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BluSthil
May 14th, 2012, 07:35 PM
Other than Serena, Lucie is the only player i've seen recently that appears to have all the physical attributes that could give the women's hierarchy a scare. Where has this 26 year old been ? Her serve certainly rivals anybody's out there ! Time is ticking away for her, but if somebody 'handled' her properly, she could be an exciting player for 5 or more years.

markhingis
May 14th, 2012, 08:09 PM
Agreed. She also impressed me much during her SF match against Serena. That serve was huuuge! Serena was like 'WTF?' ;)
But I'm afraid she is THAT good for 2-3 shots - the longer the rallies, the more mistakes she makes.

dusan993
May 14th, 2012, 08:16 PM
I know her 'cause Ana almost lost to her in Wimbledone few years ago :D

L'Enfant Sauvage
May 14th, 2012, 08:17 PM
No tea no shade, but we've seen players like her before. I agree, she was impressive as hell last week, but she's the type of player who has 1-2, maybe 3 good tournaments a year, where her serve and returns aimed for the lines on pretty much every shot go in. In that SF match she was essentially hitting 2 first serves, that won't work over multiple tournaments. There's a reason she was ranked where she was.

rnwerner
May 14th, 2012, 08:24 PM
I think Hradecka is one of those hardhitters who needs a speedy, fast court which is also slow so she can handle the defense a bit.
Her game is really working on strange surfaces like blue clay...

On slower and on faster surfaces she has more problems.

joeh37
May 14th, 2012, 08:29 PM
I agree. Her movement is not good enough. To sustain long rallies.
Put her against defensive machines like Radwanska and Wozniacki and her game won't really work, unless her serve is sensational.
But I think her game could translate to all surfaces. A fast surface and her serve will become harder to return, slow it down to clay and she'll have more time to defend incoming shots.
But in reality her doubles is much better than her singles and always will be.

edificio
May 14th, 2012, 08:32 PM
You know she's inconsistent, right? Basically, if she's not big hitting, she's big missing. That's been her game forever. I guess Lucie has a bandwagon now. :)

Steven.
May 14th, 2012, 08:55 PM
:haha: let's not. she is the epitome of a bbb

FORZA SARITA
May 14th, 2012, 09:00 PM
an off day with serve and she's gone :o

jimbo mack
May 14th, 2012, 09:08 PM
She cant play like this week in week out..still a great week for her nonetheless. But wouldn't be surprised if she was bundled out in the first round of her following tournament..

Trickle
May 14th, 2012, 09:15 PM
Here are some players Lucie has lost to in the past year

Heather Watson
Stefanie Voegele twice
Edina Gallovitz
Begu
Tusrenko
Hampton
Nastassja Burnett
Anne Keothavong
Zahlavova
Birnerova
Baltacha

Lucie has the weapons but she does not have the mindset.

Thank god tennis is not a carnival whackhammer-esque sport, and requires a brain.

Miracle Worker
May 14th, 2012, 09:20 PM
What? :o Are you serious here? :scratch:

Could we wait for another good tournament from her? :o

Halepsova
May 14th, 2012, 09:23 PM
Lucie needs to focus on grass now. I'm sure she will do well with those freaky serves.

bobcat
May 14th, 2012, 09:41 PM
She had a tough match with Woz in Beijing but she lost 7-5 in the 3rd.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6e_qPgd8tY

I can't remember anything special about her 2nd serve from that match so maybe the 2 first serves is something she's trying this year?

hotandspicey
May 14th, 2012, 10:37 PM
Wonder why she's not in the Rome draw. Anyone knows?

davidmario
May 14th, 2012, 10:49 PM
Wonder why she's not in the Rome draw. Anyone knows?

She plays Zhang Shuai in the first round of Prague (100k ITF event).
Prague is her home town so I guess she is combining the recovery from Madrid with some match play in her home town like Petra did last year;)

TheHangover
May 14th, 2012, 10:52 PM
may be she had to play qualies but she couldn't because she was in madrid

colt13
May 14th, 2012, 11:05 PM
Lucie has a big weapon if she can steady her game. She lost so much last year that her 237 aces(7th most) in 2011 only came in 36 matches, while Bartoli got 270(1st) in 83 matches. The only others in the top 10 with less that 50 matches played? The often injured Lisicki and Marino.

Olisadebe
May 14th, 2012, 11:39 PM
I've watched her play for 7 years now. She had a lot of mental problems, but after big wins in doubles like in Paris, she started to be really self confident. She improved her 2nd serve a lot during a couple of last months...She can be top30 soon.

Olisadebe
May 14th, 2012, 11:40 PM
Lucie has a big weapon if she can steady her game. She lost so much last year that her 237 aces(7th most) in 2011 only came in 36 matches, while Bartoli got 270(1st) in 83 matches. The only others in the top 10 with less that 50 matches played? The often injured Lisicki and Marino.
Where can I find WTA 2012 Ace leaders rank?

hotandspicey
May 14th, 2012, 11:41 PM
She plays Zhang Shuai in the first round of Prague (100k ITF event).
Prague is her home town so I guess she is combining the recovery from Madrid with some match play in her home town like Petra did last year;)

Thanks. GL to her there,

Stonerpova
May 15th, 2012, 12:47 AM
No tea no shade, but we've seen players like her before. I agree, she was impressive as hell last week, but she's the type of player who has 1-2, maybe 3 good tournaments a year, where her serve and returns aimed for the lines on pretty much every shot go in. In that SF match she was essentially hitting 2 first serves, that won't work over multiple tournaments. There's a reason she was ranked where she was.

This.

The Dawntreader
May 15th, 2012, 12:53 AM
Has a bomb for a serve. And her second serve is almost ATP-like by WTA standards.

That said, she's slow, inagile, footwork is often cumbersome, and has very late reactions on return. Plus her reactions after her serve aren't sharp enough to fully take advantage of that weapon.

She's built exclusively for quick conditions, such as the blue ice she just played on, where she can build everything around her serve, and some random cuts on the return.

There's a reason she's lost to puffballers like Watson on slow surfaces, when her serve is somewhat nullified and she's forced to rally.

colt13
May 15th, 2012, 01:06 AM
Where can I find WTA 2012 Ace leaders rank?

http://www.wtatennis.com/SEWTATour-Archive/Rankings_Stats/match_stats.pdf

miffedmax
May 15th, 2012, 02:27 AM
She's been busily winning all kinds of doubles honors with her chipmunky pal.

cowsonice
May 15th, 2012, 03:25 AM
She's a double-hander, already at a disadvantage, and she's not much of a defender like her higher-ranked peers of Bartoli and Peng.

Direwolf
May 15th, 2012, 06:09 AM
Its like asking... where have the other 10% of the wta been, other than Serena...

Rezai
Safarova
MJM
Karanthecheva
etc

Navratil
May 15th, 2012, 07:05 AM
She used to be quite solid at smaller WTA event a couple of years ago, then she struggled at bigger tournaments and only had very few highlights. That's why she was outside the Top 100.

But she had to play bigger tournaments cause she was such an outstanding doubles player. There was no chance to reach the top ten with titles in Bad Gastein & Co ;)

But she finally managed to trubble the very top players at the very top events with her aggressive game. Lots of potential but never really consistent. Some very very bad losses in the past ;)

We'll see...

Johnbert
May 15th, 2012, 07:12 AM
she's good for a upset here and there, but that's it. to inconsistent :shrug:

aloeball
May 15th, 2012, 07:34 AM
She's like Rezai, style-wize. But less consistent.

Potentials obviously there from the matches Ive seen her play in the past.

JohnBoy
May 15th, 2012, 10:57 AM
Lucie is a typical Czech player - has all the shots but mentally is weak!

Rest Maria!
May 15th, 2012, 11:00 AM
Where have you been, Lucie Hradecka, our nation's slowly turns its eyes to you.

Petronius
May 15th, 2012, 01:06 PM
Lucie is a typical Czech player - has all the shots but mentally is weak!

LOL. What about Sam Stosur, who mentally collapsed and lost in the very first round of the Australian Open in front of her home crowd?

The 2nd Law
May 15th, 2012, 01:10 PM
I remember her having MPs against Ana at Wimbly 09 :o