US Open: a game made by Taylor for Townsend
NEW YORK: Taylor Townsend was asked if he was ever going to stop going to the net. Never, the phenomenon of the US Open network responded. She was radiant.
In the last two rounds, the 23-year-old, former junior number 1 in the world, has made more than 180 trips to the network. She has served and flown 114 times in her second and third round victories, which included a three-set victory over the current Wimbledon champion Simona Halep . Those numbers are not only uncommon in today's tennis, they just don't happen.
Against Halep, he showed that it works, Townsend backed his moves, after his third-round 7-5, 6-2 victory over Romanian Sorana Cirstea on Saturday.
In the course of these championships, Townsend changed his position. Serving and flying quickly rose to Plan A, of something she was able to do.
Once I saw that it worked, the effect I had, I tried to implement it as much as I could, he said. They approved me. She hit good shots. It is only something when you play this style of play of which it is only part. You just have to stay connected.
Townsend's service is not overwhelming, but it is accurate and carries the poison of a left-handed delivery. Martina Navratilova He was my idol in terms of playing style. I loved how he was on the court, his energy, what he contributed to the equation. She made it so interesting to watch tennis. It was more than just hitting a ball. It was emotion, it was passion, said the 23-year-old.
The No.116 of the world called tennis' forward movement, service and volley, a mentality. Tennis is 95% mental. I heard the analogy that it's like chess forever. Chess is very strategic and analytical and you have to understand what is happening on the court, he said. It is about adjustments. You have to see what is happening and make that adjustment. I can serve and fly, it's a strength of mine. But if I have to stay behind and meet and work on the point, then I can do that too.
The American, who went through the qualifying draw here, pulled Ukraine Kateryna Kozlova In the first round Townsend went to the net about 34 times in that exchange and served and returned only twice throughout the game. Compare those numbers with your amazing figure in second and third round victories.
In Monday's fourth round, Townsend plays Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu , seeded 15. The 19-year-old, strong from both sides, is the fit player. Like I know what to expect, Andreescu said. I know you love coming to the net. He has incredible volleys.