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Old Feb 12th, 2013, 09:06 PM   #346
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Did anyone notice any changes to her game/approach since Kiefer came around? It's probably too early for there to be some noticeable change, but I'm curious to see if there is in the coming weeks
Isn't he just a hitting partner?
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Old Feb 12th, 2013, 10:30 PM   #347
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Yeah I assume that means the Final won't be until Sunday either. I'm not complaining too much though cus it means if she gets that far at least I'll definitely be able to watch SF and F.
Oh I don't MIND when the final is, it's just I assumed it would be Saturday because Muslim countries usually do that because that's the last day of their weekend (therefore maximum crowds).

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I don't know much about Kiefer's game, does anyone know how good his serve is/was? I've thought for a while that Maria would really benefit from regularly practising returns against a top-serving ATP player simply so that her reactions are dialled in when she faces Serena's serve (I believe Voltchkov had an average serve, so he wouldn't've benefitted Maria much in that one particular aspect....I have no idea whatsoever how good Hogstedt's serve was).

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I don't know much about Kiefer's game, does anyone know how good his serve is/was? I've thought for a while that Maria would really benefit from practising returns against a top-serving ATP player simply so that her reactions are dialled in when she faces Serena's serve (I believe Voltchkov had an average serve, so he wouldn't've benefitted Maria much in that one particular aspect....I have no idea whatsoever how good Hogstedt's serve was).
Kiefer was an aggressive baseliner turned typical serve & volley player later in his career.
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Re: GOATpova returns to stay undefeated in Doha. R3 awaits

I dont think she played well, maybe at the first 3 games and the end.
Serve made biggest difference. And that a patch of mold in a dark moisty alley has more mental toughness than Garcia.
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I dont think she played well, maybe at the first 3 games and the end.
Serve made biggest difference. And that a patch of mold in a dark moisty alley has more mental toughness than Garcia.
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Old Feb 12th, 2013, 11:43 PM   #351
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I dont think she played well, maybe at the first 3 games and the end.
Serve made biggest difference. that a patch of mold in a dark moisty alley has more mental toughness than Garcia.
Really? I can't say I've seen Garcia play much, but I actually thought she competed pretty well today..she edged a couple of the tight games, and even in the 2nd set, even when it was obvious she was going to lose, she still kept fighting for every game she could (rather than some of the pathetic displays we saw from Maria's and Serena's opponents at the AO, where, as soon as they dropped the first few games, they seemed determined to flee the court as quickly as possible).
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Really? I can't say I've seen Garcia play much, but I actually thought she competed pretty well today..she edged a couple of the tight games, and even in the 2nd set, even when it was obvious she was going to lose, she still kept fighting for every game she could (rather than some of the pathetic displays we saw from Maria's and Serena's opponents at the AO, where, as soon as they dropped the first few games, they seemed determined to flee the court as quickly as possible).
Did you see the first match between Pova and Garcia? Garcia's collapse in that one was jaw-dropping
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I dont think she played well, maybe at the first 3 games and the end.
Serve made biggest difference. And that a patch of mold in a dark moisty alley has more mental toughness than Garcia.
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Im such a fail fan. I didnt even know she was playing. Great to see her start with a straight sets win.
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I dont think she played well, maybe at the first 3 games and the end.
Serve made biggest difference. And that a patch of mold in a dark moisty alley has more mental toughness than Garcia.
I think she served well and like I said in GM this is what it matters most considering Serena will probably there in the semis.
First and second were well disguised especially the second one.
Anyway hopefully she'll improve.
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Re: GOATpova returns to stay undefeated in Doha. R3 awaits

I only saw a few games but it seemed to me that she played well when it mattered most. Her serve is definitely "on" and that's promising if she can keep it like that.
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Really? I can't say I've seen Garcia play much, but I actually thought she competed pretty well today..she edged a couple of the tight games, and even in the 2nd set, even when it was obvious she was going to lose, she still kept fighting for every game she could (rather than some of the pathetic displays we saw from Maria's and Serena's opponents at the AO, where, as soon as they dropped the first few games, they seemed determined to flee the court as quickly as possible).
wasnt counting but I dont think she even won a game that went to deuce...
I dont think Garcia is some no-future scrub like Puchkova or Gallovits was at AO, she has alright technical and physical skills, wouldnt surprise me if she makes top20 in a few years. I wouldnt compare her with those others.

To me, she really looks like who lets the scoreline into her head too much. In every close situation she was flopping, every time there was a momentum or the momentum changed she couldnt carry on.
- starts 1st set DFing like a boss.
- 0-3 down she starts hitting freely.
- serving to stay in 1st set, folds.
- starts 2nd set hitting freely cause "she cant lose anythign" at the moment.
- when the 2nd set was a bit tighter... she goes 2-5 down and couldnt hold serve to stay in match.
Of course Maria was stepping up for some points, but Garcia could have also done it. Instead she only had the "I just brush my shoulder off" kinda body language...
Well, maybe I just expect too much from her.

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Did you see the first match between Pova and Garcia? Garcia's collapse in that one was jaw-dropping
and since that match she also had 10-20 other choke when she was set and break up, serving for match, sometimes even had matchpoints... and still lost. Just search GM for some of her match results. She is a notorious case.
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Re: GOATpova returns to stay undefeated in Doha. R3 awaits

Just watched a bit of Aga () before Ivanovic started, and it's SO windy . But she handled it before, so we'll see. Excited for tomorrow!
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I just love how determined she looked and was out there. She reproached herself so much when she once hit a DF, as if she was angry that she didn't make the right adjust to avoid the DF.

She'll be super motivated to face Sloane if that match happens.
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Just watched a bit of Aga () before Ivanovic started, and it's SO windy . But she handled it before, so we'll see. Excited for tomorrow!
It's really shocking how wind was such a non factor to Maria before 2009. I remember the IW final against Dementieva, and oh boy it doesn't get anymore windier than that. And she still managed to play fantastic tennis . Now I am scared every time I hear there's gonna be wind during her match...
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