Elite Athlete Fitness: Serena vs Pliskova at the 2019 Aussie Open

First, there is no doubt in my mind that Serena Williams is the GOAT of women’s tennis. Statistically and biomechanically over her career, she is likely the best server in either gender. As a long time fan of hers, that’s why this match was so difficult to watch.

Pro athletes know that if you are not at your most fit, you are vulnerable to situations exactly like the one that yanked Serena out of a 5-1 lead in the third set versus Karolina Pliskova in the Quarter Finals. Serena was rolling through the third set but, getting a little fatigued due to her extra weight.

Athletic trainers would probably characterize her body as about 25 pounds on the “fluffy” side. Suddenly, that fatigue translates into clumsy footwork, of course trying to change directions against the extra load, and she SLIGHTLY rolls the ankle. Luckily, not enough to
to get a trainer to re-wrap it tighter or, to effect her gate. She had no discernible limp. In that situation, even if your movement is questionable, it comes down to making good decisions in each point. When to you give yourself the green light to swing away!

Starting at 5-1, she STILL should have won the match during any 1 of 4 match points. Pliskova did not dominate any of those. In each, Serena had chances to go for a winner. Many coaches would call that being a “mental midget” for not swinging away every chance she got.

What explains why a great champion would not reason her way out of that box? Great question. Perhaps, this is an advertisement for on court coaching during the majors. It was tortuous to watch Pliskova get back into this match. Not even Carolina could believe it. All in all, despite my years of watching Serena, now I’d rather watch Osaka!

Airline Ergonomics: Profits Up, Comfort Down!

Airline profits are at an all time high and planes are the largest ever but passenger c0mfort is at its lowest.  Why?  Get the details at ErgonomicsDr.com or click on

https://bit.ly/2NiZiPT

Illustration by Moron Eel

USC vs UCLA Women’s Tennis Clash Saturday at Noon!

Hey Tennis Fans:

I will be at the final regular season match for both teams, the UCLA
and USC Women, which takes place at the UCLA Tennis Center at
high noon this Saturday. Look for me in a long sleeve red shirt
and big hat sitting near the UCLA band who usually sit in front of the
elevator.

Though UCLA is a bit higher in national ranking, my friend and head
coach for USC is retiring after 20 years so, his team will be trying to give
him a going away present.

One thing is for sure, if you’ve never seen a college tennis match,
you’ve never seen anything like this in the tennis industry. If you HAVE
seen a college match, this particular match is the most intense in Southern
California! You watch 3 doubles matches at one time, then 6 singles matches
at one time.

You will also learn a ton watching this match with my commentary.
The doubles matches start at noon so watch for the “I” formation!

Sincerely,
Jonathan Bailin, PhD, USPTA
Tennis Coaching & Sport Science

Published Articles at Ezine.com

shutterstock_128266772

 

1)  Sport Psychology:  The Zen of the Business Like Approach

2)  Sport Psychology:  The Schedule for Emotions

3)  Racket Sports Biomechanics:  Brain Function, Eye Skils, and Table Tennis

4)  Choosing a Table Tennis Racket From Beginner to Tournament Player

5)  Exercise For Your Heart:  Determine Your Target Heart Rate (THR) Without Electronic Gadgets

6)  Back Pain Relief:  A Revolution in Chiropractic Care

7)  Sport Psychology:  Calming Ping Pong Emotions

8)  Can Table Tennis Skills Be Transferred to Other Racket Sports?

9) Tips for Eating Healthy at a Food Chain

A list with links to other publications can be found at:  USPTAPro.com