Originally Posted by Craig.
I don't get what y'all see in Pavlyuchenkova, I really don't
She is so naturally gifted IMO. Her strokes are clean as a whistle, she anticipates well, and she has great instincts at the net. She even moves pretty well considering she's not in the best shape (though that looks to be changing). Plus she plays hard and is a fighter and I can't not love that. If she gets herself in tip-top shape and can make her serve at least decent (that also has improved lately from what I've seen) I think she's got multiple slams in her.
I jumped on the bandwagon in IW 09 and was a casual admirer after that, but her 4R match against Fransexual at the Open in 2011 made me a fan. She hit the ball beautifully, kept her cool after blowing the first set, and ultimately outfought one of the best competitors we have. Highlights: