Then she really should think about retiring, beyond emberrassing...
But after Goerges' and Hercog's results from the last years no surprise. She should have known better, but even last week there were many things not working on her actual favourite surface. Urpi syndrome...
Simona won today, Olympia is everything but secured for her...
Yeah, Simona now has the inside track to the Olympics for sure. Alex has her back to the wall and unless she starts putting up big points on her rankings tally over the next few weeks she can kiss London goodbye.
If she was the one who lost she made 14 DFs and had a better percentage on Karin's first service (in we substrate DFs made by italian) so it's clear that it's something strange here. I think that our little mermaid doesn't like mountain water
Karin Knapp really is a pretty decent player when everything is clicking. Obviously it's been tough for her working her way back up the rankings but remember Knapp also gave Monica a long long marathon match at Luxembourg.
On top of that Alex would hardly be the 1st player to lose in the 1st round of Bogota after having won Cali. Same thing happened to Hercog in 2010 and Yakimova in 2009. It is a notoriously difficult place to adjust to the conditions and if one is tired and hasn't been given time to aclimate this can happen.
It's a bummer because Alex needs the ranking points real bad. She took a gamble playing here rather than going for the big tournaments in the Middle East and this week at least it did not pay off. As a result, Alex needs points now even more and the pressure will only grow. I don't think we need to read too much into Alex's form based on this match but come next week in Monterrey, Alex is going to have to get some ranking points on the board, preferably 280 of them.
Last edited by Shvedbarilescu : Feb 14th, 2012 at 11:35 PM.
I think Alex has always been a player who has brushed off defeats very easily. That's actually something I think works in her favour. Fight as hard as you can during the match and forget it as soon as it is over is a good way to approach life on the tour, I'd say. I still think Alex will bounce back quickly for this result. The only worry is that she not has a limited amount of time to gain a substantial amount of points so there is not going to be a lot of room for many more bad results.
Yeah, I guess she needs that as a kind of break out. Nothing wrong with that in the end.
Pity that Rena bothers to play in Monterrey making Alexandra go down to seed #5. Well, I'm still stating my opinion and wouldn't be surprised if Alex does better on the HC there then on Columbian clay.
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