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Maria's "no holds barred" strategy of attacking
Bob Thomas
#1 Posted : Friday, August 16, 2013 5:20:10 PM(UTC)
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Let me clarify what I posted earlier: I said she appears to hit the ball as hard as she can, without execption, and I meant of course when she's at the baseline rallying with the opponent, and not when she's put on the defensive and having to throw up a lob or chase down a down-the-line shot.  It's when she's rallying at the baseline, forehands and backhands, that instead of trying to knock the air out of the ball, and her opponent, too, she might try to change the pace by hitting it less hard and maybe confusing her opponent by doing it  --  like a homerun hitter who tricks the fielders with a bunt  --  and this change of tactics could turn the tide if she's losing, especially if she's losing points with shots wide or long. 

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#2 Posted : Friday, August 16, 2013 11:28:28 PM(UTC)
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She's just too stubborn because her game already works against 99% of the field
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#3 Posted : Saturday, August 17, 2013 10:28:05 AM(UTC)
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I want to clarify again: the change of strategy I was talking about only needs to be used when she's losing, when a meltdown starts and continues -- why cling on to something that's not working!?
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#4 Posted : Saturday, August 17, 2013 10:33:38 AM(UTC)
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Because she has no Plan B and cannot think her way through a game.  Never could do...If things go against her, she just keeps on slamming away at her opponent. Thomas got it a little under control, but only when he was able to come on court...AFTER she had no idea how to get herself out of the mess she was in.  Now he's gone.  It'll be interesting to see how she copes now.

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#5 Posted : Saturday, August 17, 2013 11:39:44 AM(UTC)
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Well, someone should introduce her to a "Plan B." It doesn't have to be just 1 option, get a whole list of options, and then when she's practicing in between tournaments, she can try them out. Maybe she'll use just one that she's comfortable with or she'll borrow a little from each or some, but the point is, have something on the blackboard that she can resort to in times of trouble there in the back of her mind or hidden away in some niche of her tennis brain. Right now she's got zilch!
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#6 Posted : Saturday, August 17, 2013 12:03:05 PM(UTC)
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#7 Posted : Saturday, August 17, 2013 2:05:28 PM(UTC)
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Well, I'd betcha 10 bucks Buggs Bunny would agree with me, and brain or no brain, Maria'd fair a lot better if her fortunes during a match were starting to wane and instead of beating a dead horse, she'd try something different to get her back on track, and frankly, even Rabbit, though he doesn't understand anything, would understand that.
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#8 Posted : Sunday, August 18, 2013 5:02:56 AM(UTC)
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Bob Thomas
#9 Posted : Sunday, August 18, 2013 10:35:12 AM(UTC)
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See what I mean?! There she is trying to hit a tennis ball with a bunch of carrots!!! and why?! because no one's introduced her to a "Plan B" that she can use in times of trouble, or, she's unwilling to even consider a "Plan B," which, either way, unfortunately, devolves into her grasping for anything to get back into a winning mode!
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