Jack Niklaus Jelena Ostapenko Fun Smiles PMA Granny Tennis And Crowd Pleasing

Ostapenko, so watchable, she plays a natural dynamic high risk style of attacking tennis. All done with infectious self belief,  bravery, exuberance, determination, fun, and facial expressions of fun and joy. She won her first tennis Major at age 20. Pressure never seemed an issue.

Jack Niklaus still a great influence in golf was a prodigious young talent. He won his first golf Major at age 23 before going on to be considered by his peers as the greatest and most successful golfer to date.

Jack is a very different personality to Jelena. He certainly smiled plenty, played other sports and fished a lot. He liked his boat. Jelena is very successful on the dance floor.

He carefully planned before every competition. He played the odds and always looked to cut out unreasonable risk. He was famous for calling the likely winning score before each round. In fact he planned his own rounds to such a degree he knew in advance which holes he could not mess with and those he could take liberties with. He called his own target score!

Putting like serving at tennis posed its own issues. To be a long time success at golf you must continually putt well enough. A long term successful tennis player must always be able to serve well enough. Putting was always a huge and vital challenge for Niklaus. The serve is an ongoing challenge for Ostapenko.

Ostapenko is at her most dynamic against an opponents pace.  She is best playing reactive tennis. She loves using an opponents pace against them with instinctive shots of her own. Good serving makes her virtually unbeatable. Without a comfortable hit, opponents dont get the time to dominate a rally. Good serving gives her momentum, free points, and consequently a saving of energy too.

Poor serving causes Jelena to give easy chances to her opponents. In consequence a massive pressure is placed on her to rally without error. The result of that is her opponents play her with “granny shots”. They get the ball back anyhow anywhere and let Jelena self destruct against tame balls, noballs, lob balls… granny balls!!!

At the moment she finds it very difficult to attack and win against a consistent feed of  granny balls. The result of her matches always seems to be on her racket. She either overwhelms opponents or gives victory away misplaying soft balls.

Niklaus never appeared stressed. He was very good at keeping stress away from his game. Although he has often said that he had to work at it.

Yesterday Jelena Ostapenko not only lost her French Open Title, but also her infectious smile and famous facial expressions of fun and joy . This normally exuberant and determined warrior did not seem to enjoy the day. For the first time, tennis seemed a burden. Pressure had stolen her natural determined vibrant personality.  Pressure from expectation and also the work being done with her new coach. She lost badly – to “granny tennis”

Its important for her – and us – that she remembers the exhilarating win of last year and realises that she can do it many times again. I am sure her team will make it clear how she lost and whats needed for the future. She must quickly absorb advice being given and be able to put that advice in her memory bank to be used instinctively in the heat of future battles.

She is a wonderfully watchable, exciting fun player to follow. Always well worth the entry fee. When she gets it right enough, she will dominate women’s tennis for years to come.

Go Jelena?

26 June 2018 – Ostapenko The Most Exciting Personality In Womens Tennis. Seems I owe Her An Apology!

Jelena Ostapenko You Are Improving Very Fast

Ostapenko – v – Sharapova yesterday

You lost but had many chances to have changed the final result. No shame. It was an excellent experience towards retaining your 2017 French Championship.

All round you have improved on last year. The service will take the longest to get better enough. The rest of your game, and your decision making  are coming along nicely. When you are on your game – you are unstoppable.

Go girl!

Jelena Ostapenko: I Am A Huge Fan Of This Exuburant Latvian Tennis Star!

Always entertaining. Always fun. She’s a naturally gifted tennis player. At times awesome and unplayable. And still improving. These days, her first serve is giving her more free points and saving energy. But the second serve still needs much work.

Once rallies develop she can produce the incredible. However, the heights of her exciting all-out attacking game can drop to the average, producing a string of near misses rather than outright winners.

By the way, I count top of the tape misses and line near misses as “near misses”

Clearly this young lady is truly capable of ruling the women’s tennis world when she can improve her second serve and get fifty percent of her current rate of near misses into court!

On Her Racket – Get Set – GO!

Ostapenko is playing in the 2018 St Petersburg Open.

It is normally “on her racket”,  and let me say that Ostapenko is just about my favorite lady tennis player to watch. (well Caroline too of course)

Jelena’s approach, her attitude and concentration are so often highly suspect.

Today, she displayed a naive, mindless, dumb, careless, stupid, wasteful, awful, terrible, crazy approach to the sport of tennis.
What a mis-use of incredible natural tennis ability. So often she wastes her natural talent.

superb – crap – superb – crap – superb – crap = superb crap!

Its Kvitova next.
Watch out Jelena….TROUBLE AHEAD!!!

Wozniacki and Ostapenko same problem (2)!


Wozniacki and Ostapenko same problem (2)!

No longer!  Caroline has improved her service out of recognition. Jelena now needs to do the same.

Congratulations to Caroline Wozniaki for winning the 2018 Australian Tennis Major and achieving the Ladies No1 world Ranking.

A magnificent athlete. Talented tennis player and sportswoman. A conqueror of nerves. A charming and endearing personality. And a wonderful ambassador for world Tennis – both Men and Woman.

Wozniacki and Ostapenko same problem!

Jelena Ostapenko the Future of Ladies Tennis

Bubbly, gifted, precocious, fun, entertaining and a win-junkie.  Exciting. A crowd-pleaser.

Just 20, her current strategy seems to be “see ball hit winner”. With this risky aggressive approach she is already a Wimbledon Junior Winner and French Open Champion! Whats more, all achieved with the most awful service game.

Her current adventurous strategy needs minor revision. A little more use of the slice against certain opponents, maybe? Also, sometimes one more shot to set up play might be a preferred option. A fraction more patience will not dilute her dynamic attacking philosophy or entertaining performances.

But one thing she must address – her service. Its obvious that to win, and win with more comfort, improvement in this stroke is imperative.