The grind for tennis players is rough. Players grind for admittance to tournaments that give them more ranking points and pay more. The higher you are ranked and the better the tournament, the more money you receive. Most of the big tournaments offer places for players that were not ranked high enough for the normal draw. If you are an unknown player, you must gain admittance by winning a qualifying tournament. This is harsh because you would win the qualifier one day and begin the big tournament with higher ranked players the next day without rest. But if you are well-known, you can forgo the process and obtain a wildcard.
American Christina McHale is one of those players that has gained a reputation as a standout. She has posted impressive wins against some very noted players including Marion Bartoli, Caroline Wozniacki and Petra Kvitová. Her ability to beat high ranked players would get her wildcards and eventually propel her into the top 30. Christina’s case is interesting because she is coached by USTA contracted coaches. The question is if she gets a high enough rank, will she take a coach away from the USTA program or hire a new coach and depart USTA?
Christina is an aggressive baseliner with a spinny forehand as her weapon. She follows through with her elbows very high for extra height and topspin. The rest of the strokes that Christina owns are well taught. She is also fast.
Why She Wins
Mentally, Christina has a very good attitude about tennis. She has the ability to develop a strong game plan for her matches. Christina is the type of fighter that is difficult to hate. You can tell that she wants to win, but she has a strong sense of calm.
Why She Loses
Christina’s game style is a bit obscure. She bases her game around the forehand but not too much. Christina’s forehand is not big enough, it is just better than her backhand. She is clearly gifted but she has no weapons to be afraid of. Also Christina’s backhand tends to break down. A lot of her misses on the backhand side occur because she hit a forehand that the opponent returned back short. Christina is not so good at moving forward with the backhand. She likes to have the ball come to her.
Christina McHale has the potential to be ranked in the top ten. She has a healthy attitude towards tennis and the ability to beat top ten opponents. If you are looking for an American to root for, find Christina in the draw.
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