass she needs to use her slice more and come to net, she should learn to chip and charge because she has the ability to do that. and getting the serve consistent for the grass is the big thing that will help her succeed on it. watching her early round matches at AO this year her serve was great, wasnt trying to belt it down but had enough power on it to be effective and placed it really well and it was consistent, she could hit her serves all day and she made it look so easy, RG and wimby she hasnt had a rhythm and it wasnt looking easy for her. it could be that she is just out of form atm or maybe its because nerves or pressure is getting to her.

Jul 8th, 2005, 04:26 PM
John McEnroe was critical of Sveta when she came to net against Lindsay at Wimbledon.
He said Kuzia didn't hit good enough approach shots. And when she served and volleyed, she left the dtl backhand passing lane wide open.

Jul 9th, 2005, 12:37 AM
sveta has a great net game but if what your saying is the case (i didnt see much of the match) then the approach is something sveta should really work on for wimbledon next year because its not just what you do at the back of the court and at the net it's how you get to the net and how you position yourself, you need to give yourself the best chance to win the point, so the apporach shot is very important.

Jul 9th, 2005, 05:13 PM
well svetlana clearly choked against justine henin hardenne in the roland garros... i think she gets nervous in major tournaments...i wonder y lol

Jul 10th, 2005, 05:00 AM
ys she did clearly choke, and the way she choked (how the ball came off the racket and at that point of the match) is a big concern. most players that choke they are still going for their shots, in that match sveta wasnt and that is the most worrying thing.

Jul 12th, 2005, 07:05 PM
This was after Sveta's FO loss to Henin -

It was a remarkable recovery by Henin, who could barely run after nearly three hours on court and looked like she would be drop-kicked back to Paris by the more muscular Russian.

But Kuznetsova shook and strained when she held the match points at 5-3, missing an ugly backhand down the line and pushing a weak backhand slice into the net. She committed a slew of unforced errors in the next three games to lose the match, as Henin merely had to bunt the ball back in the court.

Even though she was exhausted, Henin sensed the match wasn't over.

"I was seeing her very nervous," Henin said. "She was afraid to win the match; that was very clear. And when you can see that in the eyes of your opponent, that is very good for myself. Even if I didn't play a great match, it's very good because I stayed really positive and I never stopped fighting. So this kind of win makes me very, very happy."

Kuznetsova employed the right strategy to win the contest, attempting to wear her smaller foe down in end to end rallies. But even though she won the US Open last year, she doesn't have the mental toughness yet of the three-time Grand Slam champion.

"She didn't win it, I lost it," Kuznetsova said. "The moment I had to so something, I didn't do anything."

"It's gonna be another tough match," Henin said. "Kuznetsova is playing very, very heavy. The ball is coming very, very strong. Sharapova is probably playing faster, but not as heavy. But I will try to forget what happened in Berlin. I played very good match. But here it's the French Open and it's different kind of pressure. But I believe I can win."

Aug 2nd, 2005, 03:57 PM
With the withdrawal of world No 1 Lindsay Davenport through injury, Dementieva, Kuznetsova and Petrova are the top-ranked players in San Diego. None have won a singles title this year, something they are all seeking to rectify.

"This year, I've wanted to go out and play like the US Open champion," said fourth-ranked Kuznetsova. "I put too much pressure on myself and tried to be too good. I need to play the same every match."

Aug 5th, 2005, 03:57 PM
"She concentrated during the whole match and I didn't, I had too many ups and downs. That month was the longest break I've ever had from tennis and I need some more matches before I get my form back."

"I'm not very satisfied with my year. If you compare it to last year, maybe it's 50 percent as good, but I can't ask that of myself all of the time. Hopefully with more matches, my confidence will come back before the US Open."

Aug 10th, 2005, 04:54 PM
One writer thinks Sveta has lost her motivation.

But, all these players lack of self-belief pales in comparison to the state of Svetlana Kuznetsova, which is a sorry one indeed. Here you have the daughter of bicycle champ who looks like she could challenge Lance Armstrong in a sprint up the Alps, has a tremendous forehand, good serve, decent volley and steady backhand, but who hasn't won a title since last September. She has lost her motivation and doesn't know where it is. She's talked to her coaches, including the great Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, about how to rekindle her fire, but hasn't found the solution.

"It has to come from the person herself," she told TP. "People can tell you things, but you have to find it.

But she hasn't and is totally fried. She overplayed last year and this season in big matches, she hasn't been able to rediscover the fifth gear that brought her to '04 US Open title.

"I need to be more motivated," Kuznetsova said. "It's a bit hard to play now. I played too much last year and I got tired, but I just kept going. I don't feel like playing my good tennis, but I'm still close to the other players. I'm not doing that badly. I just need to find my inspiration again."

When? "I don't know, but I hope at the US Open." Sounds like a Flushing Meadows quarterfinal casualty to me. Kutzy will face Eleni Daniilidou in the second round in LA.

Aug 11th, 2005, 03:09 PM
Sveta lost to Eleni 6-4, 6-4. I saw this with Myskina at RG. The pressure to defend your major, to show you deserve the #4 ranking, is too much pressure for Sveta.
I think she can't deal with the high level of current expectations.

Aug 11th, 2005, 03:15 PM
Kuznestova continued to struggle with her once mighty game that appears to be spiraling downward lately.

"I just can't get my rhythm, I just can't get my game," Kuznetsova said. "I've been horrible. If I keep playing like this it's just not the way, and I can go home straight away because I'm not going to win a match like this. I better start practicing more, or just start to get my brain together, I guess."

After capturing the U.S. Open last September for her first major, Kuznetsova followed it up with a title in Bali. However, the 20-year-old has had a disappointing 2005 thus far.

By losing to Daniilidou, Kuznetsova now has lost in the early rounds in two consecutive tournaments. Last week in San Diego, she was upset by eventual runner-up Ai Sugiyama.

"It's not me out there and I just don't get it," Kuznetsova said. "When I get my brain, I just have to find it in matches. I just hate losing. "I have to work much more and maybe practice more, so I get a rhythm or something."

Aug 11th, 2005, 11:26 PM
I hope her form will be back soon. :sad:

Aug 17th, 2005, 04:56 PM
After beating AMG 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 in round 2 of Toronto -

"First matches are very dangerous because other players have already played some and know the balls, the surface," said Kuznetsova. "But it's not only this. Maybe I was a little bit nervous in the first set and I couldn't find my game. I was just playing all to her backhand, and it was the best shot she has. Playing (your worst shot) to the other player's best, it doesn't matter how good you can be or you are, you've just not doing the right thing to win.

"So I had to think a little bit, to use my brain, just so I could start to play my game later on."

"I'm not playing as well the last two weeks as I'd love to," said Kuznetsova. "But I wanted very badly to be in there and win the match. I had lots of faith in myself and wanted to play at my best level and to fight a lot. The game did not go in the start as I wanted it to, but I think I turned it well to a good level later on."

Aug 18th, 2005, 06:50 PM
After AMG - SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: Well, I wasn't thinking that much about The Open, you know. Just hard because you play one tournament, you lose in the third round, you have difficult matches. The players want to beat you more. You just struggling. This makes you doubt. It's all things to learn, you know, because I feel these moments I don't have such big experience. I have not been in this moment, defending everything I own. So this is what I have to learn on, you know, and understand it.

Aug 19th, 2005, 08:19 PM
Q. Just wanted to hear your impression of Svetlana Kuznetsova. Since she won The Open last year, struggling to win a tournament, more consistent in the Grand Slams. What does she need to do?

MARTINA NAVRATILOVA: She just needs to calm down. I think she's feeling the pressure a little bit. You know, it's a different situation for her to be in. All of a sudden everybody wants to play well when they play against her. You know, she lost a few matches. I think what was working for her, when it doesn't work, she's like -- she's a bit stubborn. So needs to sort of go to Plan B. But she's like, "I'm going to keep hitting it hard, it's going to work." She knows what she needs to do. I'm sure she'll manage. But for now it's a new situation for her, new experience. It's a good one. She'll be able to cope. There's no question. She's got a good head on her shoulders. Yeah, she's a little bull, a little bull. Reminds me of me when... She's so strong.

Aug 20th, 2005, 09:51 PM
The last match against Dulko in Toronto was a difficult duel for Sveta, she scarcely could run and reach to the ball, if it was not like that, Dulko would have many problems to hit the balls of Sveta. Although this way she fought until the end, that is respectable certainly. :yeah:

Aug 30th, 2005, 03:42 PM
Sveta became the first woman in 125 years to lose in round 1 as defending champion.
Of course, 64 players lose every year in round 1. Only 1 players each year wins the championship.
And 2004 will always be Sveta's US Open.

"The pressure, yeah," Kuznetsova said. "Usually, you put it by yourself, because you think too much about what people say, you think too much about the press, about what they say."

With her 6-3, 7-5 win against Elena Dementieva of Russia in the 2004 final here, Kuznetsova said it started with people asking her if she could defend her title. "You hear it all year," she said, appearing almost relieved that at last the pressure had been relieved. "No," she contended, "it just happened. I wasn't at my best. This year was not good for me. I take things how I take them."

Her loss left her 27-15 for her season.

She also didn't cite her back, which has been troubling her, as a source of her problems. But she made 45 errors in failing against the 97th-ranked Bychkova, for whom this was only her ninth match of the season. She had been 3-5 before the Open.

"I mean, now nobody will disturb me about this," Kuznetsova said. "Nobody will say me nothing. I just relax and I take some time off, I guess. And I just prepare for next events. I mean, is tough. But you know, the tough things make you grow stronger and make you learn."