Thank you sooooo much, V.Melb.
I really appreciate your priceless report.
To be honest, I was kind of pissed off by your quali report in Aussie Open forum. As soon as I found your message on it,... I expected to see something about Mi-ra,.. but NONE.
But you made this special report dedicated for Mi-ra~~
As for Mi-ra performance,.... I think something's bothering Mi-ra's play. Maybe the wrist injury or big pressure,.. something like that. Mi-ra's forehand has been her biggest weapon since her juniors day,.. and still is. And it's the accuracy and placement of the forehand,.. not power. Whenever I saw her games,... her forehand shot are very deep (near the line but never flies more) and for corners.
If her forehand shots were missing by few centimeters,... maybe she could have added extra power on it due to wrist injury or pressure I guess. Her backhand is the weak point of her.
Her serve is quite good as you mentioned,... I hope she can do serve & volley several times to break her opponent's rhrythm with the serve.
As for YJ Cho,... yes... She is very tenacious,... maybe top spot in that area among WTA players. I guess she can be a player like Anna Samshnova caliber.
And Yes,.. Mi-ra and YJ Cho are supportive of each other. Both are nice girls and They've been sharing their apartment for years. But they are top 2 Korean player and also only teammate in their team. (very unique case,... cause other teams have more players than 2) So many people and media alway compare them,... so it has not been always win-win situaltion. Until last year, Mi-ra had more popularity over Cho,... so sometimes Cho looked somewhat jealous of Mi-ra's popularity.
But from the start this year,.. YJ Cho is in the limelight,... so she should be happy for that and she deserves it. But I still think Mi-ra has much more potential than any girls from Korea,.... if she had that tenacity which YJ has,.. she would just break into top 50 in no time. She has the tools but she just can't use in matches.
Mi-ra is very emotional player,.... very feminine for an athelete. You said Mi-ra did not appear emotional or angry.....
but I've seen that many times,... but I believe she's very angry and humilated and emotional as well. But she is a girl with big pride and ego,...so that wouldn't allow her to show any emotions when she lost to unknown player.
These kind of stuff make me feel a deep sympathy for her situation.
Thank you, again.