Patrick Mouratoglou

Mistake for Ivanovic to drop Gunthardt

Patrick Mouratoglou

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I was amazed to learn that Ana Ivanovic has decided to stop working with Heinz Gunthardt.

Sometimes I really wonder what's going through the some player's minds.

She sank down the rankings as a result of going through too many coaches and so too many game directions, and just as she is beginning to get some good results with Gunthardt, she is leaving him.

I think it's really a terrible decision from the Serb who was getting more and more convincing in the last six months.

I hope she continues playing in the way the Swiss coach showed her, but I have to admit that I'm not really optimistic about what's going to happen with her.

The WTA Championship ended in triumph for Kim Clijsters.

It was a win that proved both the ability of the Belgian to win when she is not at her best and also the tendency of the number one player in the world, Caroline Wozniacki, to be unable to confirm her domination in big events.

It's surprising and interesting to note that the Dane also suffered this kind of problem when she was playing on the junior tour. Back then she reached the number two spot without having ever won a single Grand Slam.

I've read that this loss showed the issues she has dealing with pressure. But I see things in a different way because when she had to win those two matches to secure her number one spot she coped with the pressure.

The main reason why she's still not winning those main tournaments is more, in my opinion, due to the fact that her game is lacking temper. Game level wise, she's still not as good as Clijsters, Justine Henin or Serena Williams when those players are fully fit. Under pressure, Caroline's flaws become way too much to fight against the top players.

The season proper has ended but this week there is the Bali Masters, starting onr Thursday.

This year the draw is tough, so the level should be interesting and some of the main hopes of the tour will be there: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Yanina Wickmayer, Alisa Kleybanova.

Weirdly, the surface is really fast and doesn't display the effects of the weather conditions a lot. That's different from the main events of the season. It'll suit players who have big serves and a love for flat shots.

It seems like Wickmayer, Na Li and Ivanovic could have an advantage in those conditions. Kimiko Date Krumm, Daniela Hantuchova and Aravane Rezaï also like playing fast but their serve won't help them to take the best of this surface.

On the ATP Tour last week, Gael Monfils played really well to claim the title in Montpellier with wins over top indoor players like John Isner, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Ivan Ljubicic in the process.

In terms of the Davis Cup final (between France and Serbia) it seems that Monfils and Gilles Simon are peaking at the right time, compared to Michael Llodra, Richard Gasquet and Julien Benneteau who are all struggling for different reasons.

There was a big surprise in Vienna with Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer reaching his first ATP final.

Only in the draw as a lucky loser, he made his way through the entire draw and even served for the title against Melzer while leading 7/6 5/4, before Jurgen turned the match around and kept his title 6/4 in the third.

At 23-years-old Haider-Maurer is confirming everyone's hopes for him, after his great US Open first round match when he pushed Robin Soderling to his limits (6/4 in the fifth set).

Thomas Muster can now put his first round loss to Haider-Maurer into perspective; the guy played the best tennis of his career so far this week.

He displayed huge abilities on serve and backhand and we'll now have to wait and see if Andreas can carry this level with him into next year.

The St Petersburg draw wasn't really that impressive and another 23-year-old, the rapidly improving Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin, seized the opportunity to win the title against Mikhail Youzhny.

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