There was ZERO counterpunching in Yastremska's game.Dayana was just in beast mode. I actually think she plays even better as a counterpuncher - when she has more time to think and set up her shot she tends to be more error-prone, but when in form like today she's one of the better 'reflexive' players. Returning any ball you give her with an extra dollop of pace, and huge unexpected angles.
Not much more Sabalenka could have done except tone down the DFs that have plagued her matches the past few weeks. Although to be fair, today she has an excuse, it felt like Yastremska was hitting ROS winners off anything that wasn't an ace. <img src="https://www.tennisforum.com/images/smilies/laugh.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Laugh Out Loud" class="inlineimg" />
Yes, there was. Just with a lot more power and aggression than one would normally see from a counterpuncher. She specifically takes the ball early and uses the pace of her opponent to redirect the ball elsewhere and create sharp angles (and like a lot of counterpunchers does this off the serve a lot as well).There was ZERO counterpunching in Yastremska's game.