Of all the tennis "journos" Matty C is the only one who knows what he's talking about when he writes about Ana. Clearly he's an AnaKAD, but his level of insight into her current game in the context of her entire career is spot on. To wit:
What separates him from the rest? Oh, I don't know, maybe it's because HE'S ACTUALLY WATCHED HER MATCHES OVER THE COURSE OF HER CAREER. Research can be fun, journos. Go with it.
Anyway, my fave parts:
The image of Mamavic busting out in laughter and calling her kid on her shit is dead money. She must have been really caffeinated that day.
And this pretty much sums it up:
She’s simply not establishing her game like she did in the first part of ‘08, when she would skip around inside the baseline and launch killer, unreachable forehands to the corners. She has the most effective inside-out forehand in WTA history and arguably the best forehand in the game along with Serena and Sania Mirza. “Its one of the best shots in tennis,” Kardon said. “It’s natural, powerful and she has the right feel. She knows which spins to use, can produce short angles, go corner to corner and it really doesn’t matter if the other player knows it’s coming because it’s such a great shot.”
I'm glad Matty C is well-onboard the "GET TO THE FUCKING NET!!!" train.
Sigh. RG is going to be an Ivanovic clusterfuck. That said, it'll be nice to see her on Chartrier and Lenglen again. Or at least, worse comes to worst, one of them.
Thanks to Curtis for posting the link.