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Old Dec 9th, 2012, 04:15 PM   #13
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Re: Mirjana's 2013 Down Under swing

Well, she's certainly looking as fit as she has ever looked in her comeback; possibly fitter than ever. She looks stronger, more toned.

No one can say she has not been committed to working extremely hard.

Hopefully, this hard work will translate to that extra bit of confidence she needs to take that handful of key matches that would put her close to the Top 50 or Top 60, where (in my opinion) her big game has really belonged, at least based on hard work and raw talent.

Working on the mental side of things is her biggest need, but it's mainly a confidence trick.

She simply has to win more matches -- not even against big stars, but against the questionable players ranked below her. If she can eliminate the ugly losses to players like Larriere and Larcher de Brito, her confidence will skyrocket and we could see her break out of this 100-130 ranking plateau.

Also, she needs to suck it up and play more high-end Challengers early next season, and play them with hunger for points. Getting that ranking up around 70-80 before the start of the Euro clay season is so so so "do-able" for her. Even if she has to sacrifice a few WTA qually events and play ITF draws. Better to get QF or SF points at $50-100K ITFs than snuff-out in WTA qually rounds, where the work is twice as hard and the rewards minimal.

Draw gods? She'll get good draws and lousy ones, as usual. She has not exactly taken advantage of cakewalk draws, so I don't think draw worries get anything accomplished. If only she can live up to her seeding consistently (in ITF events and WTA quallies) she would see a significant leap up the charts.

Best of luck to her, and especially at the Grand Slams, for a change. If she can win just one round at each of the majors this year, PRESTO!
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