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Old Jan 27th, 2013, 11:35 PM   #2484
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Re: AO 2013: The Bridesmaid-Bride Double. The Sequel.

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Originally Posted by Asherahpova View Post
Yeah even though she's not my favourite player, during USO Final I was actually feeling very happy for Vika when she went to serve for it, I normally always feel really happy for the winner of Slam Finals unless it's who just lost it obviously.

IDK it was just strange watching it yesterday, it honestly felt like watching a R2 match between two unknown ATP players. I've never been more indifferent or emotionally disengaged whilst watching a Slam final. I suppose it didn't help when Li injured herself in the third as well.


I agree, the whole thing just seemed like a blurry mess, have we even one great match to take away from this AO on the women's side? Just hoping we can see more of the positives Maria displayed throughout 2013. Oh and WHY did she wait until the SF to highlight the work she's done with her serve out wide on the ad court?
That's exactly it -- even though the US Open final was also a mess in terms of quality, and even though I didn't particularly like either player, it was still an absorbing watch because there was flow to it and clear changes in momentum (Serena going off at the start of the 2nd set, then her fightback from 5-3 down in the decider). Whereas yesterday's was just weird with no real momentum -- the final set was a total damp squib with Li totally petering out towards the end, not to mention all the stop-starting with Na's injuries and those Goddamn fireworks at the most inconvenient time

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Originally Posted by SilverSlam View Post
I was thinking about what I'd call her gamestyle earlier, and she almost is just a aggressive pusher. She has great defence and court speed, and she uses her awareness on the court to manoeuvre her opponents to be stretched out enough so the big hitters can't get big cuts on the ball. She's also aggressive enough to beat the lesser girls easily. In 2009 I saw her as a BBB, but she's changed herself to become essentially a powerful Wozniacki.
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Originally Posted by Asherahpova View Post
I'm just quoting this but it's essentially to reply to all posts about Vika's game.

Yeah, when you watch her, you aren't really WOWED even at her best. She has a great advantage in her consistent level though, lower ranked players are NOT going to beat her unless she has a horrible day and they play GOATly tennis. Her only competition is Maria and Serena really, Serena owns her yes, but still to beat Vika even they have to play pretty close to their best tennis. If they do that they will beat her pretty comfortably but they aren't going to beat Vika if she's playing well and they aren't.

So once Maria and Serena are out of a tournament you may as well hand her the trophy. It certainly does help her that the current 'elite' group of players has 3 members whereas in past year you had Henin, Maria, Venus, Serena, Kim, Davenport ALL to deal with and then you had players like Svetla and Dementieva behind them.
Yeah, I agree that there's nothing about Princessrenka's game that IMMEDIATELY stands out as exceptional -- and I actually think that's a big part of why fans haven't taken to her, because even when a crowd doesn't like the personality of a player such as Serena, Djokovic, or dareisayit Maria, they often still enjoy watching them play because of the explosive winners they hit (in Serena/Maria's case) or some of the seemingly-impossible retreivals they can make (in Djokovic's case). Whereas in Princessrenka's case, because her strengths aren't as immediately obvious, her game can definitely leave casual observers uninspired.

I do personally think her defensive skills are quite remarkable though. Even though it sometimes doesn't LOOK great, because her raw footspeed is only "quite good" at best, she really does read the game and anticipate much better than she's given credit for, and I actually think there's something quite remarkable about the way she can flick back REALLY powerful shots with a minimal takeback and without even moving her feet (the reason why Maria has struggled with her) -- you have to have really great natural wrist-work and feel for the ball to do that, I actually see quite a lot of Hingis in her in that one respect (though her game obviously isn't as dimensional as Hingis, nor is she as creative with point construction).

With all that said, honestly I do think her window is quite a lot more narrow than some people think. Because her game relies so much on defense, and typically defensive skills do start to deteriorate at a much earlier age than offensive skills. I think her potential Slam winning-window is maybe only 2 years more tbh, and even in that time she's still going to have to hope she either doesn't play the 3 players who can beat her (Serena, Maria, Kvitova) or that they're off their game. Honestly, I'm trying to be as objective as I can, but I really don't think there's much chance at all of her ending her career with more slams than Maria. I mean, easy to forget though it is, Princessrenka is only 2 years younger than Maria afterall


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Originally Posted by heavyhorse View Post
Maria has definitely gained back most of the mentality she once had before the surgery. It's just something that can't happen over night.

Reaching the SF isn't a bad thing. Li Na is great at the AO when she's in form and would have definitely won if not for her injury imo. Maria definitely needs to fix a few things though.
Imo, Thursday's shitfest wasn't really nerves on Maria's part -- I dunno, I didn't really get the same vibe that I got in some of her matches in 2012 where she was DEFINITELY affected by nerves (AO final, Olympics final). To me it seemed more like she was just FLAT emotionally. Maybe she and Hogstedt just underestimated Li, thought she would play as badly as she did in her recent matches against Maria, and Maria just wasn't mentally prepared to face as high a standard of tennis as Li brought? That's my gut instinct.

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