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Old Sep 25th, 2012, 05:30 PM   #16
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Re: Players that were major chokers but improved mentally.

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Serena was a major choker in her early career. She didn't start maturing mentally until 2002. Clijsters as well.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: beating Venus in Miami 2002 was a career-changer for Serena. I think by beating Venus so convincingly she realized that she was in fact a world beater and up to that point was wasting her talent.
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Old Sep 25th, 2012, 06:28 PM   #17
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Re: Players that were major chokers but improved mentally.

Azarenka has to have had one of the most dramatic improvements in mental strength that the game has ever seen. The way she was so gritty in her last 3 matches at the US Open, you NEVER would've thought it was the same player who had those legendary meltdowns against Wozniacki and Radwanska at the YEC in 2009.
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Old Sep 25th, 2012, 06:34 PM   #18
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Re: Players that were major chokers but improved mentally.

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Anyways Henin and Serena are probably the best examples.
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Old Sep 25th, 2012, 06:35 PM   #19
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Old Sep 25th, 2012, 07:30 PM   #20
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Old Sep 25th, 2012, 07:46 PM   #21
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Re: Players that were major chokers but improved mentally.

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Re: Players that were major chokers but improved mentally.

Henin is a great example. She choked all day every day.

Then during 2003 clay season, Henin put on 20lbs in literally the blink of an eye. Gave her more confidence, mentally very tough from that moment forward.
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Old Sep 26th, 2012, 01:35 AM   #23
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Re: Players that were major chokers but improved mentally.

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I've said it before and I'll say it again: beating Venus in Miami 2002 was a career-changer for Serena. I think by beating Venus so convincingly she realized that she was in fact a world beater and up to that point was wasting her talent.
No..it was her victory over Capriati in Scottdale that changed her career around
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Old Sep 26th, 2012, 01:58 AM   #24
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Re: Players that were major chokers but improved mentally.

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No..it was her victory over Capriati in Scottdale that changed her career around
I think it was this match Toronto F 2001. It was the start of an 8 match win streak against her.

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Re: Players that were major chokers but improved mentally.

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Henin is a great example. She choked all day every day.

Then during 2003 clay season, Henin put on 20lbs in literally the blink of an eye. Gave her more confidence, mentally very tough from that moment forward.
But she still looked to Carlos routinely though.
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Old Sep 26th, 2012, 08:15 AM   #26
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Re: Players that were major chokers but improved mentally.

It's rather hearteningly, all these examples. Shows that you can overcome these mental issues to a very large degree.
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