When Ash Barty retired in March, the conversation was about how a very young person could leave tennis. For the Women’s Tennis Association champion, however, 25 is older.
Since Serena Williams’ last Grand Slam crown at the Australian Open in 2017, 15 out of 19 Slam winners have been 25 years of age or younger, and 11 were under 23 women. until the end of this month.
However, most of the team failed to put themselves at the top of the game: Jelena Ostapenko, Bianca Andreescu, Sofia Kenin and, in particular, Garbiñe Muguruza and Naomi Osaka are still threats, but they have all gone up and down levels for a reason. of wounds and other struggles.
That opens the door to 10 Best for the next generation. But to reach the peak of the game, these players have to address their weaknesses. However, as American player Coco Gauff said, “It’s hard to work on new things when you train during the tournament because you don’t want to start something new before the match.”
Marta Kostyuk and Amanda Anisimova said they skipped the race, scoring standards, to get practice time. “I have a good balance,” Anisimova said. “My game is a work in progress, and not a quick process.”
Pam Shriver, an ESPN analyst and former professional player, said that at the end of the summer season, players out of the WTA Finals of the year-end Finals would be better served by taking more vacations. “Everyone has to do a lot of evaluation after the US Open sees if they want to fix a few things,” he said.
They should learn to emulate Barty’s great game, said Martina Navratilova, a Tennis Channel analyst and many Grand Slam winner. “She had a variety of her photos with Plan B or Plan C in each match,” Navratilova said. “You must be able to hurt people in more than one way.”
Fortunately, said Rennae Stubbs, an ESPN analyst and former paid player, young competitors allow time to grow: “Yes, there are things they can improve, but the older players changed the way they played when they were bigger and stronger.”
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Last year, Raducanu, 19, who is ranked 12th, stunned the game by winning the United States Open. But an instant star could cause trouble, Navratilova said.
“She’s increasingly being thrown into the world outside of tennis,” Navratilova said of the nuisances as social media. “And agents often try to make money when a player is on fire.”
Shriver, who reached the US Open final at the age of 16, can relate. “It changed my whole world,” he said. “It takes time to get your new identity and responsibilities.”
Gauff, 18, and 18th, works on his feet and stays calm under pressure, “making sure I take my time between points,” he said.
Her elders prefer to focus on her front arm. “It’s been great, but it’s still a shot coming out,” Navratilova said.
Stubbs blamed Gauff’s extreme grip on the forehead, triggered by a long swing and a steady pace of racket head.
For a Gauff level athlete, when you can offer a solution, Shriver said. “While you’re still growing in your body, it’s not always easy to have the same contact point in a shot,” he said, “so some of this will change when Coco lands in his shape.”
His top priority, Shriver said, should be to build resilience and strength: “He needs a solid foundation to withstand the potential of top players but also week after week play.”
As the left-back, Fernandez, 19, and 17th, must also use his forearm to get the players off the field for their back, Shriver said, and get more free points for his services, Stubbs he added. “His service flow can get more water,” Stubbs said. “It’s a little confusing.”
Anisimova, 20, and 33rd, has the potential to become a champion, Navratilova said, but he must move forward and take the ball early. “He shoots a great shot into the corner, but he is still six feet behind the base,” Navratilova said. “He needs to intervene and take advantage.”
Shriver said players like Maria Sharapova improved speed and agility through practice. Anisimova is on the board: “I focus more on my movement and become a better athlete, and I think it has improved a lot in the last few months.”
For Vondrousova, 22, and 35th place, it is about mental growth beyond specific shots. “He’s very talented and he has a lot of photography, but sometimes he’s mentally active,” Stubbs said.
His lack of fire can only be a natural reservoir, Shriver said, but in order to prove his skepticism is not right, Vondrousova must show the killer’s instincts in public rallies: “He has a good left hand, but he needs to make it a terrible weapon.”
“He has the world at his feet, but he needs to raise his level of fitness there,” said Stubbs, who is hoping for great things like Tauson, 19, when he gets better on the tour: “If he can get fast, he can’t. great. “
Shriver said Tauson, who is ranked 43rd, was able to change the game but sometimes lacked the strength: “Maybe he is shy, but sometimes he feels like he is not fully involved. I would like to see some enthusiasm in court. ”
While his father is still in Ukraine, the Kyiv native has the biggest issues in his mind. “Most importantly, he is getting help to deal with this trauma, because it will be in his lifetime,” Shriver said, adding that Kostyuk, 19, must be patient with his current tennis game.
Kostyuk, who is ranked 58th, said that in addition to working on his shooting selection during rallies, he was more focused on “staying current.”
However, even without fear in his country, that is not easy to put into practice. “It’s a big part of it,” Kostyuk said, “but these are imaginary ideas, so it’s not like just working on your lower arm.”