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This plan A plan B stuff with Jo.

Perform plan A well and dont be emotionally tight and tense. Best example of a plan A only player is Sharapova. What is Halep's plan B. Does Coco V have one. Pliskova. Jo lost her semi to Venus at Wimbledon because of her mind. Her plan B needs to be take a minute to compose herself, get her head straight, and get plan A working.

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Jo's given a 7 minute pre-tournament interview to WTA, in Tokyo; covering her year to date in retrospect, and particularly the effect of Wimbledon, and her new found home notoriety, on her generally:



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WTA Summary of the scenario for Singapore: http://www.wtatennis.com/news/garcia-vesnina-chasing-down-konta-final-singapore-spot



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Although we'd worked out the contenders it's good to get effective WTA confirmation that no one outside the final top 8 will be considered for "exceptional circumstances" or whatever the phraseology in their rules regarding in theory only the top 7 being guaranteed.

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Garcia doubles up in Wuhan & Beijing, to come from essentially nowhere to repeat the Kuznetsova trick from last year.
I'm not sure this déjà vu will be conducive to improving Johanna's game: it's happening... again!
Very bad luck, but it has been in her own remit to decide beyond the influence of others.
Will need a very good week in Moscow to stand any chance.

It's a sad long tail to a brilliant year, that is making it all too easy to forget the amazing successes along the way; which seems slightly cruel.

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I don't think you can say it is cruel, Jo has had a good year in patches , the race is over a year and as it stands Garcia is the more deserving player so well done to her on an incredible run.

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Thought you'd be happy, Jag

And, yes, you can't help but love the way that Caro has really stepped up and seems to relish the challenge of trying to qualify.

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Well, that was why I didn't, very patently didn't, say it was cruel.
What I said was, the way in which the lingering impression of the year will be one of decline , as that is what has come last, and most recently, and thus remained in the memory. That being the last impression, will be the overriding one; making it harder to put the great year into it's correct context - the highs obscured by the availability in memory of the lows. Hence, 'sad long tail' etc.
That is what is cruel; that most will see it as a failure because of the order in which the events occured, rather than, in the reverse scenario where it would be a noble effort, even if it came up short.

Garcia has grabbed hold of the Wozniacki/Radwanska mantle of previous years, and hiberntaed until everyone is knackered past the US Open, and then gone on an amazing rampage through the two big events in China. Someone seems to do it every year. It's not easy though, and congratulations to her. Changes nothing of what I said though.

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Jo has pulled out of Moscow (foot injury), and thus the Singapore issue is decided; she finishes 9th, again: http://www.wtatennis.com/news/konta-out-moscow-singapore-contention



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Jo and Wim have parted ways and Jo has confirmed an end to her season: mobile.twitter.com/i/web/status/920661366259646469

I wonder who the next appointment might be but hope whomever it is can take Jo's game forward. And I hope that foot heals too!



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Jo and Wim have parted ways and Jo has confirmed an end to her season: mobile.twitter.com/i/web/status/920661366259646469

I wonder who the next appointment might be but hope whomever it is can take Jo's game forward. And I hope that foot heals too!


Amen to that.

I see Fitzy is keeping his job though, which is good.
I'm surprised at the split, but I'm not going to second guess Johanna anymore. I was equally surprised (and concerned) at the end of last year after the split with Carril/Garcia, but look at everything Jo has managed to achieve this year - surprisingly she knows her own mind and career better than the infallible armchair pundits, such as I.

Here's to eagerly anticipating Johanna's 2018!



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I think we should all stop being so hard on Jo, and just be happy.

Women's tennis is a very bad place and the standard is very poor, when it comes to slams, it is basically a lottery. Jo may be able to sneak a slam, (I hope she does, she is a nice girl) but every chance she will not.

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Nah. It's in a really good place. Lots of competitive matches. Lots of players who can perform any given week. Lots of stories. New exciting players making their mark, or coming through; old favourites returning, or, just as interestingly, their form disappearing.
Hardly missed the absence of legends like Serena & Vika (and the other one).
Engagement is up, TV audiences and subscriptions are way up (attendance at events is still attrocious though).
All new rivalries emerging, with lots of countries with a player to follow, even at the larghest events.
And, it's exciting, high quality stuff. You'd only call it a lottery if you wanted to be mean, and wantede the same old predictable match ups that we'd had for the last dozen years. However, if strength in depth, and that meaning that all the favourites have to work every round, and that the outcome is rarely a foregone conclusion, is merely a 'lottery'; then, fine, I can take the label - in that case, I love a lottery!
I know you've mentioned in the past that you essentially never watch the WTA, so, you'll just have to take my word for it, as I watch loads.

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Nah. It's in a really good place. Lots of competitive matches. Lots of players who can perform any given week. Lots of stories. New exciting players making their mark, or coming through; old favourites returning, or, just as interestingly, their form disappearing.
Hardly missed the absence of legends like Serena & Vika (and the other one).
Engagement is up, TV audiences and subscriptions are way up (attendance at events is still attrocious though).
All new rivalries emerging, with lots of countries with a player to follow, even at the larghest events.
And, it's exciting, high quality stuff. You'd only call it a lottery if you wanted to be mean, and wantede the same old predictable match ups that we'd had for the last dozen years. However, if strength in depth, and that meaning that all the favourites have to work every round, and that the outcome is rarely a foregone conclusion, is merely a 'lottery'; then, fine, I can take the label - in that case, I love a lottery!
I know you've mentioned in the past that you essentially never watch the WTA, so, you'll just have to take my word for it, as I watch loads.


In 30 years time, everyone will know Roger and Rafa and even minor champs like Hewitt. 

However, even now, even hard core tennis fans, struggle to remember Safina, Ivanonic, Jankovic et al.  All these random female winners, are bad for the legacy of the game. 

 

 



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I can see some of the argument on both sides. But what's more important to tennis followers now, and particularly women's tennis followers, the product that they are seeing on a week to week basis and how they enjoy that or any concern re any current players leaving some legacy?

You could have one or two players generally smashing up fields and leaving a legacy, but would that be as interesting / enjoyable?



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