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pan
Sep 27th, 2008, 05:31 PM
New volume! :)

James
Jan 8th, 2013, 07:09 PM
Volume 1 (http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=358136)

Losing Streak
Jan 8th, 2013, 07:23 PM
:kiss:

tennisfreak13
Jan 8th, 2013, 07:28 PM
Mona has more posts in her Thread, than Angie in her Subforum and Andrea has not many more. Looks like Mona is kind of popular.

Poldo
Jan 8th, 2013, 08:03 PM
Wozu Volume 2?

mk27
Jan 8th, 2013, 08:10 PM
Wozu Volume 2?

Die Threads haben eine maximale Größe bei der Anzahl der Antworten.

Setsuna.
Jan 8th, 2013, 08:18 PM
Some pics I took from her interview. :hearts:

http://i623.photobucket.com/albums/tt320/Janko_107/Hisagi/08-01-201318-32-42_zps5b90bcb6.jpg

Setsuna.
Jan 8th, 2013, 08:19 PM
http://i623.photobucket.com/albums/tt320/Janko_107/Hisagi/08-01-201318-50-18_zps5fed16e6.jpg

Setsuna.
Jan 8th, 2013, 08:19 PM
http://i623.photobucket.com/albums/tt320/Janko_107/Hisagi/08-01-201318-45-18_zps0afcdd54.jpg

Setsuna.
Jan 8th, 2013, 08:19 PM
http://i623.photobucket.com/albums/tt320/Janko_107/Hisagi/08-01-201318-49-01_zps67892c5e.jpg

Setsuna.
Jan 8th, 2013, 08:20 PM
:hearts:

http://i623.photobucket.com/albums/tt320/Janko_107/Hisagi/08-01-201318-36-35_zps6b3bdac4.jpg

Setsuna.
Jan 8th, 2013, 08:20 PM
http://i623.photobucket.com/albums/tt320/Janko_107/Hisagi/08-01-201318-44-18_zpse0186717.jpg

Losing Streak
Jan 8th, 2013, 08:20 PM
:hearts:

Setsuna.
Jan 8th, 2013, 08:21 PM
Her eyes are so gorgeous.

Tecumseh
Jan 8th, 2013, 08:55 PM
She appears to be very confident and relaxed on these pics and i also think that her charisma is quite special.

Setsuna.
Jan 8th, 2013, 09:04 PM
She appears to be very confident and relaxed on these pics and i also think that her charisma is quite special.

:yeah:

Tecumseh
Jan 8th, 2013, 09:16 PM
Seeing Mona winning on an offday really made my day!

Setsuna.
Jan 8th, 2013, 09:30 PM
Seeing Mona winning on an offday really made my day!

Me too. :lol: She should play better next round since I don't think she would get another win against a player like Zakopalova with such a bad performance. :lol:

I hope Pironkova wins but on hardcourts Zakapolova is much better so she is likely to win and meet Mona in the QF.

Hartson
Jan 8th, 2013, 09:37 PM
with such a bad performance. :lol:

Anyway she made 30+ winners in two sets -)

Phil=)
Jan 8th, 2013, 09:44 PM
Hoffe sie schafft auch hier das Halbfinale :)

Tecumseh
Jan 8th, 2013, 09:49 PM
Me too. :lol: She should play better next round since I don't think she would get another win against a player like Zakopalova with such a bad performance. :lol:

I hope Pironkova wins but on hardcourts Zakapolova is much better so she is likely to win and meet Mona in the QF.

Mona would attack Zakopalova's weak serve so that on a normal or good day she should prevail. Pironkova on the other hand can be very dangerous at times. But in the end i think that Mona has so much more potential than these two players.

Setsuna.
Jan 8th, 2013, 10:00 PM
Mona would attack Zakopalova's weak serve so that on a normal or good day she should prevail. Pironkova on the other hand can be very dangerous at times. But in the end i think that Mona has so much more potential than these two players.

True.

Tecumseh
Jan 8th, 2013, 10:08 PM
If we continue to post that much we will soon have "Mona Barthel Volume 3".

Setsuna.
Jan 8th, 2013, 10:12 PM
If we continue to post that much we will soon have "Mona Barthel Volume 3".

:lol:

I hope she gets her own subform before that happens. She deserves it and her fanbase is growing.

KatjaS
Jan 8th, 2013, 10:14 PM
Mona has more posts in her Thread, than Angie in her Subforum and Andrea has not many more. Looks like Mona is kind of popular.

Well Petko was out for almost a year, so there are obviously all the live scoring posts missing that usually fill up the counter quickly. But Mona deserves her own forum, someone who knows how to get that done should take care of that.

Playing doubles with Cornet at the AO by the way.

Tecumseh
Jan 8th, 2013, 10:24 PM
:lol:

I hope she gets her own subform before that happens. She deserves it and her fanbase is growing.

Yes she clearly deserves it and she seems to have very nice and sophisticated supporters, especially if you compare them to the Serena fanboys on GM.

mk27
Jan 8th, 2013, 10:47 PM
Mona will only play the big tournaments after AO.

First Paris, then maybe Fed Cup against France, then Doha and then Dubai qualifying.

tennisfreak13
Jan 8th, 2013, 11:43 PM
Yes and than Indian Wells and Miami.

Raiden
Jan 9th, 2013, 12:50 AM
Mona will only play the big tournaments after AO.

First Paris, then maybe Fed Cup against France, then Doha and then Dubai qualifying.Good choice!

Raiden
Jan 9th, 2013, 12:59 AM
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-MTTKqNhYouk/UOzOuMrKBhI/AAAAAAAAKpg/V0maBHCsErI/s900/mona.png

LefandePatty
Jan 9th, 2013, 08:58 AM
So finally, Mona will face Pironkova, who beat Zakopalova in 3 sets. I prefer Mona to play Pironkova, I think that Mona will be able to neutralize Pironkova's weak forehand side with her game. :) Go Mona!

Hartson
Jan 9th, 2013, 09:03 AM
Not so unexpected result.. Klara reached the final last week in China and probably is tired

Tecumseh
Jan 9th, 2013, 09:17 AM
So finally, Mona will face Pironkova, who beat Zakopalova in 3 sets. I prefer Mona to play Pironkova, I think that Mona will be able to neutralize Pironkova's weak forehand side with her game. :) Go Mona!

I think it doesnt make that much of a difference against whom Mona plays tomorrow. Pironkova might have gotten a confidence boost from this unexpected victory and could turn out to be a dangerous opponent.

In the end its about Mona winning or loosing this. Its on her racket and i think she will win in two sets (something like 63 62). :)

Setsuna.
Jan 9th, 2013, 09:37 AM
So finally, Mona will face Pironkova, who beat Zakopalova in 3 sets. I prefer Mona to play Pironkova, I think that Mona will be able to neutralize Pironkova's weak forehand side with her game. :) Go Mona!

I was thinking the same but......

Pironkova has a forehand? When did this happen?

The third set from Tzveti was just Wimbledon good!!!! Pironkova started making winners from all around the court, lobs, drop shot returns on first serve, killer backhands, forehand smashes from the back court that looked like bullets, she played like a top ten player, just crazy performance. Zakopalova was playing well but Pironkova was hitting winner after winner. Great start to the season!!!!

She doesn't push or chip her forehand anymore, she actually hits it now, about time.

:scared:

I didn't see the match but it looks like Pironkova improved a lot.
This will be a tough match probably. Hope Mona plays well this time.

Tecumseh
Jan 9th, 2013, 10:40 AM
I was thinking the same but......







:scared:

I didn't see the match but it looks like Pironkova improved a lot.
This will be a tough match probably. Hope Mona plays well this time.

I saw the third set and thought that this was rather a mediocre match from both players maybe due to the wind conditions. Zakopalova seemed to be a bit tired and made a lot of unforced errors for her standards. Pironkova's performance was at most solid but in contrast to the post of her fan she pushed her forehand most of the time and hit only three good winners with it.

So if Mona shows up with a good performance tomorrow and attacks Tsveti's forehand she will prevail.

tennisfreak13
Jan 9th, 2013, 11:31 AM
Morgen das zweite Match. Also irgendwann mitten in der Nacht und Angie dann morgens um 6 oder so, wenn sie denn weiter kommt, das ist ja wieder sehr Zuschauerfrendlich.

Dorien.
Jan 9th, 2013, 04:44 PM
Well done Mona :yeah: No reason why she couldn't beat Pironkova :rocker:

Losing Streak
Jan 9th, 2013, 04:57 PM
I genuinely think Tsveti is a way better match-up for Mona than Zakopalova. Let's kick some ass, Mona, and avoid the fuckery. :cool: :cheer:

LefandePatty
Jan 9th, 2013, 07:46 PM
Can't wait :cheer:

deliverance.
Jan 9th, 2013, 07:50 PM
New volume :yeah:
She need her own subforum :sobbing:

Setsuna.
Jan 9th, 2013, 08:36 PM
Some of what Pironkova said about the match against Mona:

"I'm expecting a tough job tomorrow, I mean she is really really good player. I practiced with her several times. I kinda know what to expect but we will see. Definitely it'll be tough"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkTYUeOwSb8

maturedgirl
Jan 9th, 2013, 08:36 PM
on twitter people ask what kinda odd tennis outfit she wears ... and why :oh:

I mean, I'm actually not fashion focused but better than the *grandmalook* she might choose for the next match.....:help:

LefandePatty
Jan 10th, 2013, 12:40 AM
Mona will start soon, is anyone here? :)

tennisfreak13
Jan 10th, 2013, 12:41 AM
Yes. I'm awake. Mona again in her selfmade dress.

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 12:46 AM
Mona will start soon, is anyone here? :)

Me. :p However, I feel so tired. :tears: I didn't sleep because of the match. :lol:

tennisfreak13
Jan 10th, 2013, 12:49 AM
Me. :p However, I feel so tired. :tears: I didn't sleep because of the match. :lol:

Me too. Good start from Mona.

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 12:50 AM
Lovely start.

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 12:50 AM
Me too. Good start from Mona.

:hug:

LefandePatty
Jan 10th, 2013, 12:51 AM
Yes. I'm awake. Mona again in her selfmade dress.

Me. :p However, I feel so tired. :tears: I didn't sleep because of the match. :lol:

Good to see you here, my fellow Mona stans :cheer:
Let's hope Mona doesn't play with our hearts too much today :)

LefandePatty
Jan 10th, 2013, 12:53 AM
Shitfest is coming :cheer:

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 12:54 AM
Perfect start then this. :lol: :tape:

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:00 AM
Nice hold. 2-2.

LefandePatty
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:00 AM
2 all ajde Mona :cheer:

LefandePatty
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:03 AM
:bounce:

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:04 AM
Another break. 3-2. Hold now please. :lol:

LefandePatty
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:07 AM
4-2* :cheer:

LefandePatty
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:10 AM
*5-2 :hearts:

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:10 AM
5-2.

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:11 AM
She is good so far. Pironkova has no idea how to play her. :lol:

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:12 AM
Her FH is off though.

LefandePatty
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:14 AM
:o

tennisfreak13
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:14 AM
:(:(

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:15 AM
Up and down as usual. So far her FH is simply awful.

LefandePatty
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:18 AM
Pironkova winning forehand rallies. That is bad lol. :facepalm:

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:20 AM
:help:

LefandePatty
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:21 AM
Yes finally :cheer:

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:22 AM
Finally. :lol: 6-3. Oh no .. Mama Barthel is coming. Don't listen to her Mona.:scared:

tennisfreak13
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:23 AM
Needs to fight, but she did it. Now please some better tennis.

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:23 AM
Needs to fight, but she did it. Now please some better tennis.

This.

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:25 AM
Good game.

tennisfreak13
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:26 AM
She has to do sth. for the bakery tour.

LefandePatty
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:27 AM
Let's hope she wins the second set so we can go to bed rather quickly :)
I know that this tournament is far from being over, but I really can't wait to see how Mona will perform next week at the Australian Open, I'm so excited! :bounce:

LefandePatty
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:35 AM
Mona breaks, *3-1 :bounce:

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:36 AM
She has to do sth. for the bakery tour.

I was thinking the same. :lol:

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:36 AM
What a point. :spit:

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:39 AM
I'm convinced now that her FH is a big weakness. She can't rally on the FH wing and she doesn't have any control on it even when having the time to hit it.

LefandePatty
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:40 AM
Mona saves two BP's nicely and eventually holds, 4-1* :bounce:

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:40 AM
Awesome passing shot.

LefandePatty
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:41 AM
I don't know what you think guys but I find Mona really involved in her match today, she's really focused and shows her motivation, really nothing like her two previous matchs. It's great :)

Losing Streak
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:42 AM
I couldn't watch the 1st set :sobbing: (stupid computer problems :fiery:), but reading your comments it was not very good. But she's playing quite good in set 2, I mean it's much better than the horroshow of the previous matches, she's resisting Tsveti's power assaults quite well. :)

tennisfreak13
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:46 AM
It gets better. Hope she will peak at AO.

LefandePatty
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:46 AM
Great hold :bounce:

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:46 AM
I don't know what you think guys but I find Mona really involved in her match today, she's really focused and shows her motivation, really nothing like her two previous matchs. It's great :)

Yes, I think she is good today. :yeah:

LefandePatty
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:46 AM
It gets better. Hope she will peak at AO.

Peak Mona :hearts:

LefandePatty
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:47 AM
Yes, I think she is good today. :yeah:

Definitely :bounce: :)

LefandePatty
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:50 AM
Mona is a wall at the net :oh:

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:52 AM
Mona is a wall at the net :oh:

:lol:

Losing Streak
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:52 AM
Mona! :bounce: That was a much more convincing win. :hearts: :yeah: She was even "c'moning", which she didn't do at all in her previous matches, she definitely looked much more determined. :inlove:

Hartson
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:53 AM
Convincing win.. Congrats ! I watched only second set and it seems Mona wasn't playing in full force -))

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:53 AM
Congrats guys. :cheer: I don't feel tired anymore all of a sudden. :lol:

tennisfreak13
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:53 AM
If she wins the next match, the start in the season will even be better than last year.

tennisfreak13
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:55 AM
I'm not tired anymore. Angie plays in a couple of hours. Will try to sleep.

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:55 AM
If she wins the next match, the start in the season will even be better than last year.

Yup.

LefandePatty
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:56 AM
Mona! :bounce: That was a much more convincing win. :hearts: :yeah: She was even "c'moning", which she didn't do at all in her previous matches, she definitely looked much more determined. :inlove:

Yes definitely :cheer: :bounce:

Congrats guys. :cheer: I don't feel tired anymore all of a sudden. :lol:

Thanks :cheer: :oh: :lol:
Congratulations to you too I guess :D

Hartson
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:59 AM
If she wins the next match, the start in the season will even be better than last year.
But title is better than 30-40 points more :lol:

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:59 AM
I'm not tired anymore. Angie plays in a couple of hours. Will try to sleep.

I want to see Angie too. I won't sleep for sure now thanks to Mona. :lol:

Losing Streak
Jan 10th, 2013, 02:00 AM
Congrats guys. :cheer: I don't feel tired anymore all of a sudden. :lol:

Me too. :lol:I think it's gonna be another sleepless night. :oh: January is such a healthy month for tennis addicts. :lol:

tennisfreak13
Jan 10th, 2013, 02:03 AM
Me too. :lol:I think it's gonna be another sleepless night. :oh: January is such a healthy month for tennis addicts. :lol:

Courtney from the No Challangs Remaining Podcast (http://nochallengesremaining.podbean.com) hsa the same problems.. Sleepless nights.

And during the day I'm tired. Oh Newspaper is coming already.

LefandePatty
Jan 10th, 2013, 02:03 AM
I'm going to bed, so I wish you a good night/morning of tennis guys :D See you tomorrow for Mona's match :bounce:

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 02:17 AM
I'm going to bed, so I wish you a good night/morning of tennis guys :D See you tomorrow for Mona's match :bounce:

Good night. ;)

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 02:41 AM
d7Gz1BZIcZM

Tecumseh
Jan 10th, 2013, 03:11 AM
Well done Mona! Defend your title now but save your peak for the Australian Open!

DaMatz
Jan 10th, 2013, 04:36 AM
If she wins the next match, the start in the season will even be better than last year.

Second semi-final is really nice :). And some people here said that she can loose really muce points :p. There is no reason to think about it...

joy division
Jan 10th, 2013, 06:44 AM
Her Hobart interview.
So nice once again.:)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Csg_KlTciQ&list=UUVZaOfurYLhPjwaYZjMhQBg&index=1

Tecumseh
Jan 10th, 2013, 07:29 AM
Her Hobart interview.
So nice once again.:)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Csg_KlTciQ&list=UUVZaOfurYLhPjwaYZjMhQBg&index=1

Mona is a very nice person and all the interviewer seem to like her a lot. Even when she looses she always gives credit to her opponents.

Its interesting that one of the interviewer asks for the Williams sisters. He may seem to think that Mona can do a lot of harm at the Australian Open.

oberschabe
Jan 10th, 2013, 08:26 AM
Mona spielt morgen nicht vor 9 Uhr ihr Halbfinale.

Hartson
Jan 10th, 2013, 08:28 AM
I can't recall any errors at the net today -) PS. She made net-approaches not too often though :)

tennisfreak13
Jan 10th, 2013, 08:38 AM
Das ist ja mal ne sehr angenehme Zeit.

Tecumseh
Jan 10th, 2013, 08:54 AM
I can't recall any errors at the net today -) PS. She made net-approaches not too often though :)

As i mentioned before her volley technique (especially on the forehand side) is really good because of her rock solid arm position. But getting a sense of approaching the net at the right time is something she can improve on.

I think improving her net game could be crucial for her future prospects as this could be a proper way to reduce her normally high UE rate from the baseline according to the motto "better attack instead of waiting for your own mistakes".

supermod
Jan 10th, 2013, 08:56 AM
Ich bin gespannt, wie sie mit den ganzen Slice-Schlägen von Flipper/Niculescu fertig wird.

Eigentlich hat sie da ja immer genug Zeit, sich richtig hinzustellen und den Gegnerinnen die Bälle um die Ohren zu hauen.

Beide bringen aber auch viel zurück, hoffentlich hat Mona morgen Geduld in dem Ballwechseln.

mk27
Jan 10th, 2013, 08:59 AM
As i mentioned before her volley technique (especially on the forehand side) is really good because of her rock solid arm position. But getting a sense of approaching the net at the right time is something she can improve on.

I think improving her net game could be crucial for her future prospects as this could be a proper way to reduce her normally high UE rate from the baseline according to the motto "better attack instead of waiting for your own mistakes".


That's why I think she should play a little bit more doubles.


This is her 6th semifinal on the WTA tour, but she lost her last 3 semis (against Wickmayer, Flipkens and Hercog) in a row.

Tecumseh
Jan 10th, 2013, 09:08 AM
Ich bin gespannt, wie sie mit den ganzen Slice-Schlägen von Flipper/Niculescu fertig wird.

Eigentlich hat sie da ja immer genug Zeit, sich richtig hinzustellen und den Gegnerinnen die Bälle um die Ohren zu hauen.

Beide bringen aber auch viel zurück, hoffentlich hat Mona morgen Geduld in dem Ballwechseln.

Also wenn morgen die 70%-Mona von heute antritt, dürfte das eine ziemlich deutliche Angelegenheit werden. Als sie in Quebec gegen Flipper hauchdünn verloren hat (67 67), ist sie wirklich grottenschlecht gewesen und hat reihenweise UEs und Doppelfehler eingestreut. Ich gehe davon aus, dass Mona's Chancen das Finale zu erreichen deutlich besser stehen als letztes Jahr. Sie sagt ja selbst, dass sie fühlt, eine bessere Spielerin geworden zu sein.

mk27
Jan 10th, 2013, 09:09 AM
Niculescu and Flipkens are still playing, they're in the final set now.

popinjay
Jan 10th, 2013, 09:18 AM
Wenigstens für die Kamera links vom Schiedsrichterstuhl hat man jetzt wohl einen Kameramann gefunden. Also werden wir Mona morgen auch mal aus der Nähe sehen. :)

Tecumseh
Jan 10th, 2013, 09:24 AM
That's why I think she should play a little bit more doubles.


This is her 6th semifinal on the WTA tour, but she lost her last 3 semis (against Wickmayer, Flipkens and Hercog) in a row.

Yes she really should play some more doubles this year. Doesnt she play with Cornet at the AO?

Anyway, Mona seems to be focussed to improve the little weaknesses in her game which especially occured during the second half of the last season. In the end i think she needs two more years to really reach her peak level.

mk27
Jan 10th, 2013, 09:46 AM
Tomorrow against Flipkens (H2H: 0-1) in the semis.

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 10:02 AM
Anyway, Mona seems to be focussed to improve the little weaknesses in her game which especially occured during the second half of the last season. In the end i think she needs two more years to really reach her peak level.

I think exactly the same. There is still so much room for improvment in her game (Her FH, footwork, defence and her intensity/competitiveness on court). I feel she can improve in all these aspects I mentioned and I hope she does in the next 2/3 years. Let's give her time.

However, I can't see her improving much without a coach. That's for sure. I think when Mona gets enough money, she will get a coach hopefully. Let's not forget she was sleeping in tents 2/3 years a go.

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 10:17 AM
Her Hobart interview.
So nice once again.:)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Csg_KlTciQ&list=UUVZaOfurYLhPjwaYZjMhQBg&index=1

She is so lovely.

Michael!
Jan 10th, 2013, 10:17 AM
Good win for Mona! :D
Couldn´t see it yet but seems like 2nd set was good at least, too many ups and downs in 1st set again but that is typical for Mona :lol:
Now against Flipkens, tough match but Mona had her chances in Quebec already, hope that she can win it this time.
Flipkens has the annoying slice and a good serve but Mona has the bigger weapons, I just hope that she doesn´t make too many UEs again, anyway 2 SFs already in 2013, good start :)

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 10:26 AM
Flipkens will be much tougher for sure. She is a smart player and can play all around tennis. Her slice will trouble Mona probably. She has a better FH than Mona too so she probably will win most of FH to FH rallies (unless Mona is on fire).

LefandePatty
Jan 10th, 2013, 10:34 AM
I don't know why but I feel confident about the SF :)

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 10:46 AM
10.1.: Happy to be in the semifinal. It's difficult to get your rhythm against Tsvetana. She is mixing it up very well. But in the important moments I played some good shots

.....

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 10:48 AM
http://mona-barthel.de/bilder/australien/hobart201305.jpg
http://mona-barthel.de/bilder/australien/hobart201303.jpg

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 10:52 AM
http://www4.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Mona+Barthel+Hobart+International+Day+7+Y9CKvwYxCl 1x.jpg

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 10:53 AM
http://www4.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Mona+Barthel+Hobart+International+Day+7+p6hN6ZqtRD Wx.jpg

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 10:53 AM
http://www2.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Mona+Barthel+Hobart+International+Day+7+P7jZbaLx2Z rx.jpg

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 10:54 AM
http://www4.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Mona+Barthel+Hobart+International+Day+7+HlMWpPd-LwNx.jpg

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 10:54 AM
http://www3.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Mona+Barthel+Hobart+International+Day+7+6pjUklXsaL mx.jpg

Tecumseh
Jan 10th, 2013, 11:27 AM
Flipkens will be much tougher for sure. She is a smart player and can play all around tennis. Her slice will trouble Mona probably. She has a better FH than Mona too so she probably will win most of FH to FH rallies (unless Mona is on fire).

Flipkens has a good but also predictable forehand. So if we are talking about consistency she might be better on that wing. But when it comes to dangerousness and power Mona's forehand is way better. And dont forget that Mona's backhand is in a different league.

As i mentioned above if Mona plays 70% tomorrow like today its going to be a clear victory. :)

Tecumseh
Jan 10th, 2013, 12:00 PM
I think exactly the same. There is still so much room for improvment in her game (Her FH, footwork, defence and her intensity/competitiveness on court). I feel she can improve in all these aspects I mentioned and I hope she does in the next 2/3 years. Let's give her time.

However, I can't see her improving much without a coach. That's for sure. I think when Mona gets enough money, she will get a coach hopefully. Let's not forget she was sleeping in tents 2/3 years a go.

I also think that one part of Mona's coaching problem is about money. All the losses during the second half of the season might have reduced her financial reserves dramatically and maybe that was the reason why she forebeared to travel with her tourcoach at that time. She surely won a lot of prize money until the end of April but lets not forget that even at that time she had a lot of costs (taxes, travel costs etc.) to cover so that her net earnings might not have been as high as many people believe.

And i am also very convinced that Mona knows that she can only unfold her full potential with a good coach. Thats why she started to work with Alexander Flock last year and i suspect that she will travel again with him during the european summer. At least i still see him named as her tourcoach on her website whereas you can also see there that she broke up with her management at the same time.

Lets hope for a good development and that we will get to know Peak Mona in two years.

HowardH
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:39 PM
Like Hisagi, I also see the semi as a pretty tough match, I'd put Mona as favourite but I think it could be awkward. One key factor here is Flipkens' serve. Don't underestimate her ability to hit serves that are very difficult to return even without possessing the kind of pace the biggest servers have. I'm not sure if Flipkens will be able to serve well enough to neutralise Mona's ridiculous talent for aggressive returns, but if she is able to do that Mona could be quite troubled.

Another key aspect will be whether Mona can deal with Flipper's slice bh well enough. If Mona hits good hard deep shots against that slice then Flipkens will be in trouble. It's very difficult to slice against a deep ball, the slice doesn't half-volley well and usually has to back off against depth or switch to a topspin half volley.

Kirsten is a very opportunistic player, quite often she'll be defending for a whole point and then get one opportunity to attack which she takes. Whereas Mona is a player who imposes power from the backcourt consistently throughout the entire point, Kirsten (by virtue of her bh) has to wait for opportunities to suddenly strike. So if Mona is able to maintain good depth and pace she might be able to deny Kirsten many chances.

I wouldn't underestimate Flipkens' tactical savvy either. Mona has more ability but Kirsten will be using all her know-how to try to steal the win. I think the battle between Kirsten's above average serve and Mona's big return might be the biggest key. Kirsten needs to find a way to get damage from her first serve and to survive the second serve points in order to give herself a chance.

Tecumseh
Jan 10th, 2013, 01:56 PM
Like Hisagi, I also see the semi as a pretty tough match, I'd put Mona as favourite but I think it could be awkward. One key factor here is Flipkens' serve. Don't underestimate her ability to hit serves that are very difficult to return even without possessing the kind of pace the biggest servers have. I'm not sure if Flipkens will be able to serve well enough to neutralise Mona's ridiculous talent for aggressive returns, but if she is able to do that Mona could be quite troubled.

Another key aspect will be whether Mona can deal with Flipper's slice bh well enough. If Mona hits good hard deep shots against that slice then Flipkens will be in trouble. It's very difficult to slice against a deep ball, the slice doesn't half-volley well and usually has to back off against depth or switch to a topspin half volley.

Kirsten is a very opportunistic player, quite often she'll be defending for a whole point and then get one opportunity to attack which she takes. Whereas Mona is a player who imposes power from the backcourt consistently throughout the entire point, Kirsten (by virtue of her bh) has to wait for opportunities to suddenly strike. So if Mona is able to maintain good depth and pace she might be able to deny Kirsten many chances.

I wouldn't underestimate Flipkens' tactical savvy either. Mona has more ability but Kirsten will be using all her know-how to try to steal the win. I think the battle between Kirsten's above average serve and Mona's big return might be the biggest key. Kirsten needs to find a way to get damage from her first serve and to survive the second serve points in order to give herself a chance.

I can follow your well-considered arguments quite well. Kirsten is some sort of a Brad Gilbert of the WTA-Tour and this match could turn out to be a tricky one. But under normal circumstances and with a lot of confidence on Mona's side she should be in a leading position.

maturedgirl
Jan 10th, 2013, 03:23 PM
Was a really good match of Mona! At least a nice outfit :p
Only girls like her (Dani,Ana..) can wear this dress, should maintain it!
She definitely gets better and more confident in her game with every win, even played strong in defense last night. I never had the impression she could lose it! Like this she is a joy to watch! :hearts:

Nice schedule (morning CET) for her Flipper match... looking forward to see if she can make it to the final :)

rucolo
Jan 10th, 2013, 04:45 PM
Mona into Hobart SF ! :angel:

Nach Radio B5 aktuell hat Mona Svetlana Pironkova bezwungen :tape:

Raiden
Jan 10th, 2013, 05:02 PM
I can follow your well-considered arguments quite well. Kirsten is some sort of a Brad Gilbert of the WTA-Tour and this match could turn out to be a tricky one. But under normal circumstances and with a lot of confidence on Mona's side she should be in a leading position.What on earth are you talking about? What does Kirsten got to do with the Wozniacki of ATP?

I'm pretty sure Kirsten is second only to Vinci as the best S&V player of the current WTA lineup. Her game is as far away from Brad Gilbert's game is as Pova's height is from Cibulkova's ass.

Tecumseh
Jan 10th, 2013, 05:42 PM
What on earth are you talking about? What does Kirsten got to do with the Wozniacki of ATP?

I'm pretty sure Kirsten is second only to Vinci as the best S&V player of the current WTA lineup. Her game is as far away from Brad Gilbert's game is as Pova's height is from Cibulkova's ass.

When i saw her playing against Mona last time she played a very tactical and clever game so it reminded me a bit of Brad Gilbert. She primarily played a defensive game at that day but also attacked at the right moment and thats how Brad played some years ago. I have to admit that i havent seen her that often so maybe she uses very different tactics depending on her opponents. And remember HowardH who characterized Flipkens in his post as an opportunistic player (this is a compliment i think).

And Brad was himself an opportunistic player who also attacked when he needed to but in general he was defensive minded, thats true. But you cant compare such a variable player with Wozniacki who really has hands of stone.

Raiden
Jan 10th, 2013, 05:55 PM
When i saw her playing against Mona last time she played a very tactical and clever game so it reminded me a bit of Brad Gilbert. She primarily played a defensive game at that day but also attacked at the right moment and thats how Brad played some years ago. I have to admit that i havent seen her that often so maybe she uses very different tactics depending on her opponents. And remember HowardH who characterized Flipkens in his post as an opportunistic player (this is a compliment i think).

And Brad was himself an opportunistic player who also attacked when he needed to but in general he was defensive minded, thats true. But you cant compare such a variable player with Wozniacki who really has hands of stone.You're looking at it too simplistically (just in terms of "defensive or not"). It's not just a matter of whether you defend but how. You can't just lump Brad Gilbert with, say, Murray or Hewitt. Brad Gilbert wasn't defending - he was literally pushing! That was his stock in trade.

Tecumseh
Jan 10th, 2013, 06:03 PM
You're looking at it too simplistically (just in terms of "defensive or not"). It's not just a matter of whether you defend but how. You can't just lump Brad Gilbert with, say, Murray or Hewitt. Brad Gilbert wasn't defending - he was literally pushing! That was his stock in trade.

He didnt have much speed in his shots, thats true. But he surprised his opponents from time to time by suddenly playing S&V.

But hey, its no big deal when we disagree.

And what outcome do you expect from the Mona vs Kisten match tomorrow?

Raiden
Jan 10th, 2013, 06:05 PM
^ My prediction is Mona will win it but it will not be a walk in the park.

Tecumseh
Jan 10th, 2013, 06:30 PM
^ My prediction is Mona will win it but it will not be a walk in the park.

I think if Mona plays like today she will win (maybe something like 64 64). But you never know which Mona will show up. On the other hand she revealed some consistency in the last two weeks. So i am cautiously optimistic.

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 11:25 PM
Mona got Radwanska in R3.

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 11:44 PM
Mona Barthel (GER) [32]
Ksenia Pervak (KAZ)

Heather Watson (GBR)
Alexandra Cadantu (ROU)


Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)
Arantxa Rus (NED)

Bojana Bobusic (AUS)
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [4]

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 11:45 PM
Tough draw but hope she defends her points at least.

crazillo
Jan 10th, 2013, 11:51 PM
R1 is tricky already, and in R3 she has nothing to lose. But I would rather have her play Radwanska than the other three top seeds.

Setsuna.
Jan 10th, 2013, 11:54 PM
R1 is tricky already, and in R3 she has nothing to lose. But I would rather have her play Radwanska than the other three top seeds.

Agree. Pervak will be very tough for sure. She is playing great tennis atm.

Tennis Fool
Jan 11th, 2013, 12:56 AM
Hisagl, you're looking at Aga, but Ksenia's never lost a set to Mona in two meetings! Unfortunate first round for both!

Losing Streak
Jan 11th, 2013, 12:59 AM
I think that as for most of Mona's matches, it's all in her racket. Ksenia will get a lot of balls in play, and she's gonna fight like a demon, but she's not very powerful and Mona can definitely outhit her.

Setsuna.
Jan 11th, 2013, 01:05 AM
Hisagl, you're looking at Aga, but Ksenia's never lost a set to Mona in two meetings! Unfortunate first round for both!

I said Ksenia will be very tough in my pervious post. :p

Hartson
Jan 11th, 2013, 01:06 AM
Ksenia's never lost a set to Mona in two meetings! !
Yes, but it was in a previous life -)

Losing Streak
Jan 11th, 2013, 01:11 AM
Yes, but it was in a previous life -)

This. :shrug:

Losing Streak
Jan 11th, 2013, 04:21 AM
So Vesnina is into the final. Mona-Sloane would quite have been the dream final for me. :(
Anyways, the most important thing is actually Mona being in the final. :p :angel:

Tecumseh
Jan 11th, 2013, 06:43 AM
Agree. Pervak will be very tough for sure. She is playing great tennis atm.

I think Mona's draw at AO is quite ok. Remember that she also could have been drawn to players like Kusnetsova or Lisicki. Ksenia played very well in Brisbane but she had opponents (Woz, U. Radwanska) who were not able to overpower her. The two losses of Mona against Pervak happened in 09 and 10 so this shouldnt really matter. If she takes the new found confidence with her from Hobart to Melbourne she should have good chances against Ksenia, then maybe Heather (this could also be tricky) and then she could be a tough opponent for Aga in R3. All in all i am quite optimistic but i dont expect too much. A third round of Mona would already make me happy.

Le Chacal
Jan 11th, 2013, 06:44 AM
Hi all, I'm a fan of German tennis who just started watching Mona for the first time this year...what a backhand! Hope she wins tonight against Flipkens, will be a tough match.

Tecumseh
Jan 11th, 2013, 06:50 AM
Hi all, I'm a fan of German tennis who just started watching Mona for the first time this year...what a backhand! Hope she wins tonight against Flipkens, will be a tough match.

Hi, welcome to our club! :wavey:

Yes Mona's backhand is really huge but she also improved her forehand during the offseason. I hope she keeps her head together against Kirsten. Then she should have a good chance for a win.

Losing Streak
Jan 11th, 2013, 06:53 AM
Can't wait for the match :bounce:

Setsuna.
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:12 AM
Any stream?

Setsuna.
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:13 AM
Nevermind. I found one.

joy division
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:14 AM
The draw is okay it could have come worse. She has to and is able to beat a player like Pervak.

Imo the game of the today`s opponent Flipkens is much more uncomfortable for Mona. No secret a good serve (like always) would help her a lot but even more in this match.
She can keep the points short because in the rallies Flipkens slice does not taste Mona at all as we saw in their first encounter at Quebec. Esspecially on the fore hand side.
I am expecting a tough match for Mona.

Losing Streak
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:15 AM
Nevermind. I found one.

Can you give me a link please? The streams I found are not working :sobbing:

Setsuna.
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:15 AM
Awful start.

Setsuna.
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:15 AM
http://www.frombar.tv/v-4/10/54/v-505431.html

KatjaS
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:15 AM
Well that's not a good start.

Losing Streak
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:16 AM
Oh, it's OK actually. I've found one eventually. :)

joy division
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:22 AM
Good start from Mona. That last point.:lol:
Her return will be key.

Losing Streak
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:22 AM
Some pretty nice shots in this game. :)

I was pretty sure Flipper would miss the smash. :oh:

KatjaS
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:22 AM
That's better.

Setsuna.
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:23 AM
That's more like it. Good hold.

KatjaS
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:23 AM
I was pretty sure Flipper would miss the smash. :oh:

I thought that shank would never come down again. :lol:

Damn what a hold. Continue this Mona.

Losing Streak
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:23 AM
Nice service game. :yeah:

KatjaS
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:26 AM
Mona trying to directly hit Flipkens with her returns. Not sure this is a winning tactic.

Setsuna.
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:28 AM
Her volleys. :tape:

Losing Streak
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:28 AM
Her volleys are :help: :smash:

KatjaS
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:29 AM
I really don't understand what Mona is doing at the net. Her volleys are actually pretty good, but she always looks like she has already given up on the point when she is at the net.

LefandePatty
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:31 AM
Any stream?

Can you give me a link please? The streams I found are not working :sobbing:

http://www.youtube.com/user/hobartinternational No better stream than the Youtube one :)

God I'm late I thought the match would only start in 30 minutes :help:
How has Mona been playing? :)

Losing Streak
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:35 AM
I really don't understand what Mona is doing at the net. Her volleys are actually pretty good, but she always looks like she has already given up on the point when she is at the net.

She's totes unconfident, doesn't hit through.

http://www.youtube.com/user/hobartinternational No better stream than the Youtube one :)

Is it working now? It wasn't working 30 mins ago :confused:

KatjaS
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:36 AM
Just don't go to the net, Mona.

matthias
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:37 AM
too much return errors from mona
without them she would have broke this flopkins

LefandePatty
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:38 AM
Is it working now? It wasn't working 30 mins ago :confused:

Yep it is :)

I like Mona's dress today :oh:

matthias
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:39 AM
good, was afraid she could get broken after the tied servie game from flipkens before

Setsuna.
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:39 AM
She is serving well but apart from that she is not playing well imo.

Losing Streak
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:39 AM
Now would be a great time to break, Mona! :) :cheer:

LefandePatty
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:39 AM
too much return errors from mona
without them she would have broke this flopkins

Kirsten Poppins :cheer: :lol:

Ajde Mona :bounce:

tennisfreak13
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:40 AM
This can't be Monas 1st serve. 85%. Normal is 50 - 55%

Setsuna.
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:40 AM
Please focus now.

LefandePatty
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:41 AM
Please Mona, do not slice ever again. Never ever. :o

LefandePatty
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:44 AM
Great passing shot :cheer:

Setsuna.
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:44 AM
Finally she hit a passing shot.

Losing Streak
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:44 AM
Drama :oh:

Setsuna.
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:44 AM
Stop bitching Filpkens.

KatjaS
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:45 AM
Pottymouth Flipkens.

Oh god Mona at the net.

Losing Streak
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:45 AM
The volley again :facepalm: :hysteric:

Setsuna.
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:45 AM
No point won at the net. Awful.

Losing Streak
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:47 AM
Srsly, you can't waste BP like this. You. just. can't. :fiery:

Setsuna.
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:47 AM
I feel she will lose this set.

Losing Streak
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:48 AM
She hit 2 volleys in :eek: :eek: :eek:

Setsuna.
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:48 AM
She won a point at the net finally. :lol:

LefandePatty
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:48 AM
Mona winning a point at the net => crowd going crazy :hysteric:

Losing Streak
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:50 AM
Another point won at the net :eek: :bowdown:

Setsuna.
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:50 AM
Are you kidding me Mona?!! :facepalm:

Setsuna.
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:53 AM
Phewwww. Thank God. Please break now.

matthias
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:53 AM
when you missed 2-3 volleys while trying to play them with "touch" why not "nailing" the next one with power?

KatjaS
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:53 AM
Her best bet at the net is praying for Flipkens to lob it behind the baseline.

Schnffy
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:57 AM
yes, mona snatched set 1 :cheer:

matthias
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:57 AM
:haha: what a set

Setsuna.
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:57 AM
Yessss.

LefandePatty
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:57 AM
Flipkens really lost this game herself :lol:
I won't complain :)

KatjaS
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:57 AM
First set won. Thanks Kirsten.

Hannelore approaching.

Losing Streak
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:57 AM
:bounce: Not great, but hopefully getting the set will give her some confidence

Setsuna.
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:57 AM
:haha: what a set

IKR? :lol:

supermod
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:58 AM
Oh no, her mother is on court.... :help:

Setsuna.
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:58 AM
What she is saying? :tape:

LefandePatty
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:58 AM
Mona seriously needs a real coach... :help:

Schnffy
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:59 AM
What she is saying? :tape:

thank god you couldn't understand it very well... :lol:

matthias
Jan 11th, 2013, 07:59 AM
she spoke alot about flipkens, Mona has to stay focused since flipkens dosen´t give up any points
and when flipkens come to the net she has not just to have a good placement for the pashing shot, also have to hit it with power

she complimented her for following the gameplan well

KatjaS
Jan 11th, 2013, 08:00 AM
Foot fault. Coaching showing its effect. :help:

Losing Streak
Jan 11th, 2013, 08:00 AM
Another pt won at the net :worship:

matthias
Jan 11th, 2013, 08:00 AM
a good volley from Mona

and this one was more complicated then the others before :haha:

matthias
Jan 11th, 2013, 08:01 AM
easy hold - with two volley winners :eek:

Setsuna.
Jan 11th, 2013, 08:01 AM
Volleying better now.

KatjaS
Jan 11th, 2013, 08:03 AM
Mona is dealing pretty well with Flipken's slice, which seems to annoy Kirsten.

Setsuna.
Jan 11th, 2013, 08:03 AM
Flopkens. :spit:

Johnbert
Jan 11th, 2013, 08:04 AM
nice timing for a break in the 1st set :smoke:

Losing Streak
Jan 11th, 2013, 08:05 AM
:bounce: :oh:

Johnbert
Jan 11th, 2013, 08:05 AM
break :wavey:

matthias
Jan 11th, 2013, 08:05 AM
smart move from mona with the soft ball to the FH
Flipkens desperate to attac but missed

KatjaS
Jan 11th, 2013, 08:05 AM
Now just run away with it.

Setsuna.
Jan 11th, 2013, 08:05 AM
:cheer:

Schnffy
Jan 11th, 2013, 08:06 AM
nice timing for a break in the 1st set :smoke:

:yeah:

KatjaS
Jan 11th, 2013, 08:06 AM
That was a magnificent double fault.

KatjaS
Jan 11th, 2013, 08:07 AM
That was really, really unnecessary.

Schnffy
Jan 11th, 2013, 08:07 AM
rebreak :fiery:

Johnbert
Jan 11th, 2013, 08:08 AM
rebreak :mad:

Losing Streak
Jan 11th, 2013, 08:08 AM
:smash:

Setsuna.
Jan 11th, 2013, 08:08 AM
:facepalm:

LefandePatty
Jan 11th, 2013, 08:08 AM
4 UE's in a row :cheer: :rolleyes:

matthias
Jan 11th, 2013, 08:10 AM
what doing Mona now?

Johnbert
Jan 11th, 2013, 08:11 AM
mona wtf?! :mad:

KatjaS
Jan 11th, 2013, 08:11 AM
what doing Mona now?

Seems to have decided today would be a great time for third-set practice again. :help:

Losing Streak
Jan 11th, 2013, 08:11 AM
Back to Mugthel mode :weirdo:

LefandePatty
Jan 11th, 2013, 08:11 AM
OMG and yesterday Flipkens after being one set and 2-0 down :help:

matthias
Jan 11th, 2013, 08:12 AM
Seems to have decided today would be a great time for third-set practice again. :help:

but this is soooooooo stupid

6:4 2:0 Flipkens was down, pissed etc.

and Mona gifted her 2 games with 8 UE`S :facepalm:

Johnbert
Jan 11th, 2013, 08:13 AM
at least easy hold now

Setsuna.
Jan 11th, 2013, 08:13 AM
Good hold.

matthias
Jan 11th, 2013, 08:14 AM
3-2

but she could have a 4-1 instead

LefandePatty
Jan 11th, 2013, 08:16 AM
That forehand from Flopkens :spit:

matthias
Jan 11th, 2013, 08:16 AM
Flipkens is so bad now, how was Mona able to give those 2 games away

Johnbert
Jan 11th, 2013, 08:17 AM
lost 4 points in a row after 0-30 :facepalm:

Setsuna.
Jan 11th, 2013, 08:17 AM
She can't slice at all.

joy division
Jan 11th, 2013, 08:18 AM
Is Mona tired ?
That return game after 0-30 was awful.:(
A good chance wasted.

LefandePatty
Jan 11th, 2013, 08:20 AM
This match is so weird. Mona isn't even playing her game, she's only hitting a few of her powerful shots.