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Chris93
Jan 4th, 2012, 11:27 AM
After a round 2 loss in Brisbane Sam heads to Sydney. Im not excepting much here as its a strong lineup. Good luck Sammy :wavey:

skymnos
Jan 4th, 2012, 01:48 PM
It's better when she is the underdog. ;) Look forward to watching her again! Good luck! :cheer:

tenniscrazy84
Jan 4th, 2012, 03:30 PM
Come on Sammy!!!!!

Huntress55
Jan 4th, 2012, 05:06 PM
Another tough field. I'm not going to expect much either but it would be ideal for her to win at least two matches to get some more matchplay under her belt before the AO.

SilverPersian
Jan 5th, 2012, 12:21 AM
I believe that she will win this tournament and not drop a set :D

skymnos
Jan 5th, 2012, 05:37 PM
I believe that she will win this tournament and not drop a set :D

I love your confidence! Bring on Sydney! :cheer::cheer:

SilverPersian
Jan 7th, 2012, 12:46 AM
Sammy vs. Franny in the first round of Sydney :unsure:

(1)Wozniacki v BYE
Cibulkova v Peng
Pavlyuchenkova v Petkovic
Q v (7)Radwanska

(3)Azarenka v Q
Jankovic v Goerges
(wc)Dokic v (wc)Holland
Q v (8)Bartoli

(6)Zvonareva v Kuznetsova
Safarova v Ivanovic
Pennetta v Q
Q v (4)Li

(5)Stosur v Schiavone
Vinci v Hantuchova
Lisicki v Q
(2)Kvitova v BY

Maybe playing another top player will be good for Sam; she'll feel the expectation a little less and not be too worried about losing.

tennisforadults
Jan 7th, 2012, 03:40 AM
Schiavone is the perfect test - can't think of a better opponent to test your game than your arch nemesis who snatched your Grand Slam away. Bring it on!

If Sam can win a few rounds to meet Kvitty, it will be adequate preparation for AO.

tennisforadults
Jan 7th, 2012, 03:44 AM
I have to say, seeing Dokic vs Holland next to all these top players is not quite right. :unsure:

SilverPersian
Jan 7th, 2012, 04:39 AM
Schiavone is the perfect test - can't think of a better opponent to test your game than your arch nemesis who snatched your Grand Slam away. Bring it on!

If Sam can win a few rounds to meet Kvitty, it will be adequate preparation for AO.

Yeah I agree. If she can get past Franny (and it's a big if after what happened with Benesova), she has a winnable second round match with Vinci/Dani, and then a big test against Petra (or maybe Sabine). Wouldn't be a bad preparation for the AO if she can get to that QF.

But one match at a time...

Theodoropen
Jan 7th, 2012, 06:17 AM
Maybe playing another top player will be good for Sam; she'll feel the expectation a little less and not be too worried about losing.

Totally agree with this statement. Also, even if she loses to Fran, it won't be nearly as shameful as losing to a relative scrub - I'm only saying "shameful" because I think Sam gets too caught up in that, hence her tendency to get tight when competing against such players.

And of all the players for Sam to (possibly) lose against, Fran is the one I would begrudge the least. I still feel that way even after RG'10. The soft spot I have for her is a powerful thing!

sunsets21
Jan 7th, 2012, 10:23 AM
I had a nightmare that Sam lost in the first round last night. Please, PLEASE don't come true.

Theodoropen
Jan 7th, 2012, 10:40 AM
I had a nightmare that Sam lost in the first round last night. Please, PLEASE don't come true.

Nooooo. Please nooooo. :scared:

skymnos
Jan 7th, 2012, 10:46 AM
I had a nightmare that Sam lost in the first round last night. Please, PLEASE don't come true.

:bigcry::bigcry: I don't even want to think about it!

SilverPersian
Jan 7th, 2012, 10:56 AM
I had a nightmare that Sam lost in the first round last night. Please, PLEASE don't come true.

Not with the dreams again :lol:

Although previous experience suggests that Sam infiltrating the subconscious of TF users is a sure sign of unexpected glory!

annetcl
Jan 7th, 2012, 01:13 PM
Hopefully Sam plays better this week. A bit unlucky to play a leftie so early into the season. Also the commentator of her R2 match (either Rennae or Sam Smith) mentioned that the PRA plays alot like an indoor court which is not to Sam's advantage as well. I suppose of all the 'dangerous' players to draw for R1, getting Franny is better than say Pennetta/Goerges or Bartoli. At least Sam has a favorable h2h record against her. Can't wait to watch Sam play again!

dok-stos
Jan 8th, 2012, 12:17 AM
I think the Sydney field will fall apart due to injuries, as it does every year...
If she loses early I won't be that disapointed to be honest.
Gets her to Melbourne quicker to prepare :cheer:

stromatolite
Jan 8th, 2012, 02:17 AM
Very tough draw for Sam in the light of her recent and past record in Australia. Fran has an unfortunate knack of getting inside Sam's head, and even though she's got a good record against Dani their matches are usually close, so if Sam's level drops off a bit she could struggle there as well. And a potential QF match with Kvitova speaks for itself. But if Sam can get that far and at least make a match of it against Kvitova, that might be all the preparation she needs for the AO. In fact she doesn't really want to go all the way this week, because then she could be overcooked by the time play starts in Melbourne. Go Sam!!!

sunsets21
Jan 8th, 2012, 07:55 AM
Not with the dreams again :lol:

Although previous experience suggests that Sam infiltrating the subconscious of TF users is a sure sign of unexpected glory!

Really? I don't remember much from the USO 2011. All I remember is terror, followed by hope, followed by terror, followed by hope etc :lol:

sunsets21
Jan 8th, 2012, 08:02 AM
Sam is playing 4th on CC tomorrow. Waking up at 5 am it is then :cheer:

skymnos
Jan 8th, 2012, 11:32 AM
Sam is playing 4th on CC tomorrow. Waking up at 5 am it is then :cheer:

You will be :yawn::yawn::yawn::yawn: all day! :lol:

SilverPersian
Jan 8th, 2012, 11:59 AM
Very tough draw for Sam in the light of her recent and past record in Australia. Fran has an unfortunate knack of getting inside Sam's head, and even though she's got a good record against Dani their matches are usually close, so if Sam's level drops off a bit she could struggle there as well. And a potential QF match with Kvitova speaks for itself. But if Sam can get that far and at least make a match of it against Kvitova, that might be all the preparation she needs for the AO. In fact she doesn't really want to go all the way this week, because then she could be overcooked by the time play starts in Melbourne. Go Sam!!!

You're back! :wavey:

Terrible things happened in your absence.

You're right, the match with Dani could be very difficult, especially as she seems to play quite a lot like Benesova with the clean hitting and slender frame. At least she's not a lefty, although she is a better player.

Really? I don't remember much from the USO 2011. All I remember is terror, followed by hope, followed by terror, followed by hope etc :lol:

I didn't realise Sam was capable of inflicting memory loss on fans trying to suppress traumatic experiences :sobbing:

SilverPersian
Jan 9th, 2012, 03:04 AM
COME ON SAM :bigcry:

SilverPersian
Jan 9th, 2012, 03:05 AM
Ooh new dress. I quite like it, simple and fits well, she looks nice.

SilverPersian
Jan 9th, 2012, 03:18 AM
Oh Sam. Bad footwork and unnecessary errors. Franny breaks 1-0.

Towanda
Jan 9th, 2012, 03:18 AM
ugh, broken already

Territory
Jan 9th, 2012, 03:20 AM
I forget how lovely Frannie's one-handed backhand is :hearts:

Still doesn't change the fact that I want Sam to crush her :fiery:

SilverPersian
Jan 9th, 2012, 03:21 AM
Breaks right back with some good play. Hopefully has settled a bit.

Theodoropen
Jan 9th, 2012, 03:22 AM
A break back at love! :cheer:

SilverPersian
Jan 9th, 2012, 03:22 AM
Her BH this year has just been terrible. Right back to 2009 levels, it's like the last two years never happened.

SilverPersian
Jan 9th, 2012, 03:25 AM
No-one can hold
2-1 Franny

SilverPersian
Jan 9th, 2012, 03:32 AM
Oh Sam...:sobbing:

3-1 Franny

SilverPersian
Jan 9th, 2012, 03:36 AM
4-1

She's making strange decisions on court and has no confidence in anything she's doing, except for pounding the FH from the back of the court. That's not going to be enough to beat Franny.

Theodoropen
Jan 9th, 2012, 03:39 AM
4-1

She's making strange decisions on court and has no confidence in anything she's doing, except for pounding the FH from the back of the court. That's not going to be enough to beat Franny.

I can't deal with how Sam's playing. :facepalm: Evidently, the combo of playing in Australia against Fran is too much for her. :hug:

SilverPersian
Jan 9th, 2012, 03:40 AM
5-1

Towanda
Jan 9th, 2012, 03:41 AM
I almost wish my internet would go out so I wouldn't have to watch anymore of this.

SilverPersian
Jan 9th, 2012, 03:42 AM
I can't deal with how Sam's playing. :facepalm: Evidently, the combo of playing in Australia against Fran is too much for her. :hug:

I know what you mean. Some of her shot selections are a bit cringeworthy.

Although Schiavone isn't giving her any rhythm.

SilverPersian
Jan 9th, 2012, 03:45 AM
:crying2:

SilverPersian
Jan 9th, 2012, 03:46 AM
Hey Towanda, haven't seen you around for awhile :wavey:

SilverPersian
Jan 9th, 2012, 03:47 AM
Finally some good play. Pity the set is already gone :sad:

SilverPersian
Jan 9th, 2012, 03:49 AM
Holds serve for the first time, 5-2

SilverPersian
Jan 9th, 2012, 03:53 AM
Two SPs saved.

She's at least giving me some hope for the second set.

Towanda
Jan 9th, 2012, 03:54 AM
Hey Towanda, haven't seen you around for awhile :wavey:


:wavey: Hey SilverPersian! I've been browsing but not posting. I've had some family things going on as my Dad's pretty sick. I still check in to see what's going on with the boards, and I've been watching the matches online. It's good to have a bit of time to post while watching the match, although I wish the match was going better!

SilverPersian
Jan 9th, 2012, 03:55 AM
Bp :d

SilverPersian
Jan 9th, 2012, 03:58 AM
Oh Sam. Franny takes the first set 6-2.

The only positive is that she doesn't appear to be getting angry at herself like she was against Benesova.

:wavey: Hey SilverPersian! I've been browsing but not posting. I've had some family things going on as my Dad's pretty sick. I still check in to see what's going on with the boards, and I've been watching the matches online. It's good to have a bit of time to post while watching the match, although I wish the match was going better!

Sorry to hear about your Dad :hug:

It would be nice if Sam could give you something a little nicer to focus on

Theodoropen
Jan 9th, 2012, 04:02 AM
I'm going to bed now, with the hope that somehow Sam turns this match around while I'm asleep.

dok-stos
Jan 9th, 2012, 04:07 AM
At least she is looking good in Asics :shrug:
Go Sam :cheer:

SilverPersian
Jan 9th, 2012, 04:10 AM
Looking better now...has stopped with the lunatic decisions.

2-1 :cheer:

Towanda
Jan 9th, 2012, 04:14 AM
Oh Sam. Franny takes the first set 6-2.

The only positive is that she doesn't appear to be getting angry at herself like she was against Benesova.



Sorry to hear about your Dad :hug:

It would be nice if Sam could give you something a little nicer to focus on

Thanks :hug:

I'm really thinking she's going to pull this out! I watched the US Open Final just to get the vision in my head of Sam playing great and winning.

SilverPersian
Jan 9th, 2012, 04:22 AM
BP :bigcry:

PLEASE TAKE IT SAM PLZPLZPLZL

Towanda
Jan 9th, 2012, 04:22 AM
I can feel that much needed break coming!

SilverPersian
Jan 9th, 2012, 04:23 AM
Or just block the BH into the net. Either way. :sad:

SilverPersian
Jan 9th, 2012, 04:24 AM
Franny holds 3-3 :sad:

Towanda
Jan 9th, 2012, 04:24 AM
okay, maybe that much needed break will come on Schiavone's next service game.

SilverPersian
Jan 9th, 2012, 04:26 AM
15-40...

SilverPersian
Jan 9th, 2012, 04:27 AM
-_-

Fran breaks for 4-3

Towanda
Jan 9th, 2012, 04:29 AM
well, she managed to win the US Open and do so playing really great tennis despite having a less than stellar year prior to that, so I'm not gonna let this get me down and I hope she doesn't either.

SilverPersian
Jan 9th, 2012, 04:32 AM
well, she managed to win the US Open and do so playing really great tennis despite having a less than stellar year prior to that, so I'm not gonna let this get me down and I hope she doesn't either.

That's right; the potential for good results is always there for Sam. It just sometimes lies dormant.

I hope she can pick herself up again reasonably quickly though.

SilverPersian
Jan 9th, 2012, 04:37 AM
Some good BHs at the end of that game.

5-4 Franny serving for it.

Towanda
Jan 9th, 2012, 04:39 AM
This is a good sign that she's still fighting hard

Towanda
Jan 9th, 2012, 04:40 AM
wow!

SilverPersian
Jan 9th, 2012, 04:40 AM
Come On Sam

15-30

SilverPersian
Jan 9th, 2012, 04:41 AM
:hysteric:

15-40

Keadz
Jan 9th, 2012, 04:41 AM
Nice stuff Sammy, please take a break point!

Keadz
Jan 9th, 2012, 04:42 AM
Both girls looking tight. C'mon Sammy!

SilverPersian
Jan 9th, 2012, 04:43 AM
40-40 :(

SilverPersian
Jan 9th, 2012, 04:44 AM
MP Franny

SilverPersian
Jan 9th, 2012, 04:45 AM
6-2 6-4 Fran.

Sigh. At least she finished the match better than she'd started. Fought pretty well in the second set and had some good moments, her BH seemed to get a little life back into it. But still, disappointing :sad:

Towanda
Jan 9th, 2012, 04:47 AM
She played some really nice points at times, and she'll figure some things out before Melbourne, so I think she'll be fine.

Towanda
Jan 9th, 2012, 04:48 AM
And if she doesn't do well in Melbourne, then I'm sure she'll be in great form by Roland Garros. :)

Chim
Jan 9th, 2012, 04:54 AM
Speechless:fiery: Now Sam is gonna be the darkhorse in AO.....so she will play well:hearts:

annetcl
Jan 9th, 2012, 04:58 AM
Sigh...Stream died 15-40 in the last game - thought Sam could prolong the match by breaking Franny as she played really well to get to 15-40. As soon as I got my stream working again Sam was at the net shaking hands with Franny. Definitely not ideal preparations going into Melbourne - but I suppose lower expectations is not a bad thing for Sam. She didn't do too well going into Melbourne last year and lost a tightly contested match against Petra in the end so we can always hope for the best! Poor Sam though - not the home coming she would have wanted :(

Oh a lighter note, I marvel at how polite she was while asking for her drinks even though she was losing her match....awww sweet Sam....better luck at the Open!

Keadz
Jan 9th, 2012, 04:58 AM
Crap performance, I'm struggling to care though.

Both oppenants in Brisbane and Sydney have played well, but Sam has put up little fight and hasn't made it tough for them at all.

Hope for a miracle in Melbourne. Would be happy with a 3rd round performance.

Chris93
Jan 9th, 2012, 05:09 AM
Sam :sad:

tennisforadults
Jan 9th, 2012, 05:11 AM
Not all bad. Now they won't pile on too much expectations. Always a good thing when Sam is an underdog.

Huntress55
Jan 9th, 2012, 08:20 AM
Not all bad. Now they won't pile on too much expectations. Always a good thing when Sam is an underdog.

Im trying to think that as well. But the expectations will still be there, especially from the Aussie fans. I think Sam will still feel it and her confidence will have taken a hit. But DT is awesome, Im sure he will sort it out. I just hope her first two rounds are against players she can get good wins against, because like the commentators said today she players better and better each match, shes a player that does really well when she goes on a run so a the first two matches (if she gets to the 2nd round :p) will be really crucial in Melbourne.

stromatolite
Jan 9th, 2012, 09:53 AM
Got off the plane this morning hoping to hear that Sam had pulled off a comfortable win only to find that Fran had gotten the better of her yet again. Not the end of the world, but not good obviously, especially her going down in straights. Hard to see Sam getting far in Melbourne now, with just a single win and 2 losses so far this year a 4th round finish would be a pretty good result. She's not the first player to struggle with the pressure of performing on her home turf, so this doesn't have to be a big deal for her. Hopefully she can accept that so she won't get too down on herself when the inevitable happens, because there's still plenty to play for when she leaves Australia. Some decent results on hard courts in spring can still set her up for another good clay season, and hopefully this can be the year she finally get her name engraved on the RG trophy.

stromatolite
Jan 9th, 2012, 09:59 AM
:wavey: Hey SilverPersian! I've been browsing but not posting. I've had some family things going on as my Dad's pretty sick. I still check in to see what's going on with the boards, and I've been watching the matches online. It's good to have a bit of time to post while watching the match, although I wish the match was going better!

Sorry to hear about your Dad Towanda, must be tough on you and your family, so all the best to all of you. Nonetheless good to see you back again, I've missed you! As you said Sam could have done a bit more today to welcome you back but I'm sure she'll find her form again before too long. Take care!

tenniscrazy84
Jan 9th, 2012, 11:34 AM
Speechless:fiery: Now Sam is gonna be the darkhorse in AO.....so she will play well:hearts:

:worship::worship:

tenniscrazy84
Jan 9th, 2012, 11:36 AM
well is Sam...nice and easy tournament is not really an option with her...get ready to suffer :) :)

skymnos
Jan 9th, 2012, 12:26 PM
Bad opening in Sydney :bigcry::bigcry:. At least it was Fran. She will get even in Rome again. ;)

Not all bad. Now they won't pile on too much expectations. Always a good thing when Sam is an underdog.

:yeah:

tennisforadults
Jan 9th, 2012, 12:30 PM
Poor Sammy. This is a quote from an article in the local paper, titled "Shattered Stosur in Turmoil":

"I think it's just the whole expectation I put on myself, too," she said. "You do all the work leading up … and then today, all of a sudden, it's just like a bombshell hits you."

SilverPersian
Jan 9th, 2012, 01:01 PM
Poor Sammy. This is a quote from an article in the local paper, titled "Shattered Stosur in Turmoil":

"I think it's just the whole expectation I put on myself, too," she said. "You do all the work leading up … and then today, all of a sudden, it's just like a bombshell hits you."

I like that she's being a little bit candid with the media. It was frustrating throughout the first half of last year where she kept losing winnable matches, but then saying that she felt like she was playing well. Getting the feelings out there, and not having to pretend that they don't exist when they clearly do, might be a good thing.

Come on Sam - let's take down this punk ass field of nobodies and win Melbourne :banana::armed::rocker:

stromatolite
Jan 9th, 2012, 04:05 PM
I like that she's being a little bit candid with the media. It was frustrating throughout the first half of last year where she kept losing winnable matches, but then saying that she felt like she was playing well. Getting the feelings out there, and not having to pretend that they don't exist when they clearly do, might be a good thing.

Come on Sam - let's take down this punk ass field of nobodies and win Melbourne :banana::armed::rocker:

I agree that it's good that Sam doesn't feel the need to put a brave face on things anymore, but she has to be careful not to go into panic mode. Even though it was frustrating at times last year to hear Sam keep saying she was playing well, it was by keeping her cool that she and Dave got her game back on track later in the year. TBH she wasn't completely wrong to say that she was playing well last year, she just wasn't stringing enough good matches together to go deep into tournaments. I haven't seen any of her matches this year but from the comments I've read here she doesn't seem to have managed to play a single really good match so far this year. I think she has been surprised by how badly the pressure of playing at home as a slam champ has affected her, so at this point the main thing for her is to start to play like she wants to play rather than like she thinks the world expects her to play. I can't see that being nearly enough to win the title in Melbourne, but it might give her the momentum she needs to get her game back on track after the Aussie season is over.

Siderophyre
Jan 9th, 2012, 07:43 PM
Oh for Christ sake Sam.

She did pretty well not to cry at that presser - looked like she was on the verge.

SilverPersian
Jan 10th, 2012, 12:28 AM
I agree that it's good that Sam doesn't feel the need to put a brave face on things anymore, but she has to be careful not to go into panic mode. Even though it was frustrating at times last year to hear Sam keep saying she was playing well, it was by keeping her cool that she and Dave got her game back on track later in the year. TBH she wasn't completely wrong to say that she was playing well last year, she just wasn't stringing enough good matches together to go deep into tournaments.

I kind of agree with what you're saying about last year. She seemed to sail through the first one or two rounds of most tournaments, but then falter when she faced her first challenge or big name player. But I don't know if she was actually staying cool in that period - my impression was that she was doing a good job of covering up the nerves and doubts in press conferences, but still letting them inhibit her on court. I just think (hope?) that admitting that the nerves exist will take another little bit of pressure of shoulders, so she doesn't have to pretend anymore. Having said that...

Oh for Christ sake Sam.

She did pretty well not to cry at that presser - looked like she was on the verge.

This is clearly not a good thing :sad:

I haven't seen any of her matches this year but from the comments I've read here she doesn't seem to have managed to play a single really good match so far this year. I think she has been surprised by how badly the pressure of playing at home as a slam champ has affected her, so at this point the main thing for her is to start to play like she wants to play rather than like she thinks the world expects her to play. I can't see that being nearly enough to win the title in Melbourne, but it might give her the momentum she needs to get her game back on track after the Aussie season is over

Definitely. Sam Smith always talks about how, in the past, she thought Sam looked like she was in the naughty chair outside the principal's office when on court, and I think that is back a little bit at the moment She needs to relax, compete and accept that she can only do her best. It's really easy for me to say that though.

I think I'd be happy with a third-fourth round showing at this stage. I really hope she doesn't get an unkind draw in the first two rounds.

stromatolite
Jan 10th, 2012, 03:11 AM
I kind of agree with what you're saying about last year. She seemed to sail through the first one or two rounds of most tournaments, but then falter when she faced her first challenge or big name player. But I don't know if she was actually staying cool in that period - my impression was that she was doing a good job of covering up the nerves and doubts in press conferences, but still letting them inhibit her on court. I just think (hope?) that admitting that the nerves exist will take another little bit of pressure of shoulders, so she doesn't have to pretend anymore. Having said that...



You're right for sure that there was a lot more uncertainty last year than she was showing, but even allowing for that she did remain pretty cool under the circumstances, and not showing her uncertainty may have helped. The whole world was harping at her about what was wrong, whether she needed a new coach, whether she needed to fundamentally change her game, etc. Not admitting there was anything wrong was a handy way of deflecting all that. Admitting her nerves now may be a 2-edged sword. On one hand as you said it shows she is more comfortable within herself, but on the other hand it has allowed the outside world, in particular the media, a foot in the door of what used to be her own private domain. Not sure that's a good thing.:eek:

Definitely. Sam Smith always talks about how, in the past, she thought Sam looked like she was in the naughty chair outside the principal's office when on court, and I think that is back a little bit at the moment She needs to relax, compete and accept that she can only do her best. It's really easy for me to say that though.


:lol: I think it's the double whammy of returning to Australia as a slam champ. IMO nerves and pressure have been a much bigger factor this year than last, when her losses in Aus were as much down to her opponents' ability to exploit the limitations in her game as nerves per se. I really don't think she realized the pressure was going to hit her this year until she got out on court. In that respect there may be a silver lining to her R1 loss this week, because it gives her a whole week to steel herself for Melbourne. And the fact that nobody really expects her to win the thing anymore might help as well.

I think I'd be happy with a third-fourth round showing at this stage. I really hope she doesn't get an unkind draw in the first two rounds.

I don't think she'll let the likes of Benesova get the better of her again, so she should be fine against unseeded players and so should get to R3 at least I think. But I agree she's unlikely to go much further than that because she's starting the tournament too low on confidence and match rhythm. A kind draw could help remedy that, but even then a QF finish would be the absolute best she could expect to achieve at this stage.

skymnos
Jan 10th, 2012, 04:35 PM
I don't think she'll let the likes of Benesova get the better of her again, so she should be fine against unseeded players and so should get to R3 at least I think. But I agree she's unlikely to go much further than that because she's starting the tournament too low on confidence and match rhythm. A kind draw could help remedy that, but even then a QF finish would be the absolute best she could expect to achieve at this stage.

The draw wasn't kind in Brisbane or Sydney, so it HAS to be kind in the AO. At least, I hope :). And when (I know I am bold by not saying if :lol:) she reaches R3 or R4, then I think her chances to go deeper in the tournament will be as good as anyone's. She will be pumped! :rocker: I only wish she didn't have to play in RLA :hysteric:. The pressure in this court will be even higher :hysteric:. But there's no chance of that happening, so I will just keep my fingers crossed for the draw ;).

SilverPersian
Jan 11th, 2012, 01:52 AM
You're right for sure that there was a lot more uncertainty last year than she was showing, but even allowing for that she did remain pretty cool under the circumstances, and not showing her uncertainty may have helped. The whole world was harping at her about what was wrong, whether she needed a new coach, whether she needed to fundamentally change her game, etc. Not admitting there was anything wrong was a handy way of deflecting all that. Admitting her nerves now may be a 2-edged sword. On one hand as you said it shows she is more comfortable within herself, but on the other hand it has allowed the outside world, in particular the media, a foot in the door of what used to be her own private domain. Not sure that's a good thing.:eek:

You could be right - and like I said earlier, Sam being on the verge of tears during a press conferences is not a good thing. I guess we'll have to wait and see what happens. I wonder if I should stalk her in Melbourne and slip a Xanex into her drink before her matches :lol:

:lol: I think it's the double whammy of returning to Australia as a slam champ. IMO nerves and pressure have been a much bigger factor this year than last, when her losses in Aus were as much down to her opponents' ability to exploit the limitations in her game as nerves per se. I really don't think she realized the pressure was going to hit her this year until she got out on court. In that respect there may be a silver lining to her R1 loss this week, because it gives her a whole week to steel herself for Melbourne. And the fact that nobody really expects her to win the thing anymore might help as well.

I agree that last year's losses, while disappointing, were not as bad as many have made out. Kuzzy is amazingly talented, and I thought Sam played well in that match; Jarka is scary when playing well (which doesn't happen too often so people forget); and Petra is, well, Petra. This year, she hasn't played a really good match yet (imo, even against Yakimova she looked terse and had very little control over her BH).

Hopefully she'll have acclimatised to the pressure by the time she plays in the AO. Although, it did take her a long time to shift into gear last year, and even after she had a couple of good results during the clay court season, she didn't fully get over the nerves until the US hard courts, so I guess we can't expect miracles :sad:

Yesterday I was watching the match between Dokic and Bartoli, and one of the commentators mentioned that they'd seen Marion having an intense gym session just hours before a tournament final last year. I wonder if this kind of tactic would work for Sam, as a way of exhausting the nerves away. Probably wouldn't be a good thing to test out first round of a grand slam though.

tennisforadults
Jan 11th, 2012, 02:12 AM
Yesterday I was watching the match between Dokic and Bartoli, and one of the commentators mentioned that they'd seen Marion having an intense gym session just hours before a tournament final last year. I wonder if this kind of tactic would work for Sam, as a way of exhausting the nerves away. Probably wouldn't be a good thing to test out first round of a grand slam though.

Have you seen Marion jumping around like a mad monkey between every point? She's not normal. :unsure:

Her tactics seem to involve exhausting herself physically in order to feel pumped and focused. Very bizarre and counter-intuitive. But her father is a doctor and she is playing extremely well. :shrug:

SilverPersian
Jan 11th, 2012, 03:53 AM
Have you seen Marion jumping around like a mad monkey between every point? She's not normal. :unsure:

Her tactics seem to involve exhausting herself physically in order to feel pumped and focused. Very bizarre and counter-intuitive. But her father is a doctor and she is playing extremely well. :shrug:

Yeah she is so idiosyncratic. I'm not exactly a fan of Marion, but I really enjoy watching her play.
Sam isn't always "normal" either :lol::cuckoo::umbrella::hysteric::scared:

stromatolite
Jan 11th, 2012, 04:03 AM
I wonder if I should stalk her in Melbourne and slip a Xanex into her drink before her matches :lol:



:lol: If we can believe her recent article and her remarkably relaxed interview on arriving in Melbourne she may have beaten you to it.

Yesterday I was watching the match between Dokic and Bartoli, and one of the commentators mentioned that they'd seen Marion having an intense gym session just hours before a tournament final last year. I wonder if this kind of tactic would work for Sam, as a way of exhausting the nerves away. Probably wouldn't be a good thing to test out first round of a grand slam though.


Have you seen Marion jumping around like a mad monkey between every point? She's not normal. :unsure:

Her tactics seem to involve exhausting herself physically in order to feel pumped and focused. Very bizarre and counter-intuitive. But her father is a doctor and she is playing extremely well. :shrug:

:lol: Marion is just plain weird, I think everybody's agreed on that, so as a rule of thumb I'd say doing the opposite to what Marion is doing seems like a good idea. Seriously, Marion may be able to afford to burn more energy than Sam can. I'm no expert, but I'd guess that Sam would burn more calories on a single service motion than Marion does with all her crazy hopping about between points. Ditto her heavy topspin forehand. That said, Sam is very fit, and by her own admission is a diesel engine that sometimes takes well over a set to really get going, so an intensive pre-match gym session might help her warm up more quickly during a match. But I agree it would be risky at best to try this out in R1 of a slam.

sunsets21
Jan 12th, 2012, 07:52 AM
Yesterday I was watching the match between Dokic and Bartoli, and one of the commentators mentioned that they'd seen Marion having an intense gym session just hours before a tournament final last year. I wonder if this kind of tactic would work for Sam, as a way of exhausting the nerves away. Probably wouldn't be a good thing to test out first round of a grand slam though.

Marion is a very impressive woman. I have no idea where on earth she gets her stamina from. Personally I quite enjoy watching her play, simply because she's so damn interesting :lol:

Siderophyre
Jan 12th, 2012, 09:03 AM
I could fucking throttle Sam - I had perfect seats yesterday and today for Sydney. The only thing missing was her. C'est la vie, eh? Matches were great anyway...

tennisforadults
Jan 12th, 2012, 11:51 AM
Marion is a very impressive woman. I have no idea where on earth she gets her stamina from. Personally I quite enjoy watching her play, simply because she's so damn interesting :lol:

And she has one quirky service motion too. She's pretty unique. :)