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Simona was rusty as well and the ridiculously slow courts didn’t really help her. But overall, a good first match from her.
 

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  • The improvement of the slow-starting Simona compared to the old times was that she could finish the match in 2. (She obviously geared up whenever she was down.)
  • I think Jasmine can become a quite good player once she finds a way to calm down on the court.
 

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As with many WTA matches, this was a match of momentum swings. Princess Jasmine was up a break in the 2nd and cruising when out of nowhere Halepeño reeled off 8 straight points and the match was effectively over.
 

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Simona winning her opening match in two sets 😮 :eek:
 

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Very rare that Halep was both the tallest and slowest player on the court.
The very speedy Paolini was getting to a number of Halep winners and hitting the ball back effectively, and Halep looked angry that her winners were coming back.
Paolini's problem was too many errors, but she was playing against Halep.
 

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There seems to be a tendency in Paulie- play well but can't finish.
Those DFs to break her own serve were so frustrating and detrimental to her confidence. She should at least take a set but didn't do justice for herself.
Yea Halep was rusty, but in the latter part of the 2nd set I saw she decided to finish the match, and I knew it was over for Paulie.:confused:
Simona, best luck for the tournament.:)
 

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Foot speed. Possibly the fastest player on the tour at the present time.
According to the objective measurements, at the sustained/repeated top running speed Simona is the fastest. (And for several years by now, especially on clay.)
(Of course, only the effective runs are counted, which were finished with a good shot. When a girl runs really fast, but ends up with an error (FE or UE) that doesn't count.)
 

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Lol, why are you complaining so much? Halep continues to be undefeated. Only the 1st round...
 
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According to the objective measurements, at the sustained/repeated top running speed Simona is the fastest.
And that's probably right even if I don't know if the statistical data contain also Jasmine related information. I think Paolini has an impressive frequency of moving her feet, possibly higher than Simona's (since she is only 1,60 m and she is still pretty fast in terms of speed resulting from a higher number of shorter steps in the same amount of time) and it's this moving rate making her look incredibly fast.
 

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Lol, why are you complaining so much? Halep continues to be undefeated. Only the 1st round...
This was round 2, number 1 seed here got a bye.

So now how many wins in a row is this for Halep?

Apparently it's 10, as she is currently at 16 wins and 2 losses so far in 2020 (she was 6 and 2 before Covid). Hard to believe the last time she lost a match in singles was back in January, AO semi against Muguruza. That still feels like yesterday yet somehow also like it happened 2 years ago.

Not the best match, but ultimately she did well, raising her game when she needed it and finishing in straights.
 

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This was round 2, number 1 seed here got a bye.

So now how many wins in a row is this for Halep?

Apparently it's 10, as she is currently at 16 wins and 2 losses so far in 2020 (she was 6 and 2 before Covid). Hard to believe the last time she lost a match in singles was back in January, AO semi against Muguruza. That still feels like yesterday yet somehow also like it happened 2 years ago.

Not the best match, but ultimately she did well, raising her game when she needed it and finishing in straights.
She was 10-2. She won Dubai before COVID
 

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And that's probably right even if I don't know if the statistical data contain also Jasmine related information. I think Paolini has an impressive frequency of moving her feet, possibly higher than Simona's (since she is only 1,60 m and she is still pretty fast in terms of speed resulting from a higher number of shorter steps in the same amount of time) and it's this moving rate making her look incredibly fast.
1st, THERE IS NO DIRECT RELATION between the body height and the running speed. This (generally accepted) assumption is FULLY WRONG. Both, theoretical calculations and measurements proves, that if we randomly pick up persons from the wider population having different height, for instance 30-30 persons in the following height groups: 150 cm, 155 cm, 160 cm, 165 cm, 170 cm, 175 cm, 180 cm, and 185 cm, then in each height group the average maximum running speed is going to be the same (with statistical error only).
There is, however, an INDIRECT RELATION between the body height and the running speed, because the average height of the females is around 165 cm, and therefore this height group is the most populated! On the other hand, the number of girls taller than 180 cm is about 50 times smaller! This means that if we are searching for the most athletic girls in the whole country, they are most probably will have roughly the average height! SIMILARLY, if we are searching for the prettiest, or the smartest girl, she's also most probably going to have average height. When I collected the speed data of the tennis players, it turned out that the fastest tennis player girls are having around 168 cm height (just a little over the average height), like Simona Halep (168 cm) or Camila Giorgi (168 cm). Jasmine Paolini (160 cm) is a little shorter, similarly to the Italian girls in general. The Japanese and the South-American girls are also shorter than the world wide average, while the Czech girls are taller, and this means there are more tall girls to select from good tennis player candidates. So, simply because the average height girls are available in the largest number, whenever a given skill is not directly dependent on height, the best girl is expected to have average height. But whenever the height is beneficial, for instance at producing the fastest serves or groundstrokes, the best girl is going to be taller (obviously).

2nd, if a player doesn't have to give the ball properly back, MUCH faster running is possible! For the best female athletes at 30 m running distance usually 28-33 km/h speed is the maximum (without carrying a racket), but if they have to carry the racket and hit the ball properly back, the maximum useful speed is around only 18-22 km/h. Simona's maximum is around 24 km/h, but only on HC. On clay much slower speed can be attained (with proper hitting back), because of the "cow on ice" effect. On grass the maximum running speed is even smaller.
Quite interestingly there is a HUGE difference between males and females at this sprint performance. For instance, Novak Djokovic can attain 36 km/h sprint speed, which is 1.5 times faster than the fastest female speed! Of course we know that the males are faster at running, but as the distance increases, the difference decreases, and it is usually around only 10-15%. So, there is something extra, that makes possible for the males to run 50% faster at the shortest distances (10-20 m), and this extra is still not well understood (scientifically).

In short: it is easy to run faster, if you are risking many Unforced Errors. If you want to limit the number of errors to an acceptable range, the muximum affordable speed will be smaller. For a given player the maximum speed is limited also by the carried extra weight (Taylor Townsend, Sloane Stephens, Serena Williams, etc.).
 

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The battle between the 2 fastest players today
 

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1st, THERE IS NO DIRECT RELATION between the body height and the running speed. This (generally accepted) assumption is FULLY WRONG.
I won't argue with that. My point was different, though. There is an obvious correlation between the height and the step length when walking/running (basically, a simple proportionality if we assume the bodies are equally proportioned irrespective of their height). Therefore, in order to cover the same distance in the same amount of time, the shorter person has to perform more steps than the taller person. Consequently, the legs of a shorter person running at a the same linear speed with a taller person will seem more "speedy" in terms of frequency. I claimed that it's this higher frequency for the shorter person the element which might trigger the subjective impression of a greater linear speed (which is merely an illusion, of course).
The other considerations are interesting, too.
 
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