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Matt.
Jul 19th, 2008, 03:47 PM
Hi everyone. :wavey:

Over on the ~~Photos and Videos ~~ (http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=339908) thread, I posted (http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=13654016&postcount=279) an idea that a compilation video of Aga should be made. Malva agreed (http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=13654749&postcount=281) and added that match reports should also be written. As a result, this thread was created.

The goal is for everyone to work together on this project, with the final "product" being the first (of many!) compilation video of Agnieszka points. Here's how you can help:

1.) Download matches from the Agnieszka Radwańska :: Matches on video (http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=350076) thread.

2.) Watch said matches while taking little notes pertaining to amazing points by Aga or notable situations (for example... second serve ace on set point).

3.) Post your notes in this thread. For general match reports, a paragraph or two should be fine. For individual points, list the point in the match at which it happens. Try to avoid posting the time at which it occurs (as shown in your video player) as people may have different versions of the match on their computer.

Once we have an ample amount of points, the compilation video will be created. I am willing to make the video, but although I've worked in iMovie before, I haven't specifically made a tennis compilation video. If anyone believes they could do a better job or wants to help, feel free to ask!

Finally, once the video is created, it should have a high quality link as well as a YouTube link.

Thanks in advance! :)

Matt.
Jul 19th, 2008, 04:23 PM
Zurich QF 2007 - Henin d. Radwanska 6/4 6/2.

Best points of the match:


First set, first game, first point - Serve out wide followed by backhand cross winner.
First set, first game, 40/15 - Signature drop shot / lob combo.
First set, down 1/2, 0/15 - Drop shot from Aga.
First set, down 2/3, 0/0 - Great return from Aga up the line.
First set, down 2/3, 15/40 - Forehand return up the line followed by backhand winner down the line. Gives Aga a break back.
First set, 3/3, 30/40 - Aga loses the point, but both players show off their finesse wonderfully.
Second set, first game, 40/Ad - Aga saves a break point with her first ace (up the T).
Second set, down 1/3, 15/30 - Aga turns defense to offense and forces Justine into an error with impressive ball-bashing.
Second set, down 1/5, 30/0 - Great cross-court backhand approach by Aga gives her an easy drop-volley.


See attachment for detailed match report.

justine schnyder
Jul 19th, 2008, 08:26 PM
Ok, I won't make this kind of report the way Swimntennis did, but I can report about some of them that I've watched :)

Aga vs Harkload IW R16:
So finally I've watched that one. I remmember looking at the scoreboard that day, along with more Aga fans, we were shocked to see the way Aga struggled and almost lost to a lower ranked player, even though Ashley was in great shape.
That match was very very good! From both players, they gave it all.
They both played really well at the net from what I saw, they attacked great, defended gread, really nice all around game.
If it matters, I can say that Harkload served DF's at SP and MP to Aga, but apart from that, Aga's comeback from 2:4 to 6:4 in the 3rd, wasn't at all due to a choke, Aga played very very well in thos games, got many difficult balls back in to play, sent them really well when her opponent was at the net for example.
Great match, I enjoyed it :)

Sttutgart 2007, vs Kuznetsova.
I still have to watch this match again, but it was a super match! (The one that made me really became a fan), great fighting spirit from Aga, great play from both.
I remmember in the begging of the 2nd set Aga faced triple break points (0-40) but saved them all with great moves! especially with wrong footing Kuzzy with the inside out FH.

Aga vs Razzano USO 2007, 2nd round
As far as I remmeber, Razzano had some stupid UE's, but overall great match from Aga. I remmember especially one point (I think in the 2nd set) that Razzano hit great approach shot to Aga's BH, but somehow Aga managed to pass her down the line. The shocked look on Razzano's face after that, said it all.


Berlin 2008, R16, vs Serena
Definitelly not a match that as a Aga fan I'd like to watch again. Serena just outplayed her, blew her off the court..She was just too good that day, nothing Aga could do :(

*Now I'll report about few matches that aren't in the video's thread.

Doha 2008, vs Cibulkova
Damn what a match that was! It has began a bit slow, some errors and nice points from both, at the end, Aga came back in the 3rd from a break down to win 6:4 in the 3rd, with great points.
The things I remmember the mot from that match are 2 things:
1. That point at 2:3 in the 3rd, deuce, Aga hit a really good touch, Cibulkova reched and hit it back, Aga sent a lob, Cibulkova somehow hit some drive volley with her BH, but then, leaning backwoards, Aga hit another drop shot! Which was just glorius, everyone wer shocked, Cibulkova, the commentors, me..
2. Aga used too much drop shots in that match, won only 50% of the times using them, if not less.
As we know, Cibulkova, is like a wall, doesn't miss, reacing every ball, and that week, in Doha she played extremly well.
Aga hit too many dropshots, especially to her FH side ad got punished time after time. That was a big tactic mistake from her.
Plus, I have to mention Aga used her FH great at times, and when she was defensive she played ver well, hititing many balls back, making Cibulkova hitting more than one smash..

*Vs Cornet, RG 2008, 3rd round.
Aga started slow.. That was awful, and fell to 1:4, with 2 breaks behind. Alize was hitting many winners with her BH DTL and the french crowd behind her. But then, from no where, Aga steped it up, remmmeber the things she could do, and started playing very very well, she took 5 games in a row with great tennis, long rallies, really good match :)

RG 2008, 4th round, Vs Jankovic
One of the weirdest matches of her I think.
Aga lost the 1st set 6:3, the match started pretty evenly if I recall right, but then, from the end of the first set, until 1:5 in the 2nd, she played just awful. Missing many many balls, during rallies and also the simple ones, not kind of balls you'd see her missing any other time. She was really off and it looked like she just wanted to go off the court. But then, also thanks to Jankovic, but also with great fighting spirit, which is not easy to find at 3:6 1:5 down she played really good and steady tennis, to have a big comeback to 6 all and force a TB. But at the TB, she was all the sudden pretty off again, and some stupid UE's she had, gave Jankovic the match (Including a long BH DTL at MP)
But as for the mental side, it was good for Aga imo. Just keep fighting, no matter what, she could have taken that 2nd set if she'd stayed a bit more concentrated.

Wimbledon 2008, R16, Against Kuznetsova.
the 1st set was really good from both, Aga broke to 5:3 but was broken back to 5:4 with some good points from Kuzzy, but then, Aga broke again to win the set with a lovely BH DTL winner.
The second set was awful, just awful, Aga wasn't there, and Kuznetsova was hitting winners all over the place.
In the 3rd set, Aga fell down a break, 1-4, but the games were much more tighter, and Kuznetsova was playing really well, Aga lookd as if she was about to fade away again. But then, she put some pressure on Kuznetsova again, played really good points, kept the pressure, and got the breakback, from Kuzzy's UE (Pretty stupid one TBH). Aga stayed calm, did her job and mostly because of that she pulled the win.

Matt.
Jul 19th, 2008, 09:59 PM
Thanks justine schnyder. :) I'm going to download the Harkleroad match now. It didn't seem like a great match from the score (as you mentioned) but your review says otherwise. Already this thread has shown its purpose. :p

Here's some YouTube highlights (http://youtube.com/watch?v=S1mW4Gz_Oh0) from the Cibulkova match you mentioned. And that awesome drop shot combo (http://youtube.com/watch?v=tQaDEvaNJVg).

Matt.
Jul 19th, 2008, 11:03 PM
Here's a great point in the Harkleroad match:

Second set, up 3-2, Harkleroad serving at 30/0 - Aga returns a high ball back and Harkleroad comes in to volley it. On the full stretch off of a seemingly volley winner, Aga gets a winner down the line.

Aga to the chair umpire: "I know she's from here, but come on!" About a horrible call that should've been an ace for her. :lol:

Another great point:

Third set, 4 all, Radwanska serving at 40/0 - Great defense from Aga against an attacking, at-net, Harkleroad. Harkleroad hits a good drop-volley, but Aga is there in no time and hits a great angled slice.

Wow, a point just like the one above occurs a little later on at 5-4, 30/15, but is even more impressive!

justine schnyder
Jul 20th, 2008, 07:06 AM
Here's a great point in the Harkleroad match:

Second set, up 3-2, Harkleroad serving at 30/0 - Aga returns a high ball back and Harkleroad comes in to volley it. On the full stretch off of a seemingly volley winner, Aga gets a winner down the line.

Aga to the chair umpire: "I know she's from here, but come on!" About a horrible call that should've been an ace for her. :lol:

That point :hearts:
And on your second commet, so that's what she said? :lol: But that was a terrible call indeed, but if I remmember right, atleast Harkload missed the BH return on the 2nd serve..

sharapovarulz1
Jul 20th, 2008, 10:43 AM
I am liking these reports guys :D

Malva
Jul 20th, 2008, 05:18 PM
My first match-video report



6th Nordic Lights Open Final, Stockholm, August 5, 2007

Agnieszka Radwańska vs Vera Dushevina 6:1 6:1

Winner: $23,000 and 115 ranking points

Abbreviations: R Radwańska, Д Dushevina, FE Forced Error

Conditions: windy, sunny

0:0 15/0 [start of the video] R serving
0:0 15/15 FH winner
0:0 30/15 BH winner
0:0 15/15 FH winner

1:0 0/0 Д DF 1
1:0 15/15 Д DF 2
1:0 40/15 superb FH winner on the tramline

2:0 0/0 Д FE (throws racket in frustration)
2:0 30/0 Д BH winner return on R slow 2nd serve (her first)
2:0 30/30 good 1st serve followed by FH winner
2:0 40/30 FH winner at the net after Д dropshot

3:0 15/15 excellent return minimally out

[3:0 30/15 to 5:0 missing on the video]

5:0 Д serving
5:0 0/15 Д FE after excellent R FH cross right at tramline
5:0 15/40 Д FE after very good BH return
5::0 30/40 beautiful point, minimally out

5:1 15/0 brilliant passing shot winner
5:1 40/0 Д moves R along the baseline and finishes with FH winner
5:1 40/15 UE
5:1 40/30 Д UE

Set 1 25''


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Set 2
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0:0 Д serving; all points in the game Д errors
0:0 0/0 Д DF 4 (Dushevina in each set starts her service game from DF)
0:0 0/30 Д DF 5

1:0 0/15 easy FH winner after very good serve

2:0 0/0 weak drop shot
2:0 30/30 [stats] UE: 8 - 17

2:1 30/15 good defensive lob
2:1 40/15 Ace 1

3:1 0/15 Д DF 6
3:1 40/40 textbook action finished with a smash

4:1 lousy serving punished twice by Д
4:1 40/30 [stats] UE: 10 - 25; R cursing at her serving
4:1 40/40 combination game finished with an unlikely FH winner ("Sure!")
4:1 A gets a drop shot from Д and shows great reaction killing Д return shot with a volley; one of the most interesting points

5:1 0/0 beautiful point won by Д
5:1 15/15 another beautiful point won by Д (on both points R showing her retrieving skills(
5:1 15/30 FH crosscourt winner at the net
5:1 30/30 first smash weak, the second one better
5:1 40/30 MP: fantastic point, possibly the best in the match

Set 2 30''

Match 56''

R Д
First serve % 51.1 45.2
Aces 1 0
Double Faults 0 6
Unforced Errors 11 26
Breakpoints won 5/6 0/0

[on-court interview, and trophy presentation ceremony; she pledged to return the next year to defend her title]

sharapovarulz1
Jul 21st, 2008, 02:33 PM
Thanks Malva :)

Malva
Aug 1st, 2008, 07:37 AM
A few first impressions after watching the video of the Istanbul Final uploaded earlier today by swimntennis.

The recording starts at 0:2 15/30, there are numerous disruptions in the broadcast, so many, in fact, that we miss a lot of points, nearly all in the First Set (infuriating how many, if one watches for the first time). Thankfully the last 6 or so games are not disrupted, and these are the best games of the match anyway.

In the First Set Agnieszka commits tactical errors handing to Lena a number of winning opportunities that Lena takes. Agnieszka manages in the second half of the First Set to change her tactics, goes for a number of difficult winners, and many are in, plays to Lena's BH, changes rhythm. Dementieva is visibly stopped in her tracks.

In the Second Set, Agnieszka lifts her game considerably, there are some breathtaking exchanges with both players playing exceedingly well. Agnieszka regularly employs drop shots. Initially none of them terribly convincing but all of them end with Dementieva's forced errors at the net. With one of such drop shot winners she closes the First Set.

Dementieva's service game at 6:3 5:1 is simply spectacular. Both girls play superb, inspired tennis. Agnieszka has on two occasions, each at 40/40, fantastic dropshot winners giving her Championship points. The first one makes Dementieva scream in high voice: Сукааа! (Russian for 'Bitch!'). I can't recall Lena doing that! (Lena, shame on you!). Lena saves MP with a suberb winner. In another exchange, won eventually by Lena, Agnieszka hits three times (!) fantastic defensive lobs right on the baseline. Yet another exchange ends with Agnieszka's lob winner almost at the T.

The last game of the match is much quicker but Agnieszka again has a very good drop shot winner. All the dropshots in the end are perfectly executed as compared to the earlier ones. Every single drop shot recorded on the video earns Agnieszka a point, however. Lena also tries a few, but I think she loses points on all of them, once after very good volley from Agnieszka, another tine after a tiny out. In the second part of the match Agnieszka is certainly playing Top 10 tennis, perhaps better. One has to watch it to believe.

Both girls look very well in their attire on the court. Agnieszka is simply lovely.

Matt.
Aug 1st, 2008, 02:54 PM
Thanks for the report Malva. I've already watched that match, but I'm going to watch mainly the second set again and specifically pick out some of the best points.

Malva
Aug 1st, 2008, 04:58 PM
Thanks for the report Malva. I've already watched that match, but I'm going to watch mainly the second set again and specifically pick out some of the best points.

There are a few very good points in the First as well. But as I said there are many broadcast disruptions, and several points where Agnieszka was committing tactical errors by setting Lena for winners. I would say that the fact she during the match was able to realign her tactic may be her single most impressive trait as a player.

I suppose, most girls would be heading in such situation for a sure defeat. Dementieva was playing very well up to this point, and I have every reason to believe it was Agnieszka who dismantled her, rather than Lena choking. As the penultimate game of the match shows, Lena was still capable of court magic.

Malva
Aug 3rd, 2008, 05:08 AM
Watching Wimbledon R4 (1/8) vs Kuznetsova

among the best match videos: good quality & complete, breaks cut out

1st Set -- simply terrific

Fantastic cat-like touch by Agnieszka in games 3 through 8. She does this better than in any match I saw before. Matched by great shot making by Sveta. In game 3 a 2nd serve Ace.

3:2* 40/40 Phenomenal lob winner

4:3* 40/40 Fantastic BH smash winner

5:4* 0/0 CC FH return winner
5:4* 0/30 great return directly at SK
5:4* 30/40 BH winner gives AR the First Set

2nd Set

Agnieszka starts the set nonchalant and very passive, complete metamorphosis compared to just finished 1st Set

0:0 very nonchalant service game, broken to love

0:1 0/40 fantastic CC FH winner, what a touch!

0:2 another nonchalant service game; broken to 30

0:3* 30/15 late (and bad) line call probably cost her a point

1:4* 0/30 CC FH return winner

1:5 yet another nonchalant error-prone service game until 0/40 then 2 errors of SK, and the rest of the game very good on both sides

1:5 30/40 very good FH & FE of SK
1:5 40/40 drop shot BH & FE of SK
1:5 40/40 very beautiful rally won by SK
1:5 Ad SK very good point ended by a very unfortunate EF

3rd set

0:0* 0/15 beautiful point at the net

0:1 30/40 nice good point finished by a minimal EF (a near winner); AR frustrated tosses her racket

1:2 another poor game; lack of concentration? even a drop shot at 0/30 poor; broken to 15

1:3* 0/0 very good return & FE of SK

1:4 15/15 poor drop shot
game won with hepl from SK

2:4* 0/15 beautiful point won by SK
2:4* 15/15 beautiful point won by AR
2:4* 30/30 great passing shot BH DTL; Agnieszka's come back begins
2:4* 30/40 Ace #11 SK
2:4* 40/40 excellent tactics again, like in 1st Set

3:4 A crucial game of 3rd Set & the longest of the match; 4 BP saved
3:4 0/0 beautiful passing BH from far outside the tramline
3:4 30/15 beautiful rally
3:4 40/30 AR looses her cool #2
3:4 40/40 better execution of exactly the same shot, point won by SK
3:4 Ad SK extremely cool save of BP
3:4 40/40 attack SK
3:4 Ad SK attack AR to SK BH
3:4 Ad SK serve+volley
3:4 Ad beautiful rally won by SK
3:4 40/40 good 2nd serve & FE SK
3:4 Ad both girls at the net, great point

4:4* 30/15 Ace #12 SK
4:4* 40/15 Ace #13 SK

4:5 quick service game won to love; good serving

5:5* 0/0 beautiful point;Sveta visibly affected
5:5* 0/15 Ace #14 2nd serve SK
5:5* 30/30 Ace #15 SK
5:5* 40/30 excellent point
5:5* 40/40 SK slips trying to reach AR return, FH winner
5:5* Ad very good return to SK BH

6:5 15/15 AR visibly looses cool #3
6:5 40/30 excellent BH volley SK
6:5 40/40 very good serve
6:5 Ad another good serve

Matt.
Aug 3rd, 2008, 03:05 PM
Radwanska d. Dementieva 6/3, 6/2 @ Istanbul Final

*** All scores from Radwanska's POV.

Second Set

- 0-0, 40-30: Interesting footwork from Aga.

- 1-0, 40-0: Perfect defense and anticipation from Aga leads to a Dementieva error.

- 2-0, 15-15: Great defense from Aga again (including returned a shot directly at her), but Dementieva ends the long rally with a forehand winner. Elena had to work incredibly hard for just one winner.

- 2-1, 0-0: A backhand rally leads to a backhand winner down the line from Aga.

- 2-1, 30-0: Great defense from Aga leads to a Dementieva forehand error.

- 2-1, 40-0: Inside out forehand followed by a backhand half-volley winner by Aga.

- 3-1, 15-0: Amazing scrambling from Aga from the backcourt. Dementieva hits a drop volley, which Aga gets to and proceeds to hit a winner up the line. Great point.

- 3-1, 40-15: Dementieva comes to net; Aga passes with a cross-court forehand.

- 4-1, 0-0: Nice aggressive point from Aga culminating in a Aga-drop shot Dementieva-miss combo.

- 4-1, 30-15: Another drop shot leads to a Dementieva error.

- 4-1, 40-15: Great scrambling from Aga leads to a popped up volley from Dementieva which Aga punishes and ends in a Dementieva stab-volley error.

- 5-1, 30-40: Successive lobs from a defending Aga culminates in Dementieva coming to the net. Aga places a perfect lob on the T at the baseline & sideline for a winner.

- 5-1, 40-40: Another drop shot from Aga that Dementieva can't even get to.

- 5-1, 40-40: Aga drop shot leads to Dementieva error.

- 5-2, 40-15: Inside out forehand from Aga and Dementieva backhand error gives Aga the match.

Malva
Aug 4th, 2008, 08:28 AM
Roland Garros 2008 R3

Agnieszka Radwańska vs Alizé Cornet 6:4 6:4

1h 32' 22°C

AR not moving well in the first 20-25'; nearly all of her weaknesses bared out in this match, as well as her fantastic strengths that helped her to extricate herself from trouble on 3 different occasions in the match

AC abundantly showing her ability at great shot making, especially impresive BH DTL winners

a very tough opponent at peak of form, on her favorite surface, backed by home crowd just waiting to be provoked by Agnieszka. I wonder what would have happened if another player who shows her emotions was in Agnieszka's place; I believe the crowd might have become quite unruly

1st Set 42'

0:0 0/0 lackluster drop shot
0:0 0/15 BH DTL winner AC
0:0 0/30 unreturnable serve
0:0 15/30 good dropshot, FE AC
0:0 30/30 good kicking 2nd serve
0:0 40/30 great deceptive tactic, AC surprised

1:0* game lost to love
1:0* 0/0 [missing]
1:0* 0/15 bad linesman call [overruled by umpire, replay]

1:1 0/0 excellent play finished with angle shot minimally out
1:1 30/30 weak 2nd serve punished
1:1 30/40 volley at the net, slightly out

1:2* game lost to 15, 2 BH DTL winners by AC
1:2* 0/30 beautiful drop shot return, AC got it but couldn't control the ball

1:3 lackluster serving, UE, lost to 15
1:3 15/0 2nd serve punished
1:3 15/15 out, AR tosses her racket
1:3

1:4* 0/0 great BH winner at the line
1:4* 15/0 another perfect BH winner AC
1:4* 15/15 terrible drop shot AC, AR could have killed it, UE AC not much feel
1:4* 30/40 perfect 2nd serve return

2:4 lackluster serving continues
2:4 0/0 2nd serve punished
2:4 15/30 winning combination
2:4 40/40 great anyicipation at the net after good 1st serve
2:4 Ad beautiful quick rally

3:4* 0/30 excellent return
3:4* 40/30 very risky drop shot into net from far behind baseline
3:4* 40/30 brave return, UE AC

4:4 0/15 best rally so far, unlucky out
4:4 0/30 classy defensive passing shot
4:4 15/30 BH smash winner
4:4 30/40 great rally, BH DTL passing shot AC
4:4 40/40 constant change of pace AR, great tactic, UE AC
4:4 Ad fantastic rally with drop shots

22°C

5:4 great play and even greater tactics (Agnieszka in her Great Tactician role)
5:4* 0/15 FH drop shot/lob combination
5:4* 15/15 excelent rally, top spin lob winner AC applauded by AR -- one of the nicest moments one can hope for in tennis
5:4* 15/30 UE AC pushed by AR from side to side, AC breathing heavily
5:4* 30/40 DF follows
5:4* 40/40 fantastic playing both sides [broadcast disruption], valiant defense AC breathing heavily
5:4* Ad AC tired can't control the ball

1st Set Stats R C
First serve % 58 68
Aces 0 0
Double Faults 0 1
Winners 6 14
Unforced Errors 7 9
Breakpoints won 3/6 2/3

Comparing these stats with the actual game shows the limitations of the former. AR was in control most of the set.

2nd Set

0:0 0/0 unreturned serve
0:0 15/0 drop shot into net
0:0 30/ 15 smart tennis AR, AC tiring can't get into a position
0:0 40/ 15 lovely tennis, great range of shots AR ("smart player")

1:0* 0/0 not the greatest dropshot, return wide AC
Net Points Won: AR 9/11, AC 1/7
1:0* 0/15 DF #2 AC
1:0* 0/40 very good return slightly wide
next two pints huge hitting AC

1:1 0/0 good coming forward
1:1 15/0 unlucky tape
1:1 15/15 DF
1:1 Ad too defensive, BH DTL winner AC
1:1 40/40 beautiful rally, risky drop shot from behind the baseline, it's too much air time, gives enough time to the opponent to reach it
1:1 Ad* 2nd serve punished

1:2* 0/0 very good return, FH passing shot AC
1:2* 40/15 foot fault AC (perfect return by AR) [public misbehaving]; drop shot return on 2nd serve, AC slips, and falls
1:2* 40/40 classy FH return winner 2nd serve
1:2* Ad great rally ended by FH angle shot

2:2 good serving, won to love

[Roger Rashid commenting from this point; poor commenting]
3:2* 30/0 very strange rally, AC unsettled nad out of sorts mishits
3:2* 40/0 weak drop shot AC followed by BH return AR [broadcast sisruption prevents us to see the result]

4:2 again poor serving, UE
4:2 0/15 great BH touching the outside of the tramline AC
4:2 15/40 excellent attack, poor decision smash, luckily poorly returned by AC
4:2 30/40 poor drop shot punished by AC, costs AR game; another example of poor decision shot

4:3* one of the most beautiful games
4:3* 0/15 again fantastic chess board playing, glorious touch swinging FH into T
4:3* 15/15 great return, great rally, UE
4:3* 15/40 great rally
4:3* 15/40 great return, BH DTL winner
4:3* 40/40 DF #3 AC
4:3* 40/40 unbelievable defense from nearly hopeless position
4:3* Ad stunning return on 2nd serve

5:3 determined AC, tentative and too passive AR, as if waiting for AR to hand her the match; from 30/0 to be broken to 30
5:3 15/0 beautiful rally (AR FH smashes are often poorly directed, and don't have enough pace)

5:4* 0/0 poor volley at net punished by passing CC FH by AC
5:4* 0/15 FH angle winner
5:4* 15/15 fantastic rally, excellent BH DTL winner; textbook Radwańska combination game
5:4* 15/30 [rude behavior of the crowd]
5:4* 30/40 really good rally
5:4* 40/40 good rally, UE AC frustrated tosses her racket
5:4* Ad third good rally in a row, UE AC

[the girls hug and kiss at the net; interview with AC in French]

Match Stats R C
First serve % 52 55
Aces 0 0
Double Faults 1 3
Winners 17 28
Unforced Errors 11 15
Breakpoints won 7/16 5/7

Matt.
Aug 4th, 2008, 03:44 PM
@ Malva: I'm not sure if this is just on my computer, but when you use the "code" tags, the text doesn't wrap-around and I end up getting a huge browser window (the text is actually longer than my screen). I tried using the "code" tags as well, but decided against it. If you believe there's a better way to present the reports, I'd appreciate it if you edited your posts. :)

Malva
Aug 5th, 2008, 11:47 AM
@ Malva: I'm not sure if this is just on my computer, but when you use the "code" tags, the text doesn't wrap-around and I end up getting a huge browser window (the text is actually longer than my screen). I tried using the "code" tags as well, but decided against it. If you believe there's a better way to present the reports, I'd appreciate it if you edited your posts. :)

The XML processor of the TennisForum disregards, doesn't respect, modifies, etc., the text of our posts. CODE tags is the only way known to me to preserve the layout in my reports.

The window may be huge but except for one or two long lines that are too long to fit, all the other lines do. I don't see any inconvenience (I'm using Firefox browser).

You can always copy all the text within the CODE tags into a text file. This will yield the text of the report exactly as I prepared it.

Matt.
Sep 19th, 2008, 01:25 AM
Quick Match Report from the Aga-Bartoli Tokyo 2008 Match

I only saw the second set thanks to meb. The match wasn't incredible (at least that set). Aga was definitely trying to be aggressive, winning nearly all of her net points, and coming to net often. She did make a bunch of errors, and I don't believe they were fully offset by her errors (in a strict winners:UE ratio). However, her aggressive play seemed to affect Bartoli who felt the pressure (double faults) and was forced into some errors. In the 3:3 game, Aga showed complete control of her racquet face by deflecting a hard volley from Bartoli into a lob over Bartoli's head. (In a way, this shows how her game continually changes. She was in a similar position against Sharapova at the 2007 U.S. Open, and she ducked instead of trying to win the point.)

One thing that came to my attention: As I noted a while ago (in June or July) in Aga's Cheering Thread (vol. 1), Aga essentially had 3 different backhands. A backhand drive, a 1HB slice, and a 2-1HB drop shot. At the French Open, I noticed that she occasionally did a 2-1HB (deep) slice. Sometimes, her opponent could see that she was about to come under a 2-1HB and would come forward, offsetting her great drop shots. With this "new" backhand, the opponent could not feel secure coming in when seeing it. She demonstrated this again at Wimbledon, horribly wrong-footing Serena with the same tactic (Serena came many feet inside the baseline to cover the drop shot, only to have the ball land at her feet.) She tried this again in this match, but it was ill-timed and went into the net. I hope she employs this tactic more often, especially on courts where people are easily wrong-footed ("natural" surfaces).

Matt.
Oct 1st, 2008, 09:08 PM
At last! I'm currently watching the Zahlavova match from Stuttgart 2008, and Aga did something I've been waiting for. She finally completed (at least to my knowledge) her quintuple of backhands! The one I've been waiting for is the single-handed drop shot. She won the point (at 2-1, Ad Out), in my opinion, because she did this. Coaches must be telling their players to watch out for the sliding under of the two-handed backhand. So when Aga hit this drop shot (which wasn't even that good) instead of the should-have-been deep slice, Zahlavova wasn't expecting it at all. Now I'm curious to see if she'll use this more often.

First Set

- At 4-1, Aga did the exact same thing, this time from behind the baseline for a clean winner.

- At 4-1, 30-30, Aga painted the line with a beautiful inside-out forehand.

Second Set

- 0-1, 15-0, Aga hits a great approach and volley.

- 3-1, 0-0, Great footspeed to win the point going behind Zahlavova.

- 3-1, 15-0, Incredible cat and mouse point!

- 3-1, 40-0, Great volley winner. What a game!

- 4-1, 30-30, Amazing get and "cute" angle from aga.

Matt.
Dec 22nd, 2008, 02:47 AM
Well, I finally downloaded and watched one of the first recorded match of Agnieszka (on Tennis Forum record), against Dementieva in Luxembourg 2006. What an incredible match. It's one of the best matches I've seen Radwanska play (from a tactical standpoint, the winner/error ratio wasn't necessarily good) and the commentary was fantastic. They were spot on in their assessments of her game and what would lie in her future. I smiled when the male commentator said that Agnieszka "hates missing". I noticed this also and reported this in another thread; it's true. Agnieszka's mental composure is so apparent even from the age of 17. I highly suggest watching this match. I know that I avoided downloading it for some time, partly out of not having time to watch it, and partly because I was scared to see an "inferior" Agnieszka. This is not the case. Although there are some spots where "Radwanska v.2008" would have done things a bit cleaner, she's incredibly intact here and throughly breaks apart Elena.

Some notable points:

-----1st Set-----

1-1, 30-40 // incredible defense & touch

3-3, 40-Ad // angle drop shot

3-4 ,Ad-40 // perfect defense

4-4, 15-0 // forehand drop shot

-----2nd Set-----

1-0, 0-0 // strange footwork, but gets the job done

1-0, 40-30 // great aggressive tennis

3-2, 15-0 // incredible point from both

4-2, 30-15 // FIST PUMP??? (There's another one later on; I've never seen Agnieszka do this during a match!)

5-2, 0-0 // great offense & net play

Malva
Dec 22nd, 2008, 08:50 AM
I watched it looong ago. Partly because at the time it was one of the few matches of her that was downloadable. Partly because I wanted to see how did she do that at such an early stage in her career.

The commentary is indeed fantastic. So much support and sympathy for the teenager. I am sure the commentators were still impressed by her Wimbledon run during her first appearance there as a senior. And one has really to say that: there are out there really knowledgeable, eloquent and witty tennis commentators. If only some TennisForum members got the clue, and wished to emulate such great examples of how one can talk about women's tennis.

gumoll
Dec 22nd, 2008, 02:43 PM
Well, I finally downloaded and watched the first recorded match of Agnieszka (on Tennis Forum record), against Dementieva in Luxembourg 2006.

first was at Wimbledon... at least I found here a link to Aga's matches from Wimbledon 2006 - 2nd set vs Pironkova and I saw somewhere match vs Clijsters (not sure about the last one)

and match vs Venus was also earlier and to download :p

Matt.
Dec 22nd, 2008, 05:16 PM
first was at Wimbledon... at least I found here a link to Aga's matches from Wimbledon 2006 - 2nd set vs Pironkova and I saw somewhere match vs Clijsters (not sure about the last one)

and match vs Venus was also earlier and to download :p

Well, it's the first on Malva's list. :D I'll fix it though. :)

Malva
Dec 29th, 2008, 09:49 AM
first was at Wimbledon... at least I found here a link to Aga's matches from Wimbledon 2006 - 2nd set vs Pironkova and I saw somewhere match vs Clijsters (not sure about the last one)

and match vs Venus was also earlier and to download :p

Provide me, please, with the working links, or upload those 2006 matches to megaupload yourself, please. The Luxembourg 2006 match is the first on my list for the very simple reason that it is the earliest match to which I was able to find a link on this site.

P.S. I recall watching a long time ago highlights of the 2006 Wimbledon match against Pironkova. That was a YouTube video-clip, and was expectedly of poor quality.

Matt.
Dec 30th, 2008, 04:31 PM
I want to begin the actual compilation video before I go back to school. I've tried to work on it to no avail. I'd really appreciate some help.

The only movie creator I have on my computer is iMovie '06. If I had all of the video clips available, it would work fine. However, some video files do not work in iMovie (i.e. they run in VLC) and it would take much too long to import a 1GB movie file just for 30 seconds worth of tennis (and then do that 10, 15 more times). So, I downloaded two screen capture applications. The first didn't work correctly, but the second, Jing, did. This would be a convenient method as I could simply record what is needed, and import the small, compatible files into iMovie. However, the frame rate sucks. I believe it to be 20 FPS, and the video is incredibly choppy. So, at the moment, I'm at a standstill.

justine schnyder
Dec 30th, 2008, 07:16 PM
Matt are you still in school? I always thought you were older :o

Matt.
Dec 30th, 2008, 07:25 PM
Matt are you still in school? I always thought you were older :o

I'll be 16 within a year.

justine schnyder
Dec 30th, 2008, 08:58 PM
I'll be 16 within a year.

:eek: wow, I swear I thought you were something like 25 :awww:

gumoll
Dec 30th, 2008, 08:59 PM
Provide me, please, with the working links, or upload those 2006 matches to megaupload yourself, please. The Luxembourg 2006 match is the first on my list for the very simple reason that it is the earliest match to which I was able to find a link on this site.

P.S. I recall watching a long time ago highlights of the 2006 Wimbledon match against Pironkova. That was a YouTube video-clip, and was expectedly of poor quality.

I am 100% sure that match vs injured Venus was posted here but I can't find it so dunno what happened with it :shrug:

I will search again :lol:

the match vs Pironkova I found on another forum... don't remember where :scratch:

gumoll
Dec 30th, 2008, 09:00 PM
:eek: wow, I swear I thought you were something like 25 :awww:
same here :lol:

Malva
Dec 30th, 2008, 09:04 PM
I am 100% sure that match vs injured Venus was posted here but I can't find it so dunno what happened with it :shrug:

I will search again :lol:

the match vs Pironkova I found on another forum... don't remember where :scratch:

I collected everything I could find, and I was very thorough, asked a lot of people, especially the ones known for collecting videotaped matches. If I recall properly, the links to the match against Venus were dead and not a single person was found who could reupload that match. A similar thing re. her match against Bartoli in the Fall 2007. Only part of that match was salvaged.

Malva
Dec 31st, 2008, 06:48 AM
Appended is my report on the Australian Open 2008 2nd Round match against Pauline Parmentier. A tough, competitive opponent. A lot of good points, interesting to watch (a note to Neta: well worth downloading and watching). Fought in an atmosphere that becomes increasingly rare today on courts: good manners, good behavior — from both players.

Pauline seems to be an admirable sportswoman. She gained a lot of respect in my eyes after watching this match.

The match is complete, with no commentary, but generally excellent sound.

-------------- Report ---------------

Agnieszka Radwańska defeated Pauline Parmentier 7:5 6:4

Duration 1'38

Pauline was a tough, determined opponent. Agnieszka had to toil very hard throughout the match. Many hotly contested points. A lot of great shots.

Both girls displayed really good manners throughout the match; I am particularly impressed with Parmentier' exemplary sportsmanly behavior. Quiet on court, quite an admirable figure she is. I became Pauline's fan after watching this match.

Both girls look very nice, Agnieszka looks really pretty and slim.


1st Set over 51''
very few egregious errors from PP, and none from AR

PP has a number of impressive winners in her first two service games

1st game AR serves; won to 15, an easy one for AR
0:0 0/0 BH winner
0:0 15/0 Ace #1
0:0 40/0 excellent FH DTL from PP into the deuce court right on the line
0:0 40/15 very good 1st serve

2nd game won to 15 by PP
1:0 15/30 great point, won by PP with an emphatic angle BH winner

3rd game won to love
1:1 15/0 3 BH in a row, two CCm and the last one, winner, DTL
1:1 30/0 very good 1st serve
1:1 40/0 aggressive, going to the net

4th game won by PP to 30; three UEs for AR, 2 unsuccessful dropshots (this didn't dissuade her from continuing using them with more points won than lost)
2:1 0/0 DF #1 for PP
2:1 15/30 ill advised CC dropshot from the baseline beautifully returned by PP
2:1 30/40 another dropshot from the baseline, not clearing the net

5th game lost to 15; great defense from PP, a few errors from AR, none of them really worrying
2:2 0/0 well constructed point with a sequrnce two BH, two FH, the last being a CC winner
2:2 15/0 a great point, well constructed, excellent defense by PP, she wins the point

6th game very exciting and very long; after four consecutive Advantages for PP, AR takes the game on her first BP with a fantastic return winner.
2:3 Ad fantastic return on PP 1st serve; AR breaks back

7th game won to 15, another easy one for AR; no spectacular winners

8th game PP wins to 30 with an ace

4:4 15:30 a failed attempt at AR's «signature» dropshot from the baseline
4:4 15:40 PP pushes AR into defensive and breaks with a volley winner into open court; AR visibly frustrated

10th game PP serving for the set; AR very aggressive and focused
4:5 15/15 an aggressive return followed by BH CC winning the point
4:5 40/15 very good play both sides
4:5 40/30 marvellous dropshot winner from the baseline

5:5 0/0 DF #1
5:5 15/15 beatiful preparation opening the court for the final winner
5:5 40/40 great BH on the trimline winner

in the break PP breathing hard -- the last game is taking a toll on her

6:5 0/0 DF #5 for PP
6:5 30/15 BH CC followed by FH CC winner
6:5 40/40 a dropshot winning the point
6:5 40/40 SP #4, AR wins the set with BH DTL

1st Set Summary

AR PP
First Serve % 59% 51%
Acea 1 1
Double Faults 1 5
Winners 7 16
Unfotcrd Errors 11 22
Break Points Won 3/7 2/2
Net Point Won 7/10 11/13
Total Points Won 42 37

2nd Set

1st game won to love
0:0 30/0 an excellent shot from nearly an impossible position

2nd game AR wins on her 2nd BP
1:0 0/0 excellent BH CC and PP sends the ball into the net
1:0 30/0 very good point won by PP

3rd game won to 40; aggressive play from PP in the first half and the excellent counterattack by AR
2:0 15/40 excellent BP CC winner
2:0 30/40 point won by serve
2:0 40/40 aggressive play, double BP saved

3:0 30/15 two unlucky points
3:0 30/40 PP wins the game with her 1st serve

3:1 15/0 FH into the corner, minimally out
3:1 30/15 exact replica: FH into the corner, minimally out
3:1 40/30 hard won point (and game)

[a sexy grandma taking her seat in the audience]

4:1 15/40 excellent preparation
4:1 30/40 AR right on the baseline; seemingly wrongly called 'out'; overruled by the umpire who requested the point to be replayed; replay won by PP FH DTL

7th game AR loses concentration after that controversial linesman call that cost her the previous game
4:2 0/0 DF #2
4:2 0/15 FH CC into the deuce court, minimally out
4:2 0/30 DF #3
4:2 0/40 good point lost by a failed dropshot

8th game exciting, many good points, AR again concentrated, breaks back on her first attempt
4:3 0/0 very good point won by PP
4:3 0/15 DF #7 for PP
4:3 15/15 good construction of the point
4:3 30/15 another good point, PP wins with a great CC passing shot
4:3 40/40 point won with great shot variety

9th game AR vert active in the beginning, PP determined in her defence, stages successful counterattacks, and on her second attempt breaks back
5:3 15/0 send BH DTL wide (a rare error in the match)
5:3 15/15 failed attempt at a very clever BH CC dropshot
5:3 15/30 fantastically constructed point
5:3 30/30 DF #4
5:3 30/40 BP saved with BH winner into the deuce court
5:3 40/40 great defence by PP

5:4 0/15 dropshot good enough to win a point
5:4 15/15 failed attempt at an excellent combination
5:4 15/30 FH DTL really wide (rare)
5:4 15/40 DF #8 for PP
5:4 30/40 a great point
5:4 30/40 unlucky PP
5:4 40/40 well constructed point, MP
5:4 Ad DF #9 for PP

Match Summary

AR PP
First Serve % 56% 49%
Acea 1 1
Double Faults 4 9
Winners 10 23
Unforced Errors 30 47
Break Points Won 6/12 4/8
Net Point Won 12/16 16/20
Total Points Won 79 70

Malva
Feb 10th, 2009, 11:56 PM
A point by point commentary. Very valuable.

http://www.tennisearth.com/commentary/Open-GDF-SUEZ_Women%27s-Singles_R32_Lyubtsova_Radwanska_296212.htm

Matt.
Apr 29th, 2009, 01:52 AM
Match Summary - Agnieszka vs. Aleksandra, Stuttgart 2009

Agnieszka played a very nice match today. Her form seems to be reborn. (I'm not sure how much effect the racquet change had on this.) Her excellence shined brightly today, especially against a slower-moving power-hitter on clay (which, in my opinion, gives Isia a canvas in which she can create points).

I read somewhere (either in GM, or in her thread, I can't remember) that she played a "tactically poor" match. I don't believe this is the case. She seemed to be constructing points well and producing an excellent shot selection. My major complaint would (again, as I've stated before) be in regards to her approach shots, or general transition game. She is solid from the baseline and crafty at net, but there is space in between the two areas. Her approach shots simply gave Aleks too much space on the backhand-wing to pass Isia. I would have preferred to see Isia experiment coming in on short, slice approaches. The shoulder high shots she gave Aleks today were just not good enough.

Aleks and Isia played a wonderful match today, and we're lucky to have it on video. The first set in particular was of an incredible quality. It's very rare to see two women have over 20 winners and a positive winner:error ratio on clay.

Malva
Apr 30th, 2009, 12:59 PM
Match Summary - Agnieszka vs. Aleksandra, Stuttgart 2009

Aleks and Isia played a wonderful match today, and we're lucky to have it on video. The first set in particular was of an incredible quality. It's very rare to see two women have over 20 winners and a positive winner:error ratio on clay.

Maybe a game-by-game analysis, Matt? I was particularly impressed with the first game of the match, and her first drop shot -- fantastic. Later, unfortunately, a number of less successful drop shots spoiled that impression a little.

I have to say, Agnieszka committed her fair share of errors. More important was that she handled well the pressure, as Aleksandra was at moments playing excellent tennis. The second set was much inferior. Agnieszka didn't have to lift her game up. It looked to me that the unhappy ending of the Tie Break, and then insufficient mobilization cost Woźniak first three games, and then her losing the fourth practically sealed the match. In the end there was still some great shot making, on par with the first set.

Matt.
Apr 30th, 2009, 09:54 PM
I have the first two games worth of the report finished. I'm also doing some detailed stats, (i.e. more than just winners:errors), but I'll post those altogether at the end.

First Game, 0-0

0-0, Isia shows her tenacity from the start. Shows patience with a "squash shot" forehand to neutralize the point. Ends with a Wozniak error.

30-15, Aleks hits a good forehand to Isia's backhand. Aga uses excellent control and rotation to put the ball back in Aleks' forehand corner for a sin-pace winner.

30-30, FH Return DTL winner by Isia.

40-30, Aggressive point with an excellent cross-court BH after a rally of BHs. Isia finishes the point by taking a mid-court high ball from Aleks and punishing it in the corner.

Second Game, 1-0

0-0, 1*2*3 punch by Isia. Serve out wide, FH swing volley inside-out, backhand stop volley to the open court.

15-0, Good serve down the middle, twice now to Aleks' forehand with the slice. Isia doesn't hit this serve often, rather going for the kick serve to a righty's BH. She follows it up with a DTL, on-the-rise approach to Aleks' BH. However, Aleks guesses correctly and hits a perfect DTL BH pass.

15-15, Isia's kick second serve sits up in Aleks' strike zone. Aleks strikes it into Isia's BH corner for a winner.

15-30, Isia's FH DTL clips the tape on its way to be a winner.

40-30, Aleks plays an aggressive point. Although Isia fights till the end, Aleks' final shot was good enough to force an error from Isia.

40-40, Two shots after Aleks' moonball, Isia commits a FH error just long, her first of the match.

Ad-Woz, Isia hits her first BH drop shot of the match, which proves successful. I believe that Isia has the greatest winning ratio of drop shots when she hits them as she did here: from the backhand corner of her court, near the alley, with great angle.

Ad-Woz, Isia kicks the serve out wide, and follows it up with an inside-out FH swing volley for the winner.

Deuce #3, Isia employs the same plan as the pervious point, but Aleks gets to the volley and throws up a lob. Isia's overhead seems a bit mis-hit and lands on or near the baseline. Somewhat choked, Aleks hits a BH into the net.

Deuce #4, Lackadaisical BH CC approach by Isia gives Aleks the opportunity to pass Isia. Her BH DTL pass lands right on the line.

Ad-Woz, Aleks wins the game with some aggressive play. Forced to his multiple overheads due to Isia's excellent defense, she finally forces Isia into a BH error.