Rubbish that it was the pressure of defending points. She's failed to win matches for the last two months in tournaments where she was defending nothing. Why does there always have to be some crap psychological reason?
She played her best tennis as a counter puncher - she's been trying to change that and it's been working well in early sets and games where the pressure is less intense. But when a match gets close the end she needs to revert back to her counter punching because the way she has been playing is too aggressive and under pressure situations she makes too many mistakes. It's exactly the same as Keothavong who also had a similar pattern of playing decent first sets then messing up.
Will she mention again some sci-fi excuse for her latest defeat?She keeps repeating "illness,psycholocigal pressure,illness,psychological pressure",but how about less talk more training?She even lost against Lepchenko recently.That's really bad.
She's losing because she's lost her mental focus - not the physical side, from what I'm seeing. She's not struggling to run around the court like she always did - she just makes error after error in the third sets, because she wants to win so much she's making errors.
Agreed. It's mind over matter at the minute. She has probably lost confidence in her physical ability due to the glandular fever, especially the longer the match goes on, so tries to end the point early, completely going against her natural grinding instincts. It's going to be a long road back and her ranking may have to take another serious hit after the AO, but I'm confident next year will be infinitely better than this year and she'll end 2014 back in the top 100.
I still don't lose hope about her...She is already deep on the bottom,so she can only surprise in positive way,not negative.She deserves win tomorrow for all that effort in last couple of months,despite she's been so bad.