Strycova vs Azarenka and going to Plan B

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
Ashamed to admit that I was talking to the TV at the end of that match, but maybe I should have screamed good 'n loud, since Melbourne is really far away. I just know they can hear me...

Down a set and serving at 3-5 in the 2nd, Strycova had been outgunned in baseline exchanges throughout the match. Finally at this juncture, she decided to "do something else" and won perhaps her most decisive service hold of the match by attacking the net. One point was pure serve and volley, another was a krazy baseline scramble, and the other two points were finished off by Strycova at the net after attacking a short ball. I think she held at love.

Oh Dang - Azarenka served it out and they were shaking hands. What blueprint does that come from? Wouldn't a player make that change to start the 2nd set and see if that could help build, I dunno, a lead? I was pleasantly surprised to see Barbora change her tactics, but she doesn't deserve a medal - too late, slugger!

I know this phenomenon isn't rare among the ladies, but this one blew me away. How you doin'?
 

Vanhool

Legend
Ashamed to admit that I was talking to the TV at the end of that match, but maybe I should have screamed good 'n loud, since Melbourne is really far away. I just know they can hear me...

Down a set and serving at 3-5 in the 2nd, Strycova had been outgunned in baseline exchanges throughout the match. Finally at this juncture, she decided to "do something else" and won perhaps her most decisive service hold of the match by attacking the net. One point was pure serve and volley, another was a krazy baseline scramble, and the other two points were finished off by Strycova at the net after attacking a short ball. I think she held at love.

Oh Dang - Azarenka served it out and they were shaking hands. What blueprint does that come from? Wouldn't a player make that change to start the 2nd set and see if that could help build, I dunno, a lead? I was pleasantly surprised to see Barbora change her tactics, but she doesn't deserve a medal - too late, slugger!

I know this phenomenon isn't rare among the ladies, but this one blew me away. How you doin'?
She often empoys these tactics, which is why I enjoy watching her so much. Doing it against a top 100 and vs Azarenka, I suspect, are two different things. I guess toward the end, she had nothing to lose. Too bad she didn't try sooner. She probably would have lost anyway :(
 
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