BUT her 1st service rate dropped dratically in the 2nd didn't it? (? because i haven't seen the stats yet)
and her 2nd got punished a lot. You can't call it "just one ball in the rally" if it doesn't go in?
Liked a different perspective though
Yes it dropped, that's not in dispute, more reason to not let your ground game drop on your serve as well?
Not being a tennis-player myself - I sometimes find it hard to judge whether one players bad play is due to better play from the opponent - or simply bad play. That being said: i felt that Caro did "stuff" today rather jan just fall back ind the safe place.
Maybe this is due to my lacking in practical tennis skills, dunno?
It swings back and fourth... one or either player controlling the play, and players using neutralising shots to get the play back to square one in the rally. Yes there were some very good positives from Caro today, but apart from executing a drop shot brilliantly, nothing that we have not seen before. When/if you re watch the match, make a note of who is placing the ball to put the other player off their stride, making the other player have to make shots on the run etc. Then notice when a player is hitting short high bouncing balls to the opponents standing position, giving them all the time in the world to push you around. You will soon start to see when a player is being out played, or is playing poor choice shots. Also note when Caro hits shots that bring a rally back to neutral, and if she does anything with the new opportunity.
Caro playing well would be making it as hard as possible for Maria to do her thing (cutting her options and angles and not presenting her the ball at optimum hitting pace and height without Maria even having to move her feet), and constructing the play to move Maria out of reach of Caro's shots.
Caroline, at least, agrees with you in todays article in EB (Headline):
Caroline: My serve failed me.
Caroline felt she could have won the match, had she held usual standard in her own service games
Judging from the article she's not totally
crushed by the loss and feels she's improving.
If Caroline thinks it was just down to her serve she is being less than honest.
1) When was the last time Caro won a service game with all aces and or unreturned serves?
She must have at least once in her career but I can't remember it.
2) How many points did Maria win on Caros serve with return winners?
3) How many of the lost service games had extended rallies?
IIRC most of them.
Her ground game was a lot more passive in her service games in general... She seemed focused when trying to break, and let her level slip in her service games. Same thing happened against JJ. I'd call that a lack of focus after key games. It was an intense match... Not one you could afford to relax in, and not against a capable player that can hurt your mistakes.
Re PT's quote to me 'whatever'... please get the full context, which was suggesting that the serve stroke was entirely to blame for being broken, which is just not the case, and not really a statement you can make if you have not watched the match but instead followed it on the scoreboard (it doesn't even show if a rally occurred or not). The service stroke is just one part of a point.
What do I know... I'm no expert just a 30 plus year fan, so i will yield to the experts to clarify the point.