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Analysis of Simona Halep's dramatic physical transformation that allowed her to win two Grand Slams and become number one.
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When Halep was a teenager she made a dramatic decision to change her body to increase her movement on the tennis court.
Simona made the decision knowing it would lead to a lot of criticism, especially from male fans, including me.
With great courage, Simona initiated the change which would lead her to win two Grand Slams and become number one.
The change allowed her to accelerate more quickly and increase her speed across the court.
The change, of course, was the switch from the ponytail hairdo to the bun or topknot hairdo.
This change greatly reduced the aerodynamic drag of the ponytail hairdo and allowed her to fly like the wind across the tennis court.
Simona's acceleration increased because the ponytail would no longer be moving in the opposite direction she wanted to move.

Thankfully in Simona's tennis photo shoots,she goes back to the ponytail.
 

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Re: Analysis of Halep's physical change that produced 2 GSs and No. 1 ranking

:haha: I didn't expect this thread direction.
 

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Analysis of Simona Halep's dramatic physical transformation that allowed her to win two Grand Slams and become number one.
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When Halep was a teenager she made a dramatic decision to change her body to increase her movement on the tennis court.
Simona made the decision knowing it would lead to a lot of criticism, especially from male fans, including me.
With great courage, Simona initiated the change which would lead her to win two Grand Slams and become number one.
The change allowed her to accelerate more quickly and increase her speed across the court.
The change, of course, was the switch from the ponytail hairdo to the bun or topknot hairdo.
This change greatly reduced the aerodynamic drag of the ponytail hairdo and allowed her to fly like the wind across the tennis court.
Simona's acceleration increased because the ponytail would no longer be moving in the opposite direction she wanted to move.

Thankfully in Simona's tennis photo shoots,she goes back to the ponytail.
Her breast reduction surgery was a dramatic change, yes, and it took some time for Simona to get the right feeling, timing and strength back with her new body. But since 2013 I cannot see any "dramatic" physical transformation, only a SLOW EVOLUTION into the direction of increasing her strength and hitting power. And because her body is continuously around the optimum in respect of her height (168 cm, 60-62 kg) her timing and accuracy could become top-notch excellent.

All the other girls with their randomly increasing/decreasing body weight INEVITABLY lose their best accuracy. :secret:
But being a "perfect athlete" is NOT enough to win big titles (just see Camila Giorgi). Even amazing shot-making skills are not enough (see again Camila). To break into the Top 30, the girls have to understand that their tennis CANNOT BE INDEPENDENT FROM THEIR OPPONENTS. They MUST watch carefully what their opponent are doing on the court, and playing accordingly (with a meaningful strategy).
 

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That was the key to the match, Simona with bun, Serena no bun, right under our nose. We should have seen it coming the second they showed up on court.

But seriously, yesterday on court she showed probably more than in any other match why she is truly the Speedy Gonzalez of the women's game. To call her quick and just about everywhere on that court at all times yesterday during the final would not do her display of athleticism justice.
 

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That was the key to the match, Simona with bun, Serena no bun, right under our nose. We should have seen it coming the second they showed up on court.
A desperate fan shouted during the match "Serena bring on the business bun". But Serena might not have heard him, or she might have been afraid of being accused of illegal hair coaching from the stands. So she did not change hair tactics, and was unable to turn the match around :angel:
 

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a desperate fan shouted during the match "serena bring on the business bun". But serena might not have heard him, or she might have been afraid of being accused of illegal hair coaching from the stands. So she did not change hair tactics, and was unable to turn the match around :angel:
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It is kind of odd that hardly anyone refers to the breast reduction surgery. Amazed the trashy Brit tabloids haven’t splashed it around.... yet! I’ve only seen photos but she did look kind of unbalanced, whereas physically, Halep has a superb athletic physique for someone 5’ 5”. Her low centre of gravity means she moves extremely well on clay - and clearly on grass too.
Buns are definitely in. Sakkari is the queen of the tight bun, but obviously Serena’s inability to put her hair into the ‘business bun’ made all the difference against buntastic Halep.
 

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It is kind of odd that hardly anyone refers to the breast reduction surgery. Amazed the trashy Brit tabloids haven’t splashed it around.... yet! I’ve only seen photos but she did look kind of unbalanced, whereas physically, Halep has a superb athletic physique for someone 5’ 5”. Her low centre of gravity means she moves extremely well on clay - and clearly on grass too.
Buns are definitely in. Sakkari is the queen of the tight bun, but obviously Serena’s inability to put her hair into the ‘business bun’ made all the difference against buntastic Halep.
Actually, it was reported by the hair correspondents in London that during the weeks before Wimbledon Sakkari was rumoured to have acted as an unofficial bun consultant to Halep. Was this the secret to Halep's success this year?

On the subject of Brit tabloids... well... https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/less-is-more-for-tennis-champion-simona-halep-gz2lcx3sv
 

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In 2011 on centre court at Wimbledon Halep with the ponytail hairdo lost in three sets to Serena Williams.
In 2019 on centre court, Halep with the much more advanced aerodynamic bun hairdo won. The bun won on the run.
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A 1:25 highlight of the 2011 match is on wimbledon twitter on july 13.
 

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It's an ever-evolving arms race.

One bun good, two buns better?

It may take Sakkari some time to adapt to the technological advance, but there is a clear advantage to a skillfully deployed double bun formation, using them as auxiliary balance organs.

It's not easy to get them perfectly symmetrical, however, and any deviation could get very messy.
 

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The buns have not helped Ajla Tomljanovic. Maybe her buns are canceling each other out.
 

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A desperate fan shouted during the match "Serena bring on the business bun". But Serena might not have heard him, or she might have been afraid of being accused of illegal hair coaching from the stands. So she did not change hair tactics, and was unable to turn the match around :angel:
:spit: :rolls:
 
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