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Today 12:33 AM
RU90
Re: Heather's Cheering Thread

@Carl_Sagan Well-said and sadly, 100% true. It really bothers me to see her going through the motions when her fighting spirit from years back is what made me a fan.
Yesterday 11:28 PM
Carl Sagan
Re: Heather's Cheering Thread

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Originally Posted by Dawson. View Post
I was pretty disappointed when I woke up to this result this morning. Now after watching the extended highlights on Eurosport, I'm absolutely gutted.
I read an article on Heather's opening round win over Stosur in the "Metro" or the "Evening Standard" on the way back home from work on Wednesday evening. Heather was reflecting on her drop down the rankings during the 2016 season and saying that she had focused so heavily on The Olympics that when her participation in Rio was over she felt "dead". Instead, of pumping herself up for the US hardcourt season and fall Asian swing she just wanted to go home.

It was quite disturbing reading that and it didn't make a great deal of sense. If she had gone all the way in Rio and been inspired to play mind-blowing tennis (like Puig) or had been involved in some absolutely brutal and draining matches (like Konta's epic with Kuznetsova) I could understand why she'd have felt empty afterwards. But, as it happened, her performance in the singles was unremarkable (patchy win over Peng; patchy loss to Svitolina); she lost in the 1st round of the womens' doubles, and her biggest chance of medal success - her mixed partnership with Andy Murray - fell flat as a pancake. Even though they'd played twice before in the Hopman Cup to prepare for Rio, they showed fuck all on-court chemistry and looked like they couldn't wait to get off the court when they met the Indian pairing of Mirza and Bopanna. Andy used to be electric when he paired up with the teenage Laura Robson in 2010-2012. By contrast, he and Heather just looked miserable together.

The promise the interview after the Stosur match offered was that Heather was now completely refreshed and over her post-Olympics funk. Her loss to Jennifer Brady exposed that claim to be fairly flimsy. She had a dream draw and the opportunity to finish the match in a thoroughly straightforward straight-sets fashion. But she choked. Four years ago Heather was regarded as the toughest match player in British tennis, Laura was hit-and-miss, and Johanna was a nervous wreck. Now Johanna has evolved into far and away our toughest match player, Heather has regressed into mental midgetry, and Laura's such a mess she defies any kind of description.

British tennis is a topsy turvy world.

As of now, Heather is a player in decline at the age of 24. She'll be 25 in May - no longer an up-and-comer. She needs to find herself again.
Jan 20th, 2017 02:40 PM
klr
Re: Heather's Cheering Thread

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Originally Posted by mbturner View Post
She needs to get over these 3 set losses so they don't become a thing and self-fulfilling. She has shown in Australia that when she is reasonably aggressive she can win most matches. When she becomes tentative she is a sitting duck to most players on the tour.

Where does she play next? I think she took a break after the AO last year.
Between the AO and Indian Wells:

- St. Petersburg qualifiers
- Fed Cup (Europe/Africa zone in Tallinn)
- Nothing (she may or may not be in the Doha qualifiers, but since the Fed Cup matches only finish on Saturday, it might not be possible to play Doha anyway)
- Possibly the Dubai qualifiers (the official list isn't out yet); She would have gotten direct into Budapest
- Possibly the Acapulco qualifiers (the official list isn't out yet); She's not one of the top MD alternates, but she might be lower down the list*; She would have gotten direct into Kuala Lumpur

She will be defending 280 points the week before Indian Wells, if she is actually playing. That's because when she won Monterrey last year, it was the week before Indian Wells. This year, it's the week after Miami, along with Charleston.

*I seem to remember that last year, she got into the Monterrey MD quite late, after Robson withdrew.
Jan 20th, 2017 01:10 PM
mbturner
Re: Heather's Cheering Thread

She needs to get over these 3 set losses so they don't become a thing and self-fulfilling. She has shown in Australia that when she is reasonably aggressive she can win most matches. When she becomes tentative she is a sitting duck to most players on the tour.

Where does she play next? I think she took a break after the AO last year.
Jan 20th, 2017 05:18 AM
Material World
Re: Heather's Cheering Thread

I was there for Set 2, but had to leave at that point because (a) I wanted to catch some of Bara/Petko and (b) I just knew Heather had blown it.

Brady has a strong serve and a decent power game but a player of Heather's experience should have been able to serve out or at least compete in the tiebreak. She got upset towards the end of set 2 about a missed call which was a grade A shocker - I was on the line and it was out by 2 inches. But she won that point anyway and has to stop these things getting to her.
Jan 19th, 2017 11:12 PM
Dawson.
Re: Heather's Cheering Thread

I was pretty disappointed when I woke up to this result this morning. Now after watching the extended highlights on Eurosport, I'm absolutely gutted. Brady had a flashy game, nice serve with plenty of power off the ground but no way in hell should Heather have let herself lose this match. She backed off and allowed herself to be dominated. She was doing everything right for the first two sets but just fell flat when serving for it.

4 of the 5 match points were saved by Brady first serves so can't really do much about that. But the one MP where they actually got into a rally, both players seemed reluctant to go for it. You would favour Heather in this sort of rally but she was the one who made a simple forehand error
Jan 19th, 2017 12:52 PM
Wintermute
Re: Heather's Cheering Thread

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Originally Posted by Wintermute View Post
Good opportunity in the next round. Probably means she's gonna lose now.
I'll get my coat.
Jan 19th, 2017 10:33 AM
mbturner
Re: Heather's Cheering Thread

Brady was stronger physically and mentally. As Heather became more cautious she allowed Brady to dominate her. She would have won in two sets if she had played as aggressively as she did when she saved two match points before falling to the third match point. Plenty for her new coach to work on as the familiar weaknesses came back to haunt her. On a positive note her drop shots and volleys were better but her forehands need more top spin for her to hit hard and her second serves are gifts.
Jan 19th, 2017 06:54 AM
Mr.Sparkle
Re: Heather's Cheering Thread



Losing to a member of the Brady bunch. What a missed opportunity to get to the second week of a slam..
Jan 19th, 2017 05:18 AM
RU90
Re: Heather's Cheering Thread

Jan 19th, 2017 03:44 AM
mbturner
Re: Heather's Cheering Thread

Heather making heavy weather of this. Missed the chance to win in two sets so into a third set. Brady is gaining confidence and Heather is getting tighter. If Heather plays defensively she will lose.
Jan 18th, 2017 05:17 PM
mbturner
Re: Heather's Cheering Thread

Lost the doubles and sadly not in the draw for mixed doubles.
Jan 17th, 2017 09:28 PM
Mr.Sparkle
Re: Heather's Cheering Thread

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Originally Posted by Wintermute View Post
That's a great win Hev.

Good opportunity in the next round. Probably means she's gonna lose now.
I only saw highlights but Hev did seem to be enjoying herself out there.

Also, she's got doubles tomorrow with Naomi and a chance of winning there too.
Jan 17th, 2017 04:31 PM
Wintermute
Re: Heather's Cheering Thread

That's a great win Hev.

Good opportunity in the next round. Probably means she's gonna lose now.
Jan 17th, 2017 01:59 PM
mbturner
Re: Heather's Cheering Thread

2017 AO R1: Watson trolls [18] Stosur out of AO 63 36 60

Some positive comments for Heather in the above tennis forum amongst general rubbishing of Sam.
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