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Date: 28 Dec 2008 21:42:20
From: mimus
Subject: YouTube Looks at Wejnert
Out of curiosity, I went looking around the Web for info on the Aussie
teenager Monika Wejnert, and there's a few videos of her playing on
YouTube, several of 'em of her matches against Dokic recently, and, while
YouTube videos aren't exactly tennis-quality (good luck following
ball-trajectory!), I could draw a couple of conclusions:

(1) She's aggressive, coming into the tee at least every chance she gets.

(2) She doesn't have her athletic build yet, and is very slender, which
especially noticeable in her arms, and which makes me believe that Dokic
outlasted her in their rematch probably pretty much based on who had the
largest glycogen-stores left at the end . . . .

One to keep an eye on, definitely.

--

Take a deep breath, take a walk, cool off, plot a bit, and serve again.





 
Date: 29 Dec 2008 19:35:36
From: mimus
Subject: Re: YouTube Looks at Wejnert
On Sun, 28 Dec 2008 21:42:20 -0500, mimus wrote:

> Out of curiosity, I went looking around the Web for info on the Aussie
> teenager Monika Wejnert, and there's a few videos of her playing on
> YouTube, several of 'em of her matches against Dokic recently, and, while
> YouTube videos aren't exactly tennis-quality (good luck following
> ball-trajectory!), I could draw a couple of conclusions:
>
> (1) She's aggressive, coming into the tee at least every chance she gets.
>
> (2) She doesn't have her athletic build yet, and is very slender, which
> especially noticeable in her arms, and which makes me believe that Dokic
> outlasted her in their rematch probably pretty much based on who had the
> largest glycogen-stores left at the end . . . .

(3) I didn't see any pigtails. But she ought to wear 'em, anyway, just to
drive people crazy, like Austin did starting out (getting your ass kicked
by a sweet-looking little girl feels especially bitter to pros, it seems).

> One to keep an eye on, definitely.

--

Take a deep breath, take a walk, cool off, plot a bit, and serve again.



 
Date: 29 Dec 2008 05:38:05
From:
Subject: Re: YouTube Looks at Wejnert
coverage justified. she has just won a 38k ITF in Perth, and was in
hot form at the wildcard tournament.

she plays great defense as well as offense, very good movement and
retrieving ability, and very fast whip on her strokes on both sides.
and more impressive for a 16yo, keeps her cool and doesn't get
intimidated by the occasion, or telegraph her mood to her opponent.
about the only liability is the serve....

definitely australia's best prospect if she has the right support


 
Date: 29 Dec 2008 15:30:46
From: Sakari Lund
Subject: Re: YouTube Looks at Wejnert
On Sun, 28 Dec 2008 21:42:20 -0500, mimus <tinmimus99@hotmail.com >
wrote:

>Out of curiosity, I went looking around the Web for info on the Aussie
>teenager Monika Wejnert, and there's a few videos of her playing on
>YouTube, several of 'em of her matches against Dokic recently, and, while
>YouTube videos aren't exactly tennis-quality (good luck following
>ball-trajectory!), I could draw a couple of conclusions:
>
>(1) She's aggressive, coming into the tee at least every chance she gets.
>
>(2) She doesn't have her athletic build yet, and is very slender, which
>especially noticeable in her arms, and which makes me believe that Dokic
>outlasted her in their rematch probably pretty much based on who had the
>largest glycogen-stores left at the end . . . .
>
>One to keep an eye on, definitely.

The Australian wild card qualifying certainly meant that this girl got
a lot of "publicity" in rst, compared to many comparable juniors in
other parts of the world.


  
Date: 29 Dec 2008 17:31:39
From: mimus
Subject: Re: YouTube Looks at Wejnert
On Mon, 29 Dec 2008 15:30:46 +0200, Sakari Lund wrote:

> On Sun, 28 Dec 2008 21:42:20 -0500, mimus <tinmimus99@hotmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>> Out of curiosity, I went looking around the Web for info on the Aussie
>> teenager Monika Wejnert, and there's a few videos of her playing on
>> YouTube, several of 'em of her matches against Dokic recently, and,
>> while YouTube videos aren't exactly tennis-quality (good luck following
>> ball-trajectory!), I could draw a couple of conclusions:
>>
>> (1) She's aggressive, coming into the tee at least every chance she
>> gets.
>>
>> (2) She doesn't have her athletic build yet, and is very slender, which
>> especially noticeable in her arms, and which makes me believe that
>> Dokic outlasted her in their rematch probably pretty much based on who
>> had the largest glycogen-stores left at the end . . . .
>>
>> One to keep an eye on, definitely.
>
> The Australian wild card qualifying certainly meant that this girl got a
> lot of "publicity" in rst, compared to many comparable juniors in other
> parts of the world.

Going 1-1 with Dokic, and that long and hard-fought final, means she
helped herself quite a bit, eh?

And she's gotten a lot more publicity than just rst, which is, putting it
mildly, a world-publicity backwater . . . .

--

Take a deep breath, take a walk, cool off, plot a bit, and serve again.




  
Date: 29 Dec 2008 10:28:12
From:
Subject: Re: YouTube Looks at Wejnert
In article <o4khl4138f7u1cenqi9e07niavp2bo9mdc@4ax.com >,
sakari.lund@welho.com (Sakari Lund) wrote:

>
> The Australian wild card qualifying certainly meant that this girl
> got
> a lot of "publicity" in rst, compared to many comparable juniors in
> other parts of the world.

Be fair. There was nothing else going on that week. :) We don't normally
discuss other GS wild card play-offs.

In fact, it was beating Dokic that got her spotted first, and then making
the final.

wg


   
Date: 29 Dec 2008 19:00:02
From: Sakari Lund
Subject: Re: YouTube Looks at Wejnert
On Mon, 29 Dec 2008 10:28:12 -0600, wendyg@cix.compulink.co.uk wrote:

>In article <o4khl4138f7u1cenqi9e07niavp2bo9mdc@4ax.com>,
>sakari.lund@welho.com (Sakari Lund) wrote:
>
>>
>> The Australian wild card qualifying certainly meant that this girl
>> got
>> a lot of "publicity" in rst, compared to many comparable juniors in
>> other parts of the world.
>
>Be fair. There was nothing else going on that week. :) We don't normally
>discuss other GS wild card play-offs.

Is there such a thing with others slams? I have never heard about
something like this before. Most of the wild cards go to local
players, but I thought organizers give them the players they consider
worth it. In fact, if this girl really is Australia's best hope, it is
crazy if they don't give her a wild card.


    
Date: 29 Dec 2008 17:53:44
From:
Subject: Re: YouTube Looks at Wejnert
In article <ga0il4huvtcbq9ejr8f570baa9vv017etc@4ax.com >,
sakari.lund@welho.com (Sakari Lund) wrote:

>
> Is there such a thing with others slams? I have never heard about
> something like this before. Most of the wild cards go to local
> players, but I thought organizers give them the players they
> consider
> worth it. In fact, if this girl really is Australia's best hope, it
> is
> crazy if they don't give her a wild card.

The US has in the past had feed-up events - you'd get a wild card if you
won that event or placed highest of the people without direct entry.
Wimbledon has playoffs for British players. Not sure whether W or AO did
it first, but the reason is the same: make the players earn the wild card
so you didn't get the same people getting wild cards for years and never
achieving anything.

wg


    
Date: 30 Jan 2009 08:55:11
From: DavidW
Subject: Re: YouTube Looks at Wejnert
Sakari Lund wrote:
> On Mon, 29 Dec 2008 10:28:12 -0600, wendyg@cix.compulink.co.uk wrote:
>
>> In article <o4khl4138f7u1cenqi9e07niavp2bo9mdc@4ax.com>,
>> sakari.lund@welho.com (Sakari Lund) wrote:
>>
>>>
>>> The Australian wild card qualifying certainly meant that this girl
>>> got
>>> a lot of "publicity" in rst, compared to many comparable juniors in
>>> other parts of the world.
>>
>> Be fair. There was nothing else going on that week. :) We don't
>> normally discuss other GS wild card play-offs.
>
> Is there such a thing with others slams? I have never heard about
> something like this before.

The only ones I've heard of are last year's and this year's AO ones.

> Most of the wild cards go to local
> players, but I thought organizers give them the players they consider
> worth it. In fact, if this girl really is Australia's best hope, it is
> crazy if they don't give her a wild card.

Yes, Dokic is an established player and has had a year since last year's
playoff to get her ranking up (unless she was injured later?). A young player
is more interesting for everybody and it would help her career to give her some
slam experience.





     
Date: 29 Dec 2008 21:13:05
From:
Subject: Re: YouTube Looks at Wejnert
In article <iFb6l.22540$mE3.14990@newsfe14.iad >, no@email.provided
(DavidW) wrote:

>
> Yes, Dokic is an established player and has had a year since last
> year's
> playoff to get her ranking up (unless she was injured later?). A
> young player
> is more interesting for everybody and it would help her career to
> give her some
> slam experience.
>

Dokic *was* an established player. Last year, she managed to raise her
ranking back into the top 200 from the extreme wilderness, which is good
going considering where she was. She earned the wild card by playing for
it; I can't see the argument that she doesn't deserve it.

The reason they do the playoffs is that they spent decades giving
promising young players wild cards because it would be "interesting" for
everybody and gain them Slam experience, and the upshot was that hardly
any of them built on it in any substantial way. So they decided to make
the players earn the wild cards. Weijnert played well; Dokic played
better. Such is tennis.

wg