Andreescu occasionally throws in a moonball like Seles, more as a tactic than just desperation. She used it well against Angie in the IW final. Quoting a post from the TF thread:
Tactically, her best play was undoubtedly her moonballs. It's no secret that moonballs (especially to her backhand) are the best way to beat Angie - she can't hit a deep and heavy topspin moonball back of them. She just gets it all wrong and floats it back flat and short, ready to be pounced away.
I know TF experts see moonballing as a weakness, but it's a very underrated tactic and this match should prove it. Of course you have to be versatile enough with the rest of your game in order to take advantage of it (hence Sai Sai's lack of success with it), but in the right moments it can be devastating.
Andreescu's aggression was great, but that alone wouldn't have got this match done. It was her readiness to do unconventional stuff like moonball (and to a lesser extent, drop shot) that sets her apart from most other young players.
I can already see the insane hype she's going to get now, and I don't think it's unwarranted, but it might stunt her progress a bit. She's got all the potential to win slams, but I think a lot of her success up till now has been because nobody has studied her game properly. It will be interesting to see what happens now when players like Kerber, Svitolina and others do their homework on her. She's now on everybody's radar and she's gonna need to be prepared for that.
Overall, a disappointing missed opportunity for Angie but a stunning win for an exciting and versatile young player. It's hard to be too upset as an Angie fan since reaching the final on this surface has always seemed like a hilarious joke just a week ago, so hopefully she can use this result to get some momentum moving forwards. And let's hope Bianca improves her fitness too :grin2: