Danilovic Is Proving It’s More Than Luck

Olga Danilovic 2017

Moscow River Cup, Russia

[10] Julia Goerges (GER) vs. [187] Olga Danilovic (SRB)

Young tennis players are dangerous for many reasons, but perhaps the most significant reason why seasoned veterans may not enjoy playing against them is their unpredictability. When you are young, you feel invincible and you go for your shots because you are not inhibited by doubts; you hit every ball with the conviction that it will be a winner.

Goerges was up against it right from the start. The seventeen year old Serbian was hitting winners on service returns and doing a lot of damage as well with both her forehand and backhand. Goerges did not take advantage of her opponent’s low first serve percentage and the number one seed made a lot of unforced errors when she had opportunities to get back in the first set. Despite serving less than fifty percent on her first serve, one break of serve was all Danilovic needed to secure the first set.

The second set was a more complicated affair, understandable as the teenager got tight and Goerges competed better. Yet, it still was not enough for the Goerges to salvage the match as the young Serbian dug her heels in and fought back. She broke her opponent three times in the second set to secure the 6-3, 6-3 victory.

Her brief lapse in concentration was just that, brief. The teenager is taking full advantage of this opportunity. She lost in the final round of qualifying and is into her first WTA Tour semifinal as a lucky loser. In addition, she secured the biggest win of her career today when she defeated her first top ten opponent.

What was impressive about the seventeen year old was her composure, add to that was her movement (she moved pretty well despite her height) and her feisty personality. Danilovic is another new face on the tennis scene and appears quite confident and ready to embrace the demands of the Tour.

SOURCE OF IMAGE: Zimbio.com (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe: Olga Danilovic in blue outfit and Jack Thomas/Getty Images AsiaPac: Olga Danilovic in white outfit).

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