View Full Version : (4) Hantuchova vs. Frazier MATCH Report

Jul 24th, 2003, 08:45 AM
I didn't expect to see any more tennis this week, but I had a friend who got free tickets to Hantuchova vs. Frazier. We didn't get to the match until 3-2 in the first set when Frazier broke.

Despite the easy scoreline of 6-2, 6-4 this match was pretty close...almost all of the games went to deuce. And most of the deuce games went to at least 3-4 deuces. I had never seen either play in person, but I'm assuming that Daniela has been playing the same tonite as she has throughout the year, or at least at the same level. Daniela's serve was really weak...throughout the entire match she didn't even crack a serve over 100mph. In fact her serves ranged from 80-90mph with her second serve dipping into the 70s. Daniela had pretty good placement though, although because she wasn't hitting it big enough, Frazier was able to capitalize on Daniela's serve. Frazier on the other hand consistently served in the 90s, her second serve dipped no lower than 80.

Based on serves, and service returns alone...you could tell Frazier was going to win the match. Frazier consistently put Hantuchova on the defensive with the return of serve. Hantuchova seemed to have a hard time reading Frazier's serve...she just never seemed to get a good look. Hantuchova only had one good service game throughout the match. Frazier though has good deep returns which could have been the reason Hantuchova was put on the defensive.

In terms of groundstrokes, both players hit deep and hard as well as have a knack for changing the direction of the ball. There were some good rallies between the two. In fact Hantuchova's backhand up the line kept her in the match. In the span of two or three games, she had hit like 5 winners off that shot. I was suprised at how well both players were aiming for the lines and keeping it in. The only separation between the two was Frazier's consistency. It was really weird it was almost as if Hantuchova could not string more than a point together. She would play brilliantly on one point, but then hit an unforced error straight into the net. Hantuchova racked up a lot of errors, especially when there were easy put aways, or when Frazier was off the court. Another big difference between the two was movement. Hantuchova was constantly hitting in awkward positions...hunched over or slicing because she wasn't in position.

Both players were tragic at the net, Hantuchova passed Frazier on many occassions. But so did Frazier. When either player tried to come up to the net, they seemed unsure...they both hit their volleys BEHIND the service line.

Frazier and Hantuchova hit a lot of errors in the match, but Amy played better as Daniela was very up and down. The last time I saw Hantuchova was Eastbourne 2002 when she played against Chanda Rubin. While she seems to go for less winners now (read less winner happy), she seems to be lacking any type of consistency.

The plus for Hantuchova? The new Nike outfit makes her look less anorexic because of the horizontal stripes.

Jul 24th, 2003, 08:49 AM
Hantuchova has nice form on both sides, but seeing her play tonite really makes you wonder if she can raise her game.

Frazier had a mini-choke...she was serving for the match at 5-4, went up 40-0. Double-faulted on the first match point, and then at 40-15 hit a weak second serve that got spanked by Hantuchova. At 40-30, Frazier hit a second serve that Hantuchova totally missed and hit out.

The one thing that may have contributed to Hantuchova's loss: 1) there were lots of close calls on the lines, both on the baseline and on her serve. There were at least 2-3 times that Hantuchova thought she hit an ace or a service winner and it was over-ruled. I also thought there were a high amount of lets. Nothing seemed to go Daniela's way.

Small tidbit: Meghann is pretty dang tall :D

Jul 24th, 2003, 09:22 AM
thanks a lot for the report!

Jul 24th, 2003, 02:19 PM
can someone please tell me,whether dani is still coached by nigel sears and who was accompanying her last night
thank you

Jul 24th, 2003, 02:23 PM
Thanks for the report! Poor Daniela..:sad: Will she ever find her form again??

But anyway I didnt expect any less of this..I mean Amy is DANGEROUS on hardcourts I think she has a chance on just about anybody! Although I still have sour grapes from French Open 2001...*ahem lol good luck to Amy next round! :D

Jul 24th, 2003, 02:40 PM
Dani :sad:
I was hoping shed start to find her form on the hardcourts, but i guess not.

Jul 24th, 2003, 02:45 PM
Thanks for the report. Good to see
Dani take that important step out in
a tournament after the Wimbledon drama.

Jul 24th, 2003, 05:21 PM
But it seems she still hasn't overcome this loss. She somehow chokes if some great rallies turn into (most time) unessential points for the opponent.

Hopefully she regains her easiness of being as soon as possible. Til now it's unbearable ... :sad:

Hold your head up, Daniela, still support you from the bottom of my heart ! :hug:

King Aaron
Jul 24th, 2003, 05:24 PM
Thanks Brian. :)

Jul 24th, 2003, 05:28 PM
can someone please tell me,whether dani is still coached by nigel sears and who was accompanying her last night
thank you

Can you post a pic of him? If I see him, I'll tell you if I've seen him there.

Jul 24th, 2003, 07:30 PM
Thanks for the report Tennisace!! :)

I would just like to know, what was Daniela's body language like during the match? Did she look as despondent as she did at Wimbledon? And was she continually looking at her coach or mother for some sort of encouragement?

Any answers would be great. Thanks!! :)

Hmmm you know what, she didn't really show any disgust...I noticied that she seemed like she wasn't even in the match. When she would question a line call, she would just put her hands on her hips and look at the chair umpire, but other than that she was quite stoic. I only remember her pumping her fist once after a point. Other than a quick exit after the match, she didn't act like she was losing/lost.

Jul 24th, 2003, 07:32 PM
can someone please tell me,whether dani is still coached by nigel sears and who was accompanying her last night
thank you

When I saw Dani practicing on the weekend, she was being coached/hitting with a guy with a British accent...which I assume was Nigel Sears.

Jul 24th, 2003, 07:48 PM
Thanks for the report.
Poor Daniela... but I'm sure that it's will be the last big desapointement this year

Jul 24th, 2003, 08:01 PM
what the heck, the match i saw b/w
Hingis and Hantuchova was all about
Hantuchova's consistency, now this....:rolleyes:
Amy is surely consistent, but sitll...oh well

Jul 25th, 2003, 12:53 AM

Jul 25th, 2003, 01:57 AM
That's interesting, sounds like she didn't even want to be out there. Maybe she is being pressured to play, because I thought she was going to have a while off to get herself sorted out. :confused:

Well, it's an IMG tournament, and she's an IMG client-- as are the vast majority of the field. It's possible that IMG had some pull to get her in, especially as she didn't play BOTW last year. Or else it was an attempt to get her some extra points for a #8 seeding at the US Open. Her results this time last summer weren't all that great, so until the Open she doesn't seem to have a lot of points to defend, and maybe they thought to build on last year's points from the summer.

Or else they wanted to throw her into the fire and see if she was over the Wimbledon loss. Apparently not.

Jul 25th, 2003, 05:00 AM
Thanks for the report :D