Jo Konta yesterday won her second title of the season when she defeated Caroline Wozniacki in Miami. This was Konta’s first ‘WTA Premier Mandatory’ level title (the highest level under the grand slams). A lot has been discussed in the media about the level of mental and emotional improvement Konta has reached in the past 18 months, (also by us The Mental Rise of Konta), but she has also improved her physical game a huge amount as well. One of these physical aspects is her relentless high baseline court position.
Indian Wells the first Masters 1000 of the season in the Californian desert paradise of Palm Springs, is well under way and we witnessed a major upset last weekend, with world number 1, Andy Murray going down to Canada’s Vasek Pospisil. This was Murray’s second consecutive loss to a player executing a game plan that has been somewhat scarce over the past decade or more…net rushing from serve and return! Is this strategy coming back into the game?
The biggest match in history went the distance and Federer finally beat his nemesis in a grand slam match after almost 10 years. I discussed yesterday what Rafa would do to Roger, use his leftie spin and attack the backhand wing of Roger. And what Roger would have to do to cope with it, attack the net and not allow Rafa any rhythm to attack the backhand.(http://betatennis.com/roger-federer-rafa-nadal-and-the-leftie-strategy/) Roger didn’t really do what I thought he needed to do, however he wrecked Rafa’s rhythm by playing very aggressive from the back of the court, namely off of his backhand
Tomorrow in Melbourne we have arguably the biggest tennis match of all time, Roger Federer versus Rafael Nadal. The Roger/Rafa grand slam final rivalry has been on hold since the French open in 2011 and I would say most fans thought that we would never see it again. How will the tactical battle in this match play out? What will Rafa do to Roger and how will Roger cope with this?
What an amazing Aussie Open we have had in 2017. Its almost as if we have gone back in time eight years, which in fact was the last time the Williams sisters competed against each other in a grand slam singles final (Wimbledon 2009). The Roger/Rafa rivalry was in full swing back then also and these two were competing in almost every final on the tour. Back to 2017 and we will 0nce again have the privilege to watch two of the games classic rivalries. More of Roger and Rafa tomorrow, but first how is the women’s final going to be decided and which Williams will come out with the trophy?
Hello from Melbourne! The Aussie Open for 2017 is well under way and the doubles event has started. How do these top players look to gain the advantage at the start of each point….?
What do Jamie and Bruno, the Bryan Brothers and many other doubles specialist do to be at the top of the game?
Andy Murray became the first British number 1 in singles in ATP history today and also the oldest first time number 1 since John Newcombe in 1974. What a year it has been for Murray; Wimbledon Champion, Olympic gold medallist and now the best player in the world. So how did he do it?
The first half of the Autumn term for 2016 has passed and our BETA players have been busy working hard on the practice court and competing in tournaments around the county and region. Catch up with all the news below.
Earlier today Andy Murray claimed his 40th career title with victory in the China Open over Grigor Dimitrov. In Beijing, this year and over his career he has showed time and time again how hard it is to beat someone that can get to ball after ball and then send them back with interest. Murray constantly exhibits the 4 X-factors of tennis movement