Orange Bowl '13: Boys and Girls 18 Finals Video

Lukhas

Legend
Some of you already know the results. Some of you may even have already seen those matches. But anyway, here are videos of the actual finals with the time between points cut down. For those who don't know, the finals pitted Francis Tiafoe (red shorts) vs Stefan Kozlov and Varvara Flink (white skirt) vs Ivana Jorovic.
Boys: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNhtwB153OY
Girls: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tAbe0O_2SU

For those who want to know the scores, here you go.
http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/12/16/3821111/teen-star-francis-tiafoe-takes.html

I found Flink... interesting. She doesn't seem to have the common issues most women have with serves (and it seems to go down fairly quickly too); she also seems to use what looks like a ATP FH from afar. Since she's coming from Russia I wouldn't have expected it. Beautiful strokes alone aren't enough; however, it made it a more pleasant viewing experience for me. Especially because I'm not found of screamers on court.
 
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Lukhas

Legend
^I just said that good strokes alone are not enough to win in a general manner, even if seeing a girl with good technique (especially on serve), good slice and trying touch shots brought some fresh air to me. Didn't want to bring a discussion about ATP vs. WTA FH too much; we already had that one and that didn't go anywhere.

EDIT: I also say this because I don't think she always made most "pragmatic" choices on court. Her opponent loved consistency; she gave her plenty by multiplying FH2FH CC rallies. That FH CC rally too often was a dead-end for both players during that match. She too often went to the net with slices when flat/TS shots would've been more interesting. She may like her FH, but I think going BH2BH and running around whenever she could would've been more interesting. However, when she tried to go DTL with her FH and CC with her BH she didn't have the patience to wait for the right shot to accelerate. It worked for her, so it wasn't that problematic. But you know, that's just what I see as an outsider; easier to say that from my computer chair.

In short, I feel she has the right tools, but I don't believe she has the right way(s) to use them yet.

Seems she has a singles ranking.
http://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/players/player/profile.aspx?PlayerID=100165819
 
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Lukhas

Legend
Anyway, I'm maybe warming up to Kozlov who seems to have signed for second place. Especially after watching AO '14 finals... I guess it's a French thing to like "forever seconds".
 

julian

Hall of Fame
Your ATP link does NOT work

Some of you already know the results. Some of you may even have already seen those matches. But anyway, here are videos of the actual finals with the time between points cut down. For those who don't know, the finals pitted Francis Tiafoe (red shorts) vs Stefan Kozlov and Varvara Flink (white skirt) vs Ivana Jorovic.
Boys: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNhtwB153OY
Girls: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tAbe0O_2SU

For those who want to know the scores, here you go.
http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/12/16/3821111/teen-star-francis-tiafoe-takes.html

I found Flink... interesting. She doesn't seem to have the common issues most women have with serves (and it seems to go down fairly quickly too); she also seems to use what looks like a ATP FH from afar. Since she's coming from Russia I wouldn't have expected it. Beautiful strokes alone aren't enough; however, it made it a more pleasant viewing experience for me. Especially because I'm not found of screamers on court.
Your ATP link does NOT work
 

crash1929

Hall of Fame
what i got from the boys match is:
1. Don't swing hard on the serve until you're very close to the ball
2. There can be very little difference in the motion of your first and second serves, yet very big differences in results.
 
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