Every week, Tennis Analytics dives deep into the data, bringing you a stat of the week to help you understand tennis better and become a little smarter.
Stat of the Week: 9.9%
Croatian player Petra Marcinko was crowned as 2021 Orange Bowl champion last week, ending the year as the world’s top junior player. She defeated Diana Shnaider 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 and then teamed up with the Russian to win the doubles title.
As we’ve said before, tennis is a game of errors. Of the 147 points played in the finals, 111 (76%) ended in an error by one of the players. This means that there were three errors for every winner.
Surprisingly, both players made a similar amount of errors – Marcinko 54, Shnaider 57. So, only a slight edge to Marcinko.
But in the winners tally, Marcinko really made her mark, hitting over 50% more than Shnaider’s 14 winners.
Differential (winners minus errors)
- Marcinko: -32
- Shnaider: -43
- Advantage of 11 points to Marcinko (9.9%)
Point of the Week
Minimizing your errors is key to winning any match. But great players do this without sacrificing opportunities to attack. Indeed, playing an attacking game creates errors on the other side of the net.
Knowing when to attack or defend is how the sport becomes an art.
Our Player Packages help you identify your efficiencies (or inefficiencies) to become a better player. Learn more here.
Photo of the Week
No one is better at knowing when to attack vs defend than the world #1, Novak Djokovic. Here is a look at his forehand.
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