Great hope Halep - How far now?

How far will Simona Halep go at the 2014 USO?


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Marius_Hancu

Talk Tennis Guru
2020 Roland Garros
4th R

Iga Swiatek b Simona Halep 6-1 6-2

In short, what sadly happened today was IMO the result of professional negligence on Cahill's and Simona Halep's part to do the required due diligence on a day when the opponent played inspired tennis, fuelled by the thirst for revenge:

- a failure to properly scout the opponent, who displayed exactly the arsenal in the previous match, with Bouchard
- a failure to evaluate the coming encounter, to prepare a plan B, and to execute it
- a failure to see that continuing to feed Swiatek high topspin balls serves her preference of attacking such balls or dropshot her; Halep did not execute perhaps even a slice, meant to lower the trajectory of the balls, to take Swiatek off her routine
- a failure to be prepped to execute aggressive returns
- a failure to improve Halep's 2nd serve, which becomes critical against power players
- a failure to be pumped up: Simona seemed quite indifferent to the developments on the court

Instead, what seemed to have been present was an overall dismissal of the opponent before the match, caused by the results of the previous encounters.
 
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TopspintheTerrible

Professional
a failure to evaluate the coming encounter, to prepare a plan B, and to execute it
I agree but what’s Plan B? She’s not comfortable @ net. Her serve isn’t big enough to S&V. She doesn’t have a great slice.... apart from playing more aggressive, what’s a viable alternative strategy?
 

DSH

G.O.A.T.
2020 Roland Garros
4th R

Iga Swiatek b Simona Halep 6-1 6-2

In short, what sadly happened today was IMO the result of professional negligence on Cahill's and Simona Halep's part to do the required due diligence on a day when the opponent played inspired tennis, fuelled by the thirst for revenge:

- a failure to properly scout the opponent, who displayed this exact arsenal in the previous match, with Bouchard
- a failure to evaluate the coming encounter, to prepare a plan B, and to execute it
- a failure to see that continuing to feed Swiatek high topspin balls serves her preference of attacking such balls or dropshot her; Halep did not execute perhaps even a slice, meant to lower the trajectory of the balls, to take Swiatek of her routine
- a failure to be prepped to execute aggressive returns
- a failure to improve Halep's 2nd serve, which becomes critical against power players
- a failure to be pumped up: Simona seemed quite indifferent to the developments on the court

Instead, what seemed to have been present was an overall dismissal of the opponent before the match, caused by the results of the previous encounters.
Este un eșec complet pentru Simona, care se pregătea exclusiv pentru turul de mini teren de lut și mai ales pentru Roland Garros.
Fiind principalul favorit pentru a-l câștiga, este de neconceput și inacceptabil să pierzi în modul în care jucătorul român și-a luat rămas bun de la Paris.
După cum spui, există greșeli de neiertat pentru ea și Cahill pentru că și-au subestimat tânărul rival.
A fost, fără îndoială, o mare oportunitate ratată pentru Halep de a câștiga un nou GS în cariera ei.
Și în fiecare an șansele ei de a reuși în turneele majore vor scădea.
:confused:
 

Fintft

Legend
Did you guys watch?
Painful, movement wise first of all, imho, at the beginning, but better after the on court treatment + Garcia's meltdown...
 

Marius_Hancu

Talk Tennis Guru
Five years later, Simona finally adopted some of the serving changes I recommended then in:


Not that I assume my post was the deciding influence, but who knows? :cool:
 

Marius_Hancu

Talk Tennis Guru
2021 IW features this mouthwatering 3rd R derby
Halep - Raducanu
which will be tough.

A propos of Raducanu and Halep exchanging many (justified and no doubt sincere) pleasantries:

"A (half) brother (sister) is a (half) brother (sister), but the cheese must be paid for ..." (a Romanian proverb, i.e., nothing is for free, even between brothers).

Coach Dobre finally mentions doing changes I recommended more than 5 years ago (serve, return, more attacks at net - see uptread), because "the new generations are forcing the issue," he says. To which I say waiting this much (both Simona and Cahill culprits) is generally a recipe for very unpleasant turns of events.

Simona could have been a 5-7 Slam winner ... :sick:

"Don't give the Romanian his/her last mind" (another Romanian proverb i.e. let's hope she won't have to regret the errors of her former ways).
 
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Marius_Hancu

Talk Tennis Guru
Halep was broken in doubles today.
Great volleys :cool: , but serve not up to par.
This may spell trouble ... even with Kostyuk, not to speak of Raducanu.
 
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