The youngest player in Singapore this year is Jelena Ostapenko. At 20 years old she is set to return to the WTA finals for many years to come and the Latvian now brings her no fear game to play the oldest in the field in Venus Williams who has been on the tour 23 years, longer than Jelena has been alive! After a 6-2 6-2 thrashing from Pliskova the American now must call on all her experience to see of the youngster who isn’t afraid of anyone!
A slow start in Singapore is never a bad thing, I think a couple of years ago Radwanska was a game from going out in the group stage and won the tournament but a slow start does make it trickier.
Watching Pliskova take on Venus I’d have to say that Venus’ performance was flat and at times naïve. In a previous piece I said to the court suits Karolina because of how slow it is however there wasn’t any emphasis from Venus to dictate the tempo, just because the court is slow it doesn’t mean you can’t play fast if anything the slow court helps Pliskova as she has longer to line up on the baseline.
I thought Venus’ best chance would have been coming to the net but she made a mess of it in all honesty, lets’ take a look.
Image Credit – BT Sport
Leading to this shot by Pliskova Venus did play a smash at the net but it lacked conviction and it came back and interestingly you can see Venus lean to the right which surprised me as Pliskova rarely from the forehand corner goes crosscourt, she usually does aim down the line from that corner but from the other side (backhand corner) usually does open up her body to play that inside out forehand cross court and Venus looked defeated at that point and this was in the first point on Venus’ serve in the match.
Venus now faces a tougher challenge in Ostapenko. She is not scared and if you give her time on that forehand she will take it. Venus has to look to go after the serve of the Latvian but also target the backhand corner with pace which is what she lacked on day one and with what is now must win day three will require her to call on all her experience.