Changing of the guards

BNP Paribas WTA Finals, Singapore Round Robin, Day 4: [CR2] Maria Sharapova (RUS) vs. [CR3] Petra Kvitova (CZE) Having lost their first match, both players were determined to win today’s encounter; yet, only one could succeed. Sharapova was both mentally and physically depleted after the marathon match against [CR8] Caroline Wozniacki (DEN). Her will was not…

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The inexperience of youth

Swiss Indoors Basel, Switzerland [CR3] Rafael Nadal (ESP) played a much more Rafa-like match today against [CR120] Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA).  Nadal struck the ball with authority, moved more freely and was mentally more alert.  Herbert was left pounding his head with his racquet in frustration as he made error after error. Herbert has a big serve…

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Too anxious to perform

BNP Paribas WTA Finals, Singapore Round Robin, Day 3: [CR5] Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) vs. [CR7] Ana Ivanovic (SRB) It was another performance marred by anxiety for Bouchard. Bouchard could not relax enough to make her shots when it mattered. Every shot was rushed and even she was amazed when some landed in as she was caught…

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Lack of speed

Valencia Open 500, Spain [CR16] John Isner’s (USA) powerful serve was not enough to overcome the determined effort of [CR21] Tommy Robredo (ESP).  Isner’s lack of mobility along with some tentative play at net combined to give Robredo the victory. This was not supposed to happen, Isner had never lost to Robredo; yet, there was something…

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A tale of unforced errors

BNP Paribas WTA Finals, Singapore Round Robin, Day 2: [CR3] Petra Kvitova (CZE) vs. [CR6] Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) It was a match filled with errors from Kvitova and Radwanska won  6-2, 6-3 because she stayed focused and kept her unforced errors to a minimum. Kvitova’s powerful groundstrokes were of no use today because nothing can…

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Sharapova’s serve is a liability

BNP Paribas WTA Finals, Singapore Round Robin, Day 2: [CR2] Maria Sharapova (RUS) vs. [CR8] Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) Wozniacki almost failed to take advantage of Sharapova’s shaky second serves. Despite the serving woes of both players, this match ultimately was a battle between mental strength and physical fitness, and physical fitness won. Wozniacki needs to learn how to…

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