Nicole Vaidi-choke-a

skip1969

G.O.A.T.
i know i'm being mean . . . and she's only seventeen. i know she had a great run and she's a rising talent. but MAN, just when you thought she was gonna waltz into the final with some aggressive tennis and some mental toughness . . . she falls apart in the semi against (a not-overly impressive) kuznetsova. DOH!
 
didn't see the match but following the stats at the FO site, it looks like Kuznetsova made exactly 1 UE during the third set.
That's pretty impressive!
 

rooski

Professional
Yep. She gagged it big time. The announcer (Mary Jo I think) kept saying how the Kuzenator picked up her game and that made the difference. NOT. Viadisova fell apart... plain and simple. The Kuzenator just kept the ball in play so I guess you could say she played smart tennis in view of the choke that was going on on the other side of the net. Too bad. NV will learn from this and be back stronger in tourneys to come.
 
The guard just got changed back that quickly - go Svetlana!

Nicole Vaidasova beats a chronically nervous Mauresmo (at least the French) and an out of practice Venus Williams, and all of sudden, there is a changing of the guard?
As Svetlana Kutznesova just showed, big babe tennis is all about who is on their game at the time. Svetlana wasn't her best today but she hung in there long enough until she found her range and viola, she turned it around and is now in her first French Open final!

Hats off to Vaidasova - great young talent and I am sure we will be seeing a lot more of her! But let's not be so quick to proclaim a "changing of the guard" because of a couple of wins against 2 out of practice players who have actually won grand slams (Mauresmo -1, Venus Williams - 5).

As Sharapova has found out after her "changing of the guard" triumph over Serena Williams at Wimbledon over 2 years ago, maintaining that level to win more GS is a whole other matter.

BTW - We are in great period of big babe tennis, where there are SO many players who are capable of winning a GS, but it's all about who's in form at the moment.
 

rooski

Professional
slack hack said:
didn't see the match but following the stats at the FO site, it looks like Kuznetsova made exactly 1 UE during the third set.
That's pretty impressive!
She didn't make any UE's because all she had to do was push it back...NV was unraveled and couldn't find the court in the third.
 
ACE of Hearts said:
She will probably face Henin-Hardenne.
If she does, I hope Sveta cranks up the heat on those groundies and spanks the greasy hand right outta the tounament.
I think Clijsters should beat Hennin. She seems a bit more on form. They haven't played each other in a while; should be interesting.
 

erik-the-red

Semi-Pro
One thing I am impressed the positive differential from both players. 54-47 = + 7 for Vaidisova and 26-19 = +7 for Kuznetsova.

That is an unbelievable number of winners for a 17-year old.
 

ACE of Hearts

Bionic Poster
Kuz's groundstrokes are so much better then Sharapova but Sharapova is more consistent.

Hardenne takes the first set, 6-3.Hardenne is tough on clay, it looks like she wants too win and get that embarrasing thing out of the way in the Aussie Open.
 

ACE of Hearts

Bionic Poster
Hardenne has a career 10-1 record against Kuznetsova although Kuz took her too 3 sets last year in the round of 16 in the FO.I kind of expect Hardenne to collect her 5th GS.
 

BiGGieStuFF

Hall of Fame
well it looked like a slugfest early on and vaidisova was getting her rhythm and won the first set on a comeback. After that it seemed Kuzzie started to slow it down a bit and change the pace of the game. Not much but enough to give Nicole something to think about and disrupt her rhythm.
 

Fatmike

Semi-Pro
ACE of Hearts said:
Hardenne has a career 10-1 record against Kuznetsova although Kuz took her too 3 sets last year in the round of 16 in the FO.I kind of expect Hardenne to collect her 5th GS.

yep


3rd RG btw
 

skip1969

G.O.A.T.
vaidisova came out and looked pretty impressive in the first, with the comeback from a break down. looked like she was gonna make it a routine match. and then, she gagged. all credit to kuz cos she did what she had to do. i'm all for players thinking their way through matches and figuring out what must be done to get the win. in so many of these lame "big babe" matches, it just turns out to be a error-filled slugfest. (yawn)

what i meant when i said that she wasn't "impressive" was that it wasn't as if she played lights out to win, raising her level and playing her best tennis ever. kuz was smart. she kept the ball in play, and that was enough to go through. good for her.
 

arosen

Hall of Fame
Justine looked very impressive all the way in this FO. The way she blew Clijsters off the court today just shows she is ready to win it once again. The thing about JHH, she may be a biatch, but her mental fortitude is unbelievable. She will not fold like Vaidisova, or get tentative and edgy like my girl Kuz did in all her matches in Paris. Tough one for Kuz.
 

Othello

New User
arosen said:
The thing about JHH, she may be a biatch, but her mental fortitude is unbelievable. She will not fold like Vaidisova, or get tentative and edgy like my girl Kuz did in all her matches in Paris. Tough one for Kuz.
This is exactly what I love about Justine. On court she is out there to win. The funny thing is when she came on the scene, she was a choke-artist as well but she turned it around big time and hasn't looked back.
I said earlier she will be the only woman to defend her GS title this year.
 

rooski

Professional
arosen said:
Justine looked very impressive all the way in this FO. The way she blew Clijsters off the court today just shows she is ready to win it once again. The thing about JHH, she may be a biatch, but her mental fortitude is unbelievable. She will not fold like Vaidisova, or get tentative and edgy like my girl Kuz did in all her matches in Paris. Tough one for Kuz.
Clijsters looked lethargic from the get go. She had the look that said "I'm gonna lose", which was very different than the super confident machine she was in the previous round. It just shows how much of this game is really a battle between the ears.
 

Ripper

Hall of Fame
rooski said:
Yep. She gagged it big time. The announcer (Mary Jo I think) kept saying how the Kuzenator picked up her game and that made the difference. NOT. Viadisova fell apart... plain and simple. The Kuzenator just kept the ball in play so I guess you could say she played smart tennis in view of the choke that was going on on the other side of the net. Too bad. NV will learn from this and be back stronger in tourneys to come.
Exactly. It was painful to watch.
 

Ripper

Hall of Fame
rooski said:
Clijsters looked lethargic from the get go. She had the look that said "I'm gonna lose", which was very different than the super confident machine she was in the previous round.
You mean the "Gaudio Look", haha. Yeah, that's how they look when they play against JHH :cool:
 

tennissavy

Hall of Fame
skip1969 said:
vaidisova came out and looked pretty impressive in the first, with the comeback from a break down. looked like she was gonna make it a routine match. and then, she gagged. all credit to kuz cos she did what she had to do. i'm all for players thinking their way through matches and figuring out what must be done to get the win. in so many of these lame "big babe" matches, it just turns out to be a error-filled slugfest. (yawn)

what i meant when i said that she wasn't "impressive" was that it wasn't as if she played lights out to win, raising her level and playing her best tennis ever. kuz was smart. she kept the ball in play, and that was enough to go through. good for her.
How can you say that when espn presented the number of winners vs. unforced errors for the match and both players had more winners than UE???
 
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