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Old Feb 17th, 2013, 07:29 PM   #406
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Old Feb 17th, 2013, 07:55 PM   #407
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Cepelova-Arvidsson. Draw I wanted for Mirjana.
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So many promising developments in Mirjana's life, yet her season is going absolutely nowhere.
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...at least Mrdeza won down in Bogota
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LL spot might be what she's looking for.
I mean, who knows if she gets it she could play really free and with no pressure.
But, I think everybody who's in the draw is in Memphis and chances are slim.
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So many promising developments in Mirjana's life, yet her season is going absolutely nowhere.
Well, this was a truly shitty setback, but there is no question her actual game is in the best "early season" shape we have seen since her comeback. Plus, she already has a doubles titles which she truly earned with some outstanding play.

Of course, I want to rake her over the coals, but am trying to change my ways and be less cynical/critical. Or at least less flippant and smart-assy. Or whatever.

Mirjana "had" this match ... She was in full control. With a 110-115 MPH serve, there should be no question of serving it out against a run-of-the-mill like Cepelova.

Mirjana has the game to truly take out almost anybody. Graf was correct all those years ago. When Steffi Graf (woman of few words or uttered insights says something, it merits attention). Graf saw that Lucic was not only a world-class talent, but a multiple Grand Slam talent ... a No. 1 champion-class talent.

We all know what brought her down, and who could blame her. The fact is that she has been trying to regain some of that brilliance late in her career, frankly against the odds, with a fragile psyche (considering how she did not get the nurturing and support worthy of her talent for so long). Still, she has fought bravely to this cusp of the Top 100 and is clinging there, despite the fact that she has the fitness and power of a Top 10 player, still.

Her mental approach is her downfall, and she just has not had world-class coaching, I guess until Prpic came on board (if he is still on board). The biggest difference I see between teen Lucic and 2013 Lucic (aside from fitness) is that teen Lucic had one hell of a killer instinct. She hit a stroke not just to "hit hard" but to *punish* the girl on the other side of the net. If the ball didn't go in back then, she just moved on to the next point.

Now, she's battling against her own self far too often, and it has robbed her of what should be a solid Top 30-40 spot (at least), in my opinion.

You know, Navratilova was a mental mess to end all mental messes, and relatively late in her own career, she hired shrinks even for her dogs to get the head-shit out of her game.

Mirjana will not be showing "weakness" by consulting a sports psych. and availing herself of a potentially huge key that could unlock the fabulous game that is just waiting to break free and terrorize the tour.

Hope she gets a LL spot, but we'll see her here in dubs, at least.
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Re: Mirjana's spring 2013 campaign

On the bright side she gained 5 points and has another chance next week to gain pts. I'd still take the Bartoli win last year and trade it for a couple of collapses she's had since then. It's funny how her killer instinct and mental toughness were fully in tact for that match.
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Does she get to keep the 5 pts.? Is that one of her best-of-16? Anyway, she'll get dubs tennis workouts with Czink.

She had a total head-crap case like this last year against annoying De Brito ... 2 matches she was totally ready to win, and gagged on both. Then she waxed de Brito 2 and 3 in a Challenger. Hopefully the 3rd time will be lucky against Cepelova.

Still, time is running out for her in terms of really making the next level. Getting crap-draws and losing to Top 20 stars is one thing; failing to capitalize against Cepelova when you have the match in-the-bag is another.

As long as she is happy and enjoying her tennis, I couldn't give a rat's ass about her ranking.

Mirjana is never going to win a Grand Slam. Too late for that, and mentally she just doesn't have enough -- her development was criminally arrested on that count.

But: Do I believe Mirjana could win a WTA event like Birmingham, the way crappy Melanie Oudin did last year?

You better believe I believe she can do that. Especially with streamlined coaching and fitness.

I would like to see her "go out" with a WTA-level singles title. But she needs to make her move soon, because I just don't see her in the game next year if she can't finish a season Top 100.

(A doubles-specialist career, of course, is another thing ... But no guarantees there and Mirjana, unlike many robotic athletes, actually has a rich, fulfilling life off-court.)
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She could get something like that. Birmingham or Rosmalen. But she needs to play Rosmalen this year and not Eastbourne.
I think 2 years ago in Rosmalne final Oprandi beat Dokic. Mirjana can handle such players on grass
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Old Feb 18th, 2013, 03:03 AM   #415
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She could get something like that. Birmingham or Rosmalen. But she needs to play Rosmalen this year and not Eastbourne.
I think 2 years ago in Rosmalne final Oprandi beat Dokic. Mirjana can handle such players on grass
Exactly. I have always admired the ambition of her scheduling (circa 2011 and beyond) because it shows ... well, ... ambition.

That's awesome. But the fact is (and please, fellow Mirjana-fans, correct me if I am wrong), Mirjana does not have enough "precedent" from her early pro career (ranked Top 40-60) to carry into a scheme for the re-boot.

At first glance, it would appear that this player is a gifted "momentum player": ie. Always dangerous but especially troublesome if she gets on a winning streak. I believe Mirjana's junior results give the same evidence.

In this second half (2008 and beyond) she stayed under the radar with mostly ITFs until her 2010 surge after Jackson, MS, and then fighting into the Wimby main draw (on Centre Court, no less) to lose very respectably to Azarenka 3-6 3-6.

In my opinion she ought to have played far, far more 25 & 50K events after that, instead of so many WTA qualifiers that she *just* had enough points to enter.

But I also see a champion's pride and respect it. I guess my point is that she could have built a better "ramp" for strategically assaulting the Top 100.

I don't want to blah blah blah anymore.

I know tennis, quite well, like many of you. Mirjana has the power and heart and talent to win MANY key WTA matches and actual events.

I guess I am amazed that no one has helped her get all three of those dynamics working in-sync, yet.

Rosmalen is a must. Eastbourne has screwed her two years running.
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Dokic God I miss her...Another ex-Yugoslavian clean-as-can-be ball thumper. Think she and Miki hate eachother though.
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Gosh, I miss her as well. The loss of Dokic was a loss for the tour itself, like Miki ... although, I think that Mirjana (under world-class guidance) would have eclipsed Dokic.

I only heard one rumor about Dokic despising Lucic -- to bring it up again: I wrote for and edited a significant tennis rag in the late '90s-early aughts -- but much of that comes from the underlying rancor to be found in that part of the world, which was always a "prize" to be yanked this way and that since the days of Atilla. The alleged scoop was that their fathers actually went to fisticuffs in juniors and scarred the girls. No corroboration ... Just a scoop that filtered through after Lucic's 99 Wimby run -- one of the few "side notes" of a press that ignored Mirjana and descended upon Alexandra Stevenson as if she were the Birth of Venus (the Botticelli ... NOT the Williams).

I also love(d) Dokic for the "cleanliness" of her flat strokes, which are very comparable to the strokes of Mirjana, except for Mirjana's trademark "whip-it" inside-out forehand from a foot behind the baseline.

Maybe someone else here watched, as I did, when Miki stank to heaven in her 2011 second round match against Schiavone. Admittedly, Miki looked horrible -- like a total wretch -- in the face of Francesca's hoops & loops & bops & boops.

But commentator Tracy Austin said that day that Mirjana "simply doesn't know how to play tennis ... Her strokes don't fit-in with world class tennis. It's something she's doing ... they're too linear. Reminds me of a Dokic match."

Again, I've never seen Mirjana play so shitty as that day, but Austin failed to grasp, I think, the transition in her own sport. She didn't do justice to Mirjana (and why should she? Seeing as Mirjana was only "just" appearing in Slam draws after so long).

I thought her comparison with Dokic was notable. Tracy seemed to have a "thing" against girls even remotely from that corner of Europe.

In any case: Miki has worked MUCH harder than Jelena D ... I hope she can make a surprise run to a Slam quarterfinal, like Jelena.

Talk about squandered talent ...
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Well chance was there last year, that one wrong call in match against Vinci that took her 2nd set. Paszek in R16 would be winnable.
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i wish they only played on grass
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Well chance was there last year, that one wrong call in match against Vinci that took her 2nd set. Paszek in R16 would be winnable.
Yeah. I still have the creeps over that match. I do think Mirjana would have reached the quarters, or at least even odds, had she squeezed past that Vinci stregatina.



But Mirjana is also a talented clay court player ... and we have to hope she gets a round or two in Paris.

But she needs to win these shitty matches in places like Midland and Memphis or ... what's the point?

Any sign of a lucky loser spot?
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