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Old Oct 4th, 2012, 04:20 PM   #1
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Petra Kvitova's YEC 2012 (1 match and a withdrawal)

The others are Azarenka, Sharapova, Williams, Radwanska, Kerber, Errani and most likely Li. A tough field IMO. How do you see things playing out with Kvitova?
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Old Oct 4th, 2012, 04:36 PM   #2
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Re: Petra Kvitova's YEC 2012

Lawd Have Mercy, who knows.

As they would say in the NFL, "we have no decent film" of/on her.

Your guess, is as good as ours. Hopefully, she can get into a warm up tournament, and do well there and have some carry over.
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Old Oct 4th, 2012, 04:46 PM   #3
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Re: Petra Kvitova's YEC 2012

If Kvitty is at least 95% ready she can easily win against Errani, Kirbi, Aga. I don't believe she can easily dominate VikaZilla like it was last year since she is in superb form and way more stronger mentally, with NaNa matches always tough and fun so Petra out of her generosity can give game to her BFF or it could be other way around, Rena looks like she's done with her season so probably won't show up but if she shows up it would be for blood and Petra needs her last YEC form to have a chance to beat her, only against Shoulderpova i can't predict how match would go
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Old Oct 4th, 2012, 06:26 PM   #4
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Given the current situation I would be very satisfied if she made the semis.
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Old Oct 4th, 2012, 06:59 PM   #5
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Re: Petra Kvitova's YEC 2012

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Given the current situation I would be very satisfied if she made the semis.
Petra's 2012 season has been one biggest mystery book.
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Old Oct 4th, 2012, 07:17 PM   #6
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Petra's 2012 season has been one biggest mystery book.
Couldn't agree more. But let's be honest, one of the reasons is that other players have played slightly better than they did in 2011 - especially Serena, Maria and Azarenka - while Petra's level has slightly dropped.
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Old Oct 4th, 2012, 08:23 PM   #7
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Re: Petra Kvitova's YEC 2012

Yeah I agree with all that it's a "who knows". We don't even know which Flying Leaf will show up. Still . . where's the fun in leaving it at that.

I decide to start with H2Hs for 2011 & 2012, hard-courts only.


2012

Azarenka 0-0
Sharapova 0-1
Williams 0-0
Radwanska 0-0
Kerber 0-1
Errani 2-0
Li 1-1

2011
Azarenka 1-0
Sharapova 1(ret.)-0
Williams 0-0
Radwanska 1-0
Kerber 0-0
Errani 0-0
Li 0-0
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Couldn't agree more. But let's be honest, one of the reasons is that other players have played slightly better than they did in 2011 - especially Serena, Maria and Azarenka - while Petra's level has slightly dropped.
How can you say Petra's level dropped off slightly, when she played some lights out tennis last year? We just didn't see that this year.

It was more than slight. Petra had the usual drop off/transition that so many first time slam (and to the spotlight) winners experience.

And neither Sharapova or Serena was injured last year; though I know what you mean.

Serena just didn't play enough last year (coming off her time off). She can't get away with that now. So she's found a nice balance. We'll see how she does next year?

Sharapova, just got blown off the court, on a surface that suits Petra better than Sharapova (grass). You notice Sharapova got blown off the court at Wimby again, by another capable grass courter in Lisicki? Petra lost to Serena, the eventual winner. Big difference. Plus, Petra beat Sharapova again in Tokyo, albeit by retirement, when she was leading. So it's not fair for you to keep saying that. Petra earned her titles last year.

Next year is a new year. And I'm not expecting to see the same players in the top 4 again (nor Aza, Sharpie, Aga and maybe even Serena having similar years).

We'll see?
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Re: Petra Kvitova's YEC 2012

It's doubtful that anyone will like this idea,but I've been thinking about some changes to YEC that might prevent some of the exhausting,jet-hopping that some talented gals do at the end of the year...leaving them so spent that they can hardly stand up straight for YEC.How about a system where the Top 4 get a sort of 1st-round bye,with a single elimination stage for players #5 thru 12 to determine who got the other four spots for the 8-player RR??(This doesn't cement the subjective assertion that 8 is the ideal RR number...or that Round Robin is even the most desirable format to lead to the semis)

Sure,you'd still have gals hoarding tournaments and wearing themselves out to get the #11 and 12 spots for YEC but,the way I see it,the players in those ranking spots probably aren't YEC-winning material anyway.The gals between #5 and 10 would have a little more of a cushion to safely skip a tourney here and there while still qualifying(we saw how Petra made it w/o too much sweat,regardless),so they'd be physically sharper to provide comoetitive matches for the big,special year-ender.......Having thought this all through with true thoroughness,but I felt it was worth putting out there
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Re: Petra Kvitova's YEC 2012

Just like at the US OPen, Petra blew her chances to gain points on the people above her.

Aga lost in the 4th rd (if I'm correct) and lost 750 pts. Aga also lost early and lost points in Tokyo as well. Just like the US Open, Petra didn't take advantage, by losing before expected. Of course she had a virus in Beijing, so I guess we have to give her a pass there. I don't expect Aga to be in the top 4 next year.

Not sure if Petra's going to play a warm up event. But if not, she'll loose points from Linz, and she can't gain any points at YEC, only replace or lose.
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How can you say Petra's level dropped off slightly, when she played some lights out tennis last year? We just didn't see that this year.

It was more than slight.
Petra had the usual drop off/transition that so many first time slam (and to the spotlight) winners experience.

And neither Sharapova or Serena was injured last year; though I know what you mean.

Serena just didn't play enough last year (coming off her time off). She can't get away with that now. So she's found a nice balance. We'll see how she does next year?

Sharapova, just got blown off the court, on a surface that suits Petra better than Sharapova (grass). You notice Sharapova got blown off the court at Wimby again, by another capable grass courter in Lisicki? Petra lost to Serena, the eventual winner. Big difference. Plus, Petra beat Sharapova again in Tokyo, albeit by retirement, when she was leading. So it's not fair for you to keep saying that. Petra earned her titles last year.

Next year is a new year. And I'm not expecting to see the same players in the top 4 again (nor Aza, Sharpie, Aga and maybe even Serena having similar years).

We'll see?
I don't think Petra's level dropped, she just never taken opportunities into her own hands, she had some real chances of winning GSs this year but failed to capitalize them
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Re: Petra Kvitova's YEC 2012

Petra's level is nowhere near 2011. The extra weight and illnesses have not helped either.

She will not win YEC this year, and will be lucky to make semis. Ad she will certainly not beat Pova or Serena.

Hoping I'm wrong.
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Petra's level is nowhere near 2011. The extra weight and illnesses have not helped either.
There WAS a legit improvement from Petra on N.A. hardcourts,but that improvement was undercut by horrendous schedule planning by Petra and her team
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There WAS a legit improvement from Petra on N.A. hardcourts,but that improvement was undercut by horrendous schedule planning by Petra and her team
But what does that NA improvement means, if she bombs out in the first rd of Tokyo--to a player that hadn't won tow matches in a row since May? Did Petra just play well (before that embarrassing exit vs her recent pawn Bartoli) to prove something to herself? SMH.

Yeah, you can say it's Asia. But considering she didn't know she was going to be sick in China, now she's screwed, cause she may not have any legitimate warm up for the YEC (if Linz or one of the other tournaments don't break through), and she may be lucky to win two matches.

Unless I'm not correct, Petra's now ranked 6th. And if Petra tried/cared just a little (or was better prepared) against Bartoli and in Tokyo and China), she could be the 4th ranked player right now, heading into YEC.

Oh well.
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But what does that NA improvement means, if she bombs out in the first rd of Tokyo--to a player that hadn't won tow matches in a row since May?
Well,judging by her own words,Petra's confidence on NA HC was so low that she felt that she needed NH even after winning RC and reaching a Cincy SF. That's a bit hard for me to fathom,but that's not as perplexing as the brainfart by her team when they didn't stop her from the suicidal attempt at playing five straight weeks w/o rest.

In retrospect,though,I think/hope that Petra will reflect on the improvement in her on-court results and feel better about herself going into next season's NA HC swing.As we've already seen,Petra is not yet consistent enough to always carry over a hot streak from one tourney to the next....one more reason why consulting with Navrat on mental prep might make a huge difference in Petra's becoming a consistent,dominant player
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