7 Responses

  1. Mark
    Mark January 15, 2014 at 11:31 am |

    Are you writing one for Konjuh, by chance? I think she has much bigger upside than Bencic (and the former owned the latter in juniors).

  2. Diana
    Diana January 15, 2014 at 1:41 pm |

    Good analysis! I gotta say that I was more impressed with Konjuh as well.

  3. Jay Jarrahi
    Jay Jarrahi January 16, 2014 at 6:25 am |

    Like you, one of my most enjoyable aspects of sports is to evaluate talent young and see how that player develops and evolves over time. Hopefully to eventually fulfill all of their potential. However, at the same time, I think making projections such as this off the basis of only two matches that you have seen Bencic play is premature analysis to say the least. Jumping the gun for the sake of it.

    At least watch a player play close to ten times before coming to such matter of fact opinions about how high their ceiling might be. She’s only 16, as you well know, her natural ability is clear to see, as it happens I’ve seen her more than twice (less than ten times), but too early in my view to think you can make a very specific prediction of a 10-15 ranking off the basis of only two matches in just one particular tournament.

    I do think that you have a keen eye for being able to deconstruct a player’s strengths and weaknesses though, so I hope you take these comments in the constructively critical way they are intended and not as any form of diss. Snapshot analysis based off very little evidence kind of bugs me and you’re certainly not the only one guilty of it in the sports (or tennis) world.

Comments are closed.