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Date: 12 Feb 2009 03:36:26
From: topspin
Subject: Female tennis players shape
Following the recent discussion on the shape/fitness of female tennis
players I caught highlights of the Malaysian Open badminton on TV
while in Singapore. No problems with shape or fitness with the women
there! That is because the sport demands flexibility, agility, and
speed of reaction. Power is not an issue, so bigness, or even height,
is not an advantage.

If you want to see superfit, fast, women racket sport players - watch
badminton! [I assume squash afficiandos will say the same].

PS Rasmussen won both the Malaysian and Korean finals - so Europeans
can win at something the East Asians are good at!




 
Date: 12 Feb 2009 13:50:57
From: topspin
Subject: Re: Female tennis players shape
On 12 Feb, 17:03, Sakari Lund <sakari.l...@welho.com > wrote:
> On Thu, 12 Feb 2009 03:36:26 -0800 (PST), topspin
>
> <goolagong...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> >Following the recent discussion on the shape/fitness of female tennis
> >players I caught highlights of the Malaysian Open badminton on TV
> >while in Singapore. No problems with shape or fitness with the women
> >there! That is because the sport demands flexibility, agility, and
> >speed of reaction. Power is not an issue, so bigness, or even height,
> >is not an advantage.
>
> >If you want to see superfit, fast, women racket sport players - watch
> >badminton! [I assume squash afficiandos will say the same].
>
> >PS Rasmussen won both the Malaysian and Korean finals - so Europeans
> >can win at something the East Asians are good at!
>
> Totally OT, but did you see Mauresmo yesterday? She played almost as
> well as ever. I had written her out completely, just waiting for her
> retirement. Yesterday she played Sara Errani, who I had never seen
> before, but heard a lot of good things about. Apparently Errani had
> beaten Mauresmo just last week in Fed Cup, but yesterday Amelie won
> 6-2, 6-0. Very good play overall, with a few absolutely brilliant
> backhands. Maybe she can still do something at slams etc.? Her next
> match starts in a few minutes on Eurosport.

I didn't see her yesterday (I was coming back from Singapore!), but
thanks to your heads up I caught some of her match today. In patches
she did look as good as ever, and her volleying is still the best,
most instinctive in singles tennis*, bar none (men or women), and her
movement just great. She could definitely play badminton!!

The trouble is you only look as good as your opponent lets you, and
against better players she will still struggle. I think that her
ultimate spark of belief/confidence has gone. I wish she had more
confidence to hit deeper, harder approach shots, so she can attack the
net more, she is so good there.

However I have noticed she seems more at ease with herself, win or
lose, this year, and that is nice to see. She certainly looks very
well and trim.

[* I suspect the best overall pure volleyer may be Cara Black]


  
Date: 13 Feb 2009 00:04:29
From: Sakari Lund
Subject: Re: Female tennis players shape
On Thu, 12 Feb 2009 13:50:57 -0800 (PST), topspin
<goolagongfan@hotmail.com > wrote:

>On 12 Feb, 17:03, Sakari Lund <sakari.l...@welho.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, 12 Feb 2009 03:36:26 -0800 (PST), topspin
>>
>> <goolagong...@hotmail.com> wrote:
>> >Following the recent discussion on the shape/fitness of female tennis
>> >players I caught highlights of the Malaysian Open badminton on TV
>> >while in Singapore. No problems with shape or fitness with the women
>> >there! That is because the sport demands flexibility, agility, and
>> >speed of reaction. Power is not an issue, so bigness, or even height,
>> >is not an advantage.
>>
>> >If you want to see superfit, fast, women racket sport players - watch
>> >badminton! [I assume squash afficiandos will say the same].
>>
>> >PS Rasmussen won both the Malaysian and Korean finals - so Europeans
>> >can win at something the East Asians are good at!
>>
>> Totally OT, but did you see Mauresmo yesterday? She played almost as
>> well as ever. I had written her out completely, just waiting for her
>> retirement. Yesterday she played Sara Errani, who I had never seen
>> before, but heard a lot of good things about. Apparently Errani had
>> beaten Mauresmo just last week in Fed Cup, but yesterday Amelie won
>> 6-2, 6-0. Very good play overall, with a few absolutely brilliant
>> backhands. Maybe she can still do something at slams etc.? Her next
>> match starts in a few minutes on Eurosport.
>
>I didn't see her yesterday (I was coming back from Singapore!), but
>thanks to your heads up I caught some of her match today. In patches
>she did look as good as ever, and her volleying is still the best,
>most instinctive in singles tennis*, bar none (men or women), and her
>movement just great. She could definitely play badminton!!
>
>The trouble is you only look as good as your opponent lets you, and
>against better players she will still struggle. I think that her
>ultimate spark of belief/confidence has gone. I wish she had more
>confidence to hit deeper, harder approach shots, so she can attack the
>net more, she is so good there.
>
>However I have noticed she seems more at ease with herself, win or
>lose, this year, and that is nice to see. She certainly looks very
>well and trim.
>
>[* I suspect the best overall pure volleyer may be Cara Black]

She wasn't quite as good today as yesterday, no brilliant backhands
like she hit at least 3 yesterday, and she needed at least 7 or 8
break points all the time to break, but lot of good stuff today also.
But it is true that Errani and Niculescu are not real tests.







 
Date: 12 Feb 2009 19:03:25
From: Sakari Lund
Subject: Re: Female tennis players shape
On Thu, 12 Feb 2009 03:36:26 -0800 (PST), topspin
<goolagongfan@hotmail.com > wrote:

>Following the recent discussion on the shape/fitness of female tennis
>players I caught highlights of the Malaysian Open badminton on TV
>while in Singapore. No problems with shape or fitness with the women
>there! That is because the sport demands flexibility, agility, and
>speed of reaction. Power is not an issue, so bigness, or even height,
>is not an advantage.
>
>If you want to see superfit, fast, women racket sport players - watch
>badminton! [I assume squash afficiandos will say the same].
>
>PS Rasmussen won both the Malaysian and Korean finals - so Europeans
>can win at something the East Asians are good at!

Totally OT, but did you see Mauresmo yesterday? She played almost as
well as ever. I had written her out completely, just waiting for her
retirement. Yesterday she played Sara Errani, who I had never seen
before, but heard a lot of good things about. Apparently Errani had
beaten Mauresmo just last week in Fed Cup, but yesterday Amelie won
6-2, 6-0. Very good play overall, with a few absolutely brilliant
backhands. Maybe she can still do something at slams etc.? Her next
match starts in a few minutes on Eurosport.