All Tennis, All the Time
Watching the Clara Tauson v Paula Badosa match. Nice match between the 2 in the semis, Clara up and about to finish in the 2nd. lst time seeing the 18 year old Tauson from Denmark. Currently ranked 117th (a career high), but will be top 100 "soon". She's the real deal and will be a "major" addition to this Tour.....
Or? Why or? There's a bias against so-called power players. Power players can be strategists too and simply because you're weak doesn't mean you're a strategist. Explain yourself.
My apologies for not getting back to you, Ace, long day yesterday.
Re Clara, as you can see, per Grosse's videos, she's a combo of power and strategy. She knows how to construct a point, comes forward when apt, uses the dropper strategically, and can nail you from either side from the baseline. Not wild like Sabalenka can be on many an occasion, or reckless like Ostapenko who appears to be not maturing as she ages, no matter the number of coaches she changes who are many. The power she has will be even greater once she hits her prime and will be a player to reckon with. Her movement is deceptive by her gait, but she can get to balls and returns well on the run. Her ceiling is unlimited, but giving her time to sort things out. Denmark has got a player to follow since Caroline retired. A player that will not be as controversial, but hopefully just as accomplished and even greater.
I woke to her winning the title today to capture the 250k in Lyon and she did win the event w/o dropping a set. Would have liked to see her playing a depleted Dubai 1k, but the back-to-back event prevented her playing the ME. Yet, I hope she gets a main draw wc to Miami, who historically has given wildcards to up-and-coming foreign players and neglected the locals. She warrants such, plus a look-see at Charleston. Someone to keep an eye on and another young talent in the women's game as teens to compliment Iga, Cori, Amanda and Kostyuk.
By her wining Lyon, Clara is now in the top-100 (live ranking has her at 96th.....congrats). Her next event is qualies at St. Pete', then it's a little vague, for Miami follows after the Russian event. I'm as yet thinking and believing that Miami will honor this talent with a wc, she deserves it.
Movement will likely be her 'achilles heel', though she moves well for a 6-footer. Surprised she's that tall. Thanks of course to Venus, tall girls are no longer awkward looking on court with slumped shoulders in an attempt to seem shorter, and can move just as well as shorter players. Not sure she can handle anymore height though. Lower extremities injuries come thick and fast for the taller players, it seems. The men start struggling around 6'4".