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Old Jun 10th, 2008, 12:00 AM   #196
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Tammy's fave surface is grass..i don't know how many times she's been to the 4R of Wimbledon before

Monica Hopefully she has a good doubles tournament and keeps trying..her game should be so good for grass.
This has always surprised me because in recent years the grass courts seemed to have slowed down majorly, infact it was only last week when I read an article saying that they are now slower than the Australian Open and US Open.

Backhand Slices, Forehand Slices, Drop Shots and Volleys are top shots on Grass! The only thing Monica lacks on Grass courts is a great serve.

I hope Monica plays doubles with Marina in Wimbledon. As far as I know Marinas agreement with Misa isn't in effect anymore. But I'm really unsure at the moment
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Old Jun 10th, 2008, 12:07 AM   #197
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This has always surprised me because in recent years the grass courts seemed to have slowed down majorly, infact it was only last week when I read an article saying that they are now slower than the Australian Open and US Open.

Backhand Slices, Forehand Slices, Drop Shots and Volleys are top shots on Grass! The only thing Monica lacks on Grass courts is a great serve.

I hope Monica plays doubles with Marina in Wimbledon. As far as I know Marinas agreement with Misa isn't in effect anymore. But I'm really unsure at the moment
I know- grass sucks right now It's just like a hardcourt

Monica's mix of shots should be most effective on grass but yeh that serve is a problem Hope she gets a good draw at Wimbledon- the last thing i want to see is a Serena or Sharapova attacking Monica's serve


Does Monica play doubles with Marina often? I thought they were just partners in juniors..Marina is playing well right now so that'd be good for Mon too

Monica really bagged herself an in-form partner in Misa
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Old Jun 10th, 2008, 06:29 AM   #198
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I know- grass sucks right now It's just like a hardcourt

Monica's mix of shots should be most effective on grass but yeh that serve is a problem Hope she gets a good draw at Wimbledon- the last thing i want to see is a Serena or Sharapova attacking Monica's serve


Does Monica play doubles with Marina often? I thought they were just partners in juniors..Marina is playing well right now so that'd be good for Mon too

Monica really bagged herself an in-form partner in Misa
It's like a hardcourt with an extremely low bounce yeah (if they ever put plexi through the court then )

Marina and Monica haven't played together since they easily won 75k Dubai last year. Marina and Monica played something like a dozen ITF doubles tournaments together as well as a couple of European money tournaments. So already have teamwork there.

Oh and by the way from what I understand Marina wanted to focus on singles this week and so Misa was left without a partner. Monica had no partner (as usual ) so she was pretty much handed Misa
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The only way Tammy would have been able to beat Monica is to stand at the net and wait for the drop shots
But drop shots aren't the only good thing in Monica's game. I don't know... Maybe I expect too much of her already.
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Tammy's fave surface is grass..i don't know how many times she's been to the 4R of Wimbledon before

Monica Hopefully she has a good doubles tournament and keeps trying..her game should be so good for grass.
I agree with this post 100%.

Monica's game is good for grass. It's excellent for grass. But there are other people out there who also have excellent games for grass and Tammy is one of them. She has shown it many times before and as you say she does have an absolutely outstanding record at Wimbledon. Tammy is probably the most experienced player on grass in the tournament. So if anyone would have been able to deal with Monica's low bouncing slices it would have been Tammy.

Bad draw, plain and simple.

It would have been nice if Monica got a win here but I still expect very good things at Wimbledon.

Oh and if Monica and Marina can pair up for Wimbledon and in the future the two of them could really do brilliantly together. Give them a year together and I think they would be one of the top 10 teams in the world.
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But drop shots aren't the only good thing in Monica's game. I don't know... Maybe I expect too much of her already.
There are alot of things in Monica's game, but her most lethal weapon has to be the drop shots (and slices).

If you have no expectations of her then you will continue to be amazed by her
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Oh and another thing

Chris, I see that your in Great Britain - will you be going to Wimbledon these Championships even for a day or two?
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I agree with this post 100%.

Monica's game is good for grass. It's excellent for grass. But there are other people out there who also have excellent games for grass and Tammy is one of them. She has shown it many times before and as you say she does have an absolutely outstanding record at Wimbledon. Tammy is probably the most experienced player on grass in the tournament. So if anyone would have been able to deal with Monica's low bouncing slices it would have been Tammy.

Bad draw, plain and simple.

It would have been nice if Monica got a win here but I still expect very good things at Wimbledon.

Oh and if Monica and Marina can pair up for Wimbledon and in the future the two of them could really do brilliantly together. Give them a year together and I think they would be one of the top 10 teams in the world.
Marina and Monica would have a very good chance of going deep into the doubles draw at Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open. So by February 2009 they could theoretically be a top 10 pair if not higher. Both are improving so much this year, it would be a shame if Misa Krajicek (who is on an incredibly long losing streak) would break them apart. If Misa does then
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Oh and another thing

Chris, I see that your in Great Britain - will you be going to Wimbledon these Championships even for a day or two?
I will be there for all Monica's matches, no question.
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Does anyone have Monica's latest pics?
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Does anyone have Monica's latest pics?
She's too hot, it would break the Camera lens
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M Krajicek / M Niculescu def. T Poutchek / A Rodionova 6-3 6-4
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Next up: Bremond and RG champ Ruano-Pascual

Good luck Monica and Misa
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