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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Jan 19th, 2003, 05:32 AM Thread Starter
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Interesting Pratt match stats against Venus

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Pratt only converted 3 of 14 break points.

and won 2 of 11 game points on her serve.

She had so many chances, unfortunately Venus got lucky on a few occasions but also played well on other vital points.

In Set 2 Pratt won 26 points and Venus 31 yet the score was 6-2 to Venus and the set went for 40 mins!

The whole match went for nearly 1hr 20mins, some great rallies. Pratts downfall was 7 double faults, but she had to go for her second serves more!

Fantastic effort from Nicole, she was unlucky not to take the first set!
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OMG

the first set was 63 so why wasnt she lucky to have taken the first set.
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Pratt was 2-1 40-0. she had several game points in every game except one for the remainder of the set. Venus got very lucky on a couple of this game points with line calls/umpire decisions, even the commentators were saying Nicole was hard done by
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mmmmm in one game on Nic's serve there was that very big swinging volley by Venus that got the line, and then that drop volley Venus made when Nic fired it at her on another game point.

@ hat incident. Even tho Nicole won the next point, that ruling was dodgy. A player could do that on match point and get the point replayed if we followed that umpires logic.

Commentators made mention of the discrepancy of winners between Venus and Nic. But Nicole forced Venus into a few errors which was a big factor why Nicole was very competitive - just as good as a large winners tally.

Nicole played a great match and atleast i felt Venus had to pull out some great shots to beat her.

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I agree ausboy. Tough loss from Nicole and unlucky to lose set1, but Venus is just soooo tough and gets all the pressure points. I was cut that Nicole didnt make it a three set match,and of much closer scorelne which she deserved but still this was a great effort by her! ope this year is her best yet...

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Nicole should have led 3-1 and also should then have been 3-3 later on.

she blew many chances because she simply couldn't hit the ball hard enough!

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That's what makes Venus a champion - she wins matches where she is actually down.

If you count all the should coulda woulda's, then everything would be totally different today than the way the matches are actually played out.


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True its in the past.Plus you can't really say Nicole should have cos she clearly didn't!

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she played well but it wasn't enough. nicole has a nice game and it shows why she has been doing so well lately. venus however is no slouch either.

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In the Baush&Lomb 2002 tourney. Venus fell behind Justine Henin 2-6, 0-4, yet won the match and the title.

I guess she was just "lucky" then also.

Venus has had SO MANY "lucky" matches digging out from BIG deficiets.

Somehow I just don't believe "lucky" applies here, but rather fierce competetivness and mental toughness.

She was only down one break in this match early.
Justine had her down a set and TWO breaks, yet still lost.

Venus once said the match isn't lost untill the last point is made, and she plays with that attitude.
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Venus once said the match isn't lost untill the last point is made, and she plays with that attitude.
Absolutely. If you let yourself get rattled out there then you will often be the "victim" of "unluckiness." That's why mental toughness is oh so important. If players don't have it, they better get some because the top players DO.
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