Good to see Angie finally playing again
Feels like ages since the last time!
I know I repeat myself, but I just don't like Mallorca as a preparation for Wimbledon. Yes, I know that Angie went on to win the big trophy last year after her tank to Riske, but that doesn't change my opinion
These grass courts don't play like the English grass courts at all and the worst thing is the lack of hawkeye
Grass court tennis without any options to challenge is not acceptable anymore! You just know right now already that Angie will be very pissed about this at some point...
Positive things are certainly the low probability of rain compared to Birmingham (it's getting hot on Mallorca next week!!!) and the mostly German crowds.
Anyways, draw is ok, Q opponent to start and Kuzmova or washed-up Pova in R2 is not that tough even at an International tbh. Angie shouldn't lose to Pova outside of clay in 2019! Don't you dare, Angie!!! Draw looks certainly tougher from the QF though.
I'm not at all blaming her coaching arrangement, but maybe that does require some looking into?
As for Rainer, it doesn't seem like he's doing a bad job but his impact seems negligible...
I still believe that this coaching arrangement is not working. I'm not even talking about the fact that Angie hasn't played well this year apart from Hopman Cup and IW/Monterrey. Some of his OCC advices are really bad and he doesn't seem to have a clue about women's tennis. The biggest problem though is that he just seems so apathetic most of the time. I don't think that he has some serious ambitions to achieve something big with Angie. He wasn't even practicing with Angie in Paris the days before RG, because he was tournament director for the ATP tournament in Geneva
I mean, WTF is this???
Until a few weeks ago, I had some hopes that Angie might hire Sascha Bajin soon, because he meets her relevant criteria very well. Unfortunately, he got so annoying recently that I'm not sure I still want this to happen anymore