All that said, in the aggregate, a one-handed backhand is a bit of a liability on the return. What has struck me in his last two matches is that, unlike virtually every other top player, he never runs around it. In my detailed stats tables, I added a chart last night showing shot types —how many each player hit, grouped into various categories. Against David Ferrer , Gasquet hit backhands excluding slices to forehands, a ratio of 1. Ferrer hit to , a 0. Ferrer is more typical. Marcos Baghdatis vs Kevin Anderson: Lleyton Hewitt vs Brian Baker? Tomas Berdych , 0.
It was also considered fair game for Caroline Wozniacki … who lost in the third round.
Then it was the domain of rising star Simona Halep … another Pennetta victim. Ranked 83rd—and ranked outside of the top only six weeks ago—it took a late injury withdrawal to get her into the main draw. Now, she is only the 10th woman in the Open era to reach a Grand Slam semifinal while ranked outside of the top Fernandez did it while ranked outside the top 80, making her the proto-Flavia.
Turnbull is the only first-time semifinalist to have done so while older than Pennetta is now, by a couple of months. She accomplished that feat at the US Open. Finally, we may marvel at the fact that Pennetta, once a top-ten player, did not reach a semifinal until this, her 41st slam. Also near the top of the all-time leaderboard, but not a record. Francesca Schiavone had played 41 slams before reaching her first semi in the French Open a few years ago. Tauziat makes another appearance here; she needed 44 tries before winning five straight matches.
The most dogged of all WTA players must be Elena Likhotseva, who played 56 career Slams, not making it to the semifinal in her 46th try. But a couple of these cases—Schiavone with her two deep French open runs, and Turnbull with her pair of late-career semifinals—suggest that this could be more than a one-off for the Italian. Rafael Nadal has yet to lose serve at the US Open, and has a string of 82 consecutive service holds going back to Cincinnati.
I plan to have more on this before his semifinal match.
And if you somehow missed it the last five times I linked to it, here are my detailed stats from that match. When the current generation retires, however, we might have an endangered species on our hands. About 1 in 5 players 62 of the top at the ATP and Challenger level use a one-handed backhand.
To focus more narrowly: One-handed backhands are slightly more popular among righties than lefties. Among the top , there are 28 lefties, six of whom That compares to When we split the top into quartiles by age, a distinct preference appears. Of the second-youngest quartile—those born between the beginning of and July , there are only 10 one-handers, or The youngest quartile is bleakest, with only seven one-handers among the 75 players.
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The only non-European is the American Daniel Kosakowski. To summarize more concisely if a bit less dramatically, the average age of those with one-handed backhands in the top is 28 years, 63 days, while the average age of two-handers is 26 years, days. Given the number of second tier players clustered in the lates range, that is a bigger difference than it might sound.
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Last year there were matches at the ATP level between two players with one-handed backhands. Does that mean that a player who uses continental can never be successful? Sometimes players may use a grip for a certain shot that is really not well suited for the shot and still be successful.
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However, this is rare, they are the exception to the rule. So, knowing your grips and which is best suited for a particular shot is a key to your tennis success. Hi Terry, Yes you can come for private lessons or bring a group. There are many nice hotels in the area I can email those to you.
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