Highly talented Czech leftie Marketa Vondrousova (*1999 / CZE), former ITF Junior World #1, had quite a quick start on the WTA Tour while winning her first tour event, a US$ 250 K in Swiss Biel, at the Spring of 2017, just a few months short of her 18th birthday. Marketa’s touch/feeling for the ball and game as well as her fast feet are great assets, her technique is then in some areas rather suboptimal while often missing on the optimal body energy integration into the strokes as this can be well seen in many of her forehands and backhands, which are often missing higher level of stability, mainly under pressure. Such problems are then very common with highly talented young players, and maybe even more often with the leftie players.
Marketa’s service has on one side (often) a very good long-axis pronation as well as an excellent head stability and eye control of the impact zone, but on the other side, it suffers from a rather extremely high toss, which leads to a limited body energy dynamic of the stroke. In the photos below, from Marketa’s lost 1st round 2018 Wimbledon match, we can see mainly the following issues: 1/ the “tired from waiting” tossing/right arm is falling down rather too early in the respect of the optimal body tension, 2/ the slowed down push-off activity seems to be reducing the general body forwards momentum and the dominant/left hip is thus kicking back during the impact. Based on this, the optimal energy transfer in the helix form, which could be most probably well achieved otherwise, is being significantly reduced. The result is in both limited efficiency as well as in the reduced margin of such a service.
This article covers certain aspects of Marketa Vondrousova’s service and service in general only! Further photos, more details (inclusive improvement possibilities/ideas) about her service and other strokes as well as about the strokes of other players are available upon request at drmgb11(at)gmail.com. Some significant details of this kind, necessary for a peak tennis performance as well as for a sustainable tennis training/development in general, are being discussed also in the seminar “TENNIS 3.0 – Future of the Game”, which is available worldwide upon request – www.tennis30.com / www.tennis30.cz
Photos (July 2018) & text (September 2018) copyright by Dr. Martin G. Baroch. Any further publication of either any of the photos & and/or texts with the explicit written permission issued by the author/copyright owner only!!