Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: aka TennisPower
Kudos to Justine for trying.
Kudos to Justine for coming back and trying hard. Venus fans witnessed something similar with their fave at the beginning of the year. To play a successful power tennis game, you need power, timing, accuracy and proper shot selection (ie, when to deliver that power). These things take time to reconstitute after a layoff. While power alone can be rebuilt through exercises and practice, the other elements are really honed on the court, under fire. It seems to be only Serena manages sometimes to get it all in one go.
Those who say Justine should have relied on her clay-court skills should not forget that the addition of power to her game was what propelled her to prominence. She certainly doesn't want to change that knowing the rest of the year is all fast-court business.
Of course, Justine wasn't alone on the court today. Congrats to Tathiana Garbin on the biggest win of her career.
(PS. I posted part of this elsewhere, and also made some klicking mistakes. Now, here.)
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"Playing aggressive tennis ... that's always the way to go, if you ask me." - Venus Williams, May/2002
"Some shots I will hit hard but not every ball. I'm not just using my power." - Serena Williams, Oct/2002