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Mar 21st, 2017 05:12 PM
Serg.
Re: Garbiñe Muguruza

She's the only likeable player in the top 10, so it's time to restan her again

(still same subforum name as 2 years ago )
Mar 20th, 2017 11:37 AM
Javi
Re: Garbiñe Muguruza

I can't at some people in GM comparing her look to Hantuchova in her skinniest period.
I know it's TF and people here overreact and dramatizes everything but still.
She has lost a bit weight but there's nothing to worry about. She looks healthy and athletic.
Mar 18th, 2017 02:25 PM
Martn7
Re: Garbiñe Muguruza

Garbi showed some improvement in Indian Wells, it's nice that she is trying to play more agressive again, especially coming to the net more often. She should continue like that, I think that's how she can be more succesful
Mar 18th, 2017 12:54 PM
2_for_the_money
Re: Garbiñe Muguruza

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Originally Posted by ServiceGagnant View Post
Please no Plis in her Miami's quarter
I think if Garbi continues with this development, she will beat her very soon. It is in her mind now she is figuring it out, sometimes during her match I had a feeling she hit some shots out of that revenge frustration and overhit them, that was in the phases of the match she was really on. So she couldn't capitalize and somehow reassure herself.

Garbiñe already didn't lost like 25-30 matches when she won the 1st set, so confidence plays a big role and with this progression it must come very soon, I believe!
Mar 17th, 2017 12:53 PM
ServiceGagnant
Re: Garbiñe Muguruza

Please no Plis in her Miami's quarter
Mar 16th, 2017 09:05 PM
Tecumseh
Re: Garbiñe Muguruza

Karolina nailed it perfectly.

But still, it took a bit of bad luck with that close challenge and some mental midgetery from Garbine to screw that second set tiebreak up. I mean, how could she not capitalize on those two easy forehand sitters at *4-3?

It also speaks volumes that she couldn’t keep that huge momentum going after she came back from a double break down with Pliskova serving for the match twice.

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Originally Posted by Cindy and Kate View Post
Yeah, as we've commented before, the FH has become the biggest issue in her game, especially against the big hitters. It's very unreliable because of that extreme grip. Can't defend well or use the pace. So many times it breaks down when it gets hammered.
What were Mancisidor and Garbi smoking when they decided to change her forehand grip by 45 (!!!) degrees? You don’t do that at such an advanced age, as this is pure madness. She played with a normal semi-western grip during all her youth and her swing had evolved around that grip accordingly. Therefore it's an insane move to make such a fundamental change.

You can only be successful with such an extreme grip if you avoid playing defense, and since she executes Sumyk’s rather passive playing philosophy, she gets roasted when facing a heavy hitter like Karolina. So it’s the combination of her two coaches’ wrong ideas that makes this disaster even bigger.

She certainly played a good tournament and showed signs of improvement in some areas, but I hardly see her do well again on faster surfaces with that mess of a forehand.

I want big hitting Hobart-Garbi back.
Mar 16th, 2017 12:27 PM
Renegade
Re: Garbiñe Muguruza

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Originally Posted by SmilingKnight View Post
There've been many encouraging signs in this tournament. Mugu's game looks to have moved in the right direction.
On the other hand, this matchup is turning into a career-defining bummer. Pliskova's got this unflashy but super solid kind of game that makes me think she'll be there waiting every time Garbiñe makes the latter stages of a tournament.
It's a good thing that Karo can't play the same on clay then At least Garbine's chances at RG will not depend on this match-up .
Seriously though, I think Garbine can and will win against Karo eventually. This last match shows that she can play against and even dominate Karo. It's just the mental block developed by the previous losses when Garbi clearly wasn't at her best. Once she scores a win, who knows, she might level the h2h in time.
Mar 16th, 2017 12:23 PM
Cindy and Kate
Re: Garbiñe Muguruza

Didn't see the match. It was too late for me and I thought it was going to be NID anyway. It seems that, as usual, KP was the mentally stronger player when push came to shove. It's a shame that this matchup has become such a massive issue for Garbiñe. I wouldn't wonder if Svetlana takes K.P out, while Garbiñe surely would have beaten her again.

Not surprised by K.P's words. It's obvious she feels so comfortable in this matchup it's almost like she's taking a nap. I've liked the changes in Garbiñe's game though. She's moving better and her groundies are deeper and have more intent. The coming up to the net it's going to be positive for her. It was pretty much what she was doing in 2015.

Yeah, as we've commented before, the FH has become the biggest issue in her game, especially against the big hitters. It's very unreliable because of that extreme grip. Can't defend well or use the pace. So many times it breaks down when it gets hammered.
Mar 16th, 2017 09:17 AM
hurty
Re: Garbiñe Muguruza

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Originally Posted by Plies View Post
Pliskova loves using her slice out wide on the deuce side. Garbine has trouble with this serve, shanking her return a few times. All of these issues she has against Karolina would be compounded on grass so I hope for her sake they don't play each other on that surface.
LOL she won't be winning enough matches on grass to face her.

I'm interested to see how she'll fare against her on clay, though.
Mar 16th, 2017 09:12 AM
Plies
Re: Garbiñe Muguruza

Pliskova loves using her slice out wide on the deuce side. Garbine has trouble with this serve, shanking her return a few times. All of these issues she has against Karolina would be compounded on grass so I hope for her sake they don't play each other on that surface.
Mar 16th, 2017 08:58 AM
ServiceGagnant
Re: Garbiñe Muguruza

I hope Garbine READ that statement from KaPlis. FIX THAT FOREHAND
This is becoming Serena vs Masha episode 2 for me
Mar 16th, 2017 08:53 AM
Javi
Re: Garbiñe Muguruza

This matchup And ending with a DF, how fitting.

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Originally Posted by Plies View Post
Pliskova is very self aware. There's a lot of truth in what she says here.

LMAO. I don't like her robotic style (both on court game and off court personality) but this kind of honesty and selfawareness is so refreshing to see.
She is also very aware of Garbi's flaws LOL
Mar 16th, 2017 07:58 AM
Peak Pierce
Re: Garbiñe Muguruza

There was some discussion upthread about the forehand grip, and after seeing the Pliskova match, I do think the extreme Western is going to continue to be a hindrance in absorbing the depth and pace of shot she has to fend off whenever she faces off against Karolina in the future.

That kind of grip might be fine on clay or against players who don't hit with as much pace, but against someone like a Pliskova with a bullet forehand, every second counts. That extreme grip is just inviting shanks and other assorted errors when she's rushing to get her strings on such a deep and quickly approaching ball.
Mar 16th, 2017 06:19 AM
Plies
Re: Garbiñe Muguruza

Pliskova is very self aware. There's a lot of truth in what she says here.

Mar 16th, 2017 05:16 AM
SmilingKnight
Re: Garbiñe Muguruza

There've been many encouraging signs in this tournament. Mugu's game looks to have moved in the right direction.
On the other hand, this matchup is turning into a career-defining bummer. Pliskova's got this unflashy but super solid kind of game that makes me think she'll be there waiting every time Garbiñe makes the latter stages of a tournament.
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