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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Rafa needs rest

Swiss Indoors Basel, Switzerland [CR3] Rafael Nadal (ESP) is a shadow of his former self.  In his match today against [CR75] Simone Bolelli (ITA), Nadal spent the majority of his time pushing the ball instead of striking the ball with conviction, a sign that he is not feeling confident.  His groundstrokes had no sting and many of his shots landed…

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Another pitiful performance

BNP Paribas WTA Finals, Singapore Round Robin, Day 1: [CR4] Simona Halep (ROU) vs. [CR5] Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) Bouchard is not handling the pressure of expectation very well and today was another example of the poor job she is doing.  Her performance was pitiful, she could barely get the ball in play and when she finally…

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At their best

If Stockholm Open, Sweden Men’s Final: [CR7] Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs. [CR10] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) There was no holding back today as both players were focused on winning, for differing reasons perhaps, but the desire was equally strong on both sides.  Dimitrov took the first set, but it was not a given that he would win…

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