AliciaRocks's comment :
Marion was on centre court training with Daddy, seems to have changed her service motion again. Looked a tiny bit fitter, but as you'll see by some pics she's still not in the greatest shape...
The French newspaper "l'équipe" gets 10 journalists only for tennis. I don't remember all the names, but there is for example :
- Alain Deflassieux
- Philippe Bouin
- Dominique Bonnot
- Julien Reboullet
And for the second time, they organized a mini-poll (10 answers) on 10 questions.
One question was last year :
Marion Bartoli will be still top 10 end of 2008 ? The answer was NO with 80% : it means that that only two "l'équipe" journalists believed in Marion.
Even they precised that their mini-poll was right, they added following comments : she's 17 at the ranking which is already good.
This year, one of the 10 questions concerns Alizé : Alizé will enter top 10 end of 2009 ? their answer is YES with 60 %. It means that 6 out of 10 journalists believe in Alizé to enter top 10.
You know something, i'm not hugely bothered about rank, as long as it remains high enough not to disadvantage Marion in the draws.
Marion to me is the kind of player who comes over the horizon and wins big tournaments out of the blue, like a theif in the night. So while everyone else is writing her off and qualiying their support she will surely prove people wrong again.
Marion has been top 17 for three years. People forget this. So why not a fourth one. She has still changed her serve motion. It proves that she is really focused on her tennis and that she wants to win tournaments.
Marion will start the season against Monika Wejnert, the talented 16 yo Aussie who has accomplished miracles lately. Can't say it's an easy nor a difficult draw as I don't know how talented Monika is. It's a very exciting match anyway, Marion may feel some pressure against such a young opponent but I hope she will overcome this easily without underestimating her!
Australian posters has mentioned that Wejnert's best asset is her defense ... I hope she won't have the same problem than against Wozniacki, shouldn't be!
Allez Marion, let's all hope for a wonderful start in 2009!
**** KRISTINA MLADENOVIC Future Star ****
Supporting Marion Bartoli - Aga Radwańska - Aravane Rezaï - Laura Robson - Caroline Garcia !!!
Monica won 25 K$ Perth Tournament and she won Dokic in 3 sets during AOWC tournament.
Dokic is still ranked 180. It means that Wejnert gets this level, between 150 and 200. Of course Wejnert will be supported by Australian crowd on central court. But there is still a big gap between Marion and Monica.
On Brisbane tournament site :
"Australian Open Play-off runner-up Monika Wejnert was unlucky to be drawn alongside Wimbledon runner-up Marion Bartoli."
Marion's draw is easier than Ana's one with Kvitova in 1st round. Even Amélie must beat Jelena Dokic in 2 sets.
Last edited by Lighter : Jan 3rd, 2009 at 12:19 PM.