Exactly!! Cori has beaten two Top 160 players in the first two rounds rather easily. She has looked far steadier, and really has an interesting game. Its not overpowering, therefore she doesn't make a ton of errors, but she has power. She mixes things up a lot, and HUSTLES for every ball with Venus like speed. This is nice to see for a girl that just turned 15.
You know what? I was trying to describe her game to my friend, and I couldn't really compare it to any single player out there. Of course, Serena and Venus come to mind first (as I recall her saying she was a big fan), but she brings her own unique style of play to the court. Some things I saw:
: more than I remember from S&V way back in the day
. So many youngsters these days (including some top prospects I follow) are just flat bashers. Cori brings way more to the table.
- seems far more comfortable, even natural, on clay than Vee (she did train at Patrick's academy, right?). I can see why she won the RG Junior title.
: definitely Venus-esque, as you noted
: not just the speed, but making the smart choice and just getting the ball back into play deep. I see a lot of players simply try to go for a winner (*glares at Keys*) when they're on the stretch. Cori is willing to extend the point as necessary.
: showed tremendous composure in rallies, making the smart shot and letting Royg make the mistakes. Also didn't get down on herself after an early 1st set deficit.
: willing to use them, and from what little I've seen, she's quite competent. A nice addition on any surface (something I really wish Rena would have worked on).
And on top of all that, she acted quite professionally when she won: no excessive celebrations or anything. Essentially, she acted like she supposed
to win and simply did what was expected. Also showed some good net instincts (knowing the right time to approach) - I just love that (wish Naomi had it).
I hope she'll grow just a bit taller (for a better serve), because I think everything else in her game will come together with time (power, fitness, experience, decision making). But just seeing her play such a mature, solid, and varied game with all
the tools at a mere 15 years of age gets me fired up for what's to come.
I'll definitely be watching tomorrow. Taylor's a big step up - let's see how she handles it.
Oh, and what's your take on her serve?