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Tuesday 13 September 2016

US Open 2016 David Fearnhead Recalls The New Womens Era In Tennis

Sportswriter and broadcaster David Fearnhead, women's Tennis weblog's pal and lengthy-time contributor, shares his speakme facets from US Open 2016.
On the activities radio show I work on, this past Thursday evening, my co-presenter requested me a question:
It's surely just a walkover for Serena?
It become a set-up. He knew that's what many would be thinking, however he additionally knew that I didn't agree:
Karolina Pliskova is a real probability. along with her height and lengthy levers, she's bought a deadly serve. sure, she doesn't motor as well as say Simona Halep, but then who does. Pliskova may smartly derail Serena's run on the 23.
I went on to tell the listeners:
Don't neglect it changed into this stage closing yr that Roberta Vinci led to an enormous upset. Serena may have equalled Steffi Graf's 22, however 23 is still to be finished, and when Serena performs background, she has a tendency to tighten up. Lightening may strike twice.

I also spoke of Caroline Wozniacki's lack of equipment to hurt Kerber:
Kerber might not have this sort of complications in opposition t Wozniacki.
while it is tremendous to see the Dane lower back on the company-conclusion of a Grand Slam, she nonetheless struggles with the same weak spot of a game without any big weapons. If she was hoping to wear Kerber down, then it became a strategy that was doomed to fail.


So who would play within the remaining?
definitely Kerber. I actually have an inkling Serena will choke up again, but it's simply an inkling. i am no longer prepared to put any of my own funds on it.
the important thing ingredient for me was Pliskova, she regarded so calm and composed all match. She become enjoying without fear, she was looking as if this turned into her event and as if in a 12 months of first time Grand Slam champions she would be including her name to that list.


NO issues
Pliskova's title tilt had developed silently without any individual, myself blanketed, in reality taking note of her until the fourth round, when she dispatched Venus Williams in three sets, even though she necessary a tiebreak to do it. Her demolition of Ana Konjuh in below an hour signalled she become going to be a problem to Serena. 

She became absolutely in the variety of her career. even though, I'm certain few estimated that 6-2 opener or the hour-lengthy set that adopted, when Pliskova held her nerve to make her first Grand Slam last. That was the aspect that almost all impressed me, how calm she appeared all through all of it. in the noisiest Grand Slam of them all, she played with freedom, unencumbered via nerves or self-doubt.

The signs had no longer been there within the different majors the place Pliskova become searching a lot extra of a doubles professional with two semifinals in Australia and Wimbledon. This 12 months in singles she's did not get past the 2d circular at both the French and at Wimbledon. The massive in shape mentality wasn't general until it become shown. Now it's there we'll need to see if this become only 1 of those freak tournaments or if she's a true contender who may be again for extra.


Angelique Kerber is not just a contender. She's a proven winner, two Grand Slams in a year, the brand new world no 1. The confidence of already being a Grand Slam champion showed. Even when Pliskova fought again to take the second set, Kerber held her nerve. She didn't panic. She steadied herself, regained her composure and got here again at her.

Kerber is a participant whose success has been built on challenging work. She was born devoid of extremely good peak, she's developed her energy within the fitness center, she's developed her online game on the courtroom and she's developed a fantastic mentality from years on the tour. Are we now in the new era of Kerber? quite possibly, the handiest ladies i will suppose of who can definitely cease her within the majors, if you appear past that surprise Monica Puig outcomes in Rio, is Serena. 

Garbine Muguruza is the viable exception, however she has to prove she will get again to her French Open kind and do it on different surfaces. could women's tennis finally get the real contention it's been expecting? an awful lot of that allows you to rely on how Serena comes returned in 2017.


and i cannot wrap issues up devoid of citing Lucie Safarova and Bethanie Mattek Sands, who are lower back to Grand Slam doubles winning techniques. The champions of each the Australian and the French Opens in 2015, have now added a third title. or not it's chiefly captivating for Safarova, who'd been hospitalised with a bacterial infection in late 2015. 

The title in the US comes just a couple of weeks after she and Czech compatriot Barbora Strycova took bronze in Rio. team Bucie now just want subsequent year's Wimbledon crown to compete the Quartet.

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