Originally Posted by Rex59
You were prophetic, Joy, for this is what I assumed would happen, as well. Mona "lacks heart", doesn't have the drive to be competitive and be a top player. Has weapons, tho' the forehand remains tissue paper light and loopy, but she doesn't have the competitiveness and the heart to compete on the Tour and be a top player. No coaching change can make up the lack of drive from a player. Mona doesn't have it. I was hoping the Mona of Stuttgart that lit up Azarenka for 65 winners and double-digit aces would show up today. However, this is not the case. It's the Mona that lost twice to young Madison Keys in England last year, withered against Parmentier at this year's French and lost to another aggressive young'n in Svitolina in Nurnberg, while eating bagels and breadsticks from shorty Lauren Davis on 2 separate occasions. Any player with power and aggressiveness will make Mona back off, no matter the rank. Today's effort is pitiful, the lack of drive noticeable to former players, like Lindsay, who is calling this match on ESPN.
You made some very reasonable points here as Ahmed and some others aswell.
My 5 cents here -
I`m asking myself at times where this introvert but gutsy girl has gone who was able to teach top players the meaning of fear with her courageous and unorthodox play. When you look at the course of her career you could sarsasticlly argue that Mona has already peaked before her WTA career actually has begun.
Looking back in 2012 Mona was profiting confident-wise mainly of a kind of juvenal carelessness. Being fresh and unknown on the tour obviously made a lot of things easier for her. Some better shape and performances reappeared at the beginning of 2013 whereat I think her level of play at that time was not as high as in her first year on the tour.
Who knows but in this season we probably are waiting in vain for a similar good phase or at least one great tournament to come.
Mona still made a lot of incredible easy faults on the court during her first appearence on the tour aswell but she was going a lot better overall than now and she even could make some good and much more use of her awkward forhand in that context. Finding back the ease on the court is something she`s talking a lot about in her interviews. Of course it will not be not given for nothing as it probably came like natural to her in 2012.
The context about the lack of a competitive mindset of a player is very difficult because imo so many factors are involved here. The same way difficult is the communication about it because we all might have very different points of view here.
On a side note - the question might be allowed whether this is a bad attitude at all. It might even be something that makes her more likeable in some sense. However, it`s disadvantageous because it`s an essential part of sports.
Having a clear strategy on the court, a high level of concentration, will, confidence and maturity are some of these factors on the mental side.
Some players simply seem to have more of this mindset, some others not. Probably some deeper looks at her personality would be necessary to get a clue why Mona obviously is pretty much a chicken in that department.
Remains the question in how far a player can develop in this area. From the above mentioned things you only can explicitely work on strategy and your ability to concentrate. The other mentioned things are a part of a deeper process.
Mona is trying out different things on the coach side and she still is ambitious. As long as this is the case I still try to be optimistic because Mona actually has the game and the skills to perform much better than she does right now. We`ll see.