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Amanda Coetzer d. Anna Kournikova
6-0 4-6 6-3

AC is tough, so this isn't a bad loss, but what is going on? FOUR straight first round losses, some to VERY weak players. If she's lost muscle during her layoff, it could hurt her. Anna is fast, but all speed makes you is just another retreiver.

That modeling career is looking more and more attractive.
 

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Ya Know What They Say About Women That Go Down Quick...........??
 

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Well, as you said, AC is tough, and ANna has never had that god a head to head record against Amanda... I think it's *about* 8-2 to Amanda... (I didn't check that, so it may be different, but it's something like that!)
 

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If you confidence is lacking in just the smallest way against someone like Amanda you are in serious trouble.

I was actually surprised that Anna got a set today. She's a fighter but her game just isn't coming to the party yet.

Mentally Anna is VERY weak. Look at the number of times she looks up to her parents, coach etc during a match. Her confidence is wafer thinright now and has always been questionable at best on the court. Of course off the court it is a whole other story but unfortunately for Anna she is still trying to convince people and herself for that matter that she is a great tennis player not a model.

Playing and losing all these matches is doing irreversible damage in my opinion. Losing to Coetzer may not be so bad but it is still a match she could win and I would say maybe expects to win. Losing to qualifiers younger than herself is what is doing the most damage. I would be surprised if Anna ever got back into the top 20!
 

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To Anna's credit....
she is multi million dollar money making machine, who never ever has to work a day in her life again if she wanted.
However, the fact that she is going out there, chin up, any suffering through her after injury slump, shows that she really DOES care about tennis. She could have let it all go after going down in the second set, but she kept fighting.

I expect that in time her confidence will heal, and the victories will become more regular.
Just give her time...she has been on a seven month lay off recall...before that she a top-tenner.

The talent is still there...don't give up on her so easily. <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">
 

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you said it best Becca... <IMG SRC="smilies/wink.gif" border="0">

i luv AC too but AK has gotta improve!!!!

go AK!!!! you'll surely find your way!!!! <IMG SRC="smilies/angel.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0">
 

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I think all the stuff about Anna not being enough of a fighter, is a bit harsh. In the Myskina match and in this one, she did fight damn hard to get herself back into the match. In my opinion, her problem isn't so much fighting back as playing well when she's winning. Even in this match she played some absolutely amazing shots, that make me realise what a brilliant tennis player she could be if she could only be more consistent.

But yes, all these 1st round losses have got to be really hurting her confidence. Maybe she should consider only playing doubles for a few months. That way she could win a couple of titles, lots of match practice, and then come back to singles with more confidence.
 

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I would certainly not advice Anna to play a few months in doubles only. I don't want her to be a double expert only. She has lots of talent, and it's up to her to show it on the court. She always had problems with her serve, if she would train a lot on that she wouldn't have lost all these matches. Just look at all the statistics from her latest matches: she has been broken a lot because of double faults (it's like her famous Australian open, where she broke the record). Her groundstrokes, etc will become better when she has more confindence.

She will come back, stronger then ever...I hope
 

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I wouldn't even call myself a 'fan' of Kournikova, but the way she is laying it on the line - for all to see - shows that she loves tennis, and knows that she has it in her to get back to her best.

And for that, I salute her.
 
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