3 Key Reasons Why Radwanska Won The 2011 Mercury Insurance Open, Beat Zvonareva

by Head Coach

radwanska wins mercury incsurance open over zvonereva 3 Key Reasons Why Radwanska Won The 2011 Mercury Insurance Open, Beat ZvonarevaIs power that important in winning a tennis match? Yes. But is it the be all, end all? Absolutely not.

Despite what many tennis players think, you don’t have to pound every single ball that comes your way to emerge victorious.

But don’t take my word for it.  Check out Radwanska’s results in the 2011 Mercury Insurance Open title this past weekend, August 7th.

What happened? Well, though the odds were against her (…both due an inferior ranking and a painfully annoying shoulder injury), she won! That’s right, she beat Zvonareva, the top seeded player in the tournament and current world #3.

And how’d she do it? …By attempting to overpower her opponent by blowing the ball by Zvonareva with bone-crushing pace?

Nope. She played smart.

3 Tennis Strategies Radwanska Used To Win the Mercury Insurance Open:

1. Served A High Percentage: When you serve well, you play well.  It’s that simple.  Radwanska amazingly only faced two break points throughout the entire match. And she never lost her serve either.

“I was very surprised about that,” Radwanska said. “I was really pleased with my serve today so that was pretty impressive. It was a very good match. Everything was working.”

Oh yeah, when your serve is snapping and crackling, your confidence as well as the rest of your game begins popping.  And that was the case in the Mercury Insurance Open Final.

2. Made Vera Create For Herself: Usually, we’re taught to use our opponent’s power to help generate pace and properly execute our shots.

It allows us to produce deep (…penetrating balls) and conserve energy at the same time. We also love pace because it becomes much easier to establish a rhythm out there on the court.

But she took this away from Vera.  She made her create almost all of her pace and velocity on her own. Not only did it cause her to expel more energy, Zvonareva saw softer and (…slower) shots coming toward her and got hungry,
a little too hungry.

She began to get a little too anxious and wound up hitting a lot of balls long. When asked why she seemed slow and a little off out there, she gave this response.

“I was a little bit tired,” Zvonareva said, “maybe I wasn’t doing something right. Every time I tried to stay aggressive, I made a mistake and I over hit.”

So, she got baited. And she couldn’t handle it.

3. Won The Game Of Errors: The game of tennis is much more a game of errors than it is one about winners.

Being clean and executing without going overboard will usually give you a more promising result than trying to go for broke, trying to ace your opponent on every serve and smash repeated forehands up the line with all your might for example.

It showed why in the title match. And it was no secret,  her opponent definitely noticed what was going on and attributed her loss to her opponent’s  lack of lapses.

“She played a good, clean match,” Zvonareva said. “She played the way she usually plays; she just didn’t make many unforced errors.”

Radwanska Had Less Winners, Yet Won The Match:

Zvonareva, 26,  was frequently sent chasing down Radwanska’s solidly-placed forehand shots.  Zvonareva had more winners than Radwanska — 25-17. True.

But… She also had a lot more in the unforced error department, 28 to only 15 by Radwanska. That’s a difference of 13, and that just won’t cut it. And it didn’t.

Why? Because you have to really be “ON”, while practically playing a perfect game to make that work for you.  Everything has to be perfect – your spin, positioning, aggression, recovery – everything!

And hey, it’s commonly known that once you increase the pace of your shots, so does the likelihood of you making a mistake.

I mean, when you’re in the zone and you’ve got that invincibility thing going (…something that happens once every green moon), sure I’m not opposed to giving it a try.  But as a ritual, not so much. That’s a pretty thin rope to consistently walk on.

All in all, it was a good tight match.  But Radwanska just played a smarter game in the end, edging out her opponent with the straight set win, 6-3 6-4.

Have a great day, and an even better game.

For tips on tennis strategy and Radwanska, visit this page.

Brian
TennisMindCamp

P.S. The US Open is almost here.  I can’t wait! For more kick-butt tennis tips, tricks, and strategies, visit this page.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Tyler

Yeah power is overratted. Control and strategy is everything. If you are 50% gamewise and 90% headwise you will win. But if 90% gamewise and 50% headwise you will lose.

-Brad Gilbert

joseph

It sounds like Radwanska is normally a “lighter ” hitter she merely played her game I’m not sure if you would call this win”smarter” after all she always plays that way .Don’t you think if Zvonaareva would have lightened up the results would have been different ?
Joseph

WILLIAM JAUME

THANKS, I KEEP TRYING TO GET THE HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS TO UNDERSTAND CONSISTENCY, PLACEMENT, STRATEGY, AND FLEXIBILITY BUT, THEY WANT TO HIT THE BALL HARD AND IF THAT DOESN’T WORK WELL I’LL TRY HARDER THEN FRUSTRATION BECAUSE THEY ARE SPRAYING AND MISSING THEIR SHOTS.

COULD YOU COMBINE THESE ITEMS AND PUT SOMETHING OUT THERE FOR THEM TO READ

THANKS
COACH BILL

Head Coach

@Tyler: Great quote buddy. You couldn’t be more right!

@Joseph: You’re right on the money about her style of play. I was just coming from the perspective that she didn’t try to match muscle with muscle when that’s NOT what she normally does (…which many of us do sometimes :p). She played “HER” game and didn’t get sucked into the style Vera’s most comfortable with. You never want to play your B GAME against your opponent’s A GAME. Maybe should have been a little more clear on that one.

@William: Oh, I can totally relate hehe. That will seemingly be the motto of young (…and many old) players until the end of time. But yes, you’re right Will. Strategy and tactics are definitely the key to winning. I’ll try to combine some stuff for your players. I think a good place to start though is by reading some of the other posts I’ve “upped” in the past: This is a good one I think: http://tennismindcamp.com/blog/roddick-strategically-rocks-berdych/

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