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Old Nov 3rd, 2011, 03:07 AM   #16
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Re: If you were David Kotyza, where would you be looking for Petra to improve next ye

Well, I really think we could improve on her barking. It's a little too German Shepherd for me. We should aim for a full-grown Greyhound.
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Re: If you were David Kotyza, where would you be looking for Petra to improve next ye

Serve & volley, serve & volley and serve & volley.
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Old Nov 3rd, 2011, 03:40 AM   #18
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Fitness, rallying, grunting during points
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Re: If you were David Kotyza, where would you be looking for Petra to improve next ye

Just reducing the amount of tourneys she can't land a ball in the court .
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Re: If you were David Kotyza, where would you be looking for Petra to improve next ye

Volleys. She produces STUNNING drop volleys but sometimes it can be unbelievably horrendous. She can't drive volley that well as it gets predictable - she just smacks it down the center majority of the time. Oh and for every two great volleys is a bad one. She could improve that ratio to be even more dominant on fast courts than she is now.

This would actually improve her game as a whole, and not just volleying. She can cut down the amount of rallies even more. Her serve can become an even bigger weapon than it currently is as she could S&V more on faster courts often to mix things up.

I really don't think they should be working on anything else at the moment as her volley is much closer to perfection (although far from it) than her drop shots and lobs. Also, consistency is something I don't think can be worked on as on court is a completely different environment; there's more pressure to keep the ball in as opposed to during training. It's something the players have to learn to control themselves.
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Re: If you were David Kotyza, where would you be looking for Petra to improve next ye

Why'd they move this to the subforum?

Aren't there 5 other Petra threads on GM now?

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Nice post.

I haven't seen her miss too many drive volleys, but I seen her miss more than enough sitters (with similar drive volley techniques), off of the lefty wide slice serve, that she hits on, too close to the line or out of bounds. She does this cause she's rushing.

I know she was playing against the top 8, but she's got to learn to just slap that ball towards the edge of the court ("Hit them where they ain't"), but not necessarily the lines.

Those pesky retrievers are not that fast or smart.

She could also employ fakes and deception, as she does so well on her forehand and backhand sitters, to throw the defender off. But I understand it's a lot harder, when both you and the defender are running towards the court and the net.
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Old Nov 3rd, 2011, 05:30 PM   #23
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Last winter Kvitova's coach David Kotyza did a great job of improving Petra's fitness, speed and footwork and boy has it paid off this year. So where should the focus be now?

I'll start off by saying that she needs to put away the easy winners consistently. Too many times this year I've seen her throw her opponent out wide with a slice serve and get a weak return that she then belts as hard as she can and has the ball boys diving for cover. If the court is wide open, just roll it in for a winner.

Secondly, she needs top close down the net better when she comes in. She's a good vollier but she often makes them harder than they need to be.
You took the words out of my mouth. I get ulcers watching her matches when she's just tossing away points with her chronically unnecessary UEs. The other thing I would tell her is to give her shots more leeway when playing outdoors. You can paint the lines indoors but you've got to give yourself more clearance when you're playing outdoors. It would make a big difference in the long run. She needs an indoor game and an outdoor game.

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Old Nov 3rd, 2011, 05:38 PM   #24
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He appears to be a great guy and makes her happy. Who did she kiss after her victory? Her zajiček. Leave the girl alone, she's in love. I wish everybody the same.
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You took the words out of my mouth. I get ulcers watching her matches when she's just tossing away points with her chronically unnecessary UEs. The other thing I would tell her is to give her shots more leeway when playing outdoors. You can paint the lines indoors but you've got to give yourself more clearance when you're playing outdoors. It would make a big difference in the long run. She needs an indoor game and an outdoor game.

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Agree with everything you said. But I'll add one more subtlety, I think you'd agree with.

Petra also has to clean up her break points. Too many times in a match, she should win 6-2, 6-1 or 6-0, but she ends up winning 6-3, 6-4, cause she didn't take advantage of the break points, or she goes on a 1-4 game lapse while up.

Now these are two separate (but close) things, sometimes with the same result. Many times, Petra will just not take advantage of individual break opportunities, but still serve well, and win 6-2, instead of 6-0 and so forth. And of course there are other/worse times, when she'll just go on a complete siesta (third set Zvonareva, 1st set Azarenka, etc.), and not break or hold her own serve, but still wake up later, and win the set or match.

She needs to clean that up as well.
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Yuk!!! Lol
I'll never understand why you knuckleheads are so down on her guy.

Be happy for the girl. Life on the road is probably lonely and fake as hell. It has to be weird when people just want a piece of you all the time or are just kissing your ass and playing nice to you. It must be nice for her to have someone she can be 'real' with, not 'professional' with. I hope it helps her a lot and keeps her balanced.
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Yeah. I just hope that sucka doesn't get her pregnant! How embarrassing would that be (I'm sure if he did she'd get an abortion; but we don't know her beliefs, situation)?

I know. TMI Lol

Regarding out door courts, and the Australian Open, I have a few hopes/suggestions for Petra below:

1) Keep going to the net off of good serves, floaters and returns.

2) Use more topspin (or the loopy corner shots) to clear the ball over the net and set up position, then use your flat shots for kill shots and change of direction cross court or down the line.

3) Hit the ball 6 inches from the lines (as you said QPF) when you're outdoors, or on windy days; unless it's one of those no wind days, when you don't have to worry.

If Petra can follow those things consistently (and/or react to them on the court), she will be Australian Open Champion this year (or at least a finalist).
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Agree with everything you said. But I'll add one more subtlety, I think you'd agree with.

Petra also has to clean up her break points. Too many times in a match, she should win 6-2, 6-1 or 6-0, but she ends up winning 6-3, 6-4, cause she didn't take advantage of the break points, or she goes on a 1-4 game lapse while up.

Now these are two separate (but close) things, sometimes with the same result. Many times, Petra will just not take advantage of individual break opportunities, but still serve well, and win 6-2, instead of 6-0 and so forth. And of course there are other/worse times, when she'll just go on a complete siesta (third set Zvonareva, 1st set Azarenka, etc.), and not break or hold her own serve, but still wake up later, and win the set or match.

She needs to clean that up as well.
It's a good point but obviously we have to remember her opponents are fighting like hell to prevent those breaks. On those points I wish she would just slow things down a little and really concentrate on serving better. A couple more well timed aces could be back breaking. On the other hand, you guys are so right about the mental siestas. It's alarming how quickly her momentum in a match can dissipate. You get up to grab a sandwich and she's lost five straight points! On the plus side, when she checks back in, she's been pretty devestating!
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Yeah. I just hope that sucka doesn't get her pregnant! How embarrassing would that be (I'm sure if he did she'd get an abortion; but we don't know her beliefs, situation)?

I know. TMI Lol

Regarding out door courts, and the Australian Open, I have a few hopes/suggestions for Petra below:

1) Keep going to the net off of good serves, floaters and returns.

2) Use more topspin (or the loopy corner shots) to clear the ball over the net and set up position, then use your flat shots for kill shots and change of direction cross court or down the line.

3) Hit the ball 6 inches from the lines (as you said QPF) when you're outdoors, or on windy days; unless it's one of those no wind days, when you don't have to worry.

If Petra can follow those things consistently (and/or react to them on the court), she will be Australian Open Champion this year (or at least a finalist).
Not to alarm you but, actually, in the interview she did with that guy from PNB in Turkey she mentioned her dream is to have kids.

Let's hope she's saving that idea for after her playing days are over.
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