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Today 09:54 PM
smarties
Re: Lucie Safarova Cheering Thread - Volume 2

Yep Edinboro, still here Been in and out since a lot of my fave players were injured and Lucie, well you know, it can be quite enjoyable but frustrating to follow her... so sometimes I need a break

Agreed with your assessment, only thing I would add is that she is WAY less up and down as she was before and that her doubles achievement have made her more of a all-around player.

didn't know about Davodous
Today 02:42 PM
vendulkabendulka
Re: Lucie Safarova Cheering Thread - Volume 2

What a match! Def Gavrilova 6-7(4) 6-3 7-6(5) in 3:05 hrs saving 3 MPs.
Jun 21st, 2017 06:46 PM
Emerrald
Re: Lucie Safarova Cheering Thread - Volume 2

Expected good match today Next is Gavrilova

Jun 21st, 2017 05:30 PM
vendulkabendulka
Re: Lucie Safarova Cheering Thread - Volume 2

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Originally Posted by Edinboro View Post
Lastly, I've been to Prague for a three day New Year's retreat and I really admire the Czech language. I would really like to learn it as soon as I complete my Spanish courses. Such a unique language.
[offtopic]
You might end up very disappointed. The grammar is extremely difficult comparing to Spanish or English. It will take months just to learn the pronunciation, some basic vocabulary.. and you will be able to use just some memorized phrases.
Even if you are very talented it will take years until you are able to understand the richness and the beauty of our language.

Check the Czech culture instead. Movies, books, classical music. You will get much more information about our culture that way. Read Capek, Hasek, Kundera, Hrabal. Watch movies of Forman, Menzel, Svankmajer, Zeman, Sverak, Zelenka. Listen to Dvorak, Smetana, Janacek, Martinu.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGloNIXBG8U

Jun 21st, 2017 01:42 AM
serveit
Re: Lucie Safarova Cheering Thread - Volume 2

@Edinboro

Thank you for the very nice and informative post .

What I can say is that I really like her game, because like a lot of Czech tennis players (I follow quite a few), she goes for her shots, but is also able to construct points and can incorporate variety into her game. I also really like her personality. She seems like a great person off court, so I'm not at all surprised about your nice meeting with her in 2012, and completely agree with your statement that she's one of the nicest players on tour .

The fact that her game is up and down, and she loses focus sometimes, I've noticed that, but these are not going to be reasons for me to stop following her or liking her. They might make me sad (because as you say, she has so much potential), I might occasionally point them out, but that's about it. Quite a few players I've followed have been like this, so I'm used to it to some extent.

Hopefully you'll continue posting here, as it's great to read the opinions of veteran posters on TF, who have followed a player for a long time and have a good view of that player throughout the years.
Jun 20th, 2017 11:31 PM
Edinboro
Re: Lucie Safarova Cheering Thread - Volume 2

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Originally Posted by serveit View Post
Overall, not a bad tournament from Lucie in Nottingham. The positive part is that her high during matches was very good. The negative part and what worries me is how much her level can vary during a match. If she runs early into a more consistent player, or a player that can close easily, she's going to have a hard time making it deep in the draws.

Should be interesting against Angie. I like them both, so I'm just hoping it will be a good match and may the best player win.

Nevermind. Angie is out of Birmingham and took a WC into Eastbourne. Cibulkova takes her place in the draw. My thoughts are that this is winnable if Lucie can keep focused. Might be winnable anyway, as Cibulkova is not playing at all well at the moment.
Hi - It appears you just recently joined.

I am one of the most notorious posters in Lucie's forum - 2nd only to Davodous who just a few months ago announced his "posting retirement" (Although pleased to see that Smarties is still with us )I have followed Lucie on a week in / week out basis since Rogers Cup 2009. I pulled back a bit in the opening months of 2011 because I was devastated over Dementieva's retirement. Since then, Lucie has probably become my favorite player of all time. Unlike Dementieva, I love her game - go for it, lefty (I'm a lefty) - suits what I enjoy to watch.

Upon reading your post, I wanted to address your concerns relating to her level of play. You communicated that you were worried about her drop in play. Please note that this is quite common with Lucie. She plays with such little margin for error that mistakes are naturally going to occur. Lucie's level always 100 percent differs in a match. Due to her style of play she is never going to blow anyone off the court. In the event she drops a first set, she will often come back and win the second set, only to lose the third - just an observation I have noted with her.

If you go back through prior postings you would note that the biggest concern has always been her mentality - she completely collapses under pressure, has done this her whole career. It wasn't until she started working with her previous coach Rob Steckley where this started to become addressed. There are countless matches where she has given away matches after having leads in the final set - point being - this is nothing new.

Point being Lucie is always going to be a 100 percent up and down player - this has been her whole career. On a side note, luckily I did not have to endure much of it last year as I went overseas to the UK to study at university for my post grad degree and therefore did not monitor her tennis religiously like I did in years past. However, following her again this year, I have observed that patterns never change.

I wish she had never parted ways with Rob; however results show she is doing better this year as opposed to last year. I wish her the best cause I know she is capable of so much more. 2015 was a great year to be a fan of hers.

P.S. I would like to point out that I met her in Cincinnati 2012 - where she lost her opening match against Shvedova (after being in the Rogers Cup semi a mere day prior) What really impressed me was that she lost her match but still took the time to give me a personal autograph. I was very touched by that - since other losing players I noticed tended to storm off the stage upon defeat. Probably one of the nicest players on tour. I recall reading an article after the 2015 French Open mentioning players who were so pleased Safarova's success stating that she was one of the favorite players on tour.

Lastly, I've been to Prague for a three day New Year's retreat and I really admire the Czech language. I would really like to learn it as soon as I complete my Spanish courses. Such a unique language.
Jun 20th, 2017 09:39 PM
Emerrald
Re: Lucie Safarova Cheering Thread - Volume 2

Great match

Jun 20th, 2017 09:38 PM
Emerrald
Re: Lucie Safarova Cheering Thread - Volume 2

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Originally Posted by smarties View Post
Does she have a new coach? There was a woman cheering in her box cheering her that looked like a former player.
Unlikely. I think she is just her friend
https://www.instagram.com/p/BVfxrTWn...lucie.safarova
Jun 20th, 2017 08:39 PM
smarties
Re: Lucie Safarova Cheering Thread - Volume 2

Does she have a new coach? There was a woman cheering in her box cheering her that looked like a former player.
Jun 20th, 2017 04:42 PM
HelloMugsie
Re: Lucie Safarova Cheering Thread - Volume 2

Lucie actually found her grass game this year
Jun 19th, 2017 09:56 PM
HelloMugsie
Re: Lucie Safarova Cheering Thread - Volume 2

I'm worried about the TB record. It's such a huge problem because unlike doubles where Lucie is carefree, she just can't bring out good tennis in that situation. With her game, Lucie plays so many....just imagining the stages of tournies she would reach regularly if she won more of them.
Jun 18th, 2017 08:26 PM
serveit
Re: Lucie Safarova Cheering Thread - Volume 2

Overall, not a bad tournament from Lucie in Nottingham. The positive part is that her high during matches was very good. The negative part and what worries me is how much her level can vary during a match. If she runs early into a more consistent player, or a player that can close easily, she's going to have a hard time making it deep in the draws.

Should be interesting against Angie. I like them both, so I'm just hoping it will be a good match and may the best player win.

Nevermind. Angie is out of Birmingham and took a WC into Eastbourne. Cibulkova takes her place in the draw. My thoughts are that this is winnable if Lucie can keep focused. Might be winnable anyway, as Cibulkova is not playing at all well at the moment.
Jun 18th, 2017 08:14 PM
HelloMugsie
Re: Lucie Safarova Cheering Thread - Volume 2

I couldn't see the match, but so disappointing when you consider Lucie was leading in the first set. I was checking the livescores and somehow knew Lucie would lose each TB she played. It's still a good result when you look out how much she scraped through each round, and Donna just beat Jo. When you think about how Lucie really should have beaten Donna it's a good result!

Kerber next....
Jun 17th, 2017 08:03 PM
Steff_forever
Re: Lucie Safarova Cheering Thread - Volume 2

these eyes are still so adorable

Jun 17th, 2017 06:47 PM
Steff_forever
Re: Lucie Safarova Cheering Thread - Volume 2

damn she fought so hard to stay alive in that 3rd set tbrk against Donna today and then came that questionable overrule by the chair umpire who gave Donna the ace. There was white dust spreading but in the slow motion the ball was 2 thumbs wide and Lucie did really complain not in vain. Was it a 2nd serve ?

but
Lucie
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