By the way, thanks for your report Corswandt in your GM Portugal Open 2013 thread.
Originally Posted by Corswandt
Day 1 - Q1R
Anastasia Rodionova d. Garcia 7-5, 2-6, 6-1
Same old for Garcia.
Garcia at her best is a scary good flat shotmaker from both sides with one of the best serves you're likely to see at this level. BH, FH, serve all excellent from a purely technical POV. However her court positioning is still very much a work in progress, as she never seems to know when to step in and have a go at the ball and when to rally from behind the baseline. When she was flattening out her shots, Rodionova just couldn't handle her pace. But once pressure sets in she starts adding more spin to her shots and lets herself get dragged into neutral rallies in which all her weaknesses are made apparent - her BH seemed quite consistent for a while, but then there were patches in which she would thrown away whole games with needless errors on apparently easy rally BHs. Her footwork remains very poor, her movement to her BH side atrocious and easily explotaible, her shot selection often retarded. Last three games or so she didn't bother to contest.
All reports suggest conditions were very windy and difficult.
Anastasia Rodionova @arodionova
40km/h wind... What we played today wasn't tennis