The Tennis Advisors provides US OPEN daily previews

The Tennis Advisors provides US OPEN daily previews
The Tennis Advisors (www.thetennisadvisors.com) is comprised of tennis analysts with a thorough understanding of tennis rules and principles, having as its main weapon the detailed knowledge of a big range of player characteristics.

They are currently working on their development, The Tennis Advisors’ model (TAM), a model that assesses numerous tennis technical parameters based on what they call Tennis Short Form Cycle. Based on their knowledge and daily monitoring, they can act as analysts/consultants/advisors for all tennis tournaments around the globe, offering several services on every tournament under the brand of ITF (Grand Slams, Davis Cup, Futures, Women’s Circuit, Juniors), ATP (ATP World Tour, ATP Challenger Tour), or WTA Tour (Premier and International Series).

Services can be offered through these three categories:
• On the spot (OTP): Travel to the preferred tournament/s and transmit all relevant details from the first qualifying, up to the final match (for both singles and doubles), based on their methodologies.
Remotely with live coverage (RLC): Covering all features the “On the Spot” package is offering, but the difference will be that the full version of TAM will be executed only for televised matches, whereas for remaining matches a more summarized approach will be delivered.
• Remotely without live coverage. (RNLC): This package covers all tournaments and provides summarized analysis for all matches of the tournament. This product mainly covers tournaments with limited or no- TV coverage.

Services offered in the above packages are the following and can be delivered to TOURNAMENTS MEDIA DEPARTMENTS, PRINT MEDIA, BETTING INDUSTRY OR MOBILE ENTITIES.

For the US OPEN, in association with www.tennisbloggers.com , The Tennis Advisors will offer daily short previews for non-televised matches and extended for televised, commencing from the first qualifying date up to the final match.
From the first qualifying day, two match previews are provided:

EVGENY KOROLEV-ILLYA MARCHENKO
Head To Head (2-2). Their rivalry contains interesting meetings over four different surfaces. Both players were close to TOP 50 three years ago, but none of them manage to capitalize, as both struggled with injuries. Korolev managed to claim victory when both were at their best (in almost identical conditions as today’s match, in New Haven three years ago), but Marchenko displayed positive skills on indoor conditions and their latest clay meeting, when obviously Korolev was in better form.

FACTNOTE: All 4 matches were played a long time ago and should not affect today’s encounter, but as a general observation, Marchenko was able to dictate the most important one (Atp Tour 250 Moscow 2009 QF).

Recent News-Overall Planning in relation to this Tournament
Evgeny Korolev had to retire twice during the last 30 days due to illness (Atp Tour 250 Bogota-Hard Court) and left ankle issue (Meerbursch Atp Challenger- Clay). Apparently he is not in the best form and he hasn’t played many matches on hard courts lately.

Illya Marchenko issues an injury free report in 2013 and he was able to play on a balanced schedule over the last two month, commencing from Newport and recording some decent wins on the challenger level, before losing two tight matches in Washington and Montreal Qualies.

FACTNOTE: Marchenko is in the US since early July, whereas Korolev has been mixing his programme between different continents (Stuttgart-Bogota-Kitzbuhel-Meerbursch). Marchenko should have the time zone advantage.

US OPEN History
Evgeny Korolev made his best run in 2008, when he caused an upset beating Robin Soderling, before losing to Gael Monfils in 4 sets, but his last appearance was in 2010, when he had to retire against Kei Nishikori.
Illya Marchenko demonstrates a qualifying win over Daniel Brands back in 2009.
FACTNOTE: Evgeny Korolev was able to adjust his game under NY plexipave summer conditions and he is having the edge in terms of this aspect, though Marchenko should be fitter and acquaint with these conditions right now.

Recent Level Of Play
Illya Marchenko competed on a higher level lately as his wins over Denis Molchanov and Greg Jones can be rated as near to Korolev’s level, whereas his close defeat in Montreal to David Goffin was a sign that his form remains near the Atp Tour Level.

Important Hard court Trends during 12 Months
EVGENY KOROLEV ILLYA MARCHENKO
TOTAL MATCHES (12 MONTHS) 3(0-3) 25(13-12)
ACES PER GAME 0.41 0.38
DOUBLE FAULTS PER GAME 0.82 0.40
1ST SERVE % 54.4% 57.5%
1ST SERVE POINTS WON 64.9% 74.2%
2ND SERVE POINTS WON 32.3% 51.9%
BREAK POINTS FACED PER GAME 0.82 0.53
BREAK POINTS SAVED PER GAME 0.32 0.35
BREAK POINTS CHANCES PER GAME 0.43 0.64
BREAK POINTS WON PER GAME 0.09 0.25

FACTNOTE: As Korolev played few hard court matches during last 12 months; comparisons are considered to be unfair. Nevertheless, Marchenko has been able to beat formidable opponents (Ruffin,Goffin, Stakhovsky), having a good run in Dallas Challenger back in March. Marchenko has been able to show quite acceptable hard court figures over the last year. Point to note is his ability to save 66% (0.35/0.53) of break point opportunities and this a sign of good mental spirit, whereas Korolev showed worse figure of 39% (0.32/0.82) even this was recorded over only 3 matches.

What to Expect-Final Verdict
Apparently Korolev is a better player than the numbers are indicating and he has been quite impressive in the past with some sensational wins, depending on his gutsy baseline strokes and powerful serve. Still this is not case right now as he lacks form and he lately struggled with some ankle problems. Marchenko followed a sensible planning during the last two months and his results showed his steady improvement. Korolev is superior in terms of power and skills but at the moment, his consistency and physical condition is in doubt. Our team believes that Illya Marchenko can claim a second round qualifying spot, as he composes a sound figure right now and his opponent’s poor form could facilitate his path too.

ELENA BALTACHA- MELANIE OUDIN
Head To Head (Elena Baltacha leads 1-0, Aug 2011, Carlsbad, R56, 6-0,6-1).

Elena dominated their only encounter two years ago on almost identical surface conditions, allowing Melanie only once to get on board. Both players relied on their consistent but a bit weak serve, but the Baltacha was more offensive on opponent’s second serve, grabbing an amazing 81% of her return points, allowing no break point opportunities and breaking 6 times the US OPEN 2009 quarter finalist.

FACTNOTE: Back in summer of 2011, Baltacha was the player with more powerful groundstrokes and this imposing result could boost his mentality, as lately Oudin looks to be in slightly better shape.

Recent News-Overall Planning in relation to this Tournament

The 30 year old played only one match since Wimbledon against promising youngster Caroline Garcia in New Haven four days ago, losing in two tight sets in the qualifying round. She travelled to the US a week ago and her stats showed some stiffness maybe due to jet lag symptoms and a possible soreness on her knee, but overall it was a good performance baring in mind her two month absence.

Oudin was kept in an average form during summer but she looked that she could be in the right direction after fighting for a set against Angelique Kerber in Washington, before she was eventually bageled in the second set. Her last match against Scheepers indicated that she needs to improve her level if she wants to become competitive today.

FACTNOTE: Oudin’s form is mediocre, but is expected to rise a bit, whereas Baltacha’s first match after two months of absence was promising but maybe should need to put some extra matches under her belt for this encounter.

US OPEN History

Baltacha has failed to leave her mark over her seven appearances in Flashing Meadows as he never went through to the third round. Her best win was recorded in 2010 over Petra Martic, before she eventually lost to Petra Kvitova in two tight sets, in a period where she recorded her best ranking (no.49 in September 2010).

Melanie Oudin is still remembered for her tremendous 2009 route to the quarterfinals, when she was able to beat four Russian world class opponents in a row, (Pavlyucheknova, Dementieva, Sharapova, Petrova), eventually stopped by Wozniacki, but she failed to support that sensational fortnight since then. She enters the tournament in Qualies for the first time since 2007.
FACTNOTE: Pressure is off Oudin’s shoulder and she might do better than the three previous years.

Recent Level Of Play
Both players haven’t been able to do match recently, but Oudin has been managed to face better opponents lately and achieve good victories (Knapp, Puig in Eastbourne), losing a close match to impressive Larcher De Brito in Wimbledon. In addition, coping with Kerber for a set, was a clear indication that she kept her feet on a decent level. On the contrary, Baltacha’s recent achievements came from ITF Circuit on grass conditions and her only match on hard courts is unlikely that will offer the desired level.
FACTNOTE: Oudin has been playing and practicing on plexipave conditions during the summer and she should feel pumped up for this encounter.

IMPORTANT HARD COURT TRENDS DURING LAST 12 MONTHS
ELENA BALTACHA MELANIE OUDIN
TOTAL MATCHES (12 MONTHS) 1(0-1) 16(5-11)
ACES PER GAME 0.08 0.12
DOUBLE FAULTS PER GAME 0.42 0.28
1ST SERVE % 50.6% 66.3%
1ST SERVE POINTS WON 53.8% 54.7%
2ND SERVE POINTS WON 52.6% 45.7%
BREAK POINTS FACED PER GAME 0.92 0.98
BREAK POINTS SAVED PER GAME 0.50 0.52
BREAK POINTS CHANCES PER GAME 0.83 0.66
BREAK POINTS WON PER GAME 0.33 0.27

FACTNOTE: Oudin’s sample demonstrates satisfactory figures when it comes to serve and points won, but she really needs to convert more break point opportunities than the 41% she is displaying (0.27/0.66). In addition, saving 53% of break points faced is a good number, but facing almost a break point per game (0.98), needs to be vastly reduced.

What to Expect-Final Verdict
Melanie Oudin knows that this is a good chance for her to get back on track. Facing her 30 year old opponent at this particular period, could be a good occasion for revenge at least. Baltacha is the player with the biggest weapons, but we don’t feel that right now she can assemble the whole equation. Oudin’s root to the main draw, might not contain huge second round obstacle (Vogt or Savchuk), but Larcher De Brito might be in the corner again. So she practically comprehends that she needs to tackle another mental barrier if she wants to make it. We have faith in her that she will take every match at its time though. Oudin can take advantage of her better form and go through.

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