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Exclamation I Know This Is Only One Tournament, But Serena's Sucess...

should be a concern to the other top players. In her first tournament back from an eight month layoff, she gets to the final, something her sister or Lindsay was not able to do. In addition, Lindsay and Justine said that she would not be able to play at the level she was playing when she went out on injury. The sad part is that she isin't playing as well as Petrova but is expected to win the tournament.

Granted, many of the top players were out injured or decided not to play, but as in other cases, that 's not Serena's problem and I don't think it would have made any difference as she winning records against the top players who didn't play.
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Haaaa......take this now! She still isn´t the old Serena, but look at her! Could have easily reached the final with losing a set, was unlukcky against Elena L.

But she´s just so intense, always willing to keep on fighting. That alone makes her win many matches.

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I dont think serena would have been able to swan into the finals as easily as she has if Justine, kim, Lindsay, Mauresmo and Myskina would have been here. She might have a winning head to head against them but h-t-h dont mean a thing when they get out on court. She is playing really well dont get me wrong and i expect she will be in contention for any tournament she enters, but she needs to play the best in the game at the minute and she hasnt yet. On a different note, i am sure justine, kim lindsay etc are lookin on and thinking serena is gonna make some tough competition if they have to play her.

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She's good, that's for sure. But her draw hasn't exactly been too challenging. Continued successes for her I'm sure!
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I'm sure the entire tour is SHOCKED that Serena reached the final with her incredibly difficult draw... and they're looking for new work, due to the impending failure that will result.
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Oh... and Serena's 6-4 6-4 win today was the largest Semifinal winning margin since 2003... where Serena beat Kim 6-4 6-2.

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I dont think serena would have been able to swan into the finals as easily as she has if Justine, kim, Lindsay, Mauresmo and Myskina would have been here. She might have a winning head to head against them but h-t-h dont mean a thing when they get out on court. She is playing really well dont get me wrong and i expect she will be in contention for any tournament she enters, but she needs to play the best in the game at the minute and she hasnt yet. On a different note, i am sure justine, kim lindsay etc are lookin on and thinking serena is gonna make some tough competition if they have to play her.
i completely agree with your analysis. meanwhile, let's congratulate serena on a magnificent comeback. no matter what happens in the final, she's done herself proud.
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HELLO! only 2 top 10 players were at the event!
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Of course, we all know who wasn´t there.....but then the samething can be said for Kim and Justine´s "impressive" play for almost the whole past 6 or 8 months too, then huh?!

Her draw wasn´t that difficult, but that was because Vera Z lost to Jill: her potential qrtr-finalist and withing a cry of being top 10, and Svetlana K: the hottest new thing on tour, lost to Sprem....she was seeded to meet Serena in the semi´s today....

And then in the finals either Nadia or Elena D...both are top 10 and Elena D in fact is bound to being ranked higher than Serena if she reaches the finals.

SO then I ask the next question: Was Serena´s draw easy or was it just the other players who didn´t do their jobs?!

Isn´t that what the Juju-phites like to point out when talking about her Oz open victory and Dubai, regarding Venus being there and stuff?!

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I'm afraid to say it but Serena seems to be almost there in just one go. Amazing!! She still needs to raise it up though to beat Justine or Kim.

I do have a theory as regards her comeback and Venus's. I'll let you in after further polishing.

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HELLO! only 2 top 10 players were at the event!
I think I made that point when I said the top players were not there.

Actually, the top ten that were there were:

Myskina (withdrew after the draw was completed)
Chanda (withdrew right before the draw was made)
Jennifer
Elena
Ai

So actually four top ten palyers, including Serena were at he event, just like at Indian Wells.
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SO then I ask the next question: Was Serena´s draw easy or was it just the other players who didn´t do their jobs?!
The other players didn't do their jobs... and thus, Serena had easier opponents than she would otherwise have had.

Serena hasn't had to play the canny veterans or players with top 5 ability that Venus has been losing to... apart from Likhovtseva, who's been in dreadful form. If Venus had had Marrero, Likhovtseva, Sharapova, Craybas and Daniilidou back to back, she would have gone through them all pretty easily... with the possible exception of Eleni D.

I still favour Nadia for the title.
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I'm sure Henin, Clijsters and co are really concerned that Serena is beating Craybas, Marrero, Daniilidou and such.
In my opinion, Henin, Clijsters and Co are taking notice of Serena's progress in Miami. Serena may not have faced elite players, but beating Sharapova, Daniilidou and Likhovtseva is not Mickey-Mouse on any occasion. And to do that after a 8 month break from competitive tennis is even more remarkable-- how many other players could do that? Let's give credit where credit is due.

I am not saying that Henin, Clijsters and Co are worried that Serena is going to beat them (in fact, I strongly believe that Serena will start as the underdog if/when she faces them for the next couple of months) but I think they respect her enough as a fellow competitor to know that she is working very hard on her comeback and is meaning business.

Just my 2 cents worth.

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Cool Canuck - Henin, Clijsters and co were beating the Craybes', Marrero's and Daniilidou's of the world when Serena was gone... so what is your point? You don't have one. Beat it!
In Serena's Slam victories she has ALWAYS had one of the toughest draws in the history, and repeadatly might I add. Justine's only Grand Slam in your viewpoint came at the French Open, correct?
Serena finally gets a break on tour with the draw in her WHOLE career and her achievements are played down????? She is ready to take over the tour, and claycourt will be less demanding on her knees, and with her power she will make the other players work hard. The only challenge to Serena is Justine, and only because it's clay coming up. Justine is the polished up Eleni Daniilidou in my opinion, and can mix it up more effectively and is physically more capable to do what is needed on the court than Eleni is. But none of the top players would be able to deal with Serena's serve. 116 mph ace already on her comeback, body serves, etc... no one has a chance against that.
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I'm sure Henin, Clijsters and co are really concerned that Serena is beating Craybas, Marrero, Daniilidou and such.
Consdiering they were beating players who were ranked lower
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