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Stosur great on clay

French Open
by RowleyFox (U14351355) 31 May 2010
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I don't think the Stosur v Henin result was a shock, Sam Stosur has been playing brilliantly over the past year reaching number 7 in the World is a good achievement.

Last year she had a brilliant run at Roland Garros and this year she has done the same. Stosur rightfully deserved to beat Henin, the Aussie is a great clay court player, and could well be champion by the weekend.

Well done Sam Stosur

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posted Jun 1, 2010

Well is seems that my comment alluding that 2003 incident has been removed, even though it is only stating fact, welcome to the Ministry of Truth

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posted Jun 1, 2010

I've noticed that there is way too much negativity on these boards and it's not just those from the football posters that have stumbled across during a grand slam. (not the only sport mind you, F1 is also very negative).

What I mean is that most threads are going on about why such a body is no good or why I don’t like what’s ‘is or ‘er name.

Even this match was reported as ‘Henin slumps to defeat’ and not ‘Stosur plays really well’.

I’m glad that this thread has a bit of positivity about it and is saying well done – although it gets turned negative eventually.

Is this a British/English thing or do other countries do it as well?

WUMs are fine to reply as well – as I can take it (hate that term).

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posted Jun 1, 2010

So much nonsense about gamesmanship that I wonder how many actually attend live matches ?
I have attended most of majors except Aussie open , too far away.
That gamesmanship was, is and will be pratised is a given
Recall Johnny Mac as the extreme but most others do to a lesser degree.
I have been around most of top players for app 20 years or more and those like Pat Rafter are in minority .
I have observed the William sisters and they had an attitude of gamesmanship and also unsporting attitude with excuses and injury of the month excuses when beaten , so we all have our favourites , thats our perogative.
I have met and spoken to a lot of the players though not so many women players , but did speak to Henin , who I admired for her sheer power play with a small body , though a strong one , I found her very shy and reserved off court .
Serena is quite the study and is less intimadating off court but is like father Richard while Venus is like her mother , two very different personalities for sure.
The Russians and east europeans are pretty tough too as is their language, their life has been a real struggle esp Sharapovas if you look at her families sacrifices living in one room with her dad working as a waiter while mum was in Russia as she honed her playing skills etc.

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posted Jun 1, 2010

No one’s perfect. I think it's important to just appreciate the brand of tennis Justine offers.

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posted Jun 1, 2010

Absolutely NOT a shock!!
Stosur has been playing brilliantly, especially since April - and Henin looked grossly, grossly underpowered, compared to how she *used* to strike the ball. She just isn't at that level ^yet^. Maybe she will back to it, maybe not.


I thought that her Henin's play was was scrappy and very inconsistent, having seen all four of her matches. Stosur, for me, was always the favourite for this match. I think that way, way too many peple were going on past reputation and greatness - but you have to focus on form *now*.

Even if you examine Henin's form throughout 2010, it has ben very up and down, even from match to match.

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posted Jun 1, 2010

Actually, Serena used to do grunt on most balls - but now she does it as she raises 'intensity'. Venus [are you watching their matches??] grunts on almost every single ball, almost rhythmically - and that has not changed during he length of her professional career.


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comment by amazonaria (U14056257)
posted 15 Hours Ago

The Williams sisters are experts, and don't tell me they can't help it because they don't do it all the time and nor does Sharapova.


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posted Jun 1, 2010

Also, Stosur's game is really ideal for the surface. It's almost if someone moulded a female player for the suface.


Fantastic upper body strength - and she really drives throughout her legs and uses the muscles in her back for her topspin serve. And her serve is deadly on clay - she is earning more 'free' points [on serve] than any other player, along with Serena at this tournament.

Her forehand is really like that of a European ATP Tour player [raised on clay]...and because she delays the wrist-snap [does this woman have wrists of steel... ] you really can't tell where the ball is going - almost until it is hit past you.


What i really want to know, much like Sam Smith, is how on earth did she develop this kind of game in Brisbane / the Gold Coast?!

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posted Jun 1, 2010

Even if you examine Henin's form throughout 2010, it has ben very up and down, even from match to match.
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Indeed any many of us forecast that she would have the most difficult return to the game, because of her complicated or multi-faceted game.

Serve has always been a "problem" and maintaining/regaining her technical excellence is not easy after a long break.

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posted Jun 1, 2010

Since I've had three posts removed on this subject I'm highly motivated to post it up yet again:

Henin clearly cheated in the 2003 French Open when playing Serena williams.

Henin is a very talented player, but she would play better and win more slams if she loosened up in her approach to her game. I suspect that her coach contributes a lot to her over-anxiety.

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