Serena: Changing of the ....
There's only stats from the WIlliams-Mauresmo match really jump out at me are Serena's serving stats.
Williams fastest serve speed 193 km/h = 119 mph
Williams avg 1st serve speed 162 km/h = 100.66 mph
Williams avg 2nd serve speed 130 km/h = _80.77 mph
Williams win% on 1st serve 67%
Williams win% on 2nd serve 86%
She didn't serve nearly as hard as Petrova in her last match, even though she's capable of it. Her average first AND second serve speeds were slower than Amelie's in this match. But even in the three-set Petrova match, Serena won more points by double digits.
I think, finally, at long last, Serena has finally figured out the truth. She can just get into the point, and beat players by rallying. She doesn't have to blow them off the court. She's BETTER off the ground than almost anyone on tour. If her legs are right, I'd say ANYONE. She doesn't swing a smooth as Lindsay (who does), but she's so much faster, so she's usually in better position to hit. I'd seen inklings that Serena has gotten the hang of this. But the last two matches were convincing.
Amelie failed to make this match competitive. But Serena had 23 winners to only 15 UEs. I Loved her, in a perverse sort of way, but 'Wild Thing' is dead.
Maybe, just maybe, Serena has finally figured out she doesn't HAVE to overpower the opponents. She's more skiiled than they are. The only shot she lacks is a forehand slice.
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