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She's Baaaaaaaaaaack!

After winning in Bejing. Serena did two things:

1.) Put a dent in the 'Russian Invasion' campaign

2.) Re-Established herself as a force to be reckoned with.

Even with bad calls and a million unforced errors, Serena Williams beat the reigning US Open Champ in three dramatic sets (4-6 7-5 6-4). Many doubters were saying that she was washed up...well what now? Are Kuznetsova, Petrova, Zvonareva, and Safina (all top-15 quality players or higher) washed up too? It's been a long time since a Russian has not won a title where there were more than 3 seeds in the main draw (Kuznetsova, Sharapova, Zvonareva, Petrova). Serena has now won her 25th title, six months after winning her 24th, and FOURTEEN MONTHS after winning her 23rd. She has come back from consistent knee pains to beat some of the best in the game now. Those who choose to refute Serena's victory do two things:

1.) Make themselves look like ingorant asses

2.) Diminsh the quality of play exhibited by the other 31 players in the draw (inc. two Grand Slam champions...this year)

John MacEnroe said it at the US Open, "I believe that Serena will, before the end of the year, re-establish herself as the best in the game." She has just marked one knotch off of the belt. Look for her to do some damage at the Porche Grand Prix. She's hungry for more titles. She hungry for more wins, and she's hungry to be #1 in the world again! To all of those commentators who said that Serena would never win another title...HA! To all of those haters who said that Serena was finished...HA! This is just the beginnning...the beginning of a new chapter in domination! Serena has re-instilled the fear in the rest of the WTA.

Even at match-point down (TWICE), she was able to summon something inside of her to compell her to victory against one of the tour's hottest players!

I've said it since March, that Serena will need as much time back on the courts as she was off to get back to the level of consistency and confidence that she once had. Well it's been less that eight months. Her 'look' is back! I saw it a few times during that Kuznetsova match. She wants to win again, and whenever her will matches her extrordinary talent...look out!

Serena IS BACK!

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post #2 of 55 (permalink) Old Sep 26th, 2004, 11:48 PM
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After winning in Bejing. Serena did two things:

1.) Put a dent in the 'Russian Invasion' campaign

2.) Re-Established herself as a force to be reckoned with.

Even with bad calls and a million unforced errors, Serena Williams beat the reigning US Open Champ in three dramatic sets (4-6 7-5 6-4). Many doubters were saying that she was washed up...well what now? Are Kuznetsova, Petrova, Zvonareva, and Safina (all top-15 quality players or higher) washed up too? It's been a long time since a Russian has not won a title where there were more than 3 seeds in the main draw (Kuznetsova, Sharapova, Zvonareva, Petrova). Serena has now won her 25th title, six months after winning her 24th, and FOURTEEN MONTHS after winning her 23rd. She has come back from consistent knee pains to beat some of the best in the game now. Those who choose to refute Serena's victory do two things:

1.) Make themselves look like ingorant asses

2.) Diminsh the quality of play exhibited by the other 31 players in the draw (inc. two Grand Slam champions...this year)

John MacEnroe said it at the US Open, "I believe that Serena will, before the end of the year, re-establish herself as the best in the game." She has just marked one knotch off of the belt. Look for her to do some damage at the Porche Grand Prix. She's hungry for more titles. She hungry for more wins, and she's hungry to be #1 in the world again! To all of those commentators who said that Serena would never win another title...HA! To all of those haters who said that Serena was finished...HA! This is just the beginnning...the beginning of a new chapter in domination! Serena has re-instilled the fear in the rest of the WTA.

Even at match-point down (TWICE), she was able to summon something inside of her to compell her to victory against one of the tour's hottest players!

I've said it since March, that Serena will need as much time back on the courts as she was off to get back to the level of consistency and confidence that she once had. Well it's been less that eight months. Her 'look' is back! I saw it a few times during that Kuznetsova match. She wants to win again, and whenever her will matches her extrordinary talent...look out!

Serena IS BACK!
She was also "back" at Miami but we all know what happened since then. I'm not saying she's not back, but at least wait until she plays a BIG tier 1 or grand slam and wins!

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Lots of errors, but it's understandable. You are excited.
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we'll see......
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i'm am very happy for serena and hope/believe she will come back but at the same time i don't think this tournament win can be considered proof that everyone was wrong.

there was never any doubt that serena could still beat anyone - she is still the best player the world - the question is whether she can control her errors well enough to win 7 matches in a row.

she was a point away from losing 6-4, 6-4 as well, and although i admire her fight a lot, you gotta remember that things could be very different now and all the haters would be out in force. this was far from vintage serena
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But Switz errors are nothing new to serena's game why all the focus on her errors now. She won six slams making those errors and she won a tournament today with all those errors also so what's the big deal?
i would say the difference is she is making errors on big points these day - take capriati matches from RG and US Open and Sharapova from Wimbledon. Serena has always made errors but she also used to almost always win the big points. i don't know if the level of the game has increased or what, but all i know is that in the last three slams serena has lost to opponents who didn't do anything amazing to beat her and just hasn't looked like she knows how to control her game like she used to. I have little doubt she can rectify the problem if she commits herself fully and wins like this are definitely a good place to start. i'm basically just saying though (and i think you said something similar above) don't count your chickens before they've hatched.
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I think we'll need to wait till next tourney to declare her back. If she was "back" ully this tourney she would have beaten Kuzzie in 2 sets.
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She's almost there. It'll be real fun when she's completely back.
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Yes, because winning a Tier II means you are back to dominating the tour.


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How can anyone Choose to refute someone's victory when they have won?

It is more like some people are trying to turn tennis into world war three!
I think when any player saves a couple of match pointsand goes on to win there has to be an element of luck and a few sighs of relief along with the skill and experience of the winning player
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That's what Kim did ALL last season....and Tier IIIs! WHOA BLOODY GOOD SHOW! @ Least Serena's won a Grand Slam...6 TIMES! Don't go there!

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i'm am very happy for serena and hope/believe she will come back but at the same time i don't think this tournament win can be considered proof that everyone was wrong.

there was never any doubt that serena could still beat anyone - she is still the best player the world - the question is whether she can control her errors well enough to win 7 matches in a row.

she was a point away from losing 6-4, 6-4 as well, and although i admire her fight a lot, you gotta remember that things could be very different now and all the haters would be out in force. this was far from vintage serena
So very true. Serena has to control her errors and especially the times when they come up. This tournament was nice for Serena to win. If she didn't, we'd be hearing she's over, but she won and I'm happy but I'll wait to say she's back until I see her winning slams and non slam events alike with good consistency.
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How can anyone Choose to refute someone's victory when they have won?

It is more like some people are trying to turn tennis into world war three!
I think when any player saves a couple of match pointsand goes on to win there has to be an element of luck and a few sighs of relief along with the skill and experience of the winning player
Yeah! I was a bit that my lil buttercup Kuzzie lost, but I think Serena could use the extra confidence in doing the insurmountable on the tour atm (taking out FOUR Russians to win a title ). That to me is an accomplishment in itself, no?

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Congrats to Serena...but did anyone else notice that Serna suffered a US Open moment. @ 4-2 in the third set (around 1:55 in the match), Serena won the first two points, but was not awards the second point by the umpire. She did not notice nor anyone else for that matter. I went back and watched that game again to make sure I was seeing what my mind was telling me I was. I just wonder how often this happens and we just don't notice.
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