Tennis Lesson on Superlatives

Collage photo of top ranked women players (Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Li Na and Agnieszka Radwanska)

2013 top ranked women’s tennis players © Neale Cousland / Shutterstock.com

As promised, I’m back with your next tennis lesson :)

In case you missed it, yesterday, we reviewed comparative adjectives:

Rafael Nadal is a better tennis player than Novak Djokovic. Or is Novak better? We can debate that all day but one thing is for sure:

Compared to Novak and Rafael, I am the worst player. Oh well, compared to them I’m the best English speaker! ;)

So, you may have guessed that today’s lesson is on the superlative. This time we’ll look at some top-ranked women’s tennis players.

Grammar Review: The Superlative

What is it?

We use the superlative to compare something with everything else in a group. They are used to describe extremes.

Playing tennis on a boat in front of a glacier is the coolest (and coldest) tennis venue.

There are so many beautiful women’s tennis players but who is the most beautiful?

Form:

the is used before the superlative adjective.

One syllable adjectives, add –est:

tall            the tallest

long          the longest

Spelling note: one syllable adjectives that end with one consonant, double the final consonant and add –est

big              the biggest

– Adjectives ending in –e, just add –st

nice            the nicest

– Adjectives that end in y, drop the y and add –iest

pretty         the prettiest

– Adjectives with two or more syllables, add most before the adjective.

most           the most important

– And our favorites, the irregular superlative adjectives

good           the best

bad             the worst

Ready to practice? The next exercises will compare four of the top-ranked female tennis players at the end of 2013. We’ll also learn some interesting tennis facts.

1.  

Womens-stats

Refer to the table above. Fill in the blanks using the correct adjective or superlative form.

Example:  Serena Williams is the __________ (old / young) player.

  Serena Williams is the oldest player.

1.  The second (old / young) player is Li Na.

2.  At 6’0″ (1.83 m), Victoria Azarenka is the (short / tall) player.

3.  Agnieszka Radwanska is the (light / heavy) player and Serena Williams is the (light / heavy).

4. They all earned a lot of money in 2013, but the (rich / poor) player in terms of prize money was Serena Williams.

5. The player with the (good / bad) win/loss record was Serena Williams.

6. The player with the (good / bad) win/loss record was Agnieszka Radwanska but that’s just comparing her to this group. Compared to all of the women’s tennis players she was one of the top players!

 

 

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2.

Some interesting tennis facts:

Fill in the blanks with the correct comparative adjective or superlative form.

1. The  (more expensive/ most expensive) tickets for are in Centre Court at Grand Slam tournaments.

2. Venus Williams clocked the  (faster / fastest) serve in women’s tennis at 205 km/hour. She’s served (faster / fastest) than many men!

3. The  (longer / longest) tennis match in history was played by John Isner and Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon and lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes. The  (longer/longest) women’s match played by Vicki Nelson and Jean Hepner was “only” 6 hours 31 minutes. The women’s match was  (short/shorter) than the men’s match. But here’s an interesting fact: The women’s match has the record for the (longer/longest) point in professional tennis history. There were 643-shots in the rally and the point lasted 31 minutes!

4. At 39 years, 7 months, Billie Jean King is the  (older / oldest) singles title winner on the WTA Tour (Birmingham 1983).

5. The US Open’s Arthur Ashe Stadium seats 26,200 spectators! It’s the  (larger/ largest) tennis stadium in the world. Football stadiums are usually much  (larger/ largest) though.

6. The  (importantest / most important) tennis tournaments are the Grand Slams.

 

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Your Turn

Who’s your favorite tennis player? Do you play tennis or watch tennis? Leave a comment to practice your writing skills!

 

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