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King Lindsay
May 6th, 2003, 09:54 PM
Anna's got a ginormous chunk of points off this week for her semifinal effort last year in Berlin. She hasn't had much of a year to this point, although she showed signs of life in Warsaw, and won convincingly over Panova today. So what's the deal with her? Was last year a career best, high watermark that she'll never come close to topping? Or is this just a slump that she'll break out of any day now?

Mikey
May 6th, 2003, 10:13 PM
First of all, the title of this thread is not appreciated :p

She was having a big slump at the beginning of the year. The injury in Auckland really killed her confidence b/c she couldn't keep going in Auckland and she didn't even get a chance to defend one point in Canberra. She was OK at the Australian Open and then blech.

Her scheduling was horrible IMO - she should have never played Tokyo or Paris and she skipped Hyderabad and Acapulco.

She played well last week, (finally) upholding her seeding and taking a set off the eventual champion :) And then she destroyed Panova today, who she's struggled with in the past. Hopefully this means she's getting back on track. The clay should also be very useful. I can't see her getting to the SF again this year, but the 3R is within her reach, and then Mauresmo would be in the QF. Mauresmo is bound to be tired and Anna DID take a set off her last week, so you never know (though I still doubt it).

Last year was a career year. It's doubtful she'll have another year like it. Her biggest chance at regaining confidence is Roland Garros, her best surface where she lost first round last year. The clay will be good for her. Her ranking - hovering around 20 - is probably where it should be IMO.

King Lindsay
May 6th, 2003, 10:19 PM
First of all, the title of this thread is not appreciated :p

She was having a big slump at the beginning of the year. The injury in Auckland really killed her confidence b/c she couldn't keep going in Auckland and she didn't even get a chance to defend one point in Canberra. She was OK at the Australian Open and then blech.

Her scheduling was horrible IMO - she should have never played Tokyo or Paris and she skipped Hyderabad and Acapulco.

She played well last week, (finally) upholding her seeding and taking a set off the eventual champion :) And then she destroyed Panova today, who she's struggled with in the past. Hopefully this means she's getting back on track. The clay should also be very useful. I can't see her getting to the SF again this year, but the 3R is within her reach, and then Mauresmo would be in the QF. Mauresmo is bound to be tired and Anna DID take a set off her last week, so you never know (though I still doubt it).

Last year was a career year. It's doubtful she'll have another year like it. Her biggest chance at regaining confidence is Roland Garros, her best surface where she lost first round last year. The clay will be good for her. Her ranking - hovering around 20 - is probably where it should be IMO.

I think it's going much lower than 20.

She's due to face Mauresmo in round 3, actually. Anca Barna in the 2nd round (which she should win, not a gimme though), and then Amelie again. Actually, she was up 3-1 in the third set against Amelie in Warsaw, so it's anybody's guess whether that loss helped or hurt her confidence.

Mikey
May 6th, 2003, 10:22 PM
Oh right, that's what I meant ;)

I didn't say that it's going to be much lower than 20. I just said that her correct ranking is probably right around 20 - not where she ended up last year and not where she will be at the end of this week.

CJ07
May 6th, 2003, 10:26 PM
Is It My Understanding That Pistolesi Has No Weapons Other Than Speed?

Isn't She Basically Amanda Coetzer version .5?

Mikey
May 6th, 2003, 10:27 PM
After this week, she does't really have big points to defend until Vienna (another month from now) and then not until a month later at San Diego. And then her next set of big points came in October during the carpet season (Linz, Zurich, LA, and Filderstadt). Madrid and Rome also are on her list, but they're the last two things on her ranking right now. So, after this week, she'll have a chance to gain some more points, if she plays.

Mikey
May 6th, 2003, 10:28 PM
Is It My Understanding That Pistolesi Has No Weapons Other Than Speed?

Isn't She Basically Amanda Coetzer version .5?
Clearly you've never seen her play. Her main weapon is her speed, yes.

Leena
May 6th, 2003, 10:58 PM
Mikey, why shouldn't have Anna played Tokyo & Paris? Do you suggest that she should have kept relying on winning little tournies to keep her ranking? :p

Mikey
May 6th, 2003, 11:02 PM
;)

Considering fastcourts are her weakest surfaces, there's no need to be there. She should just jump on whatever clay opportunities out there.

King Lindsay
May 6th, 2003, 11:06 PM
Yeah, Anna's a Coetzer-type retriever. But at the same time, she's an excellent shotmaker too. she's gotta be to compete with the big girls. But she has about as much power as you would expect from a person so tiny.

CJ07
May 6th, 2003, 11:08 PM
i confess i have not seen her play
but according to commentators plus other players
shes just annoying and if your off, she can give you problems

Like pam shriver once said that shes a less experienced less consistent version of coetzer

also, during her match against rena, when serena didnt play well at all, she didnt hit a single winner!

and that was on a hardcourt

not trying to bash her, just restating what i've been told

King Lindsay
May 6th, 2003, 11:10 PM
i confess i have not seen her play
but according to commentators plus other players
shes just annoying and if your off, she can give you problems

Like pam shriver once said that shes a less experienced less consistent version of coetzer

also, during her match against rena, when serena didnt play well at all, she didnt hit a single winner!

and that was on a hardcourt

not trying to bash her, just restating what i've been told

Did you see her play Serena in Berlin last year? She lost 6-3 6-2, but she got up 3-0 in the first set really fast running down everything and just making some spectacular shots. Hit a few winners in that match. ;)

Dava
May 6th, 2003, 11:11 PM
Pistolesi will always be around till the cows come home, her ranking is irrlevent as her skill is good. She has always been inconsistant as a player and just cant cut it in the slams, but she will always be beating top players whether shes ranked in the top 20 or 200.

Mikey
May 6th, 2003, 11:11 PM
She cannot compete with Serena. I'll admit - Serena is way out of her league.

I've learned to not trust Pam from past experience, but she probably does deserve credit for being virtually accurate in this case. She is Coetzer-esque, but I'm not sure if she's less consistent - she's just not able to be at the same level as most people above her, which Coetzer did do in her prime.

Leena
May 6th, 2003, 11:16 PM
;)

Considering fastcourts are her weakest surfaces, there's no need to be there. She should just jump on whatever clay opportunities out there.
Maybe you're right since she couldn't beat an injured Bovina in Tokyo :p

propi
May 6th, 2003, 11:41 PM
If she plays as last week she'll be on top 20 for long time

Cariaoke
May 7th, 2003, 01:02 AM
the only time I've seen her play is 1r Tour Champs vs. Serena and that really isn't a time to evaluate her performance. I'd have to see her win a match against someone in the top 50 to make a proper assessment. That ball holder on her back annoyed the shit outta me. :rolleyes:

Mr. Man
May 7th, 2003, 01:03 AM
She should've kept the name SMASHnova. ;)

Cariaoke
May 7th, 2003, 01:04 AM
oh yeah, she shoulda kept that awesome name! she's a pistol but smash is just perfect for tennis. *pours a 40 for her maiden name*

rhz
May 7th, 2003, 01:06 AM
Is her husband stil coaching her??

Cariaoke
May 7th, 2003, 01:08 AM
her father, woops I mean husband/manager/coach still has those titles.

Jakeev
May 7th, 2003, 02:52 AM
I don't think Anna was ever the player Coetzer was in regard to her height, although I think she is a better player than Panova.

Anna's biggest problem other than the obvious lack of power and height, is she is not as mentally tough sometimes as Amanda.

I think if she got that aspect of her game back in check, she would give bigger players more nightmares on court, especially on the slower surfaces.