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Watched most of this match. Had a chance to listen closely to Cliff Drysdale, Mary Jo Fernandez, and Brad Gilbert. Thought they did an o.k. job. I like it when they comment on details of each player, such as strategy, stroke production, etc. They did this quite a bit, more towards the end. Was it Mary Jo who thought that Jie probably used to have a two-handed forehand and switched over to one-handed? Good observation. Brad made many good comments about strategic errors, AND winning strategies as well.

On the negative side, the commentators seemed to favor Tatiana, particularly during the first set. It seemed like 90% of the comments were directed towards what she's doing right or wrong. It was like Jie wasn't even on the court. That's very disrespectful to Jie and to the television audience. Also, Mary Jo had a tendency to initiate gossip-like conversations which would she would continue while points were being played. This is a big No-No for commentators. You are dissing the players and audience big time when you do that. You are saying that the tennis is boring and unimportant. Brad favored Tatiana by very explicitly making suggestions about what to do to beat Jie. Why not say what to do to beat Tatiana? He/they should mention each player's strengths and weaknesses equally.

Brad commented that all the Chinese players hit too flat which would hurt them on clay. There seems to be a new emphasis on hitting with topspin. Chris Evert never had any trouble winning on clay with a flat game. Apparently Brad hasn't seen Tiantian Sun play yet. She's not Top 100 yet, but she will be soon. She hits a heavy topspin forehand.

The commentators correctly noted that Jie had a very effective return of serve. It was the most potent stroke out there. Jie took control of many points with her return. Tatiana was lucky to win that match. Jie just needs a little more experience (and some practice at net).
 

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I feel like they disrespected Jie by not giving her credit when she was in control. You're right.
 

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Actually it was Brad who thought Jie had a two handed forehand.
They are probably a bit bias but you do have to understand that Golovin has been the next big thing for years now.
Brad Gilbert supposedly worked with her during the French Open last year.
They obviously see more potential in her than Jie Zheng.
Brad is partly right about flat strokes not doing well on clay then again he probably forgot that Zheng made it to the 4th round of the French Open 2 years ago. :tape:
Brad always come from an outlook of trying to become a complete player.
You can win matches on clay with flatter strokes. Myskina did it 2 years ago.
The problem is you still have to mix it up well. Myskina can hit a heavy deep and high bouncing ball with her grip as well.
She can also take a bit of pace off the ball as well.
That's what annoyed Venus and Capriati the most. Venus and Capriati aren't particularly great with creating her own pace from above shoulder length.
Actually Jie isn't either supposedly from Mary Joe's opinion.
Honestly the only way Jie was going to win was to stay in the points and hope Tatiana gives her something that she can approach the net on and finish the point off at net.
She didn't do it consistently well.
 

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Brad has coached Tati on and off for years, he knows a lot about her game.
 

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i miss pam shriver:(
 
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