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GrahamD
Apr 18th, 2003, 08:42 PM
There's a fairly strong feeling amongst those of us who follow Daniela very closely, that it may be time to consider getting a new coach. It is glaringly obvious that the slump she is in at the moment is just not right, but it doesn't appear that it's being addressed by Nigel. She's losing to players she shouldn't really be losing to (I'm not taking any credit away from anyone here) and there doesn't appear to be any glimmer of hope in sight. Reports of Daniela looking too thin, too weak, energy-less, you name it, someone says she's got it, but maybe a million and one people all can't be wrong.

The problem is that Nigel seems to have turned her from a healthy looking, highly rated prospect into something almost the exact opposite. Instead of making progress, she is now regressing rapidly and you have to question, what on earth is Nigel doing? There is no doubt that he is a good coach, but maybe he's not an excellent coach which is what Dani needs right now.

I wonder if he has taken her as far as he possibly can, but in order for Daniela to become the finished article that she so often promises but fails to deliver, she might have to consider that a change might be for the best. What do you guys think?

TennisHack
Apr 18th, 2003, 08:46 PM
I think the problem -- whatever it is -- is within Daniela herself, and dumping Sears to hire another coach wouldn't do much good. Until she starts believing in herself and her abilities (and working out whatever problems she's having, if any), she will continue to underachieve. No one will pull the better results from her.

Wojtek
Apr 18th, 2003, 08:51 PM
Yes she should . Why ? Reasons :

1. She has problem with almost everyone this year .
We have march and no changes .:o
2. She stopped serve and volley game . It's very stupid because she has great volleys .
3. She lost to Demetieva twice this year . In 2002 Demeniteva beat from top ten Hingis in Moscow . Top players beat Dementieva she has the worst serve from top 30 and Daniela one with her one game .

BK4ever
Apr 18th, 2003, 08:54 PM
No...she needs to check herself into a weight control clinic...gain a few pounds and then hit the courts again...

Many people have noted here that she practices ALOT...she needs to start doing her practices in terms of Quality and not Quantity...

But going to the clinic should be her first priority...

GrahamD
Apr 18th, 2003, 08:59 PM
Until she starts believing in herself and her abilities (and working out whatever problems she's having, if any), she will continue to underachieve.

Maybe she will work out that the problem is her coach and that he's focusing on all the wrong things and until he goes, things won't get any better.

TennisHack
Apr 18th, 2003, 09:11 PM
Maybe she will work out that the problem is her coach and that he's focusing on all the wrong things and until he goes, things won't get any better.

Or maybe, just maybe, the problem ISN'T Nigel. I adore Daniela and hate to see her like this, but really. Blaming her decline solely on Nigel is a bit shortsighted. Nobody's out there with Daniela on court.

Of course, that said, if Nigel is trying to convince her to change her game, as Wotjek suggested, perhaps there is a problem there. But its hardly the only problem.

Venus Forever
Apr 18th, 2003, 09:13 PM
I think the problem -- whatever it is -- is within Daniela herself, and dumping Sears to hire another coach wouldn't do much good. Until she starts believing in herself and her abilities (and working out whatever problems she's having, if any), she will continue to underachieve. No one will pull the better results from her.

I agree.

The problem is within Daniela herself. And if she isn't careful, she will be the next "beauty" to leave the top 10, just as Kournikova and Dementieva have done.

Wojtek
Apr 18th, 2003, 09:19 PM
I agree.

The problem is within Daniela herself. And if she isn't careful, she will be the next "beauty" to leave the top 10, just as Kournikova and Dementieva have done.

She is in good way to be like Anna and Elena . :sad:

GrahamD
Apr 18th, 2003, 09:21 PM
Of course, that said, if Nigel is trying to convince her to change her game, as Wotjek suggested, perhaps there is a problem there. But its hardly the only problem.

You could be right. He may be a problem, but not the only problem. Anyone got Martina Nav's phone number? She can't go on playing forever :rolleyes:

Dava
Apr 18th, 2003, 10:29 PM
From what I have heard is that Sears sometimes thinks she does too much but she wont listen to her. I mean Elena D is quality, and a loss to her is nothing for Dani fans to worry about, but the scoreline is. She needs to go to a "Holland and Barrett" and get some rapid-weight gain powerdrink or something.

leslie
Apr 18th, 2003, 11:05 PM
I keep telling you guys that Daniela is anorexic. When I saw her today I was shock she could bearly hit the ball and her arms look so out of place. It is obvious that her people are ignoring the fact that Daniela seriously needs help.

Martian Martin
Apr 18th, 2003, 11:15 PM
I think now's not the time to get rid of Nigel and to be honest I can't ever see Daniela doing that well on clay, she doesn't move well enough. Things seem to have gone slightly downhill since winning the Fed Cup, she's actually only won just over half of her matches since then and her only really good win was against Patty at the Oz Open.
The most worrying thing about her for me has been the manner of the losses in her last 3 tournaments. Losing the last 11 games of the match against Alicia in Miami. Taking 3 games from Ashley last week and then only one game today. The players she lost to had beaten other really good players that week, but that's not what really bothers me, it's the fact she's getting crushed by players that at the very least she should be making them beat her, not handing them it.

I say give it till after Wimbledon, then see what's happened.

King Lindsay
Apr 18th, 2003, 11:19 PM
I keep telling you guys that Daniela is anorexic. When I saw her today I was shock she could bearly hit the ball and her arms look so out of place. It is obvious that her people are ignoring the fact that Daniela seriously needs help.

What's obvious is how you love to run your mouth about things you can't possibly know of.

Today was a bad loss again, yes. But I'm still not going to panic so long as these losses are coming in the quarterfinals. She's not exactly tearing up the world right now, but I think the results will come. Just a bit of a sophomore slump maybe??? I think she should just take a few weeks off and then approach the euro clay circuit fresh.

Sonja
Apr 18th, 2003, 11:24 PM
Seems to me like Daniela has lost the "fun" in tennis. She doesn't appear to be enjoying it anymore. I think she may put a lot of pressure on herself. Once she made Top 10 she seemed to be more serious and not having as much fun on the court. I tend to agree with the others that the problem is within Dani and not Nigel. I think perhaps the stress and weight of staying in the Top 10 has made her push herself more.

Right now I think the best thing she could do would be to give herself a break, not worry about the points, and rest. I miss the old Dani and the easy smile she used to have all the time. I hope she'll regain that part of her personality and with that, perhaps her game will return as well.

leslie
Apr 18th, 2003, 11:31 PM
What's obvious is how you love to run your mouth about things you can't possibly know of.

Today was a bad loss again, yes. But I'm still not going to panic so long as these losses are coming in the quarterfinals. She's not exactly tearing up the world right now, but I think the results will come. Just a bit of a sophomore slump maybe??? I think she should just take a few weeks off and then approach the euro clay circuit fresh.

My dear I don't have to know because I see it. You are obviously in denial along with her people. The girl needs feeding she looks emaciated,
she can hardly hit the ball, she is weak she cannot run after the balls. If they do not take care of her, she is going to fall out on the tennis court one of these days.

TennisHack
Apr 19th, 2003, 12:24 AM
Right now I think the best thing she could do would be to give herself a break, not worry about the points, and rest. I miss the old Dani and the easy smile she used to have all the time. I hope she'll regain that part of her personality and with that, perhaps her game will return as well.

Interesting post, Sonja. I think you're completely right. Clijsters went through the same sort of slump last summer and came out of it beautifully, so hopefully Daniela can and will do the same :)

fammmmedspin
Apr 19th, 2003, 02:37 AM
She needs to do something different. Going to a doctor for a full checkup would be a good place to start - thyroids, for example, have much to answer for. The number of people saying she is thin and weak suggests there may be an issue there too. If Nigel isn't responsible why should she sack him? If he is part of the problem or is not up to the solution she should sack him (and preferably eat him)

maccardel
Apr 19th, 2003, 03:17 AM
I think Nigel should dump Daniela.....there you go. Why can't the coach look for a better prospect? If this one is doing bad why not dump her for something better. I think Nigel should start thinking about coaching someone who wants to play and I'm not talking about dress-up either....I remember when every interview was about Daniela challenging the Williamses and being a top player and so forth....well did anyone ask her about challenging the top twenty and staying in the top 10?

I imagine she is just having a bad slump but in the tennis world when you suddenly appear in the top 10 expect to fall back a few spots the next year...ask Meghan and Jelena, Justine, Elena and other players...they made it back by improving their game....and changing to the current trend while maintaining your motivation and strategy. This is what Daniela needs to do....to keep Nigel from walking out and kicking himself in the ass for not coaching Ashley or someone else.....

I would pull her from the tour, put her in the shop and come back with a new body, game and mentality.

F-R-E-A-K
Apr 19th, 2003, 10:51 AM
Do we have any of the latest pics to see how thinned otu she has become?

GrahamD
Apr 19th, 2003, 11:05 AM
Do we have any of the latest pics to see how thinned otu she has become?

Yes, this was yesterday...

Take a good look at this and tell me something isn't right. What the hell is her coach turning her into? :eek:
http://www.tennis.info/images/BL3/Hantuchova5745.jpg

Now compare that to this from Wimbledon last year-

http://perso.wanadoo.fr/daniela-hantuchova/photos/APHOTOS/wimb.jpg


Please, please give me back last years version as this years model isn't working too well :(

GoDominique
Apr 19th, 2003, 11:09 AM
The only match I have seen Daniela play lately was her loss against Amanda in IW.
Her shots had no power, she move terribly, she made awful errors.
Why is she that slow ? Maybe too much practice, mabye too little weight.
But there is definitely something wrong. Whether her coach can solve these problems is another question.