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Stats-Wrap: Florida Open Gold Medal Matches

“Stats and facts” emerging from the gold medal matches at the Florida Open:

  • Catherine Parenteau reaching the women’s singles final after defeating Anna Leigh Waters raised eyebrows.
  • Collin Shick, the #30 seed, not only reached the men’s singles final, but he also won a game against Ben Johns.
  • “The Year of the Lob” in women’s doubles continues. Waters lofted 14 offensive lobs in the final.
  • In men’s doubles, the team that was more effective at rally-ending speed-up hand battles won again.
  • In mixed doubles, the noteable stat was 24 clean winners by Waters and Ben Johns vs. 7 for Catherine Parenteau and Tyson McGuffin.

The stats from the gold medal matches appear in the following order:

  • Mixed Doubles
  • Men’s Doubles
  • Women’s Doubles
  • Men’s Singles 
  • Women’s Singles
***STATS BREAKDOWN***

PPA FLORIDA OPEN, Holly Hill, Florida, March 12, 2023.

MIXED DOUBLES FINAL: Anna Leigh Waters and Ben Johns defeated Catherine Parenteau and Tyson McGuffin, 11-5, 11-2, 11-6.

RALLIES:

1,170 shots.

117 rallies.

10 shots per rally.

39 rallies per game.

70/117 rallies were 9 shots or less. (60%)

47/117 rallies were 10 shots or more. (40%)

Shortest: 1 shot (0), 2 shots (4), 3 shots (6), 4 shots (9).

(16% of the rallies were four shots or fewer.)

Longest: 55, 33, 32, 29.

(3 rallies were 30 shots or more. 7 were 20+.)

THIRD SHOTS:

Waters: 19 drops, 13 drives. (59% drops)

Johns: 23 drops, 11 drives. (67% drops)
Waters/Johns: 42 drops, 24 drives. (63% drops)

Parenteau: 11 drops, 10 drives. (52% drops)

McGuffin: 13 drops, 13 drives (50% drops)

Parenteau/McGuffin: 24 drops, 23 drives. (51% drops)

Third Shot Totals: 66 drops, 47 drives (58% drops)

***Missed Serves/Returns/Third Shots***

Waters: (1). 1 third shot drive-wide.

Johns: (3). 2 returns long, 1 third shot drive-net.

Parenteau: (3). 1 return-net, 1 third shot drive-long, 1 third shot drop-net.

McGuffin: (3). 1 return-long, 1 third shot drive-net, 1 third shot drop-net.

***Third Shots Kept “In Play”***

Waters: 32/33 = 97%

Johns: 34/35 = 97%

Parenteau: 21/23 = 91%

McGuffin: 26/28 = 93%

SPEED-UPS:

I counted the instances when a regular dinking rally or dinking opportunity was accelerated, and that shot or the ensuing hand-battle led directly to the end of the rally. (therefore, not including speedups that were eventually re-set during the same rally, or when a team became clearly defensive.) Here are those “starts”, and the ensuing result for that -team-.

Waters: initiated and won 6, initiated and lost 7.

Johns: initiated and won 10, initiated and lost 4.

Waters/Johns: initiated and won 16, initiated and lost 11. (59% success)

Parenteau: initiated and won 3, initiated and lost 2.

McGuffin: initiated and won 3, initiated and lost 3.

Parenteau/McGuffin: initiated and won 6, initiated and lost 5. (54% success rate)

Speed-up Totals: In the instances I counted, the team that initiated the speed-up won 22 and lost 16, for a 58% success rate.

DINKS INTO THE NET OR WIDE: (Unstressed, “regular” dinks. Not speed-ups, blocks, etc.).

Waters: 3

Johns: 2

Parenteau: 1

McGuffin: 5

RALLIES ENDING IN THREE SHOTS OR LESS (excluding winners): 10.

GOOD FUNDAMENTALS: The two categories above accounted for only 18% of the rallies.

CLEAN WINNERS: (No net-cord, no opponent’s paddle).

Waters: 11

Johns: 13

Parenteau: 3

McGuffin: 4

(26% of the rallies ended with a clean winner)

HIGHLIGHT REEL: (ATPs, Ernes, etc.)

Waters: 1 Erne defended.

Johns: 1 ATP, 2 Ernes defended.

Parenteau: 3 Ernes.

McGuffin: none.

OFFENSIVE LOBS: 3.

Waters: 0.

Johns: 1 in, lost rally.

Parenteau: 1 out.

McGuffin: 1 in, lost rally.

VOLLEYS INTO THE NET:

Waters: 4

Johns: 3

Parenteau: 5

McGuffin: 7

GAME POINTS:

Waters/Johns: Won 3 out of 4.

Parenteau/McGuffin: none.

TIME OUTS: Did the team that called time out win the next rally? (excluding video reviews):

Waters/Johns: none.

Parenteau/McGuffin: Won 3, Lost 2.

DVR ALERT:

  • Game One: 9-5-1, Johns ATP.
  • Game Three: 2-0-2, 32-shot rally.
  • Game Three: 2-2-1, 33-shot rally with a great hands battle.
  • Game Three: 3-3-1, match-high 55-shot rally.

MATCH NOTES:

  • Significant difference in clean winners, (24 to 7).
***STATS BREAKDOWN***

PPA Florida Open, Holly Hill, Florida, March 12, 2023.

MEN’S DOUBLES FINAL: Collin Johns and Ben Johns defeated Julian Arnold and Thomas Wilson, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9.

RALLIES:

1,481 shots.

107 rallies.

13.8 shots per rally.

39 rallies per game.

39/107 rallies were 9 shots or less. (37%)

68/107 rallies were 10 shots or more. (63%)

Shortest: 1 shot (0), 2 shots (2), 3 shots (8), 4 shots (7).

(15% of the rallies were four shots or fewer.)

Longest: 44, 39, 36.

(7 rallies were 30 shots or more. 20 were 20+.)

THIRD SHOTS:

Collin Johns: 14 drops, 20 drives. (41% drops)

Ben Johns: 17 drops, 9 drives. (65% drops)

Johns/Johns: 31 drops, 29 drives. (51% drops)

Arnold: 8 drops, 10 drives. (44% drops)

Wilson: 16 drops, 20 drives (44% drops)

Arnold/Wilson: 24 drops, 30 drives. (44% drops)

Third Shot Totals: 55 drops, 59 drives (48% drops) (one, no tv)

***Missed Serves/Returns/Third Shots***

Collin Johns: (1). 1 third shot drive-wide.

Ben Johns: (4). 2 returns-net, 2 third shot drops-net.

Arnold: (1). 1 third shot drive-long.

Wilson: (4). 3 third shot drives-long, 1 third shot drive-net.

***Third Shots Kept “In Play”***

Collin Johns: 34/35 = 97%

Ben Johns: 26/28 = 93%

Arnold: 18/19 = 94%

Wilson: 36/40 = 90%

SPEED-UPS:

I counted the instances when a regular dinking rally or dinking opportunity was accelerated, and that shot or the ensuing hand-battle led directly to the end of the rally. (therefore, not including speedups that were eventually re-set during the same rally, or when a team became clearly defensive.) Here are those “starts”, and the ensuing result for that -team-.

Collin Johns: initiated and won 5, initiated and lost 1.

Ben Johns: initiated and won 8, initiated and lost 5.

Johns/Johns: initiated and won 13, initiated and lost 6. (68% success)

Arnold: initiated and won 15, initiated and lost 12.

Wilson: initiated and won 9, initiated and lost 10.

Arnold/Wilson: initiated and won 24, initiated and lost 22. (52% success rate)

Speed-up Totals: In the instances I counted, the team that initiated the speed-up won 37 and lost 28, for a 57% success rate.

DINKS INTO THE NET OR WIDE: (Unstressed, “regular” dinks. Not speed-ups, blocks, etc.).

Collin Johns: 1

Ben Johns: 1

Arnold: 3

Wilson: 3

RALLIES ENDING IN THREE SHOTS OR LESS (excluding winners): 10.

GOOD FUNDAMENTALS: The two categories above accounted for only 16% of the rallies.

CLEAN WINNERS: (No net-cord, no opponent’s paddle).

Collin Johns: 6

Ben Johns: 8

Arnold: 9

Wilson: 10

(30% of the rallies ended with a clean winner)

HIGHLIGHT REEL: (ATPs, Ernes, etc.)

Collin Johns: 4 ATPs, 3 Ernes, 2 Ernes defended.

Ben Johns: 1 Erne defended.

Arnold: 1 ATP defended, 1 Erne.

Wilson: 1 ATP defended, 8 Ernes, 1 Erne defended.

OFFENSIVE LOBS: 2.

Wilson: 1 in (won rally), 1 in (lost rally).

VOLLEYS INTO THE NET:

Collin Johns: 3

Ben Johns: 3

Arnold: 10

Wilson: 3

GAME POINTS:

Johns/Johns: Won 3 out of 5.

Arnold/Wilson: none.

TIME OUTS: Did the team that called time out win the next rally? (excluding video reviews)

Johns/Johns: Won 1, Lost 0.

Arnold/Wilson: Won 0, Lost 2.

DVR ALERT:

  • Game One: 3-5-1, A 16-volley hands battle.
  • Game Three: 3-0-2, an athletic, 44-shot rally.

MATCH NOTES:

  • Julian Arnold’s first PPA Men’s Final appearance.
***STATS BREAKDOWN***

PPA Florida Open, Holly Hill, Florida, March 12,  2023.

WOMEN’S DOUBLES FINAL: Catherine Parenteau and Anna Leigh Waters defeated Lacy Schneemann and Jade Kawamoto, 11-9, 11-3, 11-8.

RALLIES:

1,342 shots.

133 rallies.

10.1 shots per rally.

44.3 rallies per game.

86/133 rallies were 9 shots or less. (64%)

47/133 rallies were 10 shots or more. (36%)

Shortest: 1 shot (1), 2 shots (0), 3 shots (13), 4 shots (10).

(18% of the rallies were four shots or fewer.)

Longest: 41, 34, 30.

(3 rallies were 30 shots or more. 11 were 20+.)

THIRD SHOTS:

Parenteau: 14 drops, 14 drives. (50% drops)

Waters: 30 drops, 14 drives. (68% drops)

Parenteau/Waters: 44 drops, 28 drives. (61% drops)

Schneemann: 9 drops, 9 drives. (50% drops)

Jade Kawamoto: 30 drops, 12 drives (71% drops)

Schneemann/Jade Kawamoto: 39 drops, 21 drives. (65% drops)

Third Shot Totals: 83 drops, 49 drives (62% drops)

***Missed Serves/Returns/Third Shots***

Parenteau: (2). 1 third shot drop-net, 1 third shot drive-net.

Waters: (6). 3 third shot drives-long, 1 third shot drive-net, 1 third shot drop-net, 1 third shot drop-wide.

Schneemann: (5). 1 serve-net, 3 third shot drives-net, 1 third shot drop-net.

Jade Kawamoto: (1). 1 third shot drop-net.

***Third Shots Kept “In Play”***

Parenteau: 28/30 = 93%

Waters: 44/50 = 88%

Schneemann: 18/22 = 81%

Jade Kawamoto: 42/43 = 97%

SPEED-UPS:

I counted the instances when a regular dinking rally or dinking opportunity was accelerated, and that shot or the ensuing hand-battle led directly to the end of the rally. (therefore, not including speedups that were eventually re-set during the same rally, or when a team became clearly defensive.) Here are those “starts”, and the ensuing result for that -team-.

Parenteau: initiated and won 11, initiated and lost 6.

Waters: initiated and won 7, initiated and lost 7.

Parenteau/Waters: initiated and won 18, initiated and lost 13. (58% success)

Schneemann: initiated and won 9, initiated and lost 8.

Jade Kawamoto: initiated and won 4, initiated and lost 4.

Schneemann/Jade Kawamoto: initiated and won 13, initiated and lost 12. (52% success rate)

Speed-up Totals: In the instances I counted, the team that initiated the speed-up won 31 and lost 25, for a 55% success rate.

DINKS INTO THE NET OR WIDE: (Unstressed, “regular” dinks. Not speed-ups, blocks, etc.).

Parenteau: 1

Waters: 2

Schneemann: 5

Jade Kawamoto: 1

RALLIES ENDING IN THREE SHOTS OR LESS (excluding winners): 14.

GOOD FUNDAMENTALS: The two categories above accounted for only 18% of the rallies.

CLEAN WINNERS: (No net-cord, no opponent’s paddle).

Parenteau: 5

Waters: 9

Schneemann: 11

Jade Kawamoto: 6

(23% of the rallies ended with a clean winner)

HIGHLIGHT REEL: (ATPs, Ernes, etc.)

Parenteau: 1 Erne.

Waters: 1 ATP defended.

Schneemann: 1 ATP, 1 ‘Tweener (see photo)

Jade Kawamoto: 1 Erne defended.

OFFENSIVE LOBS: _16.

Parenteau: (2). 1 in (lost rally), 1 out.

Waters: (14). 8 in (won rallies), 6 in (lost rallies)

VOLLEYS INTO THE NET:

Parenteau: 8

Waters: 8

Schneemann: 10

Jade Kawamoto: 7

GAME POINTS:

Parenteau/Waters: Won 3 out of 5.

Schneemann/Jade Kawamoto: none.

TIME OUTS: Did the team that called time out win the next rally? (excluding video reviews)

Parenteau/Waters: Won 1, Lost 0.

Schneemann/Jade Kawamoto: Won 2, Lost 1.

DVR ALERT:

  • Game Two: 2-5-1, 41 shot rally.
  • Game Two: 8-3-1, Parenteau save, Waters winner.
  • Game Three: 3-4-1, Waters lob/drop combo.
  • Game Three: 5-4-1, Schneemann ‘Tweener.

MATCH NOTES:

  • First PPA Women’s Final for both Schneemann and Jade Kawamoto.
***STATS BREAKDOWN***

PPA Florida Open, Holly Hill, Florida, March 12, 2023.

MEN’S SINGLES FINAL: Ben Johns defeated Collin Shick, 6-11, 11-3, 11-0.

CLEAN WINNERS: (No net-cord, no opponent’s paddle).

Johns: 12, including 2 on the third shot.

Shick: 12, including 4 on the third shot.

ERRORS on BASELINE DRIVES:

Johns: 3

Shick: 6

ERRORS on SERVE, RETURN, THIRD SHOT:

Johns: 3

Shick: 7

LONGEST RALLIES: 24 shots, 17 shots.

GAME POINTS:

Johns: Won 2 out of 3.

Shick: Won 1 out of 2.

TIME OUTS: Did the team that called time out win the next rally? (excluding video reviews)

Johns: Won 1, Lost 0.

Shick: Won 1, Lost 1.

DVR ALERT:

  • Game One: 3-2, 17-shot rally with a hands battle.
  • Game One, 6-10, Shick Erne.
  • Game Two: 2-0, Shick sharply-angled backhand volley.
  • Game Three, 7-0, Match-high 24-shot rally.

MATCH NOTES:

  • First PPA Final for Shick, the #30 seed.
***STATS BREAKDOWN***

PPA Florida Open, Holly Hill, Florida, March 12, 2023.

WOMEN’S SINGLES FINAL: Catherine Parenteau defeated Lea Jansen, 11-4, 11-2.

CLEAN WINNERS: (No net-cord, no opponent’s paddle).

Parenteau: 14, including 4 on the third shot.

Jansen: 13, including 0 on the third shot.

ERRORS on BASELINE DRIVES:

Parenteau: 3

Jansen: 9

ERRORS on SERVE, RETURN, THIRD SHOT:

Parenteau: 5

Jansen: 3

LONGEST RALLY: 14 shots.

GAME POINTS:

Parenteau: Won 2 out of 6.

Jansen: none.

TIME OUTS: Did the team that called time out win the next rally? (excluding video reviews)

Parenteau: Won 0, Lost 1.

Jansen: Won 2, Lost 1.

DVR ALERT:

  • Game One: 9-4, an athletic 13-shot rally with a Parenteau winner.
  • Game Two: 6-1, Parenteau sharply-angled backhand winner.
  • Game Two: 2-10, Match-high 14-shot rally.

MATCH NOTES:

  • Parenteau defeated Anna Leigh Waters in the semifinals.
  • Back-to-back tournament titles for Parenteau.

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