Actually I found the match quite entertaining with good rallies...
Lena has a pretty good game, she works well the points but somehow I think she is lazy in finishing them...in first set Tati was having problems in taking control of the points and with the Lena's hidden backhand down the line...then she took over the match...
Goloving looked beautiful out there although some fat is visible around her belly...I don't have a problem with that but I think she sould work on her fitness...
Oct 3rd, 2006, 08:12 PM
way to fight, tania. :)
Oct 3rd, 2006, 08:28 PM
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Oct 3rd, 2006, 09:02 PM
can someone please post a video
Oct 3rd, 2006, 09:53 PM
:bounce: Well done Tati! :bounce:
Oct 3rd, 2006, 11:15 PM
Nice fight Tati :yeah:. Continue and take out Schiavone and have a rematch vs Mauresmo :drool:.
Oct 4th, 2006, 01:33 AM
Any win for Tati makes me happy
Oct 4th, 2006, 02:03 AM
Well done, Tati! :bounce: :hearts:
Oct 4th, 2006, 01:42 PM
:hearts: :hearts: :hearts: tati i'd like to see you ousting Fran now!!!
Oct 4th, 2006, 02:36 PM
Pleasant match, with lengthy, well played rallies and excellent defensive play from both Golovin and Likhovtseva, with both opening angles from very awkward positions, and very few needless errors.
Golovin didn't play that much worse in the first set than she did in the remaining two IMO; it was just that she lost a few decisive points at the worst possible time. The other two sets, particularly the third, were tighter than the score would suggest, even though Golovin was clearly in control throughout; it was just that Likhovtseva pretty much gave up on the second set once she realised that a recovery would be very unlikely.
I always feel nostalgic when I watch Likhovtseva play; she plays the game the way it was played 10 years ago. She did what she could, but without anything in the way of a weapon to hit through Golovin, it was always a tough task to win a point against such a good defender as Tati is. She had to patiently construct each of her points, and when a player has to hit 6-10 shots to even be in the position to attempt a winner, the chances for an error, and for her opponent to take over the point with a timely counterattack, increase exponentially.
Golovin won a few free points off her first serve (something Likhovtseva is unable to do) and, even though she's seriously lacking in firepower when compared with most of the Tour these days and takes few risks with her shots, it was her who usually managed to force a decision earlier.
Still, far too often Golovin would relapse into passive mode, playing from way behind the baseline, deliberately avoiding deep shots or going for the lines, and running from side to side to retrieve the shots of a player who isn't more powerful than her.
Playing the game the way Golovin plays it requires stamina, consistency and above all flawless shot selection. There are signs of improvement from Golovin, but she'll always be liable to be blown off the court by a more powerful hitter.