Originally Posted by Siderophyre
True about the Dulko match. I remember watching a stream of that match at the time and just saying "Nooooooooooooooooo! Nooooooooooooooo! Aaaarrrgggghhhhhhhh!" I was supposed to be working at the time, so was probably putting in as shoddy a day at work as Sam did that day. I kept thinking she would pull it out though, because there were flashes of decent play. I guess I didn't really single out that match because I put it down to her general poor form at the beginning of this year. Maybe a mistake considering she had found some form in Rome and Stuttgart. (Speaking of which - that's another loss that pisses me off because I just think Goerges is a decent player who is way overrated. Sam should not lose to her on indoor clay for God sake.)
But there's no doubt she throws in these appalling matches from time to time. Maybe it's as simple as gender-based physiological reasons. God knows JJ broadcasts when that's the case. There's no question that it has a physiological effect, even if you are on meds that reduce everything to maybe 4 times or so a year - which I assume most female elite athletes are.
She should have beaten Goerges as well, but that loss was different from her loss to Dulko. She didn't play really bad against Goerges, she just failed to capitalize on her chances, and played too much to Goerges's strength (I was going to say strengths, but really she hasn't got much except a big forehand). Against Dulko she played like me for god's sake, it was dreadful!