No thread yet?? I'm no Sloane fan but I felt bad for her trying to close this match with no energy left. Glad she could finally win.
It definitely is defending finalist points that made her very tight in this one.Messy performance from Sloane, 23 winners and 43 UE :sobbing:
She was so passive in the way she played those MPs in the second set. Hercog’s game is a mixed bag of tricks (today she mostly played heavy topspin balls to push Sloane way behind the baseline) and you could tell Sloane was getting no rhythm.
If there’s anything encouraging for her next match it’s that—she fought through the match, and Muguruza will give her a far more predictable stream of CC patterns at a more consistent depth and pace. But otherwise… some of those errors were sailing way beyond the baseline and it was kind of tragic to watch :help: She’s also looked unsettled this tournament, hope it’s not the pressure of defending points that’s getting to her.
I've been wondering about that too. During her "Summer of Sloane", she was serving in the 85-100mph for 1st serves, but often getting 70% in. I figure part of it is due to coaching (under Kamau Murray), and part of it is due to some lost strength/fitness. Frankly, she's not even close to shape she was back then. Then again, she won her only major serving that way, so there must be some merit to it.She screams a lot lately after winning some tough matches. And Sven wouldn't be her coach if he thought she didn't care enough (though she has had many lazy times).
Her lack of a serve from her hitting 116-118 back in 2011-2012 is always a concern. But Garbine is a decent matchup for her since she doesn't have to be the one who looks to be aggressive (as well as Garbine no longer being the fearless big hitter she once was), and can turnaround the point vs her.