Jun 2nd, 2003, 06:42 AM
It seems like the top players these days dont give a shit how their opponent plays the game, all they are concerned with is their own game!!
Its good that players focuss on what they need to do personally to win, but jeez it would help (are you listening Capriati??) if they actually did a bit of research into their opponent..
Is it just me?? Or has anyone else noticed, how the elite players, whena sked about what their opponent does or doesnt do well, will only come back with "well Im going to worry about playing my game"..
jeez, if you knew that your opponent (for example) hated high bouncing balls to the backhand, why not employ that strategy to ensure an even easier victory than player A would have playing Player A's game???
Having a bit of strategy would really help a few players esp Jennifer!!!
Jun 2nd, 2003, 06:47 AM
I think it's just something they say like "I don't train that hard at all, really!" Obviously as the matches progress they will scout. Most likely probably their coach or other hangers on will be present at their opponents' matches. Also I'm sure many of them will watch on TV their opponents' matches.
I think Jen's problem is not of lack of scouting but I think her game might be becoming too one-dimensional. No tournament wins since Jan 02' says that there are deeper problems than her lack of knowledge of her opponent's game.
Jun 2nd, 2003, 06:59 AM
i think the top players say that because with lower ranked players they can figure it out on the day and still not have much trouble beating the player and their power games give them a bit of time to work out the players weaknesses and strenghts. when the top players play the top players they have played each other so much that they don't need to because they already know their games. so the top players really don't have any need to.
Jun 2nd, 2003, 07:29 AM
In fairness, I've seen Capriati watch the Serena versus Barbra Schett match...i guess JenCap was thinking about the finals already.hehehe
Jun 2nd, 2003, 07:39 AM
I agree the top players dont need to sout each other out as they play so often..
But there are times, especially in grand slams when a top player will meet someone whom they havent played much, a good example would be Zvonareva and Capriati playing the russian girls...
I think the top players are okay during one of their numerous easy early round victories, but occasionally they will get a touch early match, and Ive seen some of the top stars look comletely clueless when their A game isnt working...
Jun 2nd, 2003, 08:16 AM
I've heard the "I'm going to play my own game" ding-dong song forever, but like Philbo says-it seems these gals actually believe it now!
Scouting should ALWAYS be done if possible IMO. I was shocked when Serena said she had no idea about Bartoli. And Jennifer should know better by now. Assumptions can be dangerous. Ask Monica Seles. In 1990 at the US Open she met an unknown named Ferrando. Monica assumed she was a baseliner cause Ferrando was Italian.
Lind F serve and volleyed her way to the upset of the year!