Stats for match vs. Barna: http://www.blchamps.com/stats/Match323.html
Monica had 48 UE's to Anca's 24, exactly double!
Monica had more winners, but also more double-faults, fewer aces, a worse 2nd-serve percentage, and actually fewer overall points.
She still won, though. 2-6 7-6(5) 6-3
Apr 16th, 2003, 07:31 PM
An even more shocker is that Barna actually won more points throughout the match too. It was something like 98-93 in favor of Anca.:eek:
Apr 16th, 2003, 07:32 PM
Obviously, Monica is shaking off the rust from her layoff.
She'll cut the number of UEs as she continues to play.
Apr 16th, 2003, 07:34 PM
Go, Monica. And don't scare us like this.
Apr 16th, 2003, 07:37 PM
Hey! A win is a win!
Monica has been injured and is coming back. It's always tough to come back after an injury because you're super careful not to re-injure yourself again, and that can definitely alter your play and how you strike the ball.
But Anca is no slouch herself! She is streaky, but when she is on a good streak, she can cause some damage.
Congrats to Monica. She'll continue to build confidence and improve. I mean...what a confidence builder when you can win fewer points overall and STILL manage to win the match!!! :D :cool:
Apr 16th, 2003, 07:37 PM
Yah....if you break down the winners and UFE's by set...she had more winners in the third than UFE's Good sign for her next match.....GO SELES.
Apr 16th, 2003, 07:39 PM
Its definitley to be expected that she was a little rough around the edges, it definitley shows what a fighter she is. Again, great win Monica!
Apr 16th, 2003, 08:22 PM
Glad to see Monica won. Looks like it was a close one though :eek:.
Apr 16th, 2003, 08:55 PM
*PHEW* Glad to see Monica safley through, or not so safley..
Apr 16th, 2003, 09:32 PM
Unfortunately, Monica does not have an easy draw. She has only one more match to get herself to Henin's level.
Apr 16th, 2003, 09:37 PM
Look at the brightside: Monica is getting some good practice ahead of RG.
Apr 16th, 2003, 09:44 PM
Dont Worry, next match will be easy...
Apr 16th, 2003, 09:45 PM
Anca gave another great fight to a top-player
but once again she lost
Apr 16th, 2003, 09:47 PM
When was the last time she played? Dubai? Tokyo? Not surprised she was rusty...especially against a crafty player like Barna. Barna has played Serena two or three times...and two of them have gone to three. She knows how to mix it up
Apr 16th, 2003, 09:52 PM
Actually, I took a lot of good things away from this match. As the stats indicate, Anca was obviously on her game (34/24 is a solid ratio). She appeared to be serving well, and making few errors.
That said, Monica was obviously going for her shots all the way. 40+winners says as much. The number of UEs while slightly higher than I'd like to see, was not the reason she had to fight. Anca's play was. My biggest concern is Monica's "feast or famine" serving. Hopefully that improves to more "feast".
The bottom line is, happily, that Monica played the big points better than her tenacious opponent. And that's what makes champions. :)
Apr 16th, 2003, 10:07 PM
She had a neck injury and couldn't move it the whole match. A trainer came out in the 1st set and Monica almost retired from the match. The injury is nothing serious, she said she just slept on it wrong. Good comeback Monica!!!
Apr 16th, 2003, 10:09 PM
oh monica, why cant you be healthy!
i hope the neck is 100% by tommorow...i wish they had player interviews!