I've also heard that not only does she hit a strong ball, but is also quite tenacious and a solid baseliner. Good technique I've heard also... Go Meilen! BTW, I believe she has pushed Venus to a tiebreak, hopefully she can continue her luck as a LL! GO MEILEN!
Meilen's definetly a top 50 potential, maybe even a little bit higher if she can work on her serve a bit. Hit's a good ball, great mover on court good counterpunching skills, and she's also a pretty decent volleyer too which definetly makes her job a bit more easy if she gets some opportunities to finish off the points a bit quicker.
What was holding her back before was her mental game - I think Meilen's problem before was that she is definetly very critical of herself on court, really a very fiesty competitor on court, and in the past if things weren't going her was she just got too down on herself instead of trying to hang in there and keep trying to be positive (which is something I think smaller players like Coetzer and Sanchez-Vicario have done so well over the years, really showing that court presence that they don't plan on giving up can sometimes intimidate an opponent mentally). Great to see Meilen finally finding a consistent spot in the top 50-75 range, hopefully she will have a great 2002
Randy what kind of coaching does Meilen have. For someone with obvious talent and who can compete with the big hitters, would proper coaching put her in the mindset that she is better than most of the players on tour?
If it's all in her head, she needs more help with the her game plan.
Yeah, Melien is definetly a top 50 player. I seen her match against Venus last year at the U.S. Open, and her match against Capriati at the Aussie this year. Her groundstrokes are really solid. Not as powerful as Jen's or Venus', but she held her own pretty well. One thing I always label to Melien Tu, though, is that she probbaly has the slowest serve motion I have ever seen.
I don't know who Meilen is coached by now, but chances are that before she may not have had the greatest coach (maybe working with someone at the USTA, since anyone not ranked in the top 100 likely isn't earning a whole lot of money to be able to afford a top coach). I think the difference for her has been being able to put aside the negative stuff enough to still win a match. When you're always negative, focusing on what you're doing wrong, it's easy to lose focus, but I think Meilen has learned a bit more that she can still be fiery out there, but also understand that it's alright to make a few errors, just keep working on fighting out there rather than throwing in the towel over it.
Oh well, Meilen has fallen to Venus, but a good try definately. I believe that Melien has ranked as high as 36, but yeah, after failing to defend Auckland ? she fell quite a bit. In 2000 she really seemed to emerge from her rut, gathering 23 wins, topping her previous 18 matches won in first four years of her career. There is no doubt she can play, beating some respected players:
Julie Halard Decugius
Hopefully we can see her climb into the top 30, it would be great to see another Asian climb to those heights! (Ai, we're missing you there!)