An unsolicited advice to Garbiñe Muguruza – Part 2

Garbine lost in the second round of the Indian Well Masters against an upcoming American player, Sachia Vickery, who is world ranked #100. After winning her first set 6-2 and being up 3-0 in the second set, she loses 5-7, 1-6. It is common for any top player to have unexpected losses and, often time, these experiences are used to catapult the game a higher notch. It is, however, the second time that Garbine lost …

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An unsolicited advice to Garbiñe Muguruza

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The 2016 French Open champion, Garbiñe Muguruza, lost to Kristina Mladenovic in the round of 16 in this year’s French Open. The news is not so much about losing a tennis match. Rather, how she reacted after the loss and, more importantly, how to mentally be ready for the next opportunity. Garbiñe 3-set match against local Kristina witnessed a very biased crowd, whose behavior was borderline unsportsmanlike. Constant booing and making loud noises made the …

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Wimbledon, Euro Cup, and Women’s US Open Golf

What a weekend of fantastic sport achievements and so much to learn from the winners!!! After losing her last two finals, Serena Williams wins her 22nd Grand Slam tennis championship tying Steffi Graf for second as all-time winners. Andy Murray wins Wimbledon after losing the 2016 finals of the Australian and French Opens. Portugal, the underdog, wins their first EURO Cup in the country’s history. Brittany Lang wins her first major championship in her 10-year …

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How Do Elite Athletes Close Matches?

It is often said that playing from behind is easier than having the lead going into the last phase of a match. It is correctly assumed that the leader is the one who has most of the stress as he/she feels the extra emotional burden to having to win giving his/her prime position to do so. However, how many times have we witnessed a leader giving up strokes, runs, or goals toward the end of …

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Serena Williams’ Lesson: Coping with Sports Pressures

This past Saturday, Serena experienced a loss that will be remembered as one of the major defeats in the history of Gran Slam tennis championship. Roberta Vinci, an unseeded Italian player with limited success in prior Gran Slam matches, shocked everyone after coming victorious in a thrilling semi-final 3-set match. Vinci overcame the 300-1 odds to defeat the 21-Grand Slam Champion who was pursuing history as a win in the US Open would have placed …

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