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STATS WRAP: Veolia Houston Open presented by Just Courts

Author: Jim Ramsey | April 16, 2024

MIXED DOUBLES FINAL

(2) Etta Wright and Ben Johns def. (11) Tina Pisnik and Dekel Bar, 11-4, 11-6, 11-5.

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MATCH NOTES:

  • First mixed doubles title for Wright; 45th for Johns.
  • Johns is the first player to win mixed doubles with four different partners.
  • Back-to-back finals for Pisnik and Bar.

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RALLIES:

1,210 shots.
100 rallies.
12.1shots per rally.
33.3 rallies per game.

51/100 rallies were 9 shots or less. (51%)

49/100 rallies were 10 shots or more. (49%)

Shortest: 1 shot (0), 2 shots (6), 3 shots (6), 4 shots (5).

(17% of the rallies were four shots or fewer.)

Longest: 65, 58, 40.
(7 rallies were 30 shots or more. 11 were 20+.)
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THIRD SHOTS:
Pisnik: 5 drops, 1 drive. (81% drops)
Bar: 4 drops, 27 drives. (12% drops)
Pisnik/Bar: 9 drops, 28 drives. (24% drops)
Wright: 9 drops, 0 drives. (100% drops)
Johns: 42 drops, 6 drives (87% drops)
Wright/Johns: 51 drops, 6 drives. (89% drops)
Third Shot Totals: 60 drops, 34 drives (63% drops)
***Missed Serves/Returns/Third Shots***
Pisnik: (1) 1 return net.

Bar: (4) 1 third shot drive long, 1 third shot drive wide, 1 third shot drive net, 1 third shop drop net.

Wright: (1) 1 return mishit.

Johns: (4) 1 return net, 1 return long, 2 third shot drops net.

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***Third Shots Kept in Play***

Pisnik: 6/6 = 100%

Bar: 23/27 = 85%

Wright: 9/9 = 100%

Johns: 46/48 = 95%
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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-.

Pisnik: initiated and won 0, initiated and lost 1.
Bar: initiated and won 8, initiated and lost 6.
Pisnik/Bar: initiated and won 8, initiated and lost 7. (53% success rate)
Wright: initiated and won 1, initiated and lost 1.
Johns: initiated and won 15, initiated and lost 3.
Wright/Johns: initiated and won 16, initiated and lost 4. (80% success rate)
Speed-up Totals: In the instances I counted, the team that initiated the speed-up won 24 and lost 11, for a 68% success rate.
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DINKS INTO THE NET OR WIDE: (Unstressed, “regular” dinks. Not speed-ups, blocks, etc.).
Pisnik: 8

Bar: 2

Wright: 2

Johns: 4
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RALLIES ENDING IN THREE SHOTS OR LESS (excluding winners): 10.
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GOOD FUNDAMENTALS: The two categories above accounted for only 26% of the rallies.

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

Pisnik: 1

Bar: 4

Wright: 1

Johns: 9

(15% of the rallies ended with a clean winner)
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HIGHLIGHT REEL: (ATPs, Ernes, etc.)
Pisnik: 1 ATP, 1 Erne, 1 Erne defended.

Bar: 1 ATP defended, 6 Ernes.

Wright: 1 ATP, 3 Ernes.

Johns: 1 ATP, 4 Ernes, 1 Erne defended.
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OFFENSIVE LOBS: none.

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VOLLEYS INTO THE NET:
Pisnik: 4

Bar: 7

Wright: 6

Johns: 5
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GAME POINTS:
Pisnik/Bar: none.

Wright/Johns: Won 3, Lost 1.

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TIME OUTS: Did the team that called time out win the next rally? (excluding video reviews)
Pisnik/Bar: Won 2, Lost 3.
Wright/Johns: none.
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DVR ALERT:

  • Game One, 7-4-1: 58-shot rally.
  • Game Two, 0-0-2: 40-shot rally ends with Pisnik Erne winner.
  • Game Two, 9-6: Bar Ernes from both sides in same rally.
  • Game Three, 5-7-2: Match-high 65-shot rally.
  • Game Three, 7-5-1: Shot of the match: Johns short-hop save is a clean winner. Nice reactions!

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MENS DOUBLES FINAL: 

(1) Ben Johns and Collin Johns def. (3) Federico Staksrud and Pablo Tellez, 11-0, 11-2, 11-2.

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MATCH NOTES:

  • Johns brothers: 30th title together.
  • Staksrud/Tellez: 8th medal together (no golds).
  • Johns brothers won both Game One and Game Three with eleven unanswered points.
  • Four points scored by the losing team in any three-of-five gold medal match ties for the lowest since the start of 2022. (mixed doubles final at Kansas City in August 2023)
  • Tellez: Six service return errors is the most by a player in any gold medal match since the start of 2022.

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RALLIES:
892 shots.
70 rallies.

12.7 shots per rally.
23.3 rallies per game.

32/70 rallies were 9 shots or less. (46%)

38/70 rallies were 10 shots or more. (54%)

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

(17% of the rallies were four shots or fewer.)

Longest: 49, 43, 37, 33.
(4 rallies were 30 shots or more. 13 were 20+.)
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THIRD SHOTS:
Ben Johns: 23 drops, 3 drives. (88% drops)
Collin Johns: 10 drops, 6 drives. (62% drops)
Johns/Johns: 33 drops, 9 drives. (78% drops)
Staksrud: 0 drops, 1 drive. (00% drops)
Tellez: 8 drops, 12 drives (40% drops)
Staksrud/Tellez: 8 drops, 13 drives. (38% drops)
Third Shot Totals: 41 drops, 22 drives (65% drops)
***Missed Serves/Returns/Third Shots***
Ben Johns: none.

Collin Johns: none.

Staksrud: (1) 1 return long.

Tellez: (7) 4 returns net, 1 return long, 1 return wide, 1 third shot drop net.

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***Third Shots Kept in Play***

Ben Johns: 26/26 = 100%

Collin Johns: 16/16 = 100%

Staksrud: 1/1 = 100%

Tellez: 19/20 = 95%
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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-.

Ben Johns: initiated and won 11, initiated and lost 2.
Collin Johns: initiated and won 1, initiated and lost 0.
Johns/Johns: initiated and won 12, initiated and lost 2. (85% success rate)
Staksrud: initiated and won 3, initiated and lost 7.
Tellez: initiated and won 4, initiated and lost 10.
Staksrud/Tellez: initiated and won 7, initiated and lost 17. (29% success rate)
Speed-up Totals: In the instances I counted, the team that initiated the speed-up won 19 and lost 19, for a 50% success rate.
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DINKS INTO THE NET OR WIDE: (Unstressed, “regular” dinks. Not speed-ups, blocks, etc.).
Ben Johns: 4

Collin Johns: 0 

Staksrud: 2

Tellez: 1
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RALLIES ENDING IN THREE SHOTS OR LESS (excluding winners): 8.
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GOOD FUNDAMENTALS: The two categories above accounted for only 21% of the rallies.

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

Ben Johns: 7

Collin Johns: 3 

Staksrud: 2

Tellez: 2

(20% of the rallies ended with a clean winner)
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HIGHLIGHT REEL: (ATPs, Ernes, etc.)
Ben Johns: 1 ATP

Collin Johns: 1 ATP defended.

Staksrud: 1 ATP

Tellez: none.
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OFFENSIVE LOBS: none.

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VOLLEYS INTO THE NET:
Ben Johns: 4

Collin Johns: 1

Staksrud: 5

Tellez: 6
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GAME POINTS:
Johns/Johns: Won 3, Lost 0.

Staksrud/Tellez: none.

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TIME OUTS: Did the team that called time out win the next rally? (excluding video reviews)
Johns/Johns: none.
Staksrud/Tellez: Won 0, Lost 2.
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DVR ALERT:

  • Game Two, 1-1-2: 43-shot rally.
  • Game Two, 1-3-1: 49-shot rally.
  • Game Three, 3-2-2: Collin Johns lefty reset.

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WOMEN’S SINGLES FINAL: 

(2) Lea Jansen def. (19) Samantha Parker, 11-3, 11-2.

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MATCH NOTES:

  • First singles title for Jansen since 2021.
  • First career PPA medal for Parker.

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

Jansen: 12, including 4 on the third shot.

Parker: 2, including 0 on the third shot.

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ERRORS on SERVES and RETURNS:

Jansen: (1). 0 on serves, 1 on returns.

Parker: (4). 0 on serves, 4 on returns.

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BASELINE DRIVE ERRORS:

Jansen: 10, including 6 on the third shot.

Parker: 7, including 2 on the third shot.

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WINNERS/ERRORS PLUS/MINUS (from above):

Jansen: +1.

Parker: -9.

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LONGEST RALLY: 14 shots. (Game One, 7-1)

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GAME POINTS:

Jansen: Won 2, Lost 2.

Parker: none.

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

Jansen​: none.

​Parker: Won 1, Lost 2.  

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DVR ALERT:

  • Game One, 8-3: Jansen forehand volley winner.
  • Game Two (second rally): Jansen great angled forehand.
  • Game Two, 2-2: Jansen making Parker run from side to side.
  • Game Two, match point: Jansen third shot drive winner and celebration.

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MEN’S SINGLES FINAL: 

(2) Federico Staksrud def. (10) Quang Duong, 11-6, 11-2.

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MATCH NOTES:

  • Third title this year for Staksrud.
  • Staksrud is seven-for-seven in reaching finals this year.
  • First PPA medal for Duong. 
  • One of the “cleanest” finals this year. (Many winners, few errors)

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

Duong: 11, including 2 on the third shot.

Staksrud: 16, including 7 on the third shot.

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ERRORS on SERVES and RETURNS:

Duong: (1). 0 on serves, 1 on returns.

Staksrud: (1). 0 on serves, 1 on returns.

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BASELINE DRIVE ERRORS:

Duong: 2, including 1 on the third shot.

Staksrud: 2, including 2 on the third shot.

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WINNERS/ERRORS PLUS/MINUS (from above):

Duong: +8.

Staksrud: +13.

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LONGEST RALLY: 12 shots. (Game One, 5-5)

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GAME POINTS:

Duong: none.

Staksrud: Won 2, Lost 0.

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

​Duong: Won 2, Lost 1.

​Staksrud: Won 1, Lost 0.  

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DVR ALERT:

  • Game Two, 1-0: Duong nice hands.
  • Game Two, 6-1: 11-shot rally, Staksrud winner.

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WOMENS DOUBLES FINAL: 

(1) Anna Bright and Rachel Rohrabacher def. (4) Vivienne David and Jackie Kawamoto, 11-8, 11-4, 11-9.

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MATCH NOTES:

      - INCOMPLETE video feed from the source. Internet issue in California. STATS UNAVAILABLE.

  • Third title this year for Bright/Rohrabacher.
  • David has reached the podium in all seven tournaments this year (women’s and mixed doubles combined)

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