Sep 1st, 2009, 06:05 PM
Seen the first 5 games in the Safina match and i´m liking it. So much more then a Wozniacki for example.
She´s young and going for her shots on both sides, but most of all: She's such an effective counterpuncher. She's hitting the ball so so so CLEAN. Serve is decent as well, definetly needs a little more work on the second serve and fitness, but most youngsters need that. This girl is definetly top20 material later on from what i've seen so far. She's looking great as well, reminds me a little of a hantuchova.
So nice to see a rough diamond out there. :D Someone give me more information!
Sep 1st, 2009, 06:21 PM
BUMP Does nobody know anything about her?:o I'm actually really impressed. She looks pretty allround from what i've seen. So far it's a very nice performance from an 18-year old 167 in the world. Mentally she's holding it together as well, very calm and collected but showing emotion!
This is the future of australian tennis for sure in my oppinion.
Just held for 5-5 after 0-30. That's very good.
Sep 1st, 2009, 06:26 PM
I never heard of her---found this in a search:
nice body--she is listed at 5-9, 125-130 pounds.
Eighteen-year-old US Open wildcard Olivia Rogowska is preparing to play world No.1 Dinara Safina in only her third Grand Slam main draw in New York.
Speaking before the draw had taken place, the Victorian teenager said she was looking forward to her latest challenge in the city that never sleeps.
“I’m feeling really good, I’ve been working hard over the last couple of months and I feel like I’ve been playing really well lately and I’m feeling confident,” she said from her New York hotel room.
“My main goal is to stay relaxed and to go out there and enjoy myself.”
Easier said than done. But as Rogowska showed in the first round of the French Open, where she defeated former top 20 player Maria Kirilenko, she is capable of keeping her cool when it counts.
“At the French Open no one knew anything about me, so that was pretty cool ... No one expected much from me, so it was nice to go out there and give it my best and it paid off.”
Rogowska attributes her level headedness to the experience she had playing in her first major – Australian Open 2009.
“I’ve experienced the biggest pressure [so far] at the Australian Open this year. I played in front of a big crowd and I knew a lot of the people in the crowd.
“That was a great experience and I’ve used that in every single Grand Slam I’ve played so far and it’s been getting better and better.
“Now I go out there and really focus on myself, take my time and stay relaxed, and make sure I enjoy it.”
And the results are coming. Rogowska has climbed 320 ranking spots this year and now sits in the top 170 players in the world.
Following the US Open, Rogowska will return to Australia for a series of Challenger events beginning in Darwin in September but, if all goes well and she can improve her ranking even more, there is the possibility of playing some bigger ITF and WTA events in Asia.
She’s also looking forward to seeing her parents and sister for the first time in a while. Lately she’s had to be content with daily phone calls to keep her up to date with everything that’s happening at home while she pursues her dream of one day winning a Grand Slam tournament.
“I haven’t been home for a long time. I haven’t seen my parents and my sister for four to five months now, so that’s tough. I miss them a lot … But I’m getting used to it and that’s making me a stronger person and player.”