You need to write a story about the fact that the women’s game is in such disarray that Melanie Oudin, a 17-year-old kid, is able to beat just about everyone she faces — without any dominant strokes — by simply not collapsing and allowing every other ranked female to self-destruct as they struggle to battle their emotional demons.
Whether it happens to be an overwhelming fear of approaching the net, the inability to toss the ball up and serve it into that scary box on the other side of the net or the sudden, overwhelming desire to lose composure and hit every forehand at least 10 feet long. Amazing. They should have a psychiatrist and a grief counselor on-hand for the changeovers.
Rick J., Newburgh, Indiana, USA
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