Victoria let Nicu's game get into her head -- she wasn't as assertive as usual but credit where it's due Niculescu played a very good match overall and fought [contrast with Lisicki, yuk].
Her forehand slices were difficultly attackable, had a lot of bite an stayed extremely low -- she changed the rhythms really well and attacked whenever with her backhand full force -- kind of puzzled Victoria many times.
Victoria was much more comfortable with Niculescu's pace off the backhand side as soon as the Romanian provided it -- anyways she made Victoria play a good first match to get into the tournament.
Last edited by Vikapower : Jan 15th, 2013 at 03:05 AM.
Yep. Eleni Daniilodou´s current ranking is #94, and this year´s matches are 2-1 when she lost Mona Barthel (#38) in Auckland and won Karolina Pliskova (#119) in Melbourne. She actually leads head-to-head matches against Vika 1-0, and their only previous match was played in Paris indoor tournament in 2008 when Eleni won 2-6, 6-2, 7-5. Now Vika can correct those old h2h statictics..... http://www.wtatennis.com/head2head/p.../player2/11289
Seriously speaking a second round match should give Vika more match experience and further chance to improve her game. I think there was something missing in her first match, a certain edge when Vika plays on higher level. I mean something like Vika vs Aga in Indian Wells quarterfinals in 2012: