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Really good move in my book. I don't think clay is Katie's best surface, but I'd expect her to get in at least a dozen singles matches against Juniors over the course of 4 tournaments.

It also looks like a proper campaign with the aim of winning Roland Garros and/or getting to Wimbledon Juniors as No1 seed. (The top 4 ranking Juniors seem to be playing all women's matches, so Katie is only about 140 points short of being the highest ranked active Junior.)

As she's restricted to a maximum of 16 women's matches before her 18th birthday, she's better off waiting for the surfaces she prefers. Though a dozen or more matches on clay will do her a load of good.

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Yep, appears a good plan :)

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paulisi wrote:

Fair enough - I'm sure the plan is to try and protect the junior ranking and pick up the junior exempts again at the end of the season. I suspect she will play Roehampton and junior and senior Wimbledon as well before going over to play warm up events before US open and probably the orange bowl. The rest of the time will be filled in played on the main circuit.


 Roehampton is usually played during the 1st week of Wimby, so just junior and senior Wimby for me.



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philwrig wrote:

I'll go for an alternative interpretation. Knowing the importance of playing matches and training on clay for a junior, it's quite possible that instead of playing a couple of senior tournaments on clay where her inexperience on the surface may lead to a couple of 1st round losses, play at this level where she can guarantee winning matches/ get experience on this surface and get ideal prep for RG juniors. I don't get the impression that her priorities are juniors anymore except for the grand slams. I'll be surprised if she continues to play juniors after the US open.


Yes, I tend to think it's more just a pragmatic choice in her development, bearing in mind also what wimdledont says about the limitation as to how many senior tournaments Katie yet play. All in all there seems quite a lot of sense in playing clay events as a junior, no doubt getting in more clay experience and saving up other later events as a senior. 

I doubt that leading factors have been concern about her junior ranking ( more actually save her better surfaces to help her senior ranking ) or the possible junior exempts that come with certain rankings although of course she'll no doubt do her best in the junior tournaments that she plays and take what comes with any successes.



-- Edited by indiana on Wednesday 27th of April 2016 10:58:58 PM

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Ms Swan also has to bear in mind that she has to get to WR 275 to make my prediction come true, so I assume that her tournament selection will be made with this as a primary objective.

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christ wrote:

Ms Swan also has to bear in mind that she has to get to WR 275 to make my prediction come true, so I assume that her tournament selection will be made with this as a primary objective.


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Katie tweeted that she has been struggling with back spasms recently.

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Has there been any news of Katie, I've not seen her entered in anything for a while.

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She's doing very well in the Mexico 25k right now.

 

Link: http://britishtennis.activeboard.com/t63436518/week-15-itf-25k-irapuato-mexico-hard/



-- Edited by Etienne on Saturday 15th of April 2017 11:48:40 AM

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She also won two 15k's in Eqypt in March, before losing in qualies in Miami

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ah thanks, not sure why I've not seen her activity.

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Was she a better player 18 months ago? Speaking as she just got dumped out of Wimby juniors.

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skibbarriz wrote:

Was she a better player 18 months ago? Speaking as she just got dumped out of Wimby juniors.


Good question.

Having seen her both then and now, I'm not really sure (which isn't very helpful!).

But she certainly hasn't made the steep progress that one would have hoped/expected.

My feeling seeing her this month was that there were some very good shots but that it didn't really add up to a good game, it was all a bit higgledly-piggledly and no one seems to have given her a match plan.

I know injury has been a factor but I don't feel that's the only thing.....



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Katie Swan on Twitter yesterday evening

Signing out of social media for a while, got some things to focus on

I suspect there are issues here, as I saw she asked for another account to be suspended (abuse).

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Towards the end of an article on Andy's hip problems, news that Katie has signed up with his sports management agency...

www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/03/andy-murray-must-make-up-his-mind-whether-to-stick-or-twist

...the first tennis player on their books?

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