Jelena Ostapenko: Are her ups and downs worrying?

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Jelena Ostapenko: Are her ups and downs worrying?

Jelena Ostapenko's season was a total disappointment. Of course, Ostapenko is only twenty-one, and her career is just beginning. She can do more, she can get more and she can add more titles to her collection. But, after this 2018, the impression is that her great potential is still almost totally undelivered.

Only two good moments this season: the Miami final, lost in straight sets to Sloane Stephens and the Wimbledon semi-final, lost against the eventual champion Angelique Kerber. For the rest, only disappointments and a season played below expectations.

Nothing to do with 2017, when she won the French Open and the Hansol Korea Open. Without forgetting that this year she has also fallen out of the top-20 of the WTA Ranking. Talking about her tennis, the general impression is that of a tennis player without too much tactical discipline, who is not yet able to manage the most important moments of the matches.

Both from the tactical point of view and from the point of view of the mental solidity. From a technical point of view, she has two great fundamentals: service and forehand. These shots are her best weapons. Physically Ostapenko can still improve, especially in the resistance to longer and more intense exchanges.

She has a great determination, but that cannot be enough to help her return to the best level. And however, her team has not yet managed to discipline her tennis, who will have to quickly find countermeasures for her professional bad moments, before the younger players (but also the older ones) make her fall into oblivion.

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