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mboyle
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:46 AM
:sad: Did anyone see this?

soccerjock
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:46 AM
Excellent stuff Jelena 9-0 start to 2007! Wow

golo
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:46 AM
great job jelena!!!! now PLEASE rest for melbourne. she can win her first grand slam :))

Vaidisova
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:46 AM
Nicole.. I don't know what to say. :sad: A DF to give the *5-4 break.

Another loss in a SF, another lost opportunity to win a title above Tier III.

Crushing loss.

I like Jelena so I'm happy for her... but still...

Bremen
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:47 AM
I just watched the live scores...tense match...the better player won.

starred06
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:47 AM
in 2 hrs 5mins

selyoink
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:47 AM
Another excellent win for Jelena. She is really playing great.

I just hope she saves something for Melbourne.

Hachiko
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:47 AM
Great match. I was going for Nicole in the end but I'm happy for Jelena. Nicole just made too many errors but she did play really well.

piercerocks
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:47 AM
YES JELENA!!!!!

now withdraw from final rest and win AO!!!!

nizelegz
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:47 AM
Yes, good match. Congrats Jelena :)

nizelegz
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:47 AM
Yes, good match. Congrats Jelena :)

Jeff
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:47 AM
Jelena is on fire! Keep going, Girl :worship:

partbrit
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:48 AM
Roll on, JJ Express!

I was worried when she took that injury break, but she persevered.

Andy.
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:48 AM
How tough is Jelena, what a fighter, well done.

Bremen
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:49 AM
YES JELENA!!!!!

now withdraw from final rest and win AO!!!!

She's not going to withdraw...

Hachiko
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:49 AM
The match was played in great spirits, which was nice to see.

Hayato
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:49 AM
:yeah: Nice match. I thought Jelena would retire after the second set, since she had about two or three injury time outs. It boiled down to Jelena's mental toughness which just had the edge over Vaidisova's. Jelena is such a fighter- she is top 5 material! It finished on a really good rally. I think Vaidisova just made a few too many errors, but she wasn't far away from winning. Jelena seemed really exhaused in the final set, but she kept fighting and hitting the ball consistently.

Sammy 4 eva!!!
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:49 AM
Nice work Jelena to fast round the court!! Nicole hit 45 Unforced errors way to many vut full credit to jelena!!

Sharapova's_Boy
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:49 AM
Nikki :sad: :sad: :sad:

Way too many errors. She had 4 times as many winners as Jelena (22-5), but over double the amount of unforced errors.

Did anyone else see Jelena push a linesman out of the way? I like Jelena and all, but that was a bit :rolleyes:.

jamatthews
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:50 AM
The match was played in great spirits, which was nice to see.

I agree. I loved the fact that even though she was serving for the match, Jelena still had the class to applaud one of Nicole's shots. :hearts:

Drimal
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:50 AM
Jelena Jankovic is still unbeaten in 2007 :woohoo:

Now win your 2nd title in a row! :rocker:

Hope she won't be exhausted at Australian Open though with all these matches! :unsure:

The Kaz
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:50 AM
This was an amazing match to watch...Jankovic was such a figher out there and deserved the win :D I was on the edge on my seat! Well Done! :D

!<blocparty>!
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:50 AM
Jelena's amazing movement won it for her in the end - I have no idea how she got some of them balls back on match point. Nicole couldn't finish with the half-court balls towards they end and she was waaaaaaay too erratic. In her penultimate service game she hit 4 amazing winners in a row from 0-15 then plays like shit to be broken a game later.

The winning streak continues... :woohoo::woohoo: Plz beat KFC.

Wayn77
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:50 AM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Congrats JJ: sounds like a great match - gonna watch the highlights when I get home.

Leo_DFP
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:50 AM
YES JELENA!!!!!

now withdraw from final rest and win AO!!!!

Withdraw from the final? That'd be just a swell thing to do to paying fans in Sydney. :rolleyes:

Jelena! :bounce: :bounce: :D You are incredible. Great job disposing of the brainless ball-bashing bitch.

Derek.
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:51 AM
Nicole. :sad:

What a see-saw match.

I could have gone either way, but Jelena stayed stronger mentally.

How will Jelena not be tired for the AO? :unsure:

Lefty.
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:51 AM
Jeca is just on FIRE these days! :yeah: Jeca Kimmy final! :woohoo: :banana:

:hug: Nikki, just had a few lapses at the wrong moments. :hug: Good luck for AO! :yeah:

cometz9
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:52 AM
Congrats to Jelena :clap2: but hopefully she won't be too tired for the Final and next week. Good luck against Kimmie.

Bad luck for Nicole but she's playing better, good luck at AO.

mboyle
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:52 AM
I just watched the live scores...tense match...the better player won.

Maybe the better player today.

I don't know, I just don't see how the Jankovic express can keep going. :confused:

Leo_DFP
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:52 AM
Nikki :sad: :sad: :sad:

Way too many errors. She had 4 times as many winners as Jelena (22-5), but over double the amount of unforced errors.

Did anyone else see Jelena push a linesman out of the way? I like Jelena and all, but that was a bit :rolleyes:.

Maybe she was just trying to keep up with Nicole's horrendous treatment of linesmen and ball kids?

Hachiko
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:52 AM
Did anyone else see Jelena push a linesman out of the way? I like Jelena and all, but that was a bit :rolleyes:.

Yeah, I thought she was gonna appologise the point after or something.

Andrew Laeddis
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:53 AM
Good job to both ladies. A lot of people expected Vaidisova to lose in straights so I'm glad she put up a fight. If she can cut down on her errors/double faults she certainly beat Jankovic.

I dont think Jelena will win OZ Open. As good as she is she wont be Maria/Kim/Mauresmo at their best. Even players such as Petrova and Kuznetsova can knock her out as can Hingis/Vaidisova (she beat both of them recently but it took her three sets and the sets were very close against Vaidisova so next time it can go either way).

Leo_DFP
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:53 AM
Maybe the better player today.

I don't know, I just don't see how the Jankovic express can keep going. :confused:

God.

Sexysova
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:54 AM
great match, I saw it :) Both played very well and luckier player won :) Nobody of them isn't better - I saw it... and it was about luck :)

star
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:55 AM
Great job Jelena! :bounce:

Just Do It
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:55 AM
Great match, and the final point was :eek:

Jelena :woohoo:

~Kiera~
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:56 AM
Congrats, Jelena! She showed great fighting spirit during the match and pulled through in the end.

Bad luck, Nicole.

mboyle
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:56 AM
great match, I saw it :) Both played very well and luckier player won :) Nobody of them isn't better - I saw it... and it was about luck :)

I did not see it, but I bet it had something to do with Jankovic's confidence level. It's really really high right now. Nicole's is not quite so high.

Natash.
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:56 AM
Yeah, I thought she was gonna appologise the point after or something.

:lol:

I didn't see that but if she did do that, that's not very nice even if she was trying to keep up with Nicole.

Oh well. I really don't think she'll the Australian Open. She just has to burn out someday.

Sharapova's_Boy
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:57 AM
Maybe she was just trying to keep up with Nicole's horrendous treatment of linesmen and ball kids?

Did you even watch the match?

Nikki didn't have 1 outburst. :p

Dexter
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:57 AM
Well done Jelenka! :bounce: Take the title :hearts:

Nicole :sad: :( When will you jump over that SF hurdle?

YES JELENA!!!!!

now withdraw from final rest and win AO!!!!wtf? withdraw from one of the biggest matches of her life SO FAR? :o

Derek.
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:57 AM
I did not see it, but I bet it had something to do with Jankovic's confidence level. It's really really high right now. Nicole's is not quite so high.


I don't think Nicole's confidence is that low.

She beat Ana which was a big mental win for her.

I'm sure she knows how good of tennis Jelena's been playing lately and Nicole usually rebounds well after tough losses.

mboyle
Jan 11th, 2007, 05:00 AM
I don't think Nicole's confidence is that low.

She beat Ana which was a big mental win for her.

I'm sure she knows how good of tennis Jelena's been playing lately and Nicole usually rebounds well after tough losses.

Oh no I didn't say Nicole's confidence was low...it was just average, maybe a bit above average. Jelena has won 9 straight matches now, including three top ten wins. She bageled Mauresmo in the second set (if you bagel Momo, you do it in the first set almost always. Momo does not go away.) No one's confidence is as high as Jankovic's right now.

Just Do It
Jan 11th, 2007, 05:04 AM
Jelena spurn one ball boy, it was in the third set when she wasted 2 bp's ! I was :eek: when i saw that !!!

shava
Jan 11th, 2007, 05:07 AM
The only way to stop this Jelena girl at AO is to piss her off :p

-Makiri-
Jan 11th, 2007, 05:10 AM
Nicole :sad:

lovemyskina
Jan 11th, 2007, 05:10 AM
Zvonareva, Martina, Sam, Amelie, Nicole and may be KIM

See how many strong players she beats in 2 tournamenrs, if this is a granslam, she already won ONE.

LucasArg
Jan 11th, 2007, 05:13 AM
Well done Jelena!!! :bounce:

I am sooo happy for u! :bigclap:

Best of luck in the final!! :wavey:

Ana&Jelena Fan
Jan 11th, 2007, 05:13 AM
Great match. Nikki had some awesome points, but Jeca show spirit and self-confidence. Way to go baby.

Prizeidiot
Jan 11th, 2007, 05:14 AM
Thirlling match. I don't think Jelena played as cleanly as she did in her previous matches in terms of hitting winners, but her defense was amazing. The last point pretty much epitomised the whole match. Give credit to nikki for that as well. She plays a game that doesn't give the opponent much chance to set up winners.

I reckon Nikki winning might have been a better result though. It's clear Jelena wants to win this tuornament, despite being physically worn out. She's got blisters, a thigh injury, and I think she had a back issue as well? Losing would have been a good excuse for some rest.

By the way, others might have noticed this already, but as an Aussie, I really only get to see these guys play once a year. And it looks like Nicole's grown up a lot since the last time I saw her. I remember at the start of her career she was a headcase, and mean to ballkids. Even last year, I saw her throwing her racket at 5-2 up against Daniela. But today she played in a much better spirit and stayed relatively composed against a player that must have been frustrating for her. As cheesy as it sounds, I'm kind of proud of her.

Zauber
Jan 11th, 2007, 05:16 AM
She continues to beat all the young pretenders just as she did last year.
So last year was no fluke.

Ben.
Jan 11th, 2007, 05:19 AM
Congrats jelena :clap2: :clap2: she just keeps getting better & better ever since she came out of that slump last year. two finals in a row for her in two weeks is a testimony to her that she is definitely a fighter & one to watch out for at the AO :yeah: she hit some great shots in the match & retrieved a lot nicole's shots that would of been winners against other players. just terrific :D

Nicole played great as well too :clap2: however she was inconsistent & made too many UF's which was due to Jelena's fantastic retrieving skills. Nicole just needs to learn to be more patient in the rallies & when she does she'll be a even better player. But well done on her good week in sydney :)

Sharapova's_Boy
Jan 11th, 2007, 05:20 AM
By the way, others might have noticed this already, but as an Aussie, I really only get to see these guys play once a year. And it looks like Nicole's grown up a lot since the last time I saw her. I remember at the start of her career she was a headcase, and mean to ballkids. Even last year, I saw her throwing her racket at 5-2 up against Daniela. But today she played in a much better spirit and stayed relatively composed against a player that must have been frustrating for her. As cheesy as it sounds, I'm kind of proud of her.

:worship:

She's matured so much. She handles herself on the court so much better now.

But of course people will only remember the 15 year old girl who smashed gatorade bottles and abused ball kids. :lol:

Leo_DFP
Jan 11th, 2007, 05:22 AM
:worship:

She's matured so much. She handles herself on the court so much better now.

But of course people will only remember the 15 year old girl who smashed gatorade bottles and abused ball kids. :lol:

I remember it from the French Open last year... she wasn't 15 then. :confused:

rada
Jan 11th, 2007, 05:23 AM
yes i watched the match it was wonderful jelena played amazing well done.....

LindsayRulz
Jan 11th, 2007, 05:24 AM
Wow! she's on fire!

dorotek23
Jan 11th, 2007, 05:24 AM
Nikki :Sad:
I think she will be tired, maybe not in Sydney, but in Melbourne.

pav
Jan 11th, 2007, 05:32 AM
Withdraw from the final? That'd be just a swell thing to do to paying fans in Sydney. :rolleyes:

Jelena! :bounce: :bounce: :D You are incredible. Great job disposing of the brainless ball-bashing bitch.
That last bit is a great quote coming from someone with Lindsay in their sig,who wouldn't have been half the player if she wasn't the size of an ox,alright to call someone else that, but I bet you would like darling Dav. called names I don't even call Momo things like that.

aussie_fan
Jan 11th, 2007, 05:32 AM
What a great match. Just some great tennis defence helped jelena winning this, she played unbelieveably defensively, getting so much back and making nicole hit the extra shot. I thought Jelena was screwed after the second set with her injuriess but she fought really hard. Well Done Jelena :worship:

It was a good battle from Nicole but just a few too many unforce errors cost her that.

-SheLL-
Jan 11th, 2007, 05:35 AM
wow...awesome defense Jelena :bounce:
Nicole :sad: great work though...

Slumpsova
Jan 11th, 2007, 05:39 AM
:sad:
hopefully Nicole played well.

Josh.
Jan 11th, 2007, 05:39 AM
great match.. watched every ball. the last two points sumed up the match.. jelena was just running everything down! :hug:

Dexter
Jan 11th, 2007, 05:55 AM
You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to pav again.

:(

papru
Jan 11th, 2007, 05:57 AM
Jeczka :woohoo:

Niki :sad:

Kai
Jan 11th, 2007, 06:03 AM
Nicole :sad:
Jelena :yeah: :D

PerfectForm
Jan 11th, 2007, 06:04 AM
Jeca!!! This is is too good to be true!! Even better if you can take down Kim !

Belmont Lad
Jan 11th, 2007, 06:11 AM
:banana: Awesome Jelena!! Hope it's a great final with Kimmie. What a start to the year!! :banana:

Sharapova's_Boy
Jan 11th, 2007, 06:12 AM
I remember it from the French Open last year... she wasn't 15 then. :confused:

Okay, 16, whatever.

Bottom line is that she's matured, and doesn't deserve to be hounded as one of the bratty players anymore.

austennis
Jan 11th, 2007, 06:27 AM
First set was awesome tennis from Jelena and then in the 2nd as things got close she hurt herself AGAIN but she deserves ppls respect 4 not giving up and battling through.. Good effort by Nicole to but she just lacked it at key moment and hit way 2 many errors.. But solid effort by both girls but the better player won in the end..

*Jean*
Jan 11th, 2007, 06:28 AM
OMG...Jelena is gonna break a leg or a arm playing so much everyday...Anyway, congrats :)

cakiteror
Jan 11th, 2007, 06:33 AM
bravo jeco!
as far as nicole is concerned give the girla year or two and shell be amazing!
she is stilla kid,and yes some kids were grand slam winners at her age,but i see nicole as a real threat and maybe no 1 in couple of yours,though i really dont like her!

jazar
Jan 11th, 2007, 06:46 AM
close match. go jelena :worship: you can win it

Asif_Nawaz
Jan 11th, 2007, 08:37 AM
YEAH!!!


Now, beat Clijsters rest for two (or three) days and win the AO!!

Geertvg
Jan 11th, 2007, 09:24 AM
Congratulations Jelena, you just convinced me you *are* top 5 material, sadly :lol:

:hug: for Nikki, get some rest and have a great AO!

A_Skywalker
Jan 11th, 2007, 09:58 AM
I lost in Tennis Tipping becasue of that , but good result for Jankovic :p

Elldee
Jan 11th, 2007, 09:59 AM
Nicole looks HOTTTTTTTTTTTT. Plus she found some real good form in the end which bodes well for a good performance in the AO.

miss_molik
Jan 11th, 2007, 10:20 AM
great match.. watched every ball. the last two points sumed up the match.. jelena was just running everything down! :hug:

yeah, she played a fantastic defensive game. Despite the gymnastic ability it required :lol: i hope that abductor strain isn't too serious. She should try and avoid doing the splits in the future.

hurricanejeanne
Jan 11th, 2007, 10:24 AM
Nicole...:sad:

I went to be at 4-4 all in the second. Nicole good fight girl.
I know she hasn't made it to a final in a while, but she fought this one out. And hopefully she's found enough rhythm going into the Australian.

Congrats Jelena, but she's gotta be exhausted.

nikita771
Jan 11th, 2007, 10:25 AM
Woohoo:bounce:

felldownagain
Jan 11th, 2007, 10:48 AM
Jelena is on a tear.

She's playing with the uncompromising last one standing commitment of Sharapova but has overlaid it with greater speed and athleticism. Add to that a more technically complete game and she will threaten any opponent (bar none) right now.

The splits are a rebound ace coping mechanism and she is waiting for new season's shoes which she believes will deal to the blisters.

I have watched her matches this year and after seeing her continually gesticulating rudely and impatiently to ball boys for delivering towels and balls late I thought she was bow-wow city from the neck up.

Then I listened to her match interviews and just adored her.

LUXXXAS
Jan 11th, 2007, 10:58 AM
Congrats Jelenka :inlove::yeah: :bounce:
Sorry Nikki :sad:

Polikarpov
Jan 11th, 2007, 11:19 AM
Wow! Jelena's really in a roll!

Derek.
Jan 11th, 2007, 11:34 AM
Okay, 16, whatever.

Bottom line is that she's matured, and doesn't deserve to be hounded as one of the bratty players anymore.


People will continue to hate on Nicole because she's young and talented.

Nicole's 17 and is already one of the best in the world.

Vut
Jan 11th, 2007, 11:45 AM
:sad: Nicole
congrats! Jelena

xXSarajevoXx
Jan 11th, 2007, 11:54 AM
Jelena you rock!!!! :banana: :banana:

ioni
Jan 11th, 2007, 11:58 AM
Nicole :sad: :hug:

congrats Jelena !

sonnys
Jan 11th, 2007, 12:27 PM
:p YEEESSS, fantastic Jelena..:worship:

Groenefelder25
Jan 11th, 2007, 12:29 PM
aww shame nicole didnt win, but well done jelena

Tenis Srbija
Jan 11th, 2007, 12:41 PM
I have no words left :shrug:

This is just schoking!!! JJ you are precious :kiss: I adore you! Playing so great...that's just sooo :tape: I don't know... I'm in state of crazyiness now :D :banana: :bounce:

Kim is going down, title is yours JJ :hatoff:

felldownagain
Jan 11th, 2007, 01:13 PM
I have no words left :shrug:

This is just schoking!!! JJ you are precious :kiss: I adore you! Playing so great...that's just sooo :tape: I don't know... I'm in state of crazyiness now :D :banana: :bounce:

Kim is going down, title is yours JJ :hatoff:

Great to see you having fun riding the wave - enjoy !

I think it has a long way to go before it breaks.

Tenis Srbija
Jan 11th, 2007, 01:16 PM
That's right :lol:

We are gonna party for quite some while :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

nouf
Jan 11th, 2007, 01:32 PM
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felldownagain
Jan 11th, 2007, 01:42 PM
That's right :lol:

We are gonna party for quite some while :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Hah ! A Serbian party.

Do you guys make your own beer ? Give me a brand name and I will go looking for it if she takes the title.

Tenis Srbija
Jan 11th, 2007, 01:46 PM
Do we make beer? :lol: You ask that? :haha:

We make about milion beers :p

Jelen, Apatinsko, BIP, Jagodinsko. . . and so on :)

Tenis Srbija
Jan 11th, 2007, 01:47 PM
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:lol: :lol: That third pic is blasting!!!
She is like

"Oh my fingers smell" :haha: :rolleyes: "I'm high now :p " hahahaha :D :lol:

Kim's_fan_4ever
Jan 11th, 2007, 01:55 PM
I couldn't be happier, well done Jelena :worship:
Nicole thanks for the effort :hug:

Joachim1978
Jan 11th, 2007, 02:08 PM
I think this could end up being a milestone victory for Jankovic. At the start of the third set she looked sweaty, tired and upset. She was complaining that her dress was too sweaty, she was questioning calls, this is a match she would have lost a few months ago, no question.

Especially considering Vaidisova looked calm and collected and focussed, and her balls were finding the lines....

But I guess Nicole got a little brittle towards the end, and seeing that enabled Jankovic to find a second wind and keep the rallies going, to patiently wait for an error from Vaidisova.

Thing is, she will always be able to look back at this as a match she properly grinded out, which should give her lots of confidence. I think she has a shot at the title, as Clijsters's devastating form against Peer and Pratt was in short supply against Li...

MatchpointPRT
Jan 11th, 2007, 03:58 PM
Congrats to Jelena, although i don´t like one thing she does, she complains about everything, she just doesn´t do that when she´s winning. There was a time when she lost the point that she was so irritated that she pushed the ball boy that was in front of her, she doesnt accept very well when she loses the points sometimes, even when her opponent is playing amazing shots. There was also point, where Vaidisova played the shot and it landed in the limit of the baseline and Jankovic continued the point and had chances to win the point, but she missed the last shot, and decided to complain just when she failed some shots after.
About Nicole, i have to say that she is one of the players that is impressing me more. Jankovic also in her speed and defending and shot selection, but Nicole can play such amazing shots and she reacts very well when she misses a shot, even when it´s in important moments, i think it´s very good , particulalrly if we remember that she´s 17. In my opinion she´s very good, she has big weapons, and it´s possible to see improvement on the things she wasn´t so good, so i think she´s going in the right direction to be a really good player.

Mrs. Peel
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:51 PM
I enjoyed watching this match. Jankovic was very impressive. If her back wasn't tweaking, I feel it would have ended 6-4, 6-4. She is officially a VERY dangerous player. I didn't mind the complaining. She was hot, slightly injured but she never stopped fighting. Great spirit out there as well as extremely sporting.

It is obvious that Nicole is improving but she makes some crazy errors. Her serve was a beauty to watch. She's growing up too. No tantrums! Unless I missed something! :D

Excellent match up.

StZox
Jan 11th, 2007, 05:28 PM
What a great fighter. That is the main reason why she deserved to win.
She is really on fire!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GO JECO!!!

gmak
Jan 11th, 2007, 06:31 PM
Nicole :sad: :hug: but good fighting and good tournament for her

tobi
Jan 12th, 2007, 10:58 AM
Nicole :( :sad:

Corswandt
Jan 12th, 2007, 04:26 PM
Tried to post here yesterday, but the board was busy, presumably with dozens of posters clicking away at the "refresh" button and at the smilies panel while following some riveting doubles match at the livescoring threads.

Anyways

JJ could have won this so much easier, and so much quicker. Against Mauresmo she dictated the game, constructed the points and gave a performance for the ages [whereas Golovin had tried to hit through Mauresmo - not smart]. But on this match she never attempted to move Nicole around, to open angles, even to hit her trademark DTL BH winners. She just let Nicole take over the points and waited for her error. But since Nicole was neither particularly impatient nor particularly erratic (at least for her standards), the points went on and on and on and on, with JJ on windscreen wiper duty throughout. At Linz this game plan didn't work, here it did - barely.

Still, sometimes one plays top 5 tennis, and sometimes one plays like the best retriever in the world. Whatever works.

JJ managed to serve well (taking risks with her second serve) during most of the match - she may not serve bombs, but places her serve very well, and Nicole always has a hard time returning it - partly because she goes for too much on the ROS (but on this match she realised that, stopped going for winners and tried to just get the ball in play deep enough - 2006 Nicole would probably continue netting BH returns until the end of the match).

Nicole's serve on the other hand wasn't quite as unbelievably huge as it was on their previous match in Linz, but it's almost always a big weapon, and helped Nicole to dig herself out of several tight situations.

JJ kept playing into Nicole's BH - but Nicole's BH falls apart when her opponent puts real pressure on it, hitting deep and hard and not giving Nicole time to react; JJ merely pushed the ball back into it by hitting some loopy FHs (JJ's FH has improved and it did damage vs Mauresmo, but I guess it will never be a knockout weapon), and almost unfailingly saw them returned, only twice as fast.

Nicole's BH has indeed improved - it hasn't been tested against a heavy hitter with a powerful BH or in-out FH yet, and I still think it will fall apart when that happens, but that's not the issue. Last season, even when playing against players without much firepower (say Sugiyama, against whom Nicole played a set of the finest tennis I saw by any player in 2006 - only to lose the match :rolleyes: ), Nicole's options on the BH side were quite limited. Now, if given the time, she can move the ball around with it, and has even begun to hit it inside-out to open further angles (it still looks awful though, but then again so does Maria's FH).

Nicole didn't seem to get too frustrated with her inability to hit through JJ and win quick points, and played well until the end. Even though Nicole clearly isn't solid enough to challenge for major titles, she's playing well enough to keep herself afloat in the #10-15 range. But I don't care much for that as long as she keeps providing matches as entertaining as this one.