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InsideOut.
May 5th, 2010, 03:05 PM
Is anyone watching Wickmayer-Jankovic? Wickmayer is playing like crap :o

gaviotabr
May 5th, 2010, 03:09 PM
Is anyone watching Wickmayer-Jankovic? Wickmayer is playing like crap :o

I'm not watching.. but I saw her against Sprem the other day.. and I thought she was awful and only squeaked by because Sprem was in her mindless ballbasher mood. Pretty sure it's going to be walk in the park for JJ today.

The 2nd Law
May 5th, 2010, 03:25 PM
I'm not watching.. but I saw her against Sprem the other day.. and I thought she was awful and only squeaked by because Sprem was in her mindless ballbasher mood. Pretty sure it's going to be walk in the park for JJ today.

I'm watching, I feel like JJ is playing awesome rather than Wick is particularly bad? I wonder if I'll be able to stay up for Ana, it's already very late :(

The 2nd Law
May 5th, 2010, 03:44 PM
As I said before, been watching JJ v Wickmayer. Wow is all I can say. If Jelena keeps that form at RG, it would take a mammoth effort to beat her. I love watching her play like that, it's so enjoyable. Slam winning talent that is, and it would be a damn waste if she can't put it together for 7 matches on the big stage at least once. No doubt in my mind that Jelena is the best player without a slam.

bruce goose
May 5th, 2010, 03:45 PM
Guys.. I know we are all excited and happy for Ana's first top 10 win in ages.. but there is another match today, and I think we should get out feet back on the ground. Beating a hobled Vika doesn't mean Ana is back or anything.. We can definitely see it as something positive, as a step foward. But Ana still has miles and miles.. and miles to go before we can say she is back. One win means nothing if she doesn't back it up.. if not here, then in the following tournaments. Ana needs to keep improving her game (which still looks fragile), her mind and she needs to perform at a consistent basis so we can actually envision her getting back to the top 10 again. So.. after one day of enjoying her win, it's time to get back to reality and to realize this is just one step that alone won't change much of anything.

As for today.. Dementieva is a bad match up for Ana, as the h2h confirms, so it will be very very tough. She is steady, brings lots of balls back, and likes high paced rallies. Ana is still slow, and Dementieva will try to get her into BH CC to BH CC rallies, which are the doom of Ana in this match up IMHO. Her BH just doesn't hold out.. against Dementieva you have to hit the BH DTL. I'm also curious to see how Ana handles all of this mentally... she was never really good in refocusing in a short period of time, and I'm sure she was over the moon yesterday with her top 10 win. I hope Heinz works on this with her and gets her to be compeletely in today's match, and fighting really hard for it.

I really have a hard time thinking Ana might lose 5 times in a row against Lena D, and I really hope Ana just comes out focused, determined and improved, and surprises everyone once again.. but reality is Lena D is probably still too strong for Ana right now. So we should just calm down and keep our hopes and expectations as low as posible.I only disagree with one portion of your comments;you seem to imply that we shouldn't be too happy over a couple steps.However,I don't see too many parents who yawn when their child first learns to walk.They don't say,"Who cares?It's only a couple steps.Let him/her try to impress me by running a marathon or something."

In a way,that's where Ana is now;in the past 18 months,she's taken ZERO forward steps...but PLENTY of backward steps and stumbles.....So,although you're absolutely right that Ana isn't 'back' in the truest sense of the word(and that she still has FAR to go),we have every reason to be excited b/c she's not only showing signs of her old self...but,unlike with her short-term revival at the end of 2008,she has the right guidance now...and will most likely trust him more and more as she achieves these small victories

spiritedenergy
May 5th, 2010, 04:06 PM
As I said before, been watching JJ v Wickmayer. Wow is all I can say. If Jelena keeps that form at RG, it would take a mammoth effort to beat her. I love watching her play like that, it's so enjoyable. Slam winning talent that is, and it would be a damn waste if she can't put it together for 7 matches on the big stage at least once. No doubt in my mind that Jelena is the best player without a slam.

i saw the highlights against Henin, and it was amazing, they are probably the 2 best clay court players right now together with Stosur maybe. But I still think Henin will win the RG, Jelena should have won in 2008 or 2009 with Henin away...

InsideOut.
May 5th, 2010, 04:34 PM
i saw the highlights against Henin, and it was amazing, they are probably the 2 best clay court players right now together with Stosur maybe. But I still think Henin will win the RG, Jelena should have won in 2008 or 2009 with Henin away...

Excuse me? :rolleyes::tape:

Loungy
May 5th, 2010, 05:20 PM
Guys.. I know we are all excited and happy for Ana's first top 10 win in ages.. but there is another match today, and I think we should get out feet back on the ground. Beating a hobled Vika doesn't mean Ana is back or anything.. We can definitely see it as something positive, as a step foward. But Ana still has miles and miles.. and miles to go before we can say she is back.
I think it's positive mostly because (I imagine) there's nothing quite as energizing as giant slaying, bar perhaps winning titles. So maybe it fanned Ana's competitive fire a little (which I assumed had waned since 2008). Reminded her why she got into this in the first place.

That said, I'm going to be honest and say that I didn't celebrate much. I like Vika and some of my favorite players are often injured, so I don't get as much joy from wins like this one. But this is GOOD for Ana anyway you slice it.

DAVAJ MKirilenko
May 5th, 2010, 05:31 PM
Excuse me? :rolleyes::tape:

:lol::lol::lol: Yes, did he mean the same year?
Henin was away but that year another great player beat her in the SF.

JJ was indeed great today, nothing much went wrong.

If Ana wins today it's actually not that surprising.
Almost everything goes my win this week. Arantxa is already in the QF and almost top 100 (with a win tomorrow).
Maria beat Sveta and Cibulkova. Ana has finally a top 10 win.
And I also score great with my team this week (only Schnyder lost).

And besides nobody beat Ana 5 times in a row. Normally Lena should win, but at a day as today everything can happen.

gaviotabr
May 5th, 2010, 05:34 PM
And besides nobody beat Ana 5 times in a row.

Henin? :sobbing:

I'm getting nervous today.. not good not good.. :sobbing:

DAVAJ MKirilenko
May 5th, 2010, 05:37 PM
Henin? :sobbing:



Ah, I almost know nothing of 2010.

Officinale
May 5th, 2010, 05:38 PM
Will there be a stream tonight? :awww:

Ksenia.
May 5th, 2010, 05:42 PM
Yeah there should be since the match will be on Eurosport :)

bruce goose
May 5th, 2010, 06:04 PM
Gotta leave for class precisely when the match starts so I'm looking forward to a thorough report later....I'm sure that our beautiful,hyperanalytic mayor will oblige:p

Cp6uja
May 5th, 2010, 06:31 PM
If Ana beat Elena she has open road to FINAL!
Petrova and Safarova/Martinez is not good as Azarenka and Dementieva.

doni1212
May 5th, 2010, 06:37 PM
One match at a time! Let's go Ana!!

DAVAJ MKirilenko
May 5th, 2010, 08:19 PM
She Did It!!!!!!!!!!!!! :worship::worship::worship:

:bounce::bounce::bounce:

Ksenia.
May 5th, 2010, 08:20 PM
Can somebody make it clear whether I fell asleep before the match and saw a dream about Ana beating Dementieva or it actually happened? :sobbing:

DownTheLine21
May 5th, 2010, 08:20 PM
OMG. I can't believe it. Such a tense match, but Ana kept her composure. Wonderful!

doni1212
May 5th, 2010, 08:22 PM
Ana was amazing!! She was incredible!!
I'm so freaking happy!!!

Marilyn Monheaux
May 5th, 2010, 08:22 PM
so proud of our girl!:sobbing:


We need to build a shrine for Heinz!:bowdown::bowdown::bowdown:

-NAJ-
May 5th, 2010, 08:25 PM
I'm so happy:hearts:

I hope that she will keep her emotions after this win and be ready for tomorrow. Ajde Ana

Curtos07
May 5th, 2010, 08:27 PM
CANNOT. BREATHE. :sobbing: Please don't ever wake me up from this.

gaviotabr
May 5th, 2010, 08:28 PM
I feel like I've grown wings.. I'm flying and it's SO good!

I don't ever want to wake up from this dream! :sobbing:

Dexter
May 5th, 2010, 08:30 PM
The happiest I've been with the win of hers since RG 2008. TROP BON!!! :bounce:

FAMK
May 5th, 2010, 08:31 PM
Man we've all missed this feeling. She actually done it! With style. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw she took the first set 61. Keep going Ana!

Marilyn Monheaux
May 5th, 2010, 08:32 PM
CANNOT. BREATHE. :sobbing: Please don't ever wake me up from this.

Panik attack?:scared:

:hug:

Kim's_fan_4ever
May 5th, 2010, 08:34 PM
Can I just say this is so fkin amazing? :hearts: Just don't spoil it for us and beat Petrova :unsure:

soul
May 5th, 2010, 08:35 PM
:bounce::bounce:Im very haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaappppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppp ppyyyyyyyyyyy again:bounce::bounce:

InsideOut.
May 5th, 2010, 08:36 PM
What. The. Fuck. I went to sleep early thinking she would lose it anyway but woke up...to this? :hearts:

Ana :worship: YOU GO GURL!!!!

Smoothstuff
May 5th, 2010, 08:37 PM
I can see you guys are ecstatic. You deserve to be, I'm happy for you :)

DAVAJ MKirilenko
May 5th, 2010, 08:43 PM
Argue about the first serve, but then win the next 3 points.
I was afraid she wasted her chance cause Lena was playing better in the middle of the 2nd set. If she broke at 3-3 30-40 then it could have been easier.
But this way it's maybe even better. Just fighting. She's not as good as she was, but she's fighting balltoss is way better and also her BH wasn't so weak today. Way more depth and that's certainly needed against Lena. Ana didn't go often to the net, but she's still great there. That is never changed, actually not even in her bad period.
FH is still not as strong. The power is not there so she misses her real weapon.
The footwork is a funny thing. It just went better during the match and that's typical Ana.

Anyway a great win for sure! Must give her must confidence and hopefully she will keep this in mind for the rest of the tournaments.
Ana is up for the bottom and finding the way up quickly.

Congrats!

Davodus
May 5th, 2010, 08:44 PM
Holy fuck son :eek: I cannot believe this. Amazing!

spiritedenergy
May 5th, 2010, 08:45 PM
I cannot believe it!!!!!:hysteric::hysteric::hysteric::hysteric::hy steric:

I think i need to lay down, i feel dizzy:lol:

Marilyn Monheaux
May 5th, 2010, 08:47 PM
No.1 tell tale sign that Ana is doing something right: The haters in GM are back in full force!:inlove:

:happy:

Temperenka
May 5th, 2010, 08:49 PM
:) Congrats, Ana!

gaviotabr
May 5th, 2010, 08:49 PM
Uff.. I'm just so happy..

But thinking about the match... truth to be told, Dementieva was awful.. she had 27 UEs in a two set match. Ana played ok in the first set.. and then she held on in the second. She actually could have won this before if she had made the shot in that sitter at 3-3 *30-40. I thought the match was over right there and she would hand it to Dementieva. I mean.. we had seen that movie before right? Ana getting a lead, getting break points, squandering them and then falling apart.. But no.. she held on in her service games. During the tie berak, when she had that argument with the umpire I thought she would be gone too.. But no! She got pissed off in a good way and used it to her benefit, winning 3 points in a row to take the match. So.. if there is one thing I take it as a huge positive from this match is that Ana never fell apart.. and she had her fair share of chances to do so!

She can play better.. and hopefully with more matches she will! I was also glad to see her BH was holding on well in the CC battle with Lena D. I always thought that was what lost Ana matches against her. And some clutch serving was also great to see. I do hope Ana can step in more.. she was too much behind the baseline at times, and if Dementieva had not been so erractic, things could've gone different.

Tomorrow she has a very tough match against Petrova, who has a great serve.. that is something Ana hasn't faced in this tournament yet. She got players with pretty attacable serves, so she always had chances to break.. Ana will have to move Petrova around and hold on to her own serve. We should keep our expectations low though, it's working. I hope Ana can handle well this win, get confidence, but focus on tomorrow's match straight away. She had never beaten Dementieva before, so I'm sure she feels really happy.. but she has to get over this match and focus for tomorrow. I want to see her fighting hard and improving even more!

bruce goose
May 5th, 2010, 08:51 PM
I feel like I've grown wings.. I'm flying and it's SO good!

I don't ever want to wake up from this dream! :sobbing:I missed the match while teaching class so I want to hear your exhaustive forensic analysis when you're ready to give it:smooch:....Also,if you don't mind,give me one comment on Elena;I've suspected for a while that she's waiting to follow in Bammer's/Clijsters'/Davenport's footsteps,so I'd like to hear how her body language was today...if you don't mind....And one more question: Since Ana is in the QFs of a Premier event,are we allowed to be a little bit excited now,Miss Mayor?:p........EDIT:You gave your analysis while I was posting this

gaviotabr
May 5th, 2010, 08:53 PM
Also.. even though she had 2 good wins, we can't say she is back yet. We need to keep ourselves grounded.. celebrate the wins, sure! But also remember Ana has a long way still.. and she needs to be doing this on a consistent basis for her to be back. Otherwise it will have been only an oasis in the desert.

Anyway.. back to the celebrations.. second top 10 win and first QF in a big tournament since IW 2009!

Snex
May 5th, 2010, 08:53 PM
If this is the cheering thread: :eek: :speakles: :happy: :bigclap:

Lena :bigcry: :sad:

spiritedenergy
May 5th, 2010, 08:54 PM
I think Dementieva played well in the 2nd set up to 5-5, then i didn't watch. But i believe Ana's FH today especially in the 2nd set let her down, she holding it too much, she was probably scared of errors. But her BH was very good in my opinion, she used the slice pretty well.
Not the best match but a good performance, and yes the most important thing is that she didn't choke and maintained focus and composure
Oh and i forgot she also defended pretty well, still a bit slow but much better defense than in the past few months...

mure
May 5th, 2010, 09:00 PM
about the forehand,i don't believe she lost the ability to hit it like she used to,in that NY exhibition she hit quite a few thunderous fh winners,that was 2 months ago..she doesn't seem confident with it though like before,i hope Heinz sorts it out.

gloria7
May 5th, 2010, 09:09 PM
OMG...she was so calm.

gaviotabr
May 5th, 2010, 09:10 PM
I think Dementieva played well in the 2nd set up to 5-5, then i didn't watch. But i believe Ana's FH today especially in the 2nd set let her down, she holding it too much, she was probably scared of errors. But her BH was very good in my opinion, she used the slice pretty well.
Not the best match but a good performance, and yes the most important thing is that she didn't choke and maintained focus and composure
Oh and i forgot she also defended pretty well, still a bit slow but much better defense than in the past few months...

Agreed Luca!

Ana had a good FH game when she served at *4-5. But other than that her FH was very hit or miss.. and she was not going for it as she used to. Also.. the ones she did try to hit seemed slow. I hope they work on her FH, because it's her biggest weapon.

The BH won the other hand was a good surprise. Not many shanks and it help up well.

Adrian1092
May 5th, 2010, 09:13 PM
So happy :woohoo:

I actually like that Ana is playing like this. Once she gets her full confidence back, she can start attacking more often but for now, this kind of tennis is helping her get confidence and thats the most important thing.
Petrova next, dunno what to expect from her :lol:

tedlesurfeur
May 5th, 2010, 09:14 PM
The happiest I've been with the win of hers since RG 2008. TROP BON!!! :bounce:

:wavey:

and I'm here to celebrate. :kiss:

bruce goose
May 5th, 2010, 09:15 PM
Though I respect Izzy's(and others')warnings of caution...which are quite reasonable....I'd also like to point out that Ana is doing some things that she's practically NEVER done before(partially thanks to Heinz,IMO)

1.Playing well when someone stops her momentum with a timeout
2.Regaining her focus after an argument with an umpire
3.Bouncing back following a bad break that could've changed momentum
4.Beating players who've given her lots of trouble.....in STRAIGHT sets
5.Playing well at a tourney where she has always sucked previously

THIS is why I say that this stretch of play is MUCH more significant than IW or WIMBY of 2009....Ana still might lose tomorrow,yet Rome has been a HUGE plus regardless.At this point,I think that Ana might fire the Tumor if he asked her to fire Heinz:lol:

Curtos07
May 5th, 2010, 09:19 PM
If Kworb happens to read this thread, I send him my best wishes. :angel: :wavey:

I hope you enjoyed this, buddy. :)

The Daviator
May 5th, 2010, 09:21 PM
2 top 10 wins, and a win over Dementieva, so happy :sobbing: So used to shitty results, this is a bizarre feeling :lol:

It would be horrible if she blew it against Nadia, she'll get a bye in Madrid and a chance to gain more points if she wins, come on Ana! :rocker2:

Kim's_fan_4ever
May 5th, 2010, 09:25 PM
If Kworb happens to read this thread, I send him my best wishes. :angel: :wavey:

I hope you enjoyed this, buddy. :)

He already called Ana a devil and all that stuff, so yes, he must have enjoyed it :lol:

cowking
May 5th, 2010, 09:25 PM
She's looking better and better out there, still not quite as good as she could be though. Well, I can't complain, I never expected straight sets wins over Azarenka and Dementieva :lol: Once she starts playing well, I really think she's the second best player on clay, but she hasn't played like that in so long.

azdaja
May 5th, 2010, 09:26 PM
i went out tonight, spent time with friends and all that. i am sober though and i am awake. and ana beat dementieva. or was i teleported to another dimension?

but i could not see any tennis this week. is she playing well again? i sure hope so.

Nikkiri
May 5th, 2010, 09:26 PM
He already called Ana a devil and all that stuff, so yes, he must have enjoyed it :lol:

Damn he's still alive? :( :lol:

spiritedenergy
May 5th, 2010, 09:29 PM
Agreed Luca!

Ana had a good FH game when she served at *4-5. But other than that her FH was very hit or miss.. and she was not going for it as she used to. Also.. the ones she did try to hit seemed slow. I hope they work on her FH, because it's her biggest weapon.

The BH won the other hand was a good surprise. Not many shanks and it help up well.

Hey Izzy!
yes, her game is so much suited for clay, it's easy to see it's by far her best surface, her BH on clay becomes a weapon while on hard it can be a liability... I also saw her running around her BH to hit a FH much more, this must be the Graf strategy kicking in:lol:

Nikkiri
May 5th, 2010, 09:29 PM
I looked at the score on my iPod at 6-1 6-6 and assumed Lena D took the first set then I read some comments and was like SHIT wait Ana took the set 6-1??? :hysteric:

Curtos07
May 5th, 2010, 09:31 PM
He already called Ana a devil and all that stuff, so yes, he must have enjoyed it :lol:

:lol: I'll have to read that later. But right now, I'm going to celebrate. :bounce:

HowardH
May 5th, 2010, 09:31 PM
There were many good signs today. Certainly it is a win to celebrate. However, it will still take a while to see for sure how well Ana has come back. Heinz certainly seems to be working well with Ana. Her fh was very good at some points, serve was quite nice. One thing that I am not 100% convinced by was Ana's bh slice, despite many people liking it. Dementieva did not handle it well today, but even if Heinz was Steffi's coach, Ana's slice is not Steffi's slice. Too many slices were midcourt. I don't think Dementieva was playing well. I felt that a player who was in better form would have attacked that slice more effectively. Dementieva attacked it a little and therefore was on top in many rallies, but was overall too uncomfortable with the low bounce, and often had to chip back or otherwise relinquish the attacking opportunities Ana's slice brought. I also thought Ana was too passive in too many of the points towards the end, and that she was needlessly worked up over close calls.

Both girls had some lovely net points, Ana in particular. Is she back? I think she's on the way, but there is still work to be done. I did like how she used the fh when attacking. But even though she won she was not really in charge near the end. Dementieva lost a number of points when she was on top. Ana was in charge in the beginning though at least, but I could see her stress levels rising in the second set when Elena finally began to play. Nadia next. Will be very interesting. If she loses this I will be quite disappointed I think. Nadia is after all not that much of a pressure player, or a claycourt specialist.

spiritedenergy
May 5th, 2010, 09:35 PM
about the match tomorrow against cow on ice petrova, it depends... hope Ana is focused, not letting the mammoth serves scare her and fights back:p

Kworb
May 5th, 2010, 09:41 PM
If Kworb happens to read this thread, I send him my best wishes. :angel: :wavey:

I hope you enjoyed this, buddy. :)

:mad:

Dexter
May 5th, 2010, 09:47 PM
:mad:Thought you were just a creep for fun, but you're actually a real creep. :lol:

gaviotabr
May 5th, 2010, 09:55 PM
There were many good signs today. Certainly it is a win to celebrate. However, it will still take a while to see for sure how well Ana has come back. Heinz certainly seems to be working well with Ana. Her fh was very good at some points, serve was quite nice. One thing that I am not 100% convinced by was Ana's bh slice, despite many people liking it. Dementieva did not handle it well today, but even if Heinz was Steffi's coach, Ana's slice is not Steffi's slice. Too many slices were midcourt. I don't think Dementieva was playing well. I felt that a player who was in better form would have attacked that slice more effectively. Dementieva attacked it a little and therefore was on top in many rallies, but was overall too uncomfortable with the low bounce, and often had to chip back or otherwise relinquish the attacking opportunities Ana's slice brought. I also thought Ana was too passive in too many of the points towards the end, and that she was needlessly worked up over close calls.

Both girls had some lovely net points, Ana in particular. Is she back? I think she's on the way, but there is still work to be done. I did like how she used the fh when attacking. But even though she won she was not really in charge near the end. Dementieva lost a number of points when she was on top. Ana was in charge in the beginning though at least, but I could see her stress levels rising in the second set when Elena finally began to play. Nadia next. Will be very interesting. If she loses this I will be quite disappointed I think. Nadia is after all not that much of a pressure player, or a claycourt specialist.

Hey Howard! You are always spot on!

I also think Ana still has a long way to go.. she played a bit like a pusher at times, and thank god Dementieva missed shots and sucks at the net.

The slices need work.. I do think it's a good alternative.. but she has to develop more bite and depth to it, otherwise it's just an invitation for the opponent to attack.

About Nadia.. she has won Tier I events on clay.. she is a 2 times RG semi finalist. So much respect.. she also has a great serve, so it will be tougher for Ana to break. It will show where Ana's return really is.. neither Dementieva, Azarenka or Vesnina have good serves.

jelenacg
May 5th, 2010, 10:02 PM
I`m so surprised :eek: :speakles: I have no words really ,i didn`t expect this at all
I`m even more surprised than happy :tape:
It`s just that we are so used to bad results that i even don`t know how to react :o
I didn`t watch the match but i read the comments ,it`s great that she kept her composure :worship:
Head is the most important part of the game,so really well done Ana :worship:
Last year she played better but couldn`t win even if she was so close many times ...it just show how important are composure and focus

Pops Maellard
May 5th, 2010, 10:03 PM
OMG. :eek:

I don't like when Lena loses, but because it's Ana it's not so bad. :lol:

:hatoff:

gaviotabr
May 5th, 2010, 10:08 PM
I`m so surprised :eek: :speakles: I have no words really ,i didn`t expect this at all
I`m even more surprised than happy :tape:
It`s just that we are so used to bad results that i even don`t know how to react :o
I didn`t watch the match but i read the comments ,it`s great that she kept her composure :worship:
Head is the most important part of the game,so really well done Ana :worship:
Last year she played better but couldn`t win even if she was so close many times ...it just show how important are composure and focus

Hey Jelena!

That's it you know! Ana can play a LOT better.. but the way she kept her composure and actually used the difficult moments to grow was a nice thing to see. Head wins matches!

She needs to keep focused for tomorrow.. let's see how she deals with that.

jelenacg
May 5th, 2010, 10:16 PM
Hey Jelena!

That's it you know! Ana can play a LOT better.. but the way she kept her composure and actually used the difficult moments to grow was a nice thing to see. Head wins matches!

She needs to keep focused for tomorrow.. let's see how she deals with that.

Hey Izzy
Yes she can play better,we all know that but i`m glad she is showing some mental toughens :angel:
I really didn`t expect this :lol:
How was her serve and ball toss ?

bruce goose
May 5th, 2010, 10:36 PM
I`m so surprised :eek: :speakles: I have no words really ,i didn`t expect this at all
I`m even more surprised than happy :tape:
It`s just that we are so used to bad results that i even don`t know how to react :o
I didn`t watch the match but i read the comments ,it`s great that she kept her composure :worship:
Head is the most important part of the game,so really well done Ana :worship:
Last year she played better but couldn`t win even if she was so close many times ...it just show how important are composure and focusWell,I wouldn't say that she played better last year...unless you're referring to some individual shots she made that resembled her old form.In terms of overall play,I definitely wouldn't say that 2009 was better than THIS...maybe better than the crap we saw earlier this season.The mental part is a fundamental component of the sport;ergo,Ana couldn't have been better since she was still a fragile mess last season.If you check the list I posted on the other page,you'll see some things that Ana has almost NEVER done...even in her title-winning days.

I think that we can officially kiss Sven and APDP goodbye now:wavey:....Thanks for the good times,Sven but,quite frankly,you started to suck in the last 18 months:lol:....I'd love to see Ana get rid of two more deadbeats.The fitness coach is living on borrowed time now;once Heinz tells Ana that she needs to improve her fitness in certain areas(if he hasn't already),then she'll start looking to replace the potbelly/injury facilitator....and there's an even BIGGER lowlife...who ought to get piss-drunk and go surfing in waters that are infested with flesh-starved sharks:devil:.......but we can tolerate HIS worthless,sorry ass as long as Ana can focus on court:)

Just Do It
May 5th, 2010, 10:42 PM
:woohoo:

krystian
May 5th, 2010, 10:44 PM
Ana has really a big chance to make it even to the final here... if she beats Petrova (who's veeery chimerical) tomorrow, in the semis she'll face Safarova/Martinez Sanchez.. Ana you can do it!!! Ajde !!! :)

-NAJ-
May 5th, 2010, 10:49 PM
I'm watching now on ES 2 this match :cool:

gaviotabr
May 5th, 2010, 10:56 PM
Hey Izzy
Yes she can play better,we all know that but i`m glad she is showing some mental toughens :angel:
I really didn`t expect this :lol:
How was her serve and ball toss ?

The serve was okay.. she got broken 3 times, but in 2 of these service games Ana had GPs. She can still serve better.. but it's definitely improving a bit. Ball toss went awry for about 3 times during the match, which is okay I think. Can also improve, but it's better than a couple of months ago. 3 aces to 2 DFs.

gaviotabr
May 5th, 2010, 10:59 PM
Ana has really a big chance to make it even to the final here... if she beats Petrova (who's veeery chimerical) tomorrow, in the semis she'll face Safarova/Martinez Sanchez.. Ana you can do it!!! Ajde !!! :)

One match at a time. Petrova will be extremely tough. And we don't know how much all of this is taking from Ana mentally.. let's see how she deals with all that.

Pops Maellard
May 5th, 2010, 11:05 PM
I think Ana should be the favourite against Petrova. I just looked at the score for Petrova's last match, and it was...weird. :lol: 6-0, 3-6, 6-2.

So she can't be playing too consistently. :shrug: Ajde Ana! :rocker:

The 2nd Law
May 5th, 2010, 11:10 PM
I'm on cloud 9. I have been waiting for a win over Elena for SO long :drool:

It seems me sleeping through Ana's matches is a bit of a good luck charm, and speaking of sleep: that dream that I had, doesn't look so unlikely now :eek: I won't repost it though, I don't want to jinx :lol:

Really want to see a replay of this though, it's definately my fave moment as an Ana fan since RG 08 :hearts:

RE: Ana's play, having not seen the match it's hard to picture, but from the descriptions on here it seems that Ana won today with a more passive game plan? And she is still not 100% confident with the forehand. Well maybe if she can get that HUGE FH back then this sort of game can be her plan B (something Ana is always criticised for not having) when things aren't going as well. MY tennis knowledge is not as good though, so I look forward to your thoughts guys.

Now for the quarters, just like with the Elena match I want Ana to play with conviction and confidence in herself and her coach and her game, and anything is possible if she does this.

jelenacg
May 5th, 2010, 11:21 PM
The serve was okay.. she got broken 3 times, but in 2 of these service games Ana had GPs. She can still serve better.. but it's definitely improving a bit. Ball toss went awry for about 3 times during the match, which is okay I think. Can also improve, but it's better than a couple of months ago. 3 aces to 2 DFs.

Thanks Izzy
So the serve is improving so is the ball toss, that`s good
Btw did she ever play against Elena on clay before,i can`t remember
I read she was arguing with umpire at 5-4 TB :tape::o Why? How the hell did she won next 3 points ?:tape::lol:

I just hope she shows some fighting spirit tomorrow and plays focused.Petrova is tough and she has great serve.It won`t be easy for Ana to break her

InsideOut.
May 5th, 2010, 11:34 PM
^Berlin 2008 in an absolutely heinous match that Lena won 6-2 7-5...Ana had set point in the second set even though she was playing horeendous tennis (the forehand was going everywhere :tape:)

And I've been sleeping through every single match too :unsure: Should I do that again tonight?

gaviotabr
May 5th, 2010, 11:44 PM
Thanks Izzy
So the serve is improving so is the ball toss, that`s good
Btw did she ever play against Elena on clay before,i can`t remember
I read she was arguing with umpire at 5-4 TB :tape::o Why? How the hell did she won next 3 points ?:tape::lol:

I just hope she shows some fighting spirit tomorrow and plays focused.Petrova is tough and she has great serve.It won`t be easy for Ana to break her

Dementieva beat Ana on clay in Berlin 2008 SF. Ana played awful though.. Dementieva returned the favour today. :lol::spit:

She was arguing over a missed first serve. It wouldn't even be an ace, because Dementieva had returned it. And she was arguing about that for quite some time.. telling the umpire she had got to be kiding. :lol: I thought that was it.. but then Ana served 2 bombs. :lol: And then Dementieva hit an UE on match point.

I think tomorrow's match will be the toughest one yet.. Petrova has a great serve and won't be broken easily.. Ana's serve is getting better but it's not that reliable yet. I hope she can also refocus and be ready to fight hard tomorrow!

jelenacg
May 5th, 2010, 11:45 PM
^Berlin 2008 in an absolutely heinous match that Lena won 6-2 7-5...Ana had set point in the second set even though she was playing horeendous tennis (the forehand was going everywhere :tape:)

And I've been sleeping through every single match too :unsure: Should I do that again tonight?

Yeah right ,i even watched that match :rolleyes: :
Her FH was absolutely horrible, i remember our commentator saying Ana has no idea where her FH will land :lol: Most of her FH were like 2m out :tape::lol:
I don`t think i will be able to watch her next match , just like i didn`t watch any of her matches so far...maybe that`s a good thing :lol:

jelenacg
May 5th, 2010, 11:51 PM
Dementieva beat Ana on clay in Berlin 2008 SF. Ana played awful though.. Dementieva returned the favour today. :lol::spit:

She was arguing over a missed first serve. It wouldn't even be an ace, because Dementieva had returned it. And she was arguing about that for quite some time.. telling the umpire she had got to be kiding. :lol: I thought that was it.. but then Ana served 2 bombs. :lol: And then Dementieva hit an UE on match point.

I think tomorrow's match will be the toughest one yet.. Petrova has a great serve and won't be broken easily.. Ana's serve is getting better but it's not that reliable yet. I hope she can also refocus and be ready to fight hard tomorrow!

Ana said that? :tape::lol: And she served 2 good serves after that :speakles:
I agree that tomorrow`s match will be very tough,Ana needs to refocus and fight hard.

Davodus
May 6th, 2010, 01:12 AM
I woke up to check this score, and then when I woke up again just now, I thought I must have dreamed it or something :lol: I had to check again to make sure....Thanks for reports on the match everyone, I can't believe she managed to win the last 3 points after arguing with the umpire like that. Before this tournament she would have double faulted for sure, probably 2 in a row. Like Izzy is saying, Petrova is gonna be tough because of her serve, it is really good. Ana can win for sure, but I dunno how her return will hold up...we can maybe hope for some headcase moments from Nadia too :lol: Finally, I can watch the QF live on TV :yeah:

DownTheLine21
May 6th, 2010, 02:02 AM
LOL. Don't even remind me about Berlin 2008. I have no idea how Ana managed to get that far in the tournament, let alone clean up her game enough to win RG a few weeks later. She was playing awful tennis. Nearly every forehand was WELL past the baseline.

doni1212
May 6th, 2010, 02:46 AM
RE: Ana's play, having not seen the match it's hard to picture, but from the descriptions on here it seems that Ana won today with a more passive game plan? And she is still not 100% confident with the forehand. Well maybe if she can get that HUGE FH back then this sort of game can be her plan B (something Ana is always criticised for not having) when things aren't going as well. MY tennis knowledge is not as good though, so I look forward to your thoughts guys.

Now for the quarters, just like with the Elena match I want Ana to play with conviction and confidence in herself and her coach and her game, and anything is possible if she does this.

Personally, I don't think she won by being more passive. She mixed it up and was definitely agressive in several parts of the match.

I definitely think she was more agressive than passive but that's my opinion I guess...

gaviotabr
May 6th, 2010, 03:40 AM
Stephanie Myles at the Open Court blog has screen captures of Ana arguing with the umpire at *4-5 in the tie break. :spit:


http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z266/exposbabe/Clay%20Courts%20-%202010/ana1.png

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z266/exposbabe/Clay%20Courts%20-%202010/ana2.png

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z266/exposbabe/Clay%20Courts%20-%202010/ana3.png

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z266/exposbabe/Clay%20Courts%20-%202010/ana4.png



http://communities.canada.com/MONTREALGAZETTE/blogs/opencourt/archive/2010/05/05/ana-s-rome-reverie.aspx

spiritedenergy
May 6th, 2010, 04:44 AM
Stephanie Myles at the Open Court blog has screen captures of Ana arguing with the umpire at *4-5 in the tie break. :spit:



http://communities.canada.com/MONTREALGAZETTE/blogs/opencourt/archive/2010/05/05/ana-s-rome-reverie.aspx

:lol:

who's the umpire??? it looks Mariana Alves, i hope it's not her...

Davodus
May 6th, 2010, 05:48 AM
I think it might be Louise Engzell

The 2nd Law
May 6th, 2010, 06:51 AM
Personally, I don't think she won by being more passive. She mixed it up and was definitely agressive in several parts of the match.

I definitely think she was more agressive than passive but that's my opinion I guess...

I really don't have a way with words on this forum :lol: I agree with you, what I was trying to say is, maybe she can play like this when her forehand isn't firing. It's another option.

Dexter
May 6th, 2010, 07:21 AM
I think it might be Louise EngzellYep, it's her. She's as useless as Asderaki. Alves became quite a decent umpire over the years, I think.

Davodus
May 6th, 2010, 07:23 AM
Yep, it's her. She's as useless as Asderaki. Alves became quite a decent umpire over the years, I think.

Yeah when I was watching a doubles match at AO, Engzell made a call that someone hit a volley that bounced into the ground before it went over, when the ball went nowhere near the ground :weirdo: I too think Alves is good now.

gaviotabr
May 6th, 2010, 11:57 AM
So.. I dreamt Ana lost to Petrova today.. :sobbing: DO NOT WANT!

I do think it's going to be extremely tough.. especially considering that beating 2 top 10 players in a row, something Ana had not done since Linz 2008, can take a lot from a player, both physically and mentally. Petrova has a great serve and by all accounts has been playing some top notch tennis in Rome.

I was also thinking.. this is the first match Ana won't play at night. It will be a day match and she has not played a match there under these conditions yet, while Petrova has. Petrova also had a lot more time to rest then Ana did after yesterday's match.

I hope Heinz can make Ana refocus and be ready for today's match. And she is willing to fight hard for it. This is such a great chance, she should take it!

gaviotabr
May 6th, 2010, 12:01 PM
Oh well... now it's raining in Rome. :help:

I hope Ana's match is not interrupted by rain.. so it might as well rain everything right now. :o

Pops Maellard
May 6th, 2010, 12:08 PM
:mad:
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m142/AJB4/Animated%20GIFs/banned.gif

gaviotabr
May 6th, 2010, 12:12 PM
Oh well... now it's raining in Rome. :help:

I hope Ana's match is not interrupted by rain.. so it might as well rain everything right now. :o

It's back on now.. so it was a pretty fast interruption.

The 2nd Law
May 6th, 2010, 12:44 PM
So.. I dreamt Ana lost to Petrova today.. :sobbing: DO NOT WANT!

I do think it's going to be extremely tough.. especially considering that beating 2 top 10 players in a row, something Ana had not done since Linz 2008, can take a lot from a player, both physically and mentally. Petrova has a great serve and by all accounts has been playing some top notch tennis in Rome.

I was also thinking.. this is the first match Ana won't play at night. It will be a day match and she has not played a match there under these conditions yet, while Petrova has. Petrova also had a lot more time to rest then Ana did after yesterday's match.

I hope Heinz can make Ana refocus and be ready for today's match. And she is willing to fight hard for it. This is such a great chance, she should take it!

:sad:

Let's hope that my dream was right and yours was wrong :lol:

gaviotabr
May 6th, 2010, 01:05 PM
:sad:

Let's hope that my dream was right and yours was wrong :lol:

Yes, please! :sobbing:

gaviotabr
May 6th, 2010, 01:06 PM
So.. MJMS just won.. 1 match to go and then Ana..

AAHH!

Davodus
May 6th, 2010, 01:17 PM
MJMS :rolleyes: I'm really nervous for Ana now. I only just got over Lucie's match, still furious about that loss, so I have 1 match to recover :lol:

gaviotabr
May 6th, 2010, 01:43 PM
MJMS :rolleyes: I'm really nervous for Ana now. I only just got over Lucie's match, still furious about that loss, so I have 1 match to recover :lol:

I'm getting nervous too.. :sobbing:

InsideOut.
May 6th, 2010, 02:13 PM
:unsure: Not too long now. Serena is destroying Makiri. :bigcry:

The 2nd Law
May 6th, 2010, 02:22 PM
I'm very very nervous. Serena will be done in no time. This will be the first time I've seen Ana on tv since Brisbane!! I didn't see any of the AO because I was at the event at different courts.

doni1212
May 6th, 2010, 02:58 PM
I really don't have a way with words on this forum :lol: I agree with you, what I was trying to say is, maybe she can play like this when her forehand isn't firing. It's another option.

Ok, I understand what you mean now, :yeah:

Marilyn Monheaux
May 6th, 2010, 04:14 PM
2nd semi of the season!!! And this one feels so much better than the one in Brisbane!!:bounce:

DownTheLine21
May 6th, 2010, 04:16 PM
Another good win. A little shaky in the second set, but at least she won the match!

doni1212
May 6th, 2010, 04:17 PM
Once again, I'm so excited!
Good job, Ana!!!

The 2nd Law
May 6th, 2010, 04:19 PM
I'm so happy to see her progress this far, but today I wasn't very impressed. Nadia was attrocious. The serve was very promising though, but I miss that monster forehand :(

4 wins in a row, 3 against top 20 players :D

Curtos07
May 6th, 2010, 04:20 PM
This is the greatest dream EVER!!!! :bounce:

Davodus
May 6th, 2010, 04:22 PM
:woohoo: back in the top 50 now? :lol: Nadia was really bad today, but to Ana's credit she fed the balls to her forehand where all the errors were coming, and made her play volleys because she was missing them. I definitely thought Ana moved better today.

The 2nd Law
May 6th, 2010, 04:24 PM
I suppose the real positive out of all this is we know Ana can still play much better. She's getting matches and wins (in straight sets) under her belt now, if this continues, the confidence in the forehand will surely return. Maybe she can peak at RG? :lol: :p
BTW, what was the guess about how many matches Ana would play before Wimbly? :D

Dexter
May 6th, 2010, 04:26 PM
YAY! :bounce:
2nd set was horrifying. Esp Nadia, she looked like a club player. Ana seemed to be too nervous to go for her shots and she made some embarrassing BH errors towards the end of the match. But I excuse her for that. What I'm happy mostly with is her serve. Sure there are some bad balltosses here and there, but not 10 per game and they ain't that cringworthy anymore. Her serve was the main weapon today. She let herself rip of the FH side early in the match with much success, but couldn't keep it up after. Looks like her FH isn't dead yet. It will take time for Ana to hit consistently FH winners at will at any stage of the match. Certainly far from her best, but scoring victories is the key. I'm so pleased for her! :yeah:
If she wins tomorrow, she's very likely to grab a seeding in Paris. Who would have thought that after her lately losses? :tape:

Kabomba
May 6th, 2010, 04:28 PM
In 2006 Rome was a comeback tournament for JJ, when she won her first match after 10 straight losses. I hope it will be same for Anci :)
I think she's still not confident enough with her forehand,but hope it will get better.

doni1212
May 6th, 2010, 04:29 PM
I'm so happy to see her progress this far, but today I wasn't very impressed. Nadia was attrocious. The serve was very promising though, but I miss that monster forehand :(

4 wins in a row, 3 against top 20 players :D

She definitely played better yesterday, although there were some moments in the 1st set today that were good too.

The 2nd Law
May 6th, 2010, 04:33 PM
She definitely played better yesterday, although there were some moments in the 1st set today that were good too.

One forehand return in the first set had me very excited! :bounce:


We can't complain though, we wanted more match play so she could find herself again, and we're getting it, just not the way we thought we would :D

Jang87
May 6th, 2010, 04:34 PM
Guys, we shouldn't be greedy here. These wins will give her so much confidence. That is the most important thing. What we wanted from Ana is to see some progress. Which we have. We should be happy with that. Ana still has a long way to go before she becomes a complete player, but she is DEFINITELY on the right path. She is much better than what she was a few months ago. She is playing with confidence and has more commitment in her shots. She isn't rushing. And her serve is actually a weapon now, not a liability like before.

InsideOut.
May 6th, 2010, 04:34 PM
One forehand return in the first set had me very excited! :bounce:


We can't complain though, we wanted more match play so she could find herself again, and we're getting it, just not the way we thought we would :D

For me it was the wrong-footing half-volley - looked like she didn't even mean to make it that perfect :drool:

The 2nd Law
May 6th, 2010, 04:35 PM
For me it was the wrong-footing half-volley - looked like she didn't even mean to make it that perfect :drool:

Omg yes how did I forget that one :D There were also a few good drop shots!

soul
May 6th, 2010, 04:35 PM
:bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce:

azdaja
May 6th, 2010, 04:38 PM
i still can't believe this.

InsideOut.
May 6th, 2010, 04:39 PM
Omg yes how did I forget that one :D There were also a few good drop shots!

The one where she was way behind the baseline, being quite defensive and then exposed Nadia's poor movement :worship:

InsideOut.
May 6th, 2010, 04:39 PM
:unsure: First time I've seen her win on TV since Wimbledon last year :eek:

Ksenia.
May 6th, 2010, 04:44 PM
I love how calm she is on the court. Great result :inlove:

InsideOut.
May 6th, 2010, 04:48 PM
I love how calm she is on the court. Great result :inlove:

Oh yeah that was fantastic :drool: She was so calm and collected and didn't fade away after a bad call :worship:

gaviotabr
May 6th, 2010, 04:54 PM
YAY! Ana is winning!

Really.. I think at this point the most important thing is that she is winning. There have been so many times in the past that she would get herself in winning positions and then just completely fall apart that the fact that she is now winning is definitely a step foward for me. Today it was winning ugly.. but it was still winning.. that gives her another match to try and play better.

Petrova was completely dreadful.. just errors, errors and more errors. Truth to be told, Ana was not that much better.. especially in the second set. But if we look at the WTA in the past couple of years, we will see that there have been mostly completely awful matches.. and Ana was still losing one after the other. So who cares? Winning ugly is still winning and builds confidence which is key for Ana's game IMHO. Ana did have a couple of pretty good agressive games in the first set.. and I was delighted to see one pick up shot she made. She has good hands for this as she did one of those against Dementieva too.. and those are hard to make. She served well and got herself out of trouble. First set could've easily been 6-0 as Ana had points to win every game. Second set, after going up 2-0, it seems she got tight. She started to have these FH and BH shanks that she had not had against Dementieva.. ugly stuff. Also some very weird misshits that both Petrova and Ana laughed at. Nadia also wasn't as dreadful, and started to serve a bit better.. but Ana kept her cool and won the important points, which are the ones everyone wants to win anyway. She needs to get her confidence back in her forehand.. she is really not trusting this shot, not going for it.. and I still think it's her biggest weapon. Without going for the forehand, Ana doesn't really dictate the points, and she plays a bit like a pusher at times. We know that is not her game. I hope they work on her forehand and that the extra match play gives her the confidence in this shot.

One thing that I've been seeing is the clear improvement in movement. And that is obviously due to playing more matches. Each match she played it looked to me she was moving better and using the slide better on clay. She doesn't look all that awkward anymore.. and she sure did last week in Stuttgart for an example. This is how important match play is.

As for tomorrow.. I honestly don't see her beating MJMS. I saw her play Safarova today and this woman just toys with her opponent.. toys with them to no end. It's drop shot, lob, net.. very unorthodox style of game. I can totally see her toying with Ana and getting her super frustrated. She also has a great serve and is a lefty.. tough to handle. Ana would have to dictate the match in every point, so she doesn't have a chance to go to the net too much or to use so many drop shots.. and she would have to improve her passing shots, which were pretty bad today. And serve really well to hold on to her own service games. Anyway.. she has now some time to rest and to get ready for tomorrow! I hope Heinz works with her, gets her a pretty good strategy and game plan, and that she comes out there tomorrow focused, determined and ready!

Curtos07
May 6th, 2010, 04:55 PM
I heard if Ana wins tomorrow, she could be seeded for Roland Garros. Who would of had thought that a week ago?

gaviotabr
May 6th, 2010, 04:59 PM
This is the first time sime IW 2009 that she wins 4 matches in a row.. and only the second time since Linz 2008, and only the third time since RG 2008. :eek:

3 wins over top 20 opponents, two of them over top 10. :eek:

With this win Ana is back in the top 50. If she somehow manages to win tomorrow, she would be with a great chance at a seeding for RG. :eek:

Ana will get a bye in the first round of Madrid.

But we still can't say she is back.. it's just a step foward.. and we've seen her take step fowards only to take double steps back. Hopefully Heinz is keeping her grounded and focused. For her to be really back she needs to follow this with good or at least decent showings in Madrid and RG. To also show some higher level of tennis. And keep consistent performances throughout the year. So we have to keep cautious.. Just take it easy.

Davodus
May 6th, 2010, 05:00 PM
I think if she wins tomorrow her ranking will be 32, but points from Madrid will count towards to seedings. It'd be likely she would be seeded but not definite. And that's if she beats MJMS, who will annoy her to no end with her infuriating game.

spiritedenergy
May 6th, 2010, 05:04 PM
:cheer2::cheer::cheer:

now MJMS "the hand"... don't know what to predict, she plays a tricky game, i'm watching her now, Ana keep patience:kiss:

spiritedenergy
May 6th, 2010, 05:10 PM
YAY! Ana is winning!

Really.. I think at this point the most important thing is that she is winning. There have been so many times in the past that she would get herself in winning positions and then just completely fall apart that the fact that she is now winning is definitely a step foward for me. Today it was winning ugly.. but it was still winning.. that gives her another match to try and play better.

Petrova was completely dreadful.. just errors, errors and more errors. Truth to be told, Ana was not that much better.. especially in the second set. But if we look at the WTA in the past couple of years, we will see that there have been mostly completely awful matches.. and Ana was still losing one after the other. So who cares? Winning ugly is still winning and builds confidence which is key for Ana's game IMHO. Ana did have a couple of pretty good agressive games in the first set.. and I was delighted to see one pick up shot she made. She has good hands for this as she did one of those against Dementieva too.. and those are hard to make. She served well and got herself out of trouble. First set could've easily been 6-0 as Ana had points to win every game. Second set, after going up 2-0, it seems she got tight. She started to have these FH and BH shanks that she had not had against Dementieva.. ugly stuff. Also some very weird misshits that both Petrova and Ana laughed at. Nadia also wasn't as dreadful, and started to serve a bit better.. but Ana kept her cool and won the important points, which are the ones everyone wants to win anyway. She needs to get her confidence back in her forehand.. she is really not trusting this shot, not going for it.. and I still think it's her biggest weapon. Without going for the forehand, Ana doesn't really dictate the points, and she plays a bit like a pusher at times. We know that is not her game. I hope they work on her forehand and that the extra match play gives her the confidence in this shot.

One thing that I've been seeing is the clear improvement in movement. And that is obviously due to playing more matches. Each match she played it looked to me she was moving better and using the slide better on clay. She doesn't look all that awkward anymore.. and she sure did last week in Stuttgart for an example. This is how important match play is.

As for tomorrow.. I honestly don't see her beating MJMS. I saw her play Safarova today and this woman just toys with her opponent.. toys with them to no end. It's drop shot, lob, net.. very unorthodox style of game. I can totally see her toying with Ana and getting her super frustrated. She also has a great serve and is a lefty.. tough to handle. Ana would have to dictate the match in every point, so she doesn't have a chance to go to the net too much or to use so many drop shots.. and she would have to improve her passing shots, which were pretty bad today. And serve really well to hold on to her own service games. Anyway.. she has now some time to rest and to get ready for tomorrow! I hope Heinz works with her, gets her a pretty good strategy and game plan, and that she comes out there tomorrow focused, determined and ready!

hey Izzy!:wavey:

finally we can be more positive:lol:

I didn't see the match against petrova, but i saw yesterday the one against azarenka until the 2nd set... honestly Ana didn't play well, but she played very well against dementieva. against azarenka she had some shanks that were clearly caused by lack of confidence and match play. against dementieva she was much more focused. maye today she was a bit tired? i hope tomorrow she is focused again and very patient...

bruce goose
May 6th, 2010, 05:25 PM
This is the first time sime IW 2009 that she wins 4 matches in a row.. and only the second time since Linz 2008, and only the third time since RG 2008. :eek:

3 wins over top 20 opponents, two of them over top 10. :eek:

With this win Ana is back in the top 50. If she somehow manages to win tomorrow, she would be with a great chance at a seeding for RG. :eek:

Ana will get a bye in the first round of Madrid.

But we still can't say she is back.. it's just a step foward.. and we've seen her take step fowards only to take double steps back. Hopefully Heinz is keeping her grounded and focused. For her to be really back she needs to follow this with good or at least decent showings in Madrid and RG. To also show some higher level of tennis. And keep consistent performances throughout the year. So we have to keep cautious.. Just take it easy.I agree with your previous post that MJMS will be a tough opponent to beat,but I think we're agreed that this tourney has been a great success regardless....I wouldn't say that Ana has made lots of forward steps since RG 2008...and then taken steps backward.The only example of this was Zurich/Linz 2008...and we well know that the cursed offseason is what screwed up her attitude for the following year.IW and Wimby 2009 weren't steps forward AT ALL;in fact,they were steps backward in disguise b/c they only contributed to Ana's delusions that she was playing well.I vividly remember how you posted that Ana made it to that IW final despite playing only one decent match...and Wimby was basically the same:A lucky win,that Ana didn't deserve,over a very mediocre Hradecka...followed by a victory over Errani...who might not beat a WHEELCHAIR player on grass.Like at IW,Ana had one fluky,good match....vs. Stosur w/o really improving her overall game...and then Vee cruelly exposed the Truth.The standout difference between now and even Linz where she won the title is:Ana is FINALLY improving her mental game.I'd even speculate that Heinz has done some studying on these psychological matters in the past...and that he's already revealed some important things to Ana....I'll be absolutely stunned if Ana doesn't stay with Heinz

gaviotabr
May 6th, 2010, 05:31 PM
hey Izzy!:wavey:

finally we can be more positive:lol:

I didn't see the match against petrova, but i saw yesterday the one against azarenka until the 2nd set... honestly Ana didn't play well, but she played very well against dementieva. against azarenka she had some shanks that were clearly caused by lack of confidence and match play. against dementieva she was much more focused. maye today she was a bit tired? i hope tomorrow she is focused again and very patient...

Hey Luca!

I actually don't think Ana has played *well* in any match this week. But her opponents were all so awful that her decent play was enough to beat them. I'll take that though.. any win builds confidence and helps the game, and Ana needs that a lot right now. She also played better in the first set of each match, playing tight second sets. Still.. playing decent and keeping her cool is already a step foward from what we had these past 3 months.. club level tennis from Ana. At least she looks like a pro now. :spit: Today she had some very ugly shanks.. both from FH and BH.. many more than she had against Azarenka.. she definitely can't afford those against MJMS.

She will have to be very patient against MJMS and to avoid getting caught up in her tricky game. I hope Heinz can give her a smart game plan.. because this is a match she will need one. And just be focused, calm and determined.

gaviotabr
May 6th, 2010, 05:34 PM
I agree with your previous post that MJMS will be a tough opponent to beat,but I think we're agreed that this tourney has been a great success regardless....I wouldn't say that Ana has made lots of forward steps since RG 2008...and then taken steps backward.The only example of this was Zurich/Linz 2008...and we well know that the cursed offseason is what screwed up her attitude for the following year.IW and Wimby 2009 weren't steps forward AT ALL;in fact,they were steps backward in disguise b/c they only contributed to Ana's delusions that she was playing well.I vividly remember how you posted that Ana made it to that IW final despite playing only one decent match...and Wimby was basically the same:A lucky win,that Ana didn't deserve,over a very mediocre Hradecka...followed by a victory over Errani...who might not beat a WHEELCHAIR player on grass.Like at IW,Ana had one fluky,good match....vs. Stosur w/o really improving her overall game...and then Vee cruelly exposed the Truth.The standout difference between now and even Linz where she won the title is:Ana is FINALLY improving her mental game.I'd even speculate that Heinz has done some studying on these psychological matters in the past...and that he's already revealed some important things to Ana....I'll be absolutely stunned if Ana doesn't stay with Heinz

I also hope they do stay together Bruce.

But Ana needs to show this is not just a one week wonder.. it's extremely important that she follows it up with consistent performances from now on.

InsideOut.
May 6th, 2010, 05:35 PM
Someone enlighten me if I'm wrong but I was thinking...

If against MJMS Ana plays an absolute moonball game, keeping her pinned several feet behind the baseline with annoyingly high balls from both sides, wouldn't that completely negate MJMS's dropshot as Ana would have all the time in the world to get to it and scoop it over the net?

Marilyn Monheaux
May 6th, 2010, 05:44 PM
^^Except that Ana is not the Moonball Caro pusher kind of player.:lol:

I wish her all the best, but I've still got a lot of doubt in my mind that Ana will get it together tomorrow...

bruce goose
May 6th, 2010, 05:46 PM
You can chalk it up to a dark nature,I suppose...but I'm a little curious:This is a big moment in Ana's life,so I wonder where the Sh-tbag is right now.I can think of a couple possibilities....Getting his swishy ass kicked by REAL golfers at some major tournament...or maybe playing some piddly-ass mom-and-pop tourney like the Aussie Open in order to give his fragile ego a boost...or maybe snorting coke with Kate Hudson at some soft-porn film festival in Taos,New Mexico...heck,he'd probably even play some exhibition fundraiser for some sleazy advocacy group that was fighting to lessen prison sentences for child molestors.....

Anyhow,I hope that he doesn't bring his slimy ass to Rome now for the semis...to pretend that his "support":rolleyes: somehow inspired Ana to achieve her newfound success....The BEST way that he can help Ana right now is by playing 18 holes next to an active volcano...and then fainting into unconsciousness when the beast erupts......Ana is finally learning to believe in herself--at least to sOME extent so far--instead of relying on some manipulative parasite as an emotional crutch....I'll be content if Ana can do as our Jelena says...that is,win on court regardless of her personal life....yet,since she's moving away from her Dark Period now,why not go all the way??:p:cool:

gaviotabr
May 6th, 2010, 05:46 PM
Someone enlighten me if I'm wrong but I was thinking...

If against MJMS Ana plays an absolute moonball game, keeping her pinned several feet behind the baseline with annoyingly high balls from both sides, wouldn't that completely negate MJMS's dropshot as Ana would have all the time in the world to get to it and scoop it over the net?

Isn't that what Wozniacki has done to no success at all? MJMS loves those moonballs.. I've seen her drop shot moonballs over and over again.. and some pretty darn good drop shots.. :sobbing:

People that I've seen beating MJMS easily have just outhit her.. been really aggressive, without too many UEs.. and have also nailed the passing shots.

gaviotabr
May 6th, 2010, 05:47 PM
^^Except that Ana is not the Moonball Caro pusher kind of player.:lol:

I wish her all the best, but I've still got a lot of doubt in my mind that Ana will get it together tomorrow...

I also don't think Ana will win tomorrow.. this is a very tricky opponent and someone she has never played before. :sobbing:

Dexter
May 6th, 2010, 05:50 PM
MJMS is just soo weak off the ground. And she's mentally fragile too. She almost let Safarova back into the match today. She's awesome when things go her way, but if her tricks aren't working she's pretty pale. From the top of my head I can't think of any top player but Wozniacki & Radwańska who she's beaten.

gaviotabr
May 6th, 2010, 05:51 PM
You can chalk it up to a dark nature,I suppose...but I'm a little curious:This is a big moment in Ana's life,so I wonder where the Sh-tbag is right now.I can think of a couple possibilities....Getting his swishy ass kicked by REAL golfers at some major tournament...or maybe playing some piddly-ass mom-and-pop tourney like the Aussie Open in order to give his fragile ego a boost...or maybe snorting coke with Kate Hudson at some soft-porn film festival in Taos,New Mexico...heck,he'd probably even play some exhibition fundraiser for some sleazy advocacy group that was fighting to lessen prison sentences for child molestors.....

Anyhow,I hope that he doesn't bring his slimy ass to Rome now for the semis...to pretend that his "support":rolleyes: somehow inspired Ana to achieve her newfound success....The BEST way that he can help Ana right now is by playing 18 holes next to an active volcano...and then fainting into unconsciousness when the beast erupts......Ana is finally learning to believe in herself--at least to sOME extent so far--instead of relying on some manipulative parasite as an emotional crutch....I'll be content if Ana can do as our Jelena says...that is,win on court regardless of her personal life....yet,since she's moving away from her Dark Period now,why not go all the way??:p:cool:

:spit:

Adam is playing a tournament this week. The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach. He shot a -2 for the day, tied for 22. That's not bad..

gaviotabr
May 6th, 2010, 05:53 PM
MJMS is just soo weak off the ground. And she's mentally fragile too. She almost let Safarova back into the match today. She's awesome when things go her way, but if her tricks aren't working she's pretty pale. From the top of my head I can't think of any top player but Wozniacki & Radwańska who she's beaten.

I hope you are right.. but Ana is not a top player right now. :sobbing:

bruce goose
May 6th, 2010, 06:07 PM
:spit:

Adam is playing a tournament this week. The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach. He shot a -2 for the day, tied for 22. That's not bad..Yeah,for a loser like THAT who has NO shot at winning...you're right,it's not that bad:p.Fortunately,Ana is a TRUE champion and can set her sights higher:)

spiritedenergy
May 6th, 2010, 06:27 PM
MJMS is just soo weak off the ground. And she's mentally fragile too. She almost let Safarova back into the match today. She's awesome when things go her way, but if her tricks aren't working she's pretty pale. From the top of my head I can't think of any top player but Wozniacki & Radwańska who she's beaten.

yes i agree, she hit a bit of puffballs and her game is a bit too much gimmicky, but same for radwanska who beat ana 2 times in a row... it's so strange that ana lately had more success against ballbashers versus pushers:lol:

gaviotabr
May 6th, 2010, 07:07 PM
Ana plays the second semi final tomorrow, with the first starting at 4pm local time.

gaviotabr
May 6th, 2010, 07:08 PM
JJ is crushing Venus big time. :help: She has to be the favorite to win the tournament..

jelenacg
May 6th, 2010, 07:41 PM
She won, great :bounce::worship:
I`m so happy :sobbing:
I don`t care how she plays or how her opponent plays .Winning is all that matters ,and winning is the only thing that can give you confidence
I saw just a few games of her match against Elena,from 4-3 second set and that was ok imo.Especially movement ,she didn`t look like cow on ice :lol:
I hope she stays focused and fights tomorrow
Ofc Ana is still not back or anything ,but this is a good start
Especially i`m happy bc i`m hoping she will continue working with Heinz ,i even read on twitter they get along great on practices .Ana needs him

mure
May 6th, 2010, 07:59 PM
damn,Jankovic was scary,it's amazing how many balls she gets back,she runs like a rabbit!And she served better than i've ever seen her.

Snex
May 6th, 2010, 08:05 PM
damn,Jankovic was scary,it's amazing how many balls she gets back,she runs like a rabbit!And she served better than i've ever seen her.

Serbian Sisters out of their mind. :rocker2: :bowdown:

Ivanovic.vs.Petrova.Rome.2010: Will be available on Megaupload for 8 hours approximately. I'll post the link here in video thread.

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Nena_xxx
May 6th, 2010, 08:14 PM
Ah, I'm so happy... These days my happiness is so huge... I was on ATP tournament in Belgrade, I met Gasquet and Ana is winning these days... I wanna cry cos of all these happiness...

-NAJ-
May 6th, 2010, 08:43 PM
So nice to see Ana winning matches like this again. Before she was losing matches like this and that took effect on her self-confidence.
She can even better no doubt, she need to work. But step by step

Serbian sisters :worship:

Stevecw
May 6th, 2010, 10:37 PM
Wow, I have missed out on this run of wins as my Grandmother died on Tuesday so I have not checked any results etc for past 3 days as of course I was busy with other things.

But reading about her wins tonight has really cheered me up, especially the win v Vika :D Its so so great to see Ana back on form, lets hope this continues.

I haven't seen any of the matches, so can't comment on how she played, but the scorelines look very impressive. Is the real Ana finally coming back!! :)

Pops Maellard
May 6th, 2010, 11:38 PM
Expected victory over Petrova. :yeah: I say that without bias. If you beat Vika and Lena, Petrova shouldn't be too big a step up. :lol:

SOA_MC
May 6th, 2010, 11:45 PM
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m142/AJB4/Animated%20GIFs/banned.gif

I don't fanboy alot anymore but :eek::bounce: A Once Were Warriors GIF. NZ greatest ever movie :worship: Do you have anymore GIFS from that movie?

In this thread I've only read about the Vika and Dementieva matches. I think it is fair enough, to go with a controlled tempo route for now and personally I am enjoying watching Ana win rallies by working the ball around and throwing in the occasional change up mid rally. Example she has hit a few :drool: worthy drop shots :worship: she never had a great drop shot even at her so far peak.

jelenacg
May 6th, 2010, 11:46 PM
Expected victory over Petrova. :yeah: I say that without bias. If you beat Vika and Lena, Petrova shouldn't be too big a step up. :lol:

Expected :lol: Really? :lol:
Last week we couldn`t even have expected win over #300 in the world and now beating Nadia is expected :spit:

@Stevecw I`m sorry about your grandmother :hug:

bruce goose
May 7th, 2010, 12:08 AM
Expected :lol: Really? :lol:
Last week we couldn`t even have expected win over #300 in the world and now beating Nadia is expected :spit:

@Stevecw I`m sorry about your grandmother :hug:First of all,ditto on 'Stevecw'(just had a similar experience)

Jelena,I suppose that we can believe in Ana's comeback a bit when we see the haters return...and people actually expecting her to win again:lol:

Btw,when I was in European History class in high school,our teacher taught us that SOOOO many Spanish intellectuals were killed during the Inquisition that the 'Mother Church' basically dumbed down the entire country for over a century as a consequence....If you visit the 'Caja Majica' website,then you might suspect that the Spaniards are STILL trying to recover from that huge societal setback

jelenacg
May 7th, 2010, 12:28 AM
First of all,ditto on 'Stevecw'(just had a similar experience)

Jelena,I suppose that we can believe in Ana's comeback a bit when we see the haters return...and people actually expecting her to win again:lol:

Btw,when I was in European History class in high school,our teacher taught us that SOOOO many Spanish intellectuals were killed during the Inquisition that the 'Mother Church' basically dumbed down the entire country for over a century as a consequence....If you visit the 'Caja Majica' website,then you might suspect that the Spaniards are STILL trying to recover from that huge societal setback

Bruce :hug:
I heard that haters are back in full force :lol: But you know what, these are my happy hours/days and i have no intention on ruining them even a little bit by reading stupid posts full of hate :lol:

:lol: :spit: I can`t open that website

Pops Maellard
May 7th, 2010, 12:39 AM
I don't fanboy alot anymore but :eek::bounce: A Once Were Warriors GIF. NZ greatest ever movie :worship: Do you have anymore GIFS from that movie?

In this thread I've only read about the Vika and Dementieva matches. I think it is fair enough, to go with a controlled tempo route for now and personally I am enjoying watching Ana win rallies by working the ball around and throwing in the occasional change up mid rally. Example she has hit a few :drool: worthy drop shots :worship: she never had a great drop shot even at her so far peak.
Hey, where you been? :wavey:

I made a few of them. http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=17697068&postcount=352

The one I posted earlier, I had it without the 'Banned' but I added it in, though it was a perfect 'banning' one. :lol:

FAMK
May 7th, 2010, 12:59 AM
Next match against Martinez Sanchez is going to be the toughest. She is a very different player and it won't be easy for Ana. This match will show how much she's improved I think. I won't be suprised if she wins or loses this one. I so want an all Serbian final with Ana defeating JJ again :D.

Pops Maellard
May 7th, 2010, 01:01 AM
Expected :lol: Really? :lol:
Last week we couldn`t even have expected win over #300 in the world and now beating Nadia is expected :spit:

@Stevecw I`m sorry about your grandmother :hug:
Yeah, I was feeling confident that Ana would beat Nadia. :lol:

@Stevecw and Bruce. :hug:

hellas719
May 7th, 2010, 02:25 AM
Ana is back :inlove:
Amazing results here even with a difficult draw! :D
Now she should beat MJMS :cool:

The 2nd Law
May 7th, 2010, 02:30 AM
Izzy, do you like my new avatar? :lol: :p

bruce goose
May 7th, 2010, 04:19 AM
Izzy, do you like my new avatar? :lol: :pWell,2010,I'm not as beautiful or charming as our Mayor,but I think your new avy is fantastic!:cool:

doni1212
May 7th, 2010, 04:39 AM
Wow, I have missed out on this run of wins as my Grandmother died on Tuesday so I have not checked any results etc for past 3 days as of course I was busy with other things.

But reading about her wins tonight has really cheered me up, especially the win v Vika :D Its so so great to see Ana back on form, lets hope this continues.

I haven't seen any of the matches, so can't comment on how she played, but the scorelines look very impressive. Is the real Ana finally coming back!! :)

I'm sorry for you loss! :hug:

doni1212
May 7th, 2010, 04:40 AM
And I have jury duty tomorrow so I'm going to miss both Ana and Serena, :sad:
Cheer hard for me you guys!! I'll be checking my phone for scores, :yeah:

Adrian1092
May 7th, 2010, 07:22 AM
^Awh no you can't miss it, haven't you been here for all her matches? Now she's gonna lose :lol: Call in sick :devil:

@Steve sorry to hear about your loss :sad: Take care :)

gaviotabr
May 7th, 2010, 12:24 PM
I have a morning hit with friends right now.. and I should be back by the time Ana's match is starting.. I can tell I'm going to play like crap today because I'm nervous and have butterflies in my stomach! :sobbing: I tried to reschedule my match so I could do all the pre-Ana match cerimonies :lol:, but my friends called me ridiculous... :spit::lol: Still... I'll be able to watch her..

I hope Ana is ready to chase some drop shots today and has her passing shot on.. but I'm really not expecting anything. MJMS is a very tricky opponent that can frustrate anyone.. she also has a pretty good serve and is a lefty. I just hope Ana doesn't allow MJMS tricks frustrate her and gets out there focused, determined and ready to fight for every point!

SOA_MC
May 7th, 2010, 01:11 PM
Hey, where you been? :wavey:

I made a few of them. http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=17697068&postcount=352

The one I posted earlier, I had it without the 'Banned' but I added it in, though it was a perfect 'banning' one. :lol:

I've been nowhere much :) I just sorta stop logging in but still watching and supporting Ana :worship:

Thanks for the link :yeah:

Steve commiserations to you for your loss :awww:

Dexter
May 7th, 2010, 01:28 PM
Ana's quarter of the draw is just LOVE.

[3] Safina RUS vs Q
Henin BEL vs Rezai FRA
Petkovic GER vs Errani ITA
Cirstea ROU vs [14] Pennetta ITA

[12] Bartoli FRA vs Hercog SLO
Zheng CHN vs Medina Garrigues ESP
[WC] Ivanović SRB has a BYE
[7] Janković SRB has a BYE

:haha:

soul
May 7th, 2010, 01:30 PM
Dexter;u r too fast .I was starting to write but u r the earlier one.Anyway,İnteresting draw for ANA.Wısh her luck.

Isha312
May 7th, 2010, 01:32 PM
Omg so she plays JJ in the second round?

Dexter
May 7th, 2010, 01:33 PM
Unless BYE takes her out. :p

InsideOut.
May 7th, 2010, 01:35 PM
:spit: but :sobbing: at the draw. How ridiculous.

Marilyn Monheaux
May 7th, 2010, 01:37 PM
This is ridiculous!:sobbing:

(1) S. Williams (USA) / Bye
V. Dushevina (RUS) / Qualifiée
A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) / D. Hantuchova (SLQ)
(16) N. Petrova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS)
(11) M. Sharapova (RUS) / L. Safarova (TCH)
O. Govortsova (BIE) / Qualifiée
A. Dulgheru (ROU) / M. Czink (HON)
(6) E. Dementieva (RUS) / A. Wozniak (CAN)
——————————————-
(3) D. Safina (RUS) / Qualifiée
J. Henin (BEL) / A. Rezai (FRA)
A. Petkovic (ALL) / S. Errani (ITA)
(14) F. Pennetta (ITA) / S. Cirstea (ROU)
(12) M. Bartoli (FRA) / P. Hercog (SLO)
Zheng J. (CHI) / A. Medina-Garrigues (ESP)
(WC) A. Ivanovic (SER) / Bye
(7) J. Jankovic (SER) / Bye
——————————————-
(8) S. Stosur (AUS) / G. Dulko (ARG)
Martinez Sanchez (ESP) / Bye
A. Szavay (HON) / P. Schnyder (SUI)
(9) A. Radwanska (POL) / M. Kirilenko (RUS)
(15) F. Schiavone (ITA) / Qualifiée
Y. Shvedova (KAZ) / (WC) S. Bammer (AUT)
V. Zvonareva (RUS) / M. Oudin (USA)
(4) V. Williams (USA) / Qualifiée
———————————————-
(5) S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / S. Peer (ISR)
Qualifiée / A. Kleybanova (RUS)
(WC) V. Ruano-Pascual (ESP) / (WC) A. Parra-Santonja (ESP)
(10) V. Azarenka (BIE) / Peng S. (CHI)
(13) Li N. (CHI) / Qualifiée
D. Cibulkova (SLQ) / Qualifiée
M. Rybarikova (SLQ) / A. Bondarenko (UKR)
(2) C. Wozniacki (DAN) / Qualifiée

:bigcry:

Isha312
May 7th, 2010, 01:37 PM
Unless BYE takes her out. :p

Lol! That is a terrible draw. Gonna just try to enjoy whatever we have left in Rome.

Isha312
May 7th, 2010, 01:38 PM
That's so weird how they just sprinkle the Bye's wherever they land in the draw.

InsideOut.
May 7th, 2010, 01:39 PM
And one of Ruano Pascual or Parra Santonja will get more points than whoever loses from Ana/JJ :rolleyes:

Davodus
May 7th, 2010, 01:39 PM
They may still play this week :lol: Beat her Ana :armed:

SOA_MC
May 7th, 2010, 01:43 PM
Ah shit even if they don't meet in Rome final, the Serbian fan war will be officially back on :scared:

Can't wait :o

-NAJ-
May 7th, 2010, 01:51 PM
This is crazy.

Marilyn Monheaux
May 7th, 2010, 01:52 PM
Ana plays on good tournament in 22 fucking months and what does she get? A fucked up, ragged, bloody mess of a bullshit draw like this!?!?!?!?:mad::mad:

Andreas
May 7th, 2010, 02:11 PM
The tournament directors are cheaters :o Giving their own sluts a great draw and the good players a difficult one :o And then my two faves :sobbing:

Jang87
May 7th, 2010, 02:21 PM
Are you kidding me with the Madrid draw? What the hell is that? Awful awful draw.

The 2nd Law
May 7th, 2010, 02:26 PM
Well,2010,I'm not as beautiful or charming as our Mayor,but I think your new avy is fantastic!:cool:

:lol: Your opinion is just as valued, I only singled out Izzy because she originally posted the photo :)

gaviotabr
May 7th, 2010, 02:46 PM
I just got home.. I can't @!#!@# believe this Madrid draw. Why tennis Gods, why? Just when Ana is starting to get better! :sobbing: She could use some luck.. :sobbing:

InsideOut.
May 7th, 2010, 02:57 PM
^Well what if she BEATS Jelena? :shrug:

gaviotabr
May 7th, 2010, 03:06 PM
^Well what if she BEATS Jelena? :shrug:

By miracle? :sobbing:

Still.. the draw sucks.. there is still Henin in that same quarter. :sobbing:

Look at the bottom half! :sobbing:

Curtos07
May 7th, 2010, 03:26 PM
Meh, if she makes the final or somehow wins the title, I could care less about Madrid at this point. I just hope Serena wins now because I don't want to see Ana lose back to back matches to JJ.

gaviotabr
May 7th, 2010, 03:44 PM
Meh, if she makes the final or somehow wins the title, I could care less about Madrid at this point. I just hope Serena wins now because I don't want to see Ana lose back to back matches to JJ.

I think JJ is going to win.. :shrug: She is already wearing Serena down. :help:

Curtos07
May 7th, 2010, 03:46 PM
I think JJ is going to win.. :shrug: She is already wearing Serena down. :help:

Yeah, watching it right now. Oh well, just want Ana to win her match today and hope for a miracle tomorrow. :sobbing:

Jang87
May 7th, 2010, 04:18 PM
Serena seems to have lost interest in the match. Seems like she doesn't care. Becoming sloppy with her shots.

gaviotabr
May 7th, 2010, 04:40 PM
Serena is choking big time.

HowardH
May 7th, 2010, 04:48 PM
Serena is choking big time.

My goodness Izzy, this match is not a very pretty one by either player. Basically a case of whoever plays least bad today will win. They're also making it tough for Ana to judge when she's coming on.

Davodus
May 7th, 2010, 04:50 PM
This match :mad: I'm never gonna sleep now!

gaviotabr
May 7th, 2010, 04:51 PM
My goodness Izzy, this match is not a very pretty one by either player. Basically a case of whoever plays least bad today will win.

Serena has over 60 UEs. One of those was a pretty ugly mishit on MP. :help:

Really ugly match..

Jang87
May 7th, 2010, 04:53 PM
Serena what are you doing! Just finish it please!

gaviotabr
May 7th, 2010, 05:00 PM
I can't believe Serena's choke.. amazing.

I had never seen Serena choke like this.

JJ in the final saving a MP.. and coming back from 5-2 down in the tie break.

Ana time.. :scared:

Jang87
May 7th, 2010, 05:01 PM
Lets hope Ana will show the same fighting spirit as JJ just did now.

InsideOut.
May 7th, 2010, 05:01 PM
Here we go :scared:

HowardH
May 7th, 2010, 05:02 PM
Really bad match from both players, particularly from Serena who is pretty much one of the greatest players of all time. Didn't look like it today, JJ was pretty ordinary and somehow Serena managed to lose... I don't know how she managed to do that. The good thing is that now by comparison Ana's match with MJMS will seem amazing quality. Probably.

I can't believe Serena's choke.. amazing.

I had never seen Serena choke like this.

JJ in the final saving a MP.. and coming back from 5-2 down in the tie break.

Ana time.. :scared:

Yes, that was possibly the worst I can remember an uninjured Serena playing. But you just know Serena will turn around in FO and Wimb and play as if that performance never happened. Wish Ana knew how to do that. I guess this week's a start.

Lol if Ana manages to win she and JJ will now play twice in a row :lol:.

bruce goose
May 7th, 2010, 05:16 PM
Really bad match from both players, particularly from Serena who is pretty much one of the greatest players of all time. Didn't look like it today, JJ was pretty ordinary and somehow Serena managed to lose... I don't know how she managed to do that. The good thing is that now by comparison Ana's match with MJMS will seem amazing quality. Probably.



Yes, that was possibly the worst I can remember an uninjured Serena playing. But you just know Serena will turn around in FO and Wimb and play as if that performance never happened. Wish Ana knew how to do that. I guess this week's a start.

Lol if Ana manages to win she and JJ will now play twice in a row :lol:.Don't know about RG,Howard...but almost certainly Wimbledon....Except for 2002-2003,Serena has been a mere mortal on clay for most of her career.She's still a very GOOD mortal,but she's been a lot more beatable

Here's a question for everyone...ignore it if it becomes irrelevant after Ana's match:Is JJ in peak physical condition,or might today's semi sap her energy a bit for tomorrow???

Ksenia.
May 7th, 2010, 06:29 PM
Wel, it was really good while it lasted. Ana made some big improvements :yeah:

spiritedenergy
May 7th, 2010, 06:32 PM
sad end but a lot of positives to take from this tournament, ana please don't be scared of your FH, go for it:kiss:

InsideOut.
May 7th, 2010, 06:33 PM
Look, before everyone goes on to bash Ana again, I would say:

1. She played better this match than against Petrova. That one was dire.
2. MJMS is tricky for anyone. Ana is just coming back from a 20-month slump.
3. She was not FLAT just for lack of fistpumping or ajdeing - she was like that in the last match as well, trying to stay calm instead of going overboard with the celebrations.
4. I thought the forehand was actually pretty good, as was the serve, but the forehand still didn't have its old power but it's coming back, and she couldn't get a 1st serve when she needed one.
5. Oh, and the toss was much better than before.
6. She has on and off days with her volleys and today they weren't particularly on. But none of those she missed were easy volleys.
7. I still think she fought hard and deserves credit.

Good luck in Madrid Baby E :)

gaviotabr
May 7th, 2010, 06:33 PM
Oh well.. I just hope Ana doesn't get discouraged after this demolition. She made way too many UEs today and had no idea what to do on court. What upset me the most is that she had no intensity.. she didn't even fight.. there was not one single ajde!.. Maybe all these matches she played took too much from her, and she had the empty tank today.. Or maybe today was just not her lucky day.. between the horrible Madrid draw and this.. :sobbing:

Still.. it was a good week in Rome. Ana is not back yet, and this match showed it. She needs to back this week up with consistent performances. Ana better have a good RG draw.. :sobbing:

The real pity is that she lost on her chance of getting a seed for RG.

spiritedenergy
May 7th, 2010, 06:35 PM
Ana 14 winners 17 ues
MJMS 26 winners 15 ues

MJMS played GOAT...:o

Dexter
May 7th, 2010, 06:35 PM
Ana lost because Jelena won. Two matches between them in a row would've been too many to handle.
Beside on Monday I had a dream on Monday that Ana's beaten Serena. :lol: I hardly ever have tennis dreams so I thought it was odd and yesterday I realized that it could actually come true.
MJMS was playing freakingly well. She was actually the first in form player Ana's faced this week. No free pts and Ana had no time to do what she wanted to do. She was too calm as well... I wish she got fired up a bit more. Serve wasn't that bad today, she just couldn't win the points behind it. :(
I'm just gutted she won't be seeded for RG (she could, but it's unlikely). So damn close...

Dexter
May 7th, 2010, 06:36 PM
Oh and do I need to say Vamos MJMS tomorrow? :p I hated her game today, but it's refreshing and fun to watch. Just not against Ana.

HowardH
May 7th, 2010, 06:41 PM
It's still a good week overall. But she really didn't know what to do today, and she was building up an image of impossibility in her mind instead of focusing on little opportunities. MJMS played well, very well. Ana did not take control enough and was drawn into Maria J's world of guile and touch. But there's only one MJMS on the tour. Everyone finds her tough, so I guess that alleviates the fact that Ana was clueless today.

spiritedenergy
May 7th, 2010, 06:42 PM
i'm actually happy ana will play against JJ in Madrid, she looks much more fired up against top players and also she won't lose against a scrub like it usually happened after a good run during her peak:help::lol::tape:

gaviotabr
May 7th, 2010, 06:42 PM
Look, before everyone goes on to bash Ana again, I would say:

1. She played better this match than against Petrova. That one was dire.
2. MJMS is tricky for anyone. Ana is just coming back from a 20-month slump.
3. She was not FLAT just for lack of fistpumping or ajdeing - she was like that in the last match as well, trying to stay calm instead of going overboard with the celebrations.
4. I thought the forehand was actually pretty good, as was the serve, but the forehand still didn't have its old power but it's coming back, and she couldn't get a 1st serve when she needed one.
5. Oh, and the toss was much better than before.
6. She has on and off days with her volleys and today they weren't particularly on. But none of those she missed were easy volleys.
7. I still think she fought hard and deserves credit.

Good luck in Madrid Baby E :)

Some points...

1 - I don't agree. I think the Petrova match was awful, but she was doing what she had to do. In this match she had no idea what to do, she was completely lost. This is also a part of playing, so it was not good play.

2 - Agreed. And MJMS played very well today.. nothing went wrong for her. I wrote before I didn't think Ana would win.. And that MJMS would toy with her.. it happened.

3 - I do think Ana was flat.. totally flat. I know she is trying to be composed. But there was no fight.. and this is not only about fistpumps and ajdes. She felt lost and didn't really invest herself.

4 - Her serve was not as good as other days.. and she couldn't buy a first serve when she needed one. But I have to say MJMS returned really well.. She just blocked Ana's serve at times, which made Ana play the point.. and she often missed a shot. The forehand was okay.. but it doesn't have even half of the power it once had. She was being bossed around even when hitting forehands.

5 - Toss could be better.. and was better in some other matches. But it's sort of under control.

6 - The volleys really sucked today.. as well as passing shots.

7 - I think Ana deserves credit for the tournament.. not for today. She was toast from the get go. Really had no idea of what to do.

HowardH
May 7th, 2010, 06:43 PM
I hated her game today, but it's refreshing and fun to watch. Just not against Ana.

Yeah I agree. Her game actually is interesting to watch even though it was painful seeing her beat Lucie and completely confuse Ana. I wonder how JJ matches up against her? Maybe she's actually fast enough to track down those dropshots? We'll see.

Polikarpov
May 7th, 2010, 06:45 PM
I'm so happy with Ana's performance this tournament. The most encouraging thing I saw from Ana was her reaction after her win against Petrova. Good luck in Madrid Ana!

gaviotabr
May 7th, 2010, 06:46 PM
It's still a good week overall. But she really didn't know what to do today, and she was building up an image of impossibility in her mind instead of focusing on little opportunities. MJMS played well, very well. Ana did not take control enough and was drawn into Maria J's world of guile and touch. But there's only one MJMS on the tour. Everyone finds her tough, so I guess that alleviates the fact that Ana was clueless today.

She was ideed clueless. I found it particularly telling at change over when she called Heinz. She was complaining all the time.. saying she couldn't do anything, that the balls were not bouncing, that there were many drop shots.. and so on. Heinz was trying to say she had to open up the court, hit from side to side.. and she wasn't even listening, just kept repeating about not being able to do anything.

Ana was lost and toast from the get go.. and instead of fighting and finding ways, she just got caught up in the image of impossibility as you say. She also let MJMS play her game.. Ana didn't dominate enough from the baseline to even bother MJMS.

HowardH
May 7th, 2010, 06:46 PM
7 - I think Ana deserves credit for the tournament.. not for today. She was toast from the get go. Really had no idea of what to do.

I felt like she had lost in the first game. I think she couldn't believe the volleys MJMS was making in that game. She got intimidated by that. I guess she can take consolation in knowing that Caro also can't figure out what to do against her, but then again Ana is supposed to have extra power.

gaviotabr
May 7th, 2010, 06:47 PM
Yeah I agree. Her game actually is interesting to watch even though it was painful seeing her beat Lucie and completely confuse Ana. I wonder how JJ matches up against her? Maybe she's actually fast enough to track down those dropshots? We'll see.

I think it will be walk in the park for JJ. She has great passing shots and a great BH DTL. And she is fast.. so MJMS game won't bother her I think.

spiritedenergy
May 7th, 2010, 06:48 PM
She was ideed clueless. I found it particularly telling at change over when she called Heinz. She was complaining all the time.. saying she couldn't do anything, that the balls were not bouncing, that there were many drop shots.. and so on. Heinz was trying to say she had to open up the court, hit from side to side.. and she wasn't even listening, just kept repeating about not being able to do anything.

Ana was lost and toast from the get go.. and instead of fighting and finding ways, she just got caught up in the image of impossibility as you say. She also let MJMS play her game.. Ana didn't dominate enough from the baseline to even bother MJMS.

yes ana went on and on on a rant without listening... ana listen! maybe she was pissed at him because she thought he didn't tell her the right gameplay? but he was telling her... but her fh was not strong enough and MJMS could reach them easily and send them back with interest:o

gaviotabr
May 7th, 2010, 06:51 PM
I felt like she had lost in the first game. I think she couldn't believe the volleys MJMS was making in that game. She got intimidated by that. I guess she can take consolation in knowing that Caro also can't figure out what to do against her, but then again Ana is supposed to have extra power.

I was just thinking that.. Ana has not showed that extra power yet.. and she did play a bit like a pusher at times in her previous matches. So she couldn't take the game away from MJMS, like Caro can't. To beat her you have to hit the BH DTL, and you have to boss her around from the baseline.

I also thought that when she started out.. in the first game... she served really well.. but MJMS had some volleys and block returns that Ana was not expecting.. she clearly got intimidated. Also.. Ana hit some body serves that should not have returned, and MJMS lucked out that they barely got over the net. Ana kept repeating that the balls didn't bounce.

HowardH
May 7th, 2010, 06:51 PM
She was ideed clueless. I found it particularly telling at change over when she called Heinz. She was complaining all the time.. saying she couldn't do anything, that the balls were not bouncing, that there were many drop shots.. and so on. Heinz was trying to say she had to open up the court, hit from side to side.. and she wasn't even listening, just kept repeating about not being able to do anything.

Ana was lost and toast from the get go.. and instead of fighting and finding ways, she just got caught up in the image of impossibility as you say. She also let MJMS play her game.. Ana didn't dominate enough from the baseline to even bother MJMS.

Yeah. She was almost saying "Oh I just can't beat this person, her shots are impossible to handle, there's nothing I can do, everything is on the line". A defeatist attitude. Oh well. As I was thinking, it will take more than a few good matches to turn her career completely. She needs good runs in majors. And a more positive oncourt attitude. How can her oncourt attitude be so negative and then her offcourt demeanour is so (perhaps falsely) positive?

InsideOut.
May 7th, 2010, 06:52 PM
yes ana went on and on on a rant without listening... ana listen! maybe she was pissed at him because she thought he didn't tell her the right gameplay? but he was telling her... but her fh was not strong enough and MJMS could reach them easily and send them back with interest:o

:unsure: If that is the case, she better play well in Madrid and RG or she might fire him :tape:

jelenacg
May 7th, 2010, 06:53 PM
Well good week after all :worship:
5 matches played :eek: ,2 top 10 wins...i really can`t complain

But WTF :fiery:? She is playing against JJ in 2R :tape::sobbing:
What kind of the draw is that?:o I was hopping she could play at least 2 more matches there:rolleyes:
Now i can start downloading matches from Rome and actually see how she is playing :lol: i only saw 3 games of her match against Elena

gaviotabr
May 7th, 2010, 06:53 PM
yes ana went on and on on a rant without listening... ana listen! maybe she was pissed at him because she thought he didn't tell her the right gameplay? but he was telling her... but her fh was not strong enough and MJMS could reach them easily and send them back with interest:o

Yes.. because her groundstrokes were just not good enough. Ana used to have a lot more power.. I hope she gets it back with time. :shrug:

InsideOut.
May 7th, 2010, 06:56 PM
If only Ana had played against Serena today :sobbing: She might have won that with Serena's errors. And that would have given her a HUGE confidence boost, instead of losing to Ms. Miracle Volleys.

Cp6uja
May 7th, 2010, 06:57 PM
I can't believe that after all which happen in last 5 months and also last 5 days at such important match Ana goes with this sh*ty "I can defense" attitude :weirdo:

5-16 in winners for opponent :help: in 1st set and than in less than 15 minutes 0-4 scoreline in 2nd set make this match over faster than anybody expect. She was so much worse (in Ana case that always means passive) than against Radwanska last week (not to mention some matches from this event) and for sure her worst performance with new couch since that lose vs Sevastova @IW. Instead to try to overpower this cleaver opponent, Ana trying to be "smarter" or better defensive than MJMS, which is simple stupid.

But Ana routine win against Vesnina, amazing first sets against Dementieva and Petrova, and so good finish in both sets against Azarenka where she faced 2-4 looks so promising for Paris (she is still not ready for Madrid where she must to face Jankovic already in first match). Wish her good draw at Roland Garros... and to play her own game style every match without suicidal tactics changes which simple will never works for her against any decent TOP30 opponent.

gaviotabr
May 7th, 2010, 06:58 PM
Yeah. She was almost saying "Oh I just can't beat this person, her shots are impossible to handle, there's nothing I can do, everything is on the line". A defeatist attitude. Oh well. As I was thinking, it will take more than a few good matches to turn her career completely. She needs good runs in majors. And a more positive oncourt attitude. How can her oncourt attitude be so negative and then her offcourt demeanour is so (perhaps falsely) positive?

I think she tries to cheer herself up off court. On court she just gets frustrated when she doesn't know what to do or when things are not going like she wants. Ana used to be a great come from behind player... but she has changed so much. Really a whole different player. She used to eat pushers for breakfest, and now they give her worlds of trouble.. She used to struggle mightly against ball bashers, now she beats them. :shrug: MJMS is a one of a kind player and she would always give Ana trouble, because Ana is not good with adapting.

gaviotabr
May 7th, 2010, 06:59 PM
If only Ana had played against Serena today :sobbing: She might have won that with Serena's errors. And that would have given her a HUGE confidence boost, instead of losing to Ms. Miracle Volleys.

So true! :sobbing:

Today is just not Ana's lucky day! :sobbing:

InsideOut.
May 7th, 2010, 07:01 PM
Cp6uja, Ana was NOT overly passive. She just couldn't make the right shots at the right time. A few BH DTLs she missed might have been highlights-reel-worthy had it been a few inches inside instead of outside. Ana's idea of being active in this match was to mix it up, which was a wrong tactical decision - wrong choice today but it WORKS against many other 'decent Top 30 opponents'.

gaviotabr
May 7th, 2010, 07:02 PM
I'm just gutted she won't be seeded for RG (she could, but it's unlikely). So damn close...

I'm gutted for that too.. she had such a great chance at a seeding.. wasted.. :sobbing: And that probably means no seed for Wimbledon either.

Ana better have a great RG draw.. enough bad luck with the one in Madrid.

The only positive of her losing today is that she won't lose to JJ twice in a row. :sobbing:

InsideOut.
May 7th, 2010, 07:02 PM
I think she tries to cheer herself up off court. On court she just gets frustrated when she doesn't know what to do or when things are not going like she wants. Ana used to be a great come from behind player... but she has changed so much. Really a whole different player. She used to eat pushers for breakfest, and now they give her worlds of trouble.. She used to struggle mightly against ball bashers, now she beats them. :shrug: MJMS is a one of a kind player and she would always give Ana trouble, because Ana is not good with adapting.

I don't think THAT bit is such a bad thing. So many ballbashers on tour right now - if she can beat them she'd be winning a load of titles unless she meets a junkballer, a pusher, or Ms. Miracle Volleys.

spiritedenergy
May 7th, 2010, 07:02 PM
i was thinking... it might be that Heinz told Ana to rein in her FH? Because Graf's FH was reliable but not explosive, it was more of a rally shot than a blow-off the court shot... just a tought

InsideOut.
May 7th, 2010, 07:08 PM
And well, Ana has always struggled against variety players. First there was Mauresmo though Ana gave her a world of trouble too - but the fact is that Mauresmo does not play as rushed a game as someone like MJMS does and spends a lot of time rallying with topspin and slice on the baseline especially on hard and clay. Then there was Schnyder, who Ana lost her first four matches against in straight sets - two of them were 6-2 6-1, including right her in Rome. She needs time and experience to accustom herself to these variety players, and that much is evident seeing how she beat Patty the next few times she played her. Ultimately she finds out the inherent weakness in these players' games. I don't think it's a particularly horrendous loss; in fact I would say it's not as bad as the loss against Radwanska last week.

gaviotabr
May 7th, 2010, 07:09 PM
I don't think THAT bit is such a bad thing. So many ballbashers on tour right now - if she can beat them she'd be winning a load of titles unless she meets a junkballer, a pusher, or Ms. Miracle Volleys.

Yeah yeah.. I just hope Ana doesn't get discouraged with this demolition today.

It would be really great for her to win a couple of matches in Madrid, but she got that hell draw.. I just hope tennis gods help her out with a good RG draw. She will need some luck.

The Daviator
May 7th, 2010, 07:09 PM
Really happy with this event :)

Now please beat Jelena in Madrid!

InsideOut.
May 7th, 2010, 07:11 PM
i was thinking... it might be that Heinz told Ana to rein in her FH? Because Graf's FH was reliable but not explosive, it was more of a rally shot than a blow-off the court shot... just a tought

That is a thought, but Heinz didn't work the same way with Ana as he did with Graf. And I would say that reining in her FH gives her more confidence right now as she's making those shots most of the time instead of dumping them into the bottom of the net...eventually the power will come back. It's still there; there were a few winners in the Radwanska match that were just brutal raw power at its insane best.

spiritedenergy
May 7th, 2010, 07:14 PM
good thing is ana didn't have bad shanks today:p

spiritedenergy
May 7th, 2010, 07:18 PM
bad thing is Ana won't be seeded at RG probably... which means she can meet a seed in the first 2 rounds:o

gaviotabr
May 7th, 2010, 07:20 PM
good thing is ana didn't have bad shanks today:p

What??

She had plenty of shanks today.. some ugly mishits as well..

gaviotabr
May 7th, 2010, 07:21 PM
bad thing is Ana won't be seeded at RG probably... which means she can meet a seed in the first 2 rounds:o

Yes... that's the bad thing. If she had won today she had a huge chance of being seeded. Now that's almost imposible.. She would need QF or better in Madrid.. and she has a hell draw.

I can only hope she has a nice lucky draw at RG. Girl needs an extended lucky break.

spiritedenergy
May 7th, 2010, 07:26 PM
What??

She had plenty of shanks today.. some ugly mishits as well..

i didn't see them... but i was watching on and off, i still can't take a full ana's match live, my heart is not strong enough:p

gaviotabr
May 7th, 2010, 07:30 PM
i didn't see them... but i was watching on and off, i still can't take a full ana's match live, my heart is not strong enough:p

Oh.. I watched.. all. of. it. :help:

gaviotabr
May 7th, 2010, 07:34 PM
I'm really afraid that this demolition and losing in the first match in Madrid might bring Ana down. One week is just not enough to get that belief to be really back.. :sad:

I think next week and RG will be so crucial.

spiritedenergy
May 7th, 2010, 07:36 PM
I'm really afraid that this demolition and losing in the first match in Madrid might bring Ana down. One week is just not enough to get that belief to be really back.. :sad:

I think next week and RG will be so crucial.

yeah... i just hope jelena will tank, she is playing so much, she must be tired...

Curtos07
May 7th, 2010, 07:41 PM
Sigh, this loss hurts. After beating Vika, Elena and Nadia, I really raised my hope and expectations. I knew that was a mistake. :sobbing:

gloria7
May 7th, 2010, 07:41 PM
When she stepped on the court- she had that old fear in the eyes.Someone or something feeds that fear in her mind.

Marilyn Monheaux
May 7th, 2010, 07:46 PM
When she stepped on the court- she had that old fear in the eyes.Someone or something feeds that fear in her mind.

Imma go all Bruce on you and say that she's been talking to the A.A.T. last night.:p

azdaja
May 7th, 2010, 07:46 PM
yeah... i just hope jelena will tank, she is playing so much, she must be tired...
tired? jelena? :lol:

it was a nice tournament for ana for the first time in ages. it would have been nice to see her in the final against jj and then the repeat of the same match in madrid, the old rivalry would back in full force, but oh well. i guess i will actually download ana's matches for a change. it's the only way i get to see any tennis these days, but i refused to watch ana for a long time, she was just :o

jelenacg
May 7th, 2010, 07:51 PM
yeah... i just hope jelena will tank, she is playing so much, she must be tired...

JJ won`t tank ,trust me she won`t :lol:
This is a great opportunity to improve her h2h with Ana ,and didn`t you read about FC drama? :lol:
JJ will be more than ready to beat Ana

gaviotabr
May 7th, 2010, 07:55 PM
yeah... i just hope jelena will tank, she is playing so much, she must be tired...

Sorry...

JJ never tanks.. :sad:

gaviotabr
May 7th, 2010, 07:56 PM
When she stepped on the court- she had that old fear in the eyes.Someone or something feeds that fear in her mind.

That is true though.. She didn't have the spark of the other days. Maybe because she got surprised and didn't know what to do from the very first point.

-NAJ-
May 7th, 2010, 08:17 PM
SF is great result but it's shame she didn't win this match
Maria played good and she is tricky player, but where went Ana's fighting spirit today?

She need continue to improve and very soon she will have new opportunity to win new title. Good sign before RG.many players will be afraid Ana. She just need to belive in herself

bruce goose
May 7th, 2010, 08:34 PM
Imma go all Bruce on you and say that she's been talking to the A.A.T. last night.:pOkay,Maja,you gave me an opening.....I wanted to wait until the Izzy Tidal Wave of posts slowed down a little bit first:p....I went and checked the golf scores,and the golf writers are all in a tizzy over what's wrong with Tiger's game...why he's struggling so badly...and then I looked to see where Sh-tbag was in that tournament...and he had the exact same score as Tiger...and that's an awesome score for HIM:haha::haha:....What a Loser Ana picked!! He's actually more like Harkleroad than Kournikova...you might recall how Ashley made the semis of a Premier event back in 2003...and then faded into low-budget pin-up obscurity...only grabbing attention by sleeping with some sleazebag once in a while....You can see why he needs Ana so badly for him to remain relevant...and why it's better for him if she fails at tennis....

Most all of the slump blame falls on Ana,of course...but you've heard me compare how alcoholics rarely recover when they hang around their old,slimy drinking buddies.I just don't foresee Ana casting aside her negative thoughts quite so easily when she still spends time with a parasite who encourages her to be emotionally dependent and fragile.You can see how shallow that 'relationship' really is:When you love someone profoundly,you often send them a short text message or e-mail just to say 'hi'.According to Ana,though,she doesn't ever do that stuff.I'd guess that the convos between Ana and the A.A.T. are about as deep as the ones between Makiri and Rafa,the close 'platonic friends',back in 2005....Just imagine the English in THOSE convos...unless Rafa learned some Russian....:haha::haha::haha:....sorry,but at least I kept it light:angel:

Anyway,I can't say whether or not this loss will be crushing to Ana or not...Aye HOPE it isn't...and if she takes it in stride,then there's a potential benefit: Ana CLAIMS she's a perfectionist,right??Well,this loss shows her that things won't come easily like she wants them...that she has to WORK at it...and yet she's made enough progress to be uplifted....I'm actually feeling hopeful here:)

AstuteLearner8
May 7th, 2010, 09:00 PM
bad thing is Ana won't be seeded at RG probably... which means she can meet a seed in the first 2 rounds:o

If she met Elena Dementieva again, then I wouldn't mind.


Ah, the dream run ends :( but still a great dream run :D. Hopefully she gets a good draw in Madrid, maybe then I would actually watch a full match of hers.

gaviotabr
May 7th, 2010, 09:04 PM
If she met Elena Dementieva again, then I wouldn't mind.


Ah, the dream run ends :( but still a great dream run :D. Hopefully she gets a good draw in Madrid, maybe then I would actually watch a full match of hers.

The Madrid draw is out. And it SUCKS! Big time.. JJ in the first match.. :help:

AstuteLearner8
May 7th, 2010, 09:37 PM
The Madrid draw is out. And it SUCKS! Big time.. JJ in the first match.. :help:

NOOOOOOOOO!!!! Well I'll just stick with the video highlights then. Hopefully the Madrid match would somehow raise Ana's morale for French Open even if she were to lose the match....

Jang87
May 7th, 2010, 10:33 PM
I don't really see what Ana could have done today. Even if she had a gameplan MJMS wouldn't let Ana execute it. MJMS has a very specific way of playing. Unless you can return her first serve really deep and hard and with a good angle before MJMS gets to the net, which is very very difficult to do, you're basically screwed. There were seriously no rallies today. It was ridiculous. Its clearly frustrating for players to play against her. Even Wozniacki lost. Personally I don't like her way of playing, and I'm not just saying this because she beat Ana. MJMS has amazing volleys and dropshots. But I'm more of a rallies fan.



As for Anas performance this week, can't we just say it as it is? She has definitely improved alot since we last saw her play. She seems to be working hard, and hopefully she will continue growing as a player. Babysteps, remember?

Pops Maellard
May 7th, 2010, 10:35 PM
:bigcry: It's been a good week though. Now hopefully she can build on it.