Originally Posted by pav
Main Difference? Her clothing taste has become progressively worse over the years! Danger! incoming red dots !!
Well, I don't think that's the difference. But I do think the biggest difference is her focus. In '02-'03, she was focused 100% completely on tennis. Now, she has so many different things she's interested in that tennis has taken a baskseat to all of it. We've seen what a completely focused Serena can do: Look at her dismantling Capriati this year at Wimbledon, destroying Mauresmo at the French Open in '03, getting revenge on Justine at Wimbledon '03, and playing the best match against Venus in their series at the US Open finals in '02. These are just a few examples of how a focused Serena can almost never lose. I also think that she was a little tougher mentally then compared to now. She's always been one of the game's best fighters, and that's what pulled her through '04. Her matches with Mauresmo at Wimbledon and the YEC were two perfect examples of how her fighting spirit makes her a contender everytime she plays. If she can just get that focus back - she can still become arguably the best player the WTA has ever seen.
21-Time Grand Slam Champion
6 AO ('03, '05, '07, '09, '10, '15) 3 FO ('02, '13, '15)
6 WBN ('02, '03, '09, '10, '12, '15) 6 USO ('99, '02, '08, '12, '13, '14)