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Old Dec 5th, 2012, 03:59 PM   #4606
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^ I agree. My 2 faves.
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Baby Mona

I'm looking at these pictures and I see her juniors matches now too. She had hard-working holidays in 2005 apart from this, she did not play a lot of in juniors career. She did not beat a lot of great players and rarely met with the best junior in this time. She was only 212 in ranking. All of these doesn't matter. She grows into great player with great scores in early age, at only 22. Hopefully she will keep it and will bump in the ranking more and more. She deserves it. WTA needs players like Mona. With great attitude, great groundstrokes, great personality,great smile and bad brain.

Do I always have to write that essays about Mona? I can't stop. I'm too addicted to Mona
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Old Dec 5th, 2012, 05:16 PM   #4608
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I'm too addicted to Mona
You are not the only one.
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This was posted in German here so I will post it in English.

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The 2012 season is over and I am already preparing for 2013.

2012 was the first year that I have played completely on the WTA Tour. I am very pleased with my performance in 2012. I managed to win my first WTA title in Hobart, made it into the third round at the Australian Open and had several "super" games against top players, such as Victoria Azarenka in Stuttgart or Indian Wells.

Of course, sometimes I would have liked playing a little more consistent, but, as I said, it was my first year on the WTA Tour. I had to get used to the rhythm. Before 2012, I had played tournaments in Europe. Lots of long flights and jet lag were new to me.

Now I know what to expect and I'm looking forward to next year.
This was her opinion about her 2012 season.
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^ I agree. My 2 faves.
They're both part of my superfaves as well.
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Old Dec 5th, 2012, 06:37 PM   #4611
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Interesting to see Mona having an extreme top spin forehand grip compared to today where she almost uses a continental grip to hit her forehand.
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Interesting to see Mona having an extreme top spin forehand grip compared to today where she almost uses a continental grip to hit her forehand.
I love her FH (the FH motion and the easy power she generates with that shot). It's a great attacking weapon. She can generate so much pace effortlessly on her FH wing. The biggest issue with her FH is that she can't defend at all with it. Maybe that's because of her grip. I'm not sure.

Overall, I wouldn't say her FH is a weakness. It's great offensively and poor defensively so yeah overall it's not bad.
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The pics of little Mona are very cute.
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Old Dec 6th, 2012, 08:11 AM   #4614
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Very nice post , Hisagi.
Some words on the articles.


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Mona was 11 at that time and was the number one in Germany in her age class. She won the Northern German championships without dropping a set.





Unlucky there is missing the rest of the article. The headline is pretty promising -
"Triumph of sportmanship"






Mona at the age of 11. Dramatic headline once again announcing the final of the Sparkassencup at her home town Neumünster against a girl named Friederike Zunke. Mk 27 surely will know her.
According the article Mona (surprisingly) beat a player in the semifinal who was three years elder and 1400(!?) places ranked above her in the rankings.


Interesting is her distintive backhand motion and face expression while stroking already at that age.

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This was posted in German here so I will post it in English.



This was her opinion about her 2012 season.
Originally Posted by davidmario View Post
Interesting to see Mona having an extreme top spin forehand grip compared to today where she almost uses a continental grip to hit her forehand.

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I love her FH (the FH motion and the easy power she generates with that shot). It's a great attacking weapon. She can generate so much pace effortlessly on her FH wing. The biggest issue with her FH is that she can't defend at all with it. Maybe that's because of her grip. I'm not sure.

Overall, I wouldn't say her FH is a weakness. It's great offensively and poor defensively so yeah overall it's not bad.

Hi, i am new here on this forum.

I was watching Mona's style of play closely when she played against Mayr-Achleitner in the german league. It was for me plain to see that she uses a semi-western grip on her forehand which normally should allow her to make good defensive shots. So i dont think that her grip is the problem, maybe her lack of flexibilty in her wrist. She doesnt have the kind of wrist acceleration like Kerber has, especially when it comes to defense. I also think she looses some of her determination when she gets under pressure. Then she often starts slicing on her forehand what makes no sense to me. But i am sure she will improve over the next two years on her little weaknesses.

On the whole i would describe Mona as a pure natural swinger who can hit huge with effortless ease. When she is on she is always able to give her shots the right speed to make a winner. I have never seen so much talent in a female tennis player. Its really absurd!

But will she be successful (in terms of winning slams)? If she can build up the kind of determination and mental strength like Kerber has then clearly yes. But if she doesnt improve her mental abilities (maybe with the help of an experienced professional coach) she could become a tragic underachiever. In any case i will always admire her talent and enjoy watching her matches.
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Hi, welcome to the club.
Very good first post.
You seem to know the way the cookie crumbles.
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A very nice portrait of grandmaster Ralf Reinecke.


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She will play Auckland, Hobart, Melbourne and Paris Indoor in the first weeks of 2013
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She will play Auckland, Hobart, Melbourne and Paris Indoor in the first weeks of 2013
Ist sie in Paris schon im Hauptfeld oder kann das noch schiefgehen?
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Ist sie in Paris schon im Hauptfeld oder kann das noch schiefgehen?
Da gibt es noch gar keine Entry Liste. Aber ich rechne schon mit einem Hauptfeldstart.
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