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Yesterday 11:27 PM
DcsabaS
Re: Nicole Gibbs

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Originally Posted by tie_breaker View Post
I bet she never reaches Top 50...

It's been 3 years now and she hasn't developed the power to hold her ground on the court.
Until she does, her best matches will be at the ITF level.
Every once in awhile she may get a lucky draw or an opponent on a down swing.
Nicole is her worst enemy as she is only playing at her best 3 months out of the year.
I thought by know she could counter punch better, but it seems her timing is a bit off against bigger shot players, and her errors go up exponentially.

But who knows, with her endorsements, off court popularity, she may continue being Top 15 American player, but that won't mean Top 50. Her blogs may make her Top 50 in popularity and she has a G-unit to root for her. So it isn't bad as it looks, just a limited upside.
- She doesn't need more power to be a Top 30 player. More power is very good, of course, and around the Top 10 becomes really important.
- The previous 3 years went without a major breakthrough, yes, but the development is not a clear straightforward thing. She was set back because of injuries, and because she lost her already improved aggression. Now it seems she's on the right track again. (Might be related to her new coach as well.)
- If she finds her aggression, she can easily beat big hitters (like Keys, Babos, etc.) thanks to her supreme technical skills and instincts.
- Her unforced errors come from her sometimes impatient nature. This is NOT a big surprise, MANY players are struggling with this. But there's a very positive thing in this(!): if you're impatient, than there must exist the needed aggression deep inside your soul(!) - it only has to be used! ==> Nicole has big potentials, and I'm waiting for the time it comes to reality!
Yesterday 09:48 PM
tie_breaker
Re: Nicole Gibbs

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Originally Posted by DcsabaS View Post
Her realistic target for 2017 is to become a Top 30 player. And if she can continue the season better than in 2016 (after that excellent start!), she'll have a chance to the Top 10 in roughly 2-3 years. With her physique and skills I can see her even in the Top 5, but this is not a given thing, depends on many factors, and a huge amount of work.
First things first, now she has to work on her aggression. I know she's a nice girl, therefore to become consistently aggressive is one of her hardest job ever...
I bet she never reaches Top 50...

It's been 3 years now and she hasn't developed the power to hold her ground on the court.
Until she does, her best matches will be at the ITF level.
Every once in awhile she may get a lucky draw or an opponent on a down swing.
Nicole is her worst enemy as she is only playing at her best 3 months out of the year.
I thought by know she could counter punch better, but it seems her timing is a bit off against bigger shot players, and her errors go up exponentially.

But who knows, with her endorsements, off court popularity, she may continue being Top 15 American player, but that won't mean Top 50. Her blogs may make her Top 50 in popularity and she has a G-unit to root for her. So it isn't bad as it looks, just a limited upside.
Yesterday 08:19 PM
DcsabaS
Re: Nicole Gibbs

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Originally Posted by TERRASTAR18 View Post
and if she plays at 75% of the level she started that 1st game with, she beats everyone else......but at least she is healthy.
Her realistic target for 2017 is to become a Top 30 player. And if she can continue the season better than in 2016 (after that excellent start!), she'll have a chance to the Top 10 in roughly 2-3 years. With her physique and skills I can see her even in the Top 5, but this is not a given thing, depends on many factors, and a huge amount of work.
First things first, now she has to work on her aggression. I know she's a nice girl, therefore to become consistently aggressive is one of her hardest job ever...
Yesterday 07:22 PM
TERRASTAR18
Re: Nicole Gibbs

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Originally Posted by DcsabaS View Post
- She could remain in some long rallies and even she could win some of them.
- She could win some tricky points.
- She could win some constructed points.
- She could break Serena, and she had more occasions for that. (This was my secret hope! ) (Of course, Serena's errors were also needed for that.)
- If she made less unforced errors (<== resulted from her nerves), she could have done it a little even better.
- Tactically, she should have played a more aggressive tennis - but compared to her standards, Nicole was brave and aggressive, she was fighting, and she was beautiful on the court! Well done!
and if she plays at 75% of the level she started that 1st game with, she beats everyone else......but at least she is healthy.
Yesterday 01:06 PM
Wintermute
Re: Nicole Gibbs

A respectable score. Good tournament for Nicole!

Yesterday 09:04 AM
DcsabaS
Re: Nicole Gibbs

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Originally Posted by TERRASTAR18 View Post
it's a learning experience.....she now knows the level it takes to be great.....i liked her being aggressive early.
- She could remain in some long rallies and even she could win some of them.
- She could win some tricky points.
- She could win some constructed points.
- She could break Serena, and she had more occasions for that. (This was my secret hope! ) (Of course, Serena's errors were also needed for that.)
- If she made less unforced errors (<== resulted from her nerves), she could have done it a little even better.
- Tactically, she should have played a more aggressive tennis - but compared to her standards, Nicole was brave and aggressive, she was fighting, and she was beautiful on the court! Well done!
Yesterday 04:38 AM
TERRASTAR18
Re: Nicole Gibbs

it's a learning experience.....she now knows the level it takes to be great.....i liked her being aggressive early.
Yesterday 04:06 AM
tie_breaker
Re: Nicole Gibbs

6-1 Serena leads without breaking a sweat... I do believe her 2nd serve is faster than Nicole's 1st serve, especially given that Nicole is 2-3 steps behind the baseline.

Update: Nicole has officially broken the Serena serve!!!
Jan 19th, 2017 11:57 PM
Wintermute
Re: Nicole Gibbs

A little clip from Nicole's press conference on facing Serena:
"The best way to get better in the sport is to see the best in the game."
https://streamable.com/zogv9
Jan 19th, 2017 11:29 PM
Srodgers
Re: Nicole Gibbs

Congrats Nicole Definitely needed a good result here
Jan 19th, 2017 07:35 PM
Wally.
Re: Nicole Gibbs

I'm mad that Nicole finally makes third round here only to get Serena.
Jan 19th, 2017 07:33 PM
tie_breaker
Re: Nicole Gibbs

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Originally Posted by DcsabaS View Post
Of course, Serena stays in another league.
I only wanted to say that I'm personally SURE that Serena will NOT immediately kill Gibbsy with her power. Instead, she'll happily going to play a chess-like tennis (controlled by intelligent shot selection and court positioning). She's going to use her power (and aces) only if it turns out to be necessary, or if she wants to finish the match as soon as possible. Soooo, our Stanford girl will possibly have the chance to taste the on court thinking of the living legend. There is NOTHING to be afraid of this match, Nicole can learn a lot if she will be pro-active on the court.
Yes, I've seen Serena do that, especially against a fellow American.
Jan 19th, 2017 07:09 PM
DcsabaS
Re: Nicole Gibbs

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Originally Posted by tie_breaker View Post
Nicole doesn't cover enough court to even remotely pose a threat to Serena.
Her defense works against even powered players, but not the likes of a top 20 player or the GOAT!!!

I wish Nicole can play like she started out against Pennetta in 2014 US Open, where she was on fire for the first 4 games. Maybe she has a chance of making it look respectable. Even if she loses, a 3rd round at AO is respectable.
Of course, Serena stays in another league.
I only wanted to say that I'm personally SURE that Serena will NOT immediately kill Gibbsy with her power. Instead, she'll happily going to play a chess-like tennis (controlled by intelligent shot selection and court positioning). She's going to use her power (and aces) only if it turns out to be necessary, or if she wants to finish the match as soon as possible. Soooo, our Stanford girl will possibly have the chance to taste the on court thinking of the living legend. There is NOTHING to be afraid of this match, Nicole can learn a lot if she will be pro-active on the court.
Jan 19th, 2017 05:32 PM
tie_breaker
Re: Nicole Gibbs

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Originally Posted by DcsabaS View Post
Serena has the habit of giving a run to her opponents' playing style. This is her way of learning from the other players. (And this is why she is soooo good even at 30+++...) Therefore I expect a highly technical match, at least in the first set. Gibbsy should take this as a rare opportunity to learn from the living legend!

P.S.: for short moments Falconi was attacking well. But mostly she made too many errors. I don't know her to have a clue what could be the source of these errors.
Nicole doesn't cover enough court to even remotely pose a threat to Serena.
Her defense works against even powered players, but not the likes of a top 20 player or the GOAT!!!

I wish Nicole can play like she started out against Pennetta in 2014 US Open, where she was on fire for the first 4 games. Maybe she has a chance of making it look respectable. Even if she loses, a 3rd round at AO is respectable.
Jan 19th, 2017 01:57 PM
DcsabaS
Re: Nicole Gibbs

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Originally Posted by Wintermute View Post
6-4 6-1 over Falconi. How many wins to officially pigeonize someone?

Seriously, Nicole's year didn't start well so I'm so pleased she's into R3. Plays someone called Serena Williams next.
Serena has the habit of giving a run to her opponents' playing style. This is her way of learning from the other players. (And this is why she is soooo good even at 30+++...) Therefore I expect a highly technical match, at least in the first set. Gibbsy should take this as a rare opportunity to learn from the living legend!

P.S.: for short moments Falconi was attacking well. But mostly she made too many errors. I don't know her to have a clue what could be the source of these errors.
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