The Tennis thread


#7126

Choking usually means got nervous, strangled the racquet so couldn’t hit the ball. That’s not what happened. Barty was cruising to victory and wasn’t ready for the onslaught of winners that come from Anisimova. That’s the opposite of choking.

Barty doesn’t have the power of the other top players, so as she is counter hitting and slicing she always gives her opponent a look in. Keys also went through extended periods of the match where she was hitting clean winners past Ash, who at times couldn’t dismantle the power.

Barty was actually amazing how when Anisimova took control for long periods Ash would just keep counter hitting and never retreated into a defensive mindset. When she led 5-2 in the 3rd, 0-40 with 3 match points, there was no choke as Anisimova elevated her game with 1st serves and was clean off the ground.

Just because a player comes from behind doesn’t mean the frontrunner choked. Momentum changes for other reasons. Barty is as mentally tough as any player in the women’s draw, and often comes from a set down. Choking is a derogatory term that doesn’t describe Barty or her match last night.


#7127

I didn’t watch the whole match, but didn’t Barty have three consecutive unforced errors at this point?
Anisimova was mentally cooked by then. Close to tears, hadn’t hit a winner in a looong time.

Not saying that part was a choke, but I am definitely questioning that Anisimova elevated, let alone ‘to amazing levels.’
Turning point for mine was the rain nearly came, Anisimova wanted to stop and Barty was at the service line.


#7128

Hopefully Thiem goes on with it tonight but fear the delay favours Novak massively. Novak didn’t want to be out there last night and was very close to imploding and chucking it all in.


#7129

The drop shot that Anisimova played to save match point was unbelievable. Once she got 0-40 at 5-2 & 5-3 Anisimova loosened up and just hit out. Barty’s errors were caused by the power and clean hitting of her opponent.
I agree the difference was that Barty controlled her emotions where her opponent couldn’t.


#7130

Do you mean the drop shot she played after Barty’s drop shot from behind the baseline?


#7131

Yes - played a drop shot on the run to save a match point.


#7132

It was okay.
I don’t think it was as outstanding as the shot before was stupid.


#7133

What was brilliant about that drop shot is her momentum is carrying her forward yet she is able to apply wonderful touch and avoid elevating the shot too far above the net. Not many players could do that.
Barty made less unforced errors per game played in her semi than in the previous rounds. That would be due to the quality of Anisimova’s shot making ie she was hitting winners or forcing errors.


#7134

I think you’re giving Barty too much praise there. I admire her greatly myself because usually she does exactly what you say, but the match last night wasn’t like that.

Both women had periods when every shot they hit was a winner, but both also had periods when they made one unforced error after another. And she certainly did appear to choke a couple of times; eg in the second-last game of the match she had 3 match points and lost them all on unforced errors.

Ultimately her basic mental toughness got her through when she needed it. The turning point was when she was 3-0 down in the second, playing like a dog and with Anisimova hitting winner after winner; she finally pulled herself together and fought back into it, then powered through the set as Anisimova took her turn to collapse.

Ash Barty is a great player and I’m hoping she’ll win tonight. But last night she was up and down and she played tentatively and defensively at certain times. I’m hoping she’ll be at her consistent, aggressive best tonight.


#7135

#7136

Go Ash you little beauty.


#7137

There’s a small passage containing 4 words I desperately want to do something with but I’m battling with maturity as it is.

Could a mod tell me how many weeks I’d get, hypothetically


#7138

Men have em too, you know? :wink:

Gee, I hope Ash wins it. My clients are always banging on about Osaka & Nishikori, but they switch off once the Japanese players have been booted. The Ash story is a good one.


#7139

If she has a solid first serve percentage game then she should get it done.


#7140

You are right Shelton (as wimm also said) that Barty hit 3 unforced errors when Anisimova served at 2-5, 0-40 in the 3rd set. But there were quality serves and ground shots in each of those points as Anisimova lifted when she was down. Obviously Barty had a shocking patch from 5-0 to being down 6-7 0-3, but her effort to come back from that was exceptional.
Barty will never have the power of the taller women players, so she’ll have to keep finding other ways of winning, such as consistency and mental toughness.


#7141

So Barty will be number 2 in the world if she wins. Number 3 if she loses


#7142

I’m not a mod but I’d guess about 28 days.


#7143

Zing


#7144

Could be earlier. Could be later.


#7145

Could be padded out?