Tournament Rewind: US Open 2000
So, I've recently pulled out my tapes of old matches so my roommate (dab2035 on these boards) could get to see the old masters and matches he had missed, we watched the 2000 US Open final between Davenport and V. Williams because I had told him about the concept of centering the ball. Mary Carillo talked about this extensively before the final began, how Davenport used this tactic of taking away the Williams' legs as a weapon and focus the match on pure hitting to defeat Serena convincingly in the quarterfinals. She began the match centering the ball versus Venus and ran out to an early first set lead before letting the 1st set and ultimately the match slip away when she went away from centering the ball.
My question is: could the concept of centering work once again against Venus and Serena? I can understand Mary Carillo's point that a consistent power player like Lindsay (and maybe now Maria, Lansdorp trained, or perhaps an in-form Pierce?) could outhit the Williams' when running was not coming in to play. But in my opinion, perhaps strong defenders like Justine, Kim, or maybe Dementieva who can't really outhit the Williams', but could force the sisters to hit so many shots, especially on clay, that perhaps patience could wear thin eventually and they'd make too many errors.
Ultimately, post here to let me know if centering can win matches over Venus and Serena still, or if they've changed their games enough since 2000 that this strategy would fail.
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