A real shame. 4-2 up in the final set and got completely tight with nerves, a problem I recognised on Tuesday. My heart broke when she was crying at the end.
Nevertheless, this week has been great for her. She's a real fighter and makes up for her height with a great fighting attitude. Best of luck with her ITF events. I'm looking forward to seeing her in 25k Woking in 2 weeks
Hopefully she can get over the loss quickly and focus on the challengers coming. Didn't get to watch but listened to it on Radio Wimbledon and it sounds like it was a good performance. Her backhand cc could be a real weapon.
I wonder if she will play USO juniors? She should really focus on seniors though, so many weak challengers in Japan this fall to gobble up points in. And hopefully she gets rewarded with a WC for either Osaka or Tokyo. Top-200 by the end of the year is still extremely possible.
“At first I was a little nervous because of all the people who were watching,” the 17-year-old said. “But it was a very good experience. I think if I could have done anything different it would have been maybe to attack her second serve a bit but her first serve was very good.”
Ishizu will continue to focus on trying to improve her senior ranking but said she would also have to deal with a little more attention from the public and press. “Of course it’s good for my confidence, to get to the final,” she said. “But also a lot of people will be looking at me now so that will be a bit more pressure but also a good reason to keep working very hard.”
Have you guys checked out her website yet? It's confusing as hell to navigate (not to mention I don't understand Japanese) but there is a ton of information on there and lots of photos. Its like they have documented everything in her career since she was very little.
Coolest thing I've found on there is this video of Sachie training at Bollettieri's in January 2007. I love how they use Vaidisova as the serve she should try and imitate