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Old Mar 12th, 2014, 08:55 PM   #406
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Re: Petra lost to "Pome" in Indian Wells

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Her forehand was horrendous last night. Normally it's an unpredictable mixture of good and bad - this time it was almost entirely terrible. Changing direction on the forehand (away from cross court) is a particular problem for her....even when she is playing better than this.

She also gave away a huge number of cheap points by missing so many returns. Too often Petra doesn't even give her an opponent the opportunity to play a bad shot.

I can't say I have any significant expectations for Miami. If she wins more than one match she'll have done well. And she'll probably need some good fortune with the draw/weather/schedule for that.

Bigger picture stuff.....

- There remain many glaring issues with her game.
- Whilst her fitness continues to slowly improve (I'm sure she is working hard on it), it hasn't yet brought about some kind of transformative improvement on the court.
- Her lack of good health continues. Has been noticeable in all her matches this week that she's had some sort of a cough.

On current form it's tough to see this season being much better than the last.....indeed with the improvement of a few other players it might well end up worse.
Very good post! I have to say that I'm very disappointed because I saw some improvements in last two matches.
She served quite well and her movement (the alpha and omega) was good, I also really liked her forehand in her last match that she won but all of this was gone yesterday.

I hope that she won't like the situation in which she is (she might be out of the top ten and currently is out of the top 8) and will work harder to avoid this next time.
I think her coughing wasn't the main reason why she lost, her movement was just gone (as she admitted to Kotyza on court) and that is bad because she can't play good tennis without good footwork and movement - well, she could get through but she would have to hold her serve better and that is very hard against Cibulkova who was playing very well and is very good returner.
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Old Mar 12th, 2014, 08:59 PM   #407
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Re: Petra lost to "Pome" in Indian Wells

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Her forehand was horrendous last night. Normally it's an unpredictable mixture of good and bad - this time it was almost entirely terrible. Changing direction on the forehand (away from cross court) is a particular problem for her....even when she is playing better than this.

She also gave away a huge number of cheap points by missing so many returns. Too often Petra doesn't even give her an opponent the opportunity to play a bad shot.

I can't say I have any significant expectations for Miami. If she wins more than one match she'll have done well. And she'll probably need some good fortune with the draw/weather/schedule for that.

Bigger picture stuff.....

- There remain many glaring issues with her game.
- Whilst her fitness continues to slowly improve (I'm sure she is working hard on it), it hasn't yet brought about some kind of transformative improvement on the court.
- Her lack of good health continues. Has been noticeable in all her matches this week that she's had some sort of a cough.

On current form it's tough to see this season being much better than the last.....indeed with the improvement of a few other players it might well end up worse.
Thanks for the detailed match description

Thank dear God I didn't watch it
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Old Mar 12th, 2014, 09:08 PM   #408
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Very good post! I have to say that I'm very disappointed because I saw some improvements in last two matches.
She served quite well and her movement (the alpha and omega) was good, I also really liked her forehand in her last match that she won but all of this was gone yesterday.

I hope that she won't like the situation in which she is (she might be out of the top ten and currently is out of the top 8) and will work harder to avoid this next time.
I think her coughing wasn't the main reason why she lost, her movement was just gone (as she admitted to Kotyza on court) and that is bad because she can't play good tennis without good footwork and movement - well, she could get through but she would have to hold her serve better and that is very hard against Cibulkova who was playing very well and is very good returner.
what was the reason for that though?
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Re: Petra lost to "Pome" in Indian Wells

The coughing really worries me. She was coughing a lot when I watched her during her match in Dubai and she did yesterday during the changeovers as well...it does not sound good.
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what was the reason for that though?
Well, Kotyza told her some usual advices, said what she's doing wrong etc. and asked her what she thinks and she said that her legs kinda don't work but she didn't say why but I couldn't hear all what they were talking about.

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The coughing really worries me. She was coughing a lot when I watched her during her match in Dubai and she did yesterday during the changeovers as well...it does not sound good.
Well, I have to say that I heard the coughing during some changeovers (noise microphones picked it up) and also during the on-court coaching and at the end of the match, but I think it is nothing more than just a cold.
I still think Petra didn't lose this one because she was ill but it could be the reason why her movement was gone after just two matches.
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Re: Petra lost to "Pome" in Indian Wells

she's gonna be such a mess when the clay season rolls around...
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she's gonna be such a mess when the clay season rolls around...
It was even worse last year but she has better serve with her self and Fed Cup ahead of her self, plus with her you really never know.
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The coughing really worries me. She was coughing a lot when I watched her during her match in Dubai and she did yesterday during the changeovers as well...it does not sound good.
Yeah. As much as I don't like making anything that smacks of an excuse for PK, it seems plain that the viral infection situation is affecting her big time.
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I still think Petra didn't lose this one because she was ill but it could be the reason why her movement was gone after just two matches.
A body fighting viral infections will often get fatigued quickly. Including muscle fatigue. I think it's most likely the reason for her loss.
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LOL seriously...no longer gonna be duped by these training pics that petra puts up...
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LOL seriously...no longer gonna be duped by these training pics that petra puts up...
Well, the fact that Petra doesn't play well on tournaments while she's uploading pics and messages about how much she's training doesn't have to mean that she's not actually practising or that she's lying but maybe it means that she's just unable to show what she's capable of during practice on court.
Either way those pictures are irrelevant for quite some time but they show us that she's healthy enough at least.
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LOL seriously...no longer gonna be duped by these training pics that petra puts up...
But she's trying so hard to convince us

A great day in Florida. Working hard in the sunshine


also looks pretty fit (to her standards)

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Re: Petra is training "hard" in Bradenton

Yes, skinny Petra looking good. Collarbone visible, no pudge sticking out the top of the tank top. Legs gorgeous as always.

I still have this fantasy that it will all click at some point, and she'll have a season even better than 2011. Surely she herself can smell the dominance lurking there just out of reach. She experiences it at times, like that 6-0 final set against Kuznetsova. She knows that her best is unplayable. She has experienced what it's like to boss Serena around the court for a set. If only she would break through again.

Sadly, I think Ana and Domi may even do better this season than Petra. Certainly they have so far.
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Yes, skinny Petra looking good. Collarbone visible, no pudge sticking out the top of the tank top. Legs gorgeous as always.

I still have this fantasy that it will all click at some point, and she'll have a season even better than 2011. Surely she herself can smell the dominance lurking there just out of reach. She experiences it at times, like that 6-0 final set against Kuznetsova. She knows that her best is unplayable. She has experienced what it's like to boss Serena around the court for a set. If only she would break through again.

Sadly, I think Ana and Domi may even do better this season than Petra. Certainly they have so far.
Well, funny and good thing about Petra is that she can make good season out of the bad one during only a few tournaments. Look at season 2011 and how many times did Petra lose the 1st round or match.
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