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Old May 31st, 2003, 05:41 PM   #1
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Nathalie Dechy's new Mental Block..and it continues

Updated June 27th

7th straight Grand Slam Nathalie has lost in the 3rd round!!

2002 AO-lost to Medina Garrigues 6-3, 6-2
2002 FO-lost to Suarez 6-4, 4-6, 7-5
2002 Wimbledon-lost to Dokic 7-5, 6-2
2002 USO-lost to Serena 6-1, 6-1
2003 AO-lost to Daniilidou 6-4, 6-3
2003 FO-lost to Davenport 6-3, 7-5
2003 Wimbledon-lost to Sugiyama 6-4, 6-4

What does she need to do!?
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Old May 31st, 2003, 05:44 PM   #2
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She is not aggressive enough...and she doesnt have a killer instinct...

she is so boring to watch..no intensity whatsoever...
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She is not aggressive enough...and she doesnt have a killer instinct...

she is so boring to watch..no intensity whatsoever...
I kinda agree. She needs to pick up her play, and it's like she has no big weapon.
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Old May 31st, 2003, 08:08 PM   #4
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The thing is though there are times that Nathalie can play aggressive! I've seen it before in some matches. But I agree she needs to be MORE aggressive if she wants to compete with the top players. Just kinda surprised that a player of her calibre hasn't reached past the 3rd round yet..
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Old May 31st, 2003, 09:25 PM   #5
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Her serve is VERY VERY inconsistent and NOT WELL PLACED EITHER! if she could develop more Variety and placement and the occasional hard serve she would be better. also she got passive at time on big points and then got nervous and went for silly shots. it is true that she has no BIG WEAPON but if she get control of a point she did seem to handle pace decent and knew where to put the ball and how to construct points well kind of like a Maleeva.
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She's a great player (very aggressive the times I saw her play) but she hits everything at the same speed. If she would change the effect from time to time the balls she plays now would be more effective.
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that would help to but I did see her change the pace some today (not very often)

but her serve was awful!
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she has no magic if you know what i mean. she has the farina-elia syndrome. solid, but not able to produce anything really special in tight moments on the big occasion.
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What does she need to do!?
Be a top 16 seed.
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Old Jun 1st, 2003, 12:37 AM   #10
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Nathalie is capable of better than the 3rd round. She is usually a very steady player, not a big weapon, but her defensive ability is usually very good. If there is anything she needs to work on it is that serve which can be dreadful at times, and the forehand side tends to breakdown more.

There have been some winnable opportunities there, she just needs to be more aggressive IMO.

BTW, I disagree that she has no intensity - She is very shy and isn't usually one to show much emotion, but she really gives it her all out there and works very hard, and that is a sign of intensity.
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Nathalie is a wonderful player and not boring at all. Not a suprising comment from the person who blabbed it, though She's a sweet and low-key player... something that should be appreciated on today's tour

Nathalie is a great player but just needs more confidence. A weapon would do her well but her consistant play can get her far. She has bad luck with draws, too. She always has to play top seeds, etc. That's not really her fault.

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Some of the tennis analysis is spot on, and the reason I bestowed that "Placid Parisian" nickname on her. (Yes, I know V d'A is near the BEL border). I think the world of Nat as a person, but she does lack aggressiveness. And Scotso's defensiveness about this is just plain dumb. Being in "de nile" about the weaknesses of a player you like (er, see pic to left, though "rotation time" is approaching) isn't doing them any favors.
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Old Jun 27th, 2003, 01:04 PM   #13
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Sighh well she has one more shot at the U.S. Open to let me delete this thread But I think at this year's Wimbledon she just lost to a better player..
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she served a ton of double faults against sharapova at birmingham, and served about 10 today according to the Stats.

there's no way a player of her quality can afford that. if she improved the consistency of her serve, she'd make some progress.

but i think we've seen the best of dechy. she's a nice player with a stylish game and elegant manner, but lacks the extra, the spark to take her higher and threaten the top-15 players regularly.
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Maybe its not a mental block and its her game that needs improving. I think shes a good solid player but doesnt really have the weapons to beat top players. So it doesnt surprise me that she keeps losing in third rounds, thats the round that you usually meet a top player.
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