Originally Posted by switz
It's no big revelation that Hofmann is not a special coach. i think he does scouting for Patty but beyond that i tend to think that Patty has a far more superior knowledge of tennis than someone whose sporting endeavours were in professional pool (which sounds made up anyway).
From what i saw Dementieva executed her game plan of hitting her deep groundies into Patty's backhand - which is a solid shot at best but when she's forced to attack it almost always breaks down. Elena's serve plays into this plan very well because she hits the same swinging serve to Patty's backhand basically on every serve. Elena said this was her plan and Patty has said the same thing.
Their H2H pretty much reflects that Patty can win the ones were Dementieva is error prone but Elena is just better than Patty when she's playing well. Patty is fun to watch but her game is never going to able to top the power girls on a regular basis.
It's not a revelation to us, but it might be a revelation to Hofmann, who is in the habit of praising himself to the skies on the official Patty website and, i'm sure, the press release/newsletters that Patty and Hoffy distribute in Switzerland. To be fair i can't say that Hoffy is any worse than the average WTA coach and in fact he is probably a bit better than average (which however is not saying much since a lot of those guys are real bozos and/or leeches).
Your analysis of the match is pretty much spot on - the supposedly dismal Dementieva serve is made to order for playing left-handers. I do sort of disagree on that last point though, because i've always thought Patty has as much tennis talent as Justine (who is even smaller physically than Patty), and if Patty had a better coach and a better mentality, she could achieve similar things in her career. I think this might actually be a source of Patty's resentment toward Justine - Patty is quite conscious that the two of them received similar gifts of talent, but obviously Justine has done more with it. So Patty tries to put Justine down in other ways, in a personal sense, knowing full well that Justine has many people who dislike her and there will be a big collective "YEAAAAAAH" in support of those opinions.