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Jul 24th, 2016 04:56 PM
DcsabaS
Re: Nicole Gibbs

^ There are many little differences between Nicole's and Simona's tennis. And there are clear cases when Nicole has the edge, for instance:
- Nicole's instinctive touches are finer.
- Nicole's slices, drop-shots and lobs are more natural, and better integrated into the game.
- Nicole's over-head shots are much more consistent.
- Nicole's tennis has more natural variety.
- Nicole's serves are usually better placed (though, not always).

Of course, there are other areas, where Simona is the better - sometimes "the best" on the tour, like her on-the-run defense-to-offense winners. (This is related to her constant habit of running - she learned how to bash the balls accurately on the run.)

All in all, with a more offensive mindset both girls could achieve MUCH MORE. The smaller girls must control the rallies in order to achieve great results - this is a general rule! The best example is DOMINIKA CIBULKOVA. Who would be simply nothing without her super-duper aggression.
Jul 24th, 2016 04:25 PM
tie_breaker
Re: Nicole Gibbs

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Originally Posted by DcsabaS View Post
To play more aggressively (when necessary), it DOES NOT need any additional skills (above what she already has), only the clear understanding that without risking more, she'll SURELY LOSE! This is pure mental! Before her breakthrough in 2013, Simona Halep was only a top 60 player (similarly to the current Gibbsy), and that changed OVERNIGHT, and became a Top 5 player.
I agree that 50% is mental with Gibbs.

However, I believe (and we can agree to disagree) that Gibbs lack these skills, which prevents her to turn a switch like Halep did:
(1) Foot speed, anticipation of where ball will go, and first step. Problem against ball bashers.
(2) Placement of shot on the run, higher % of offensive placed shots. Opponent has her running more.
(3) Lack of power to end point sooner. Allows ball basher to eventually gain control of point with just an average defense. You see Halep attacking the ball more often, while Gibbs is just hitting the ball. Big difference as Halep is moving forward towards the net.

Halep, on the other hand, does these 3 items very well.
I agree that Gibbs has skills that allow her to be very crafty with her game and stay longer in the point, but she needs her opponent to be troubled by her game and her persistence. If her opponents exploit her weaknesses more that she is able to exploit theirs, then that's where the 50% mental kicks in as she knows that she is defenseless.
You hear her time and time again that she has no more tricks she can pull. A lot has to do with her confidence, which is sky high, as noted below.

Gibbs looks unbeatable when all 3 items below occur:
(1) Tight defense is in tune. Lobs are placed deep and away from opponent's kill zone.
(2) Tight defense leads to longer rallies and more opportunities to get her offensive shots more in a zone to hit winners.
(3) Tight defense and a tuned offense results in winning, especially 3 set matches. More wins over 2 or 3 tournaments and Gibbs is playing her best, which we witnessed earlier this year before she went to play overseas on Clay and Grass.

Gibbs needs to play ITF's and build her confidence to play an optimum level. She was 12-4 on hard courts, earlier this year then went to Indian Wells and Miami and was 7-2. This shows how that confidence carried over.

She didn't play ITF's before heading to play Clay and Grass overseas and came back 1-6. She didn't have any warm-ups at ITF level.

She only played one ITF tournament before Bank of West and still was not fine tuned as she didn't make it past the 2nd round. At BOW, she barely got past Zhou in 3 sets, who just turned pro, another Stanford stand-out, before losing to Coco, and again not making past 2nd round.
Jul 23rd, 2016 08:33 AM
DcsabaS
Re: Nicole Gibbs

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Originally Posted by tie_breaker View Post
Listening to her talk to her dad/coach after that 2nd set, Nicole sounded defeated as she had no answers and was flustered.

The book on Nicole is becoming well known now. To beat her, just outpower her and knock her off the court. There's only so many lobs she can return before the shots come up short or the court is wide open for an easy winner. Surely a player needs to find their range and once they do, then it becomes a one-sided match.

Coco has a good serve, so Nicole couldn't counter with her return game, which is usually her strength as she is more aggressive with her return game than with her serving game.

I think Nicole needs to do what we've all been saying and play more aggressively, more often.
To play more aggressively (when necessary), it DOES NOT need any additional skills (above what she already has), only the clear understanding that without risking more, she'll SURELY LOSE! This is pure mental! Before her breakthrough in 2013, Simona Halep was only a top 60 player (similarly to the current Gibbsy), and that changed OVERNIGHT, and became a Top 5 player.
Jul 23rd, 2016 04:46 AM
tie_breaker
Re: Nicole Gibbs

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Originally Posted by DcsabaS View Post
Gibbsy lost a very winnable match against Vandeweghe (26 64 62).
- In the 1st set and most of the 2nd set she was serving GREAT .
- But in the 2nd set her RETURNING became too passive , letting Vandeweghe got into the match. Gibbsy let Vandeweghe to play her 1st strike tennis practically undisturbed, which is NEVER a good idea against a big hitter. She had only two opportunities against a warmed-up Vandeweghe, but didn't realize it in time:
A.) Move Vandeweghe to death.
B.) Attack Vandeweghe's serves to force her into a DF-machine mode.

In the decider set Gibbsy's chances were already very limited.
Listening to her talk to her dad/coach after that 2nd set, Nicole sounded defeated as she had no answers and was flustered.

The book on Nicole is becoming well known now. To beat her, just outpower her and knock her off the court. There's only so many lobs she can return before the shots come up short or the court is wide open for an easy winner. Surely a player needs to find their range and once they do, then it becomes a one-sided match.

Coco has a good serve, so Nicole couldn't counter with her return game, which is usually her strength as she is more aggressive with her return game than with her serving game.

I think Nicole needs to do what we've all been saying and play more aggressively, more often.
Jul 22nd, 2016 04:38 AM
DcsabaS
Re: Nicole Gibbs

Gibbsy lost a very winnable match against Vandeweghe (26 64 62).
- In the 1st set and most of the 2nd set she was serving GREAT .
- But in the 2nd set her RETURNING became too passive , letting Vandeweghe got into the match. Gibbsy let Vandeweghe to play her 1st strike tennis practically undisturbed, which is NEVER a good idea against a big hitter. She had only two opportunities against a warmed-up Vandeweghe, but didn't realize it in time:
A.) Move Vandeweghe to death.
B.) Attack Vandeweghe's serves to force her into a DF-machine mode.

In the decider set Gibbsy's chances were already very limited.
Jul 19th, 2016 04:36 AM
DcsabaS
Re: Nicole Gibbs

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Originally Posted by HowardH View Post
Nicole's drawn fellow Stanford alumni Carol Zhao in the first round of Stanford.
Gibbs-Zhao: 62 46 63 Congrats! http://twitter.com/Gibbsyyyy
Jul 18th, 2016 04:36 PM
HowardH
Re: Nicole Gibbs

Nicole's drawn fellow Stanford alumni Carol Zhao in the first round of Stanford.
Jun 13th, 2016 09:17 PM
anarich44
Re: Nicole Gibbs

Jun 5th, 2016 10:19 PM
Wintermute
Re: Nicole Gibbs

Such bad luck.
Jun 5th, 2016 06:10 PM
tie_breaker
Re: Nicole Gibbs

I figured something was wrong given her performance on clay.


https://www.facebook.com/nicolegibbs...581027867553:0
May 20th, 2016 03:24 AM
HowardH
Re: Nicole Gibbs



Gibbsy looking stunning at the RG party
May 17th, 2016 03:41 PM
DcsabaS
Re: Nicole Gibbs

Just now plays Gibbsy with Annika Beck (Beck leads to 1-0, no breaks).

I like both girls very much, they both play very good defensive tennis and have a big potential with a little bit more ATTACKING. Gibbsy has the better variety, while Beck has the stronger FH. This can be a very good fight for both Lets see what happens !
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The 1st break is for Beck, she leads now to 4-2
(Beck is currently more in the controlling seat, while Gibbsy is only experimenting. She's also frustrated to an extent, because I suppose, she is not experienced enough vs. those players who can defend very well ...)
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Beck won the 1st set to 6-2 - she deserved it.
Gibbsy, after broken down, became impatient. Still she doesn't understand what is going on. Also, I think she doesn't know, that she should MOVE Beck in order to beat her. Instead, Gibbsy is running after the balls....
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Already broken in the 2nd set: 2-0
Gibbsy SHOULD GO UP with 1-3 steps to ATTACK in the appropriate moments. (THERE ARE MANY.) From behind the baseline she doesn't have too much chance.
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The end is: 62 61 to Beck. Gibbsy lost because she was not playing with the right tactics and she became too nervous/frustrated too.
May 15th, 2016 09:06 PM
DcsabaS
Re: Nicole Gibbs

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Originally Posted by tie_breaker View Post
Not quite the headliner, but getting some press on WTA:

At least, Yahoo got the last name right.
"Natalie" is a beautiful name too. We should ask Gibbsy what does she think about it ...
May 15th, 2016 08:58 PM
tie_breaker
Re: Nicole Gibbs

Not quite the headliner, but getting some press on WTA:

GIBBS GETS THROUGH NÜRNBERG OPENER

At least, Yahoo got the last name right.
May 15th, 2016 04:00 PM
DcsabaS
Re: Nicole Gibbs

A nice victory over Kristyna Pliskova (to 64 63) in Nürnberg R32 .
Kristyna plays a similar tennis to her sister Karolina Pliskova, but with more unforced errors. Nicole, fortunately, focused well enough to win the match. I liked her serving very much !
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