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Week 38 - WTA250 - Seoul, Korea Hard


Unable to watch this. What was the MTO for? She seems to be struggling to win many points since. Shame as she was doing very well here with a great chance of making the final.

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Tyoical Ostapenko match. Lots of big hitting - when she gets the ball in she can be unplayable. Emma is going to have to step it up in the third set and hope the errors come from her opponent.

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Emma retires

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What a shame. Not sure what the injury is this time. She had a real chance here and a good week somewhat spoilt today.
Not long left in the season now I wonder if this will be it for Emma for a while. She clearly needs to up the game on her overall fitness. Good to see some of her aggression coming back though.

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Left thigh was the injury - her movement got progressively worse. A real shame as she had her where she wanted her

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Commentator said it was left glute. Another injury as a result of needing more fitness training.

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Yeah the fitness issues are all resolveable with a proper good fitness and strength pre season block.

Good week nonetheless.

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SF: RADUCANU, Emma (GBR) (6) 77 lost to OSTAPENKO, Jelena (LAT) (1) 19 6-4 3-6 0-3 Ret.

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Didn't like Emma's performance even when she was winning. 2nd serve return was awful. Reluctant to attack even when given the opportunity. Ostapenko either won or lost the vast majority of points. Want to see Emma take control of more of the points against the big hitters. Of course they will dominate their own 1st serve points but she should do more the rest of the time.

Unfortunate injury when chasing Ostapenko's volley winner for 0-30 at *2-1 in the 2nd set.

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I thought the first set from Emma was excellent.
Emma serve was really good and gained a lot of cheap points and she made a lot less unforced errors than Jelena.

Jelena is a very aggressive player, so very difficult to get into long rallies in this type of match, but Emma's backhand cross was good today.

A fully fit Emma would have won that match.

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I do worry Emma is another feature of the very poor strength and conditioning set up that still exists at the NTC, especially on the womens side. Too many trainers have been through the doors there with gym PT style attitudes and backgrounds, programmes that aren't actually shaped for the unique demands of tennis and lead to strains and injuries. Some of the stuff you see videos of the girls doing in the gym there strike me as quite odd for a tennis programme, placing huge loads on hips and shoulders and elbows, especially in a short break between events mid-season. Sports are different from each other, and different from general gym training, and I don't think the LTA do enough to get that specialist approach right other than in a few solo cases (who then tend to get pinched to travel or spend most time with a particular player - isn't that effectively what JoKo did with Gill Myburgh, she ended up as Jos trainer rather than an LTA one?).

We've talked about this for years (remember when we had a run of girls all getting stress fractures I think it was in there) and it's interesting some of the male players have specifically raised it as an issue as a weakness in the set-up in recentish times. It was even mentioned during Laver Cup commentary.



-- Edited by PaulM on Saturday 24th of September 2022 09:16:00 AM

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PaulM wrote:

I do worry Emma is another feature of the very poor strength and conditioning set up that still exists at the NTC, especially on the womens side. Too many trainers have been through the doors there with gym PT style attitudes and backgrounds, programmes that aren't actually shaped for the unique demands of tennis and lead to strains and injuries. Some of the stuff you see videos of the girls doing in the gym there strike me as quite odd for a tennis programme, placing huge loads on hips and shoulders and elbows, especially in a short break between events mid-season. Sports are different from each other, and different from general gym training, and I don't think the LTA do enough to get that specialist approach right other than in a few solo cases (who then tend to get pinched to travel or spend most time with a particular player - isn't that effectively what JoKo did with Gill Myburgh, she ended up as Jos trainer rather than an LTA one?).

We've talked about this for years (remember when we had a run of girls all getting stress fractures I think it was in there) and it's interesting some of the male players have specifically raised it as an issue as a weakness in the set-up in recentish times. It was even mentioned during Laver Cup commentary.



-- Edited by PaulM on Saturday 24th of September 2022 09:16:00 AM


 Interesting. I recall a video of Katie Swan doing what looked some pretty remarkable gym strength exercises. Was being admired by somer of the other British girls so may well have been at the NTC. But indeed I wonder if she has generally done the most appropriate stuff.



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What a pity for Emma. But generally a very encouraging week with a few things coming together in more positive play. Far from perfect so the inevitable "awful"s and "horrible"s will still appear in some appraisals. But I'm quite positive about where she is just now other than this further injury concern

On the injuries / nighles subject and the need for much more strength and conditioning work,, I read an interesting article in Wednesday's Metro

Emma is quoted:

"Last week I struggled with my legs, just doing a lot of training.

The rest of this year is trying to bulk up physically for the next year so I'm training a lot. Before the match today (.I assume her R1 match here ) I did 90 minutes on the court.

I'm trying to get myself in good shape. That comes sometimes with small niggles. I know it's for a greater benefit so.I've bought into that process. I've definitely done a lot more hours since starting with Dmitry. That's something he and other people in my team think is necessary., myself included. Just getting more robust.

Also not trying to over-complicate things, he's helping with that. Sometimes I'm over-thinking it. He's trying to help me be more easy-going."

So the physical training programme is certainy in full swing though the off-season will be the really important stage, so I do hope she doesn't compromise going into these weeks fully ready to go by playing in the meantime if it's at some  real risk. If she is to play another 2 or 3 weeks this year maybe just concentrate on the tennis before the big off-season  physical.programme?

While this process continues along with competition, to expect really top technical play as well, given just so may hours in the day to do physical or technical work, is probably expecting too much..

She's still veey early on a hopefully long journey rather than a sprint. Again, I feel pretty positive.



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Disappointing to see yet another injury but Emma did make the semi-finals and broke what was probably becoming a mental hurdle in winning 3 matches at a tournament since last years US Open .

So a sad end to her tournament but still that positive to take.

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It's a step-up from previous weeks, so all good. Now to get fit and consolidate these gains ready to take the next step.

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