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Old Nov 20th, 2013, 10:38 PM   #1727
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Re: Laura Robson: The Silver Medal Years 2012-

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Originally Posted by Play_Suspended View Post
I've given up trying to figure out if coaching relationships will work before they start , just because you have the most famous coach in the world doesn't mean it will work for you and visa versa. So I guess let's just see where this one leads us and hope...I have my concerns though. We all thought Laura needed someone to push her a bit more and not be her mate, is Witten really going to do that? (I know nothing about his personality) Looks like someone more in the Miles mould from first impressions.
This is the puzzling element. The reason that the idea of Sven coaching her appealed to me was the fact that - apart from his proven coaching skills - she's known him well since she was very young and they have a good rapport. It is likely that this is a coaching relationship which "would work before it starts" because they wouldn't have to go through the usual "getting to know you phase" and finding out that they're incompatible! Laura looked very happy working with Sven in Rome this year and actually listened to his on-court tactical advice. But was Sven even approached by Eisenbud or Kathy Robson? I assumed that Maclagan's appointment never extended beyond the 'trial' phase and Laura decided to split with him because she had another, much better, coach up her sleeve. That now appears not to be the case.

Woodforde would have been an interesting choice because he's a fellow left-hander though his coaching CV is limited. But as to Jesse Witten... He's barely finished his (mediocre) playing career and he must still be learning the ropes when it comes to coaching. What confidence can Laura have in him?

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Let's take the positive here, Mark Wellington is a good move. If he can get Laura's footwork anything like Vika's or Maria's that would make a massive difference. Let's hope he's Laura's jez green. Get her movement good and her shots will be much more consistent, so many shots are missed due to being out of position. Forget the technical or tactical advice a good fitness trainer could transform her.
I agree. This is the promising element. Although a lot of the attention on Laura this year has focused on her service problems, it really only applied to the first half of the season. Her serve was reliable under Maclagan and the double-faults were few and far between even in the Asian tournaments at the end of the season. What was more alarming to me was how erratic her ground game had become. AshBolt has already commented that her service return, which can be one of the most devastating weapons in her armoury, had totally deserted her. She was flailing at the ball in Tokyo and Beijing and missing by yards. All this was connected to poor footwork. Laura's stroke production is superb but she needs to be in position before she pulls the trigger.

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