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Introducing the Carvana PPA Tour “Stats-Wrap” from the PPA Masters at Rancho Mirage, featuring a breakdown of all five gold medal matches.

The matches appear in this order. 

  • Mixed doubles
  • Men’s doubles
  • Women’s doubles
  • Women’s singles
  • Men’s singles

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***STATS BREAKDOWN***
PPA Masters, Rancho Mirage California, January 15, 2023.
MIXED DOUBLES FINAL: Anna Leigh Waters and Ben Johns defeated Jessie Irvine and Riley Newman, 11-4, 11-7, 11-4.

RALLIES:

943 shots.

96 rallies.

9.8 shots per rally.

2.0 rallies per point scored.

55/96 rallies were 9 shots or less. (58%)

41/96 rallies were 10 shots or more. (42%)

Shortest: 1 shot (2), 2 shots (7), 3 shots (3), 4 shots (6).

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

Longest: 46, 30, 29.

(Two rallies were 30 shots or more. Nine were 20+.)

THIRD SHOTS:

Waters: 8 drops, 2 drives. (80% drops)

Johns: 36 drops, 7 drives. (83% drops)

Waters/Johns: 44 drops, 9 drives. (83% drops)

Irvine: 20 drops, 3 drives. (86% drops)

Newman: 5 drops, 6 drives (45% drops)

Irvine/Newman: 25 drops, 9 drives. (69% drops)

Third Shot Totals: 69 drops, 18 drives (79% drops)

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

Waters: (2). 1 return-long, 1 third shot drop-net.

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

Irvine: (4). 1 serve-long, 2 returns-long, 1 third shot drive-long.

Newman: (2). 1 serve-wide, 1 return-long.

***Third Shots Kept “In Play”***

Waters: 10/11 = 91%

Johns: 43/44 = 97.7%

Irvine: 23/24 = 96%

Newman: 11/11 = 100%

SPEED-UPS:

Instances counted were 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, these numbers do not include speedups that were eventually re-set during the same rally, or when a team became clearly defensive) Here are those “speed-ups,” and the ensuing result for that team.

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

Johns: initiated and won 12, initiated and lost 2.

Waters/Johns: initiated and won 19, initiated and lost 8. (70% success)

Irvine: initiated and won 1, initiated and lost 4.

Newman: initiated and won 5, initiated and lost 7.

Irvine/Newman: initiated and won 6, initiated and lost 11. (35% success rate)

Speed-up Totals: In the instances I counted, the team that initiated the speed-up won 25 and lost 19, for a 56% success rate.

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

Waters: 2

Johns: 2

Irvine: 0

Newman: 1

RALLIES ENDING IN THREE SHOTS OR LESS (excluding winners):  11.

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

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

Waters: 7

Johns: 15

Irvine: 2

Newman: 0

(25% of the rallies ended with a clean winner)

HIGHLIGHT REEL: (ATPs, Ernes, etc.)

Waters: 1 Erne.

Johns: 1 Erne.

Irvine: 1 ATP.

Newman: 2 Ernes defended, 3 left-handed shots.

OFFENSIVE LOBS: 2.

Waters: 2, both in, won both rallies.

VOLLEYS INTO THE NET:

Waters: 2

Johns: 3

Irvine: 5

Newman: 4

GAME POINTS:

Waters/Johns: Won 3 out of 4.

Irvine/Newman: none.

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

Waters/Johns: TV timeouts only.

Irvine/Newman: TV timeouts only.

DVR ALERT: Points to go back and watch

  • Game One, 2-5-1, Newman left-handed overhead smash.
  • Game Two, 4-2-1, solid overall rally.
  • Game Two, 4-2-2, match-long 46-shot rally.
  • Game Two, 10-7-1, Waters’ Erne on game point sets up Johns’ winner.

MATCH NOTES:

  • Season opener. Waters/Johns won 12 times in 2022, beating Irvine four times in the gold medal match (with Jay Devilliers), and Newman four times in the gold medal match (with Catherine Parenteau.)

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***STATS BREAKDOWN***
PPA Masters, Rancho Mirage California, January 15, 2023.
MENS DOUBLES FINAL: Collin Johns and Ben Johns defeated Matt Wright and Riley Newman, 11-5, 5-11, 11-6.

RALLIES:

1,057 shots.

106 rallies.

9.97 shots per rally.

2.16 rallies per point scored.

66/106 rallies were 9 shots or less. (62%)

40/106 rallies were 10 shots or more. (38%)

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

(14% of the rallies were four shots or fewer.)

Longest: 42, 34, 31, 30.

(Four rallies were 30 shots or more. Eleven were 20+.)

THIRD SHOTS:

Collin Johns: 4 drops, 6 drives. (40% drops)

Ben Johns: 22 drops, 21 drives. (51% drops)

Johns/Johns: 26 drops, 27 drives. (49% drops)

Wright: 3 drops, 12 drives. (20% drops)

Newman: 14 drops, 21 drives (40% drops)

Wright/Newman: 17 drops, 33 drives. (34% drops)

Third Shot Totals: 43 drops, 60 drives (42% drops)

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

Collin Johns: none.

Ben Johns: (3). 1 serve-long, 1 return-net, 1 third shot drop-net.

Wright: (3). 1 third shot drop-net, 2 third shot drives-net.

Newman: (3). 1 return-net, 2 third shot drops-net.

***Third Shots Kept “In Play”***

Collin Johns: 10/10 = 100%

Ben Johns: 43/44 = 97.7%

Wright: 15/18 = 83%

Newman: 35/37 = 94.6%

SPEED-UPS:

Instances counted were 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, these numbers do not include speedups that were eventually re-set during the same rally, or when a team became clearly defensive) Here are those “speed-ups,” and the ensuing result for that team.

Collin Johns: initiated and won 0, initiated and lost 0.

Ben Johns: initiated and won 7, initiated and lost 5.

Johns/Johns: initiated and won 7, initiated and lost 5. (58% success)

Wright: initiated and won 12, initiated and lost 10.

Newman: initiated and won 10, initiated and lost 8.

Wright/Newman: initiated and won 22, initiated and lost 18. (55% success rate)

Speed-up Totals: In the instances I counted, the team that initiated the speed-up won 29 and lost 23, for a 56% success rate.

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

Collin Johns: 0

Ben Johns: 2

Wright: 2

Newman: 0

RALLIES ENDING IN THREE SHOTS OR LESS (excluding winners): 9.

GOOD FUNDAMENTALS: The two categories above accounted for only 11% of the rallies.

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

Collin Johns: 1

Ben Johns: 6

Wright: 6

Newman: 7

(18% of the rallies ended with a clean winner)

HIGHLIGHT REEL: (ATPs, Ernes, etc.)

Collin Johns: 3 Ernes.

Ben Johns: 1 ATP, 1 Erne defended.

Wright: 1 Erne.

Newman: 2 Ernes defended.

OFFENSIVE LOBS: none.

VOLLEYS INTO THE NET:

Collin Johns: 4

Ben Johns: 8

Wright: 12

Newman: 8

GAME POINTS:

Johns/Johns: Won 2 out of 2.

Wright/Newman: Won 1 out of 1.

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

Johns/Johns: none.

Wright/Newman: Won 0, Lost 2.

DVR ALERT: Points to go back and watch

  • Game Three, 0-0-1, Collin Johns fourth-shot Erne.
  • Game Three, last rally, game-high 42-shot rally.

MATCH NOTES:

  • In 2022, Johns/Johns went 8-4 in PPA Finals vs Wright/Newman.

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***STATS BREAKDOWN***
PPA Masters, Rancho Mirage California, January 15, 2023.
WOMEN’S DOUBLES FINAL: Anna Leigh Waters and Anna Bright defeated Lucy Kovalova and Callie Jo Smith, 11-5, 11-7.

RALLIES:

654 shots.

67 rallies.

9.8 shots per rally.

1.97 rallies per point scored.

40/67 rallies were 9 shots or less. (59%)

27/67 rallies were 10 shots or more. (41%)

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

(8% of the rallies were four shots or fewer.)

Longest: 30, 28, 24.

(One rally was 30 shots or more. Six were 20+.)

THIRD SHOTS:

Waters: 9 drops, 6 drives. (60% drops)

Bright: 17 drops, 5 drives. (77% drops)

Waters/Bright: 26 drops, 11 drives. (70% drops)

Kovalova: 0 drops, 0 drives. (X% drops)

Smith: 27 drops, 2 drives (93% drops)

Kovalova/Smith: 27 drops, 2 drives. (93% drops)

Third Shot Totals: 53 drops, 13 drives (80% drops)

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

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

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

Kovalova: none.

Smith: (1). 1 third shot drop-net.

***Third Shots Kept “In Play”***

Waters: 15/16 = 93.7%

Bright: 22/24 = 91.6%

Kovalova: none.

Smith: 29/30 = 96.6%

SPEED-UPS:

Instances counted were 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, these numbers do not include speedups that were eventually re-set during the same rally, or when a team became clearly defensive) Here are those “speed-ups,” and the ensuing result for that team.

Waters: initiated and won 5, initiated and lost 2.

Bright: initiated and won 10, initiated and lost 6.

Waters/Bright: initiated and won 15, initiated and lost 8. (65% success)

Kovalova: initiated and won 2, initiated and lost 5.

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

Kovalova/Smith: initiated and won 4, initiated and lost 8. (33% success rate)

Speed-up Totals: In the instances I counted, the team that initiated the speed-up won 19 and lost 16, for a 54% success rate.

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

Waters: 0

Bright: 1

Kovalova: 1

Smith: 0

RALLIES ENDING IN THREE SHOTS OR LESS (excluding winners): 4.

GOOD FUNDAMENTALS: The two categories above accounted for only 9% of the rallies.

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

Waters: 9

Bright: 7

Kovalova: 2

Smith: 3

(31% of the rallies ended with a clean winner)

HIGHLIGHT REEL: (ATPs, Ernes, etc.)

Waters: 1 ATP, 1 Erne defended.

Bright: none.

Kovalova: none.

Smith: 1 ATP, 1 Erne.

OFFENSIVE LOBS: 1.

Kovalova: 1, in, lost rally.

VOLLEYS INTO THE NET:

Waters: 5

Bright: 1

Kovalova: 4

Smith: 2

GAME POINTS:

Waters/Bright: Won 2 out of 6.

Kovalova/Smith: none.

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

Waters/Bright: Won 1, Lost 0.

Kovalova/Smith: Won 1, Lost 2.

DVR ALERT: Points to go back and watch

  • Game One, 5-5-1, Defensive stand by Waters and Bright.

MATCH NOTES:

  • First event and win for Waters and Bright.
  • Kovalova and Smith won six PPA titles last year, and were 4-4 in Finals against Leigh and Anna Leigh Waters.

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***STATS BREAKDOWN***
PPA Masters, Rancho Mirage California, January 15, 2023.
WOMEN’S SINGLES FINAL: Anna Leigh Waters defeated Lea Jansen, 11-5, 11-2.

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

Waters: 16, including 6 on the third shot.

Jansen: 3, including 0 on the third shot.

ERRORS on SERVE, RETURN, THIRD SHOT:

Waters: 7

Jansen: 6

LONGEST RALLY: 9 shots.

GAME POINTS:

Waters: Won 2 out of 2.

Jansen: none.

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

Waters: none.

Jansen: Won 0, Lost 4.

MATCH NOTES:

In 2022, Waters won 15 PPA Singles titles and was 5-0 against Jansen in gold medal matches. Waters also beat Jansen in the Nationals final.

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***STATS BREAKDOWN***
PPA Masters, Rancho Mirage California, January 15, 2023.
MENS SINGLES FINAL: Ben Johns defeated Federico Staksrud, 11-6, 11-6.

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

Johns: 13, including 7 on the third shot.

Staksrud: 12, including 1 on the third shot.

ERRORS on SERVE, RETURN, THIRD SHOT:

Johns: 4.

Staksrud: 6. 

LONGEST RALLY: 15 shots. 

GAME POINTS:

Johns: Won 2 out of 2.

Staksrud: none.

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

Johns: none.

Staksrud: Won 2, Lost 0.

MATCH NOTES:

Johns won 9 PPA Singles titles in 2022.

Staksrud won one PPA Singles title in 2022, beating Rafa Hewett in Atlanta on May 22.

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