Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Pacific Palisades, CA
Is anyone else shocked by Serena?
I've been a die-hard Serena fan since Indian Wells '99, and I kind of liked her before that even. As much as I love Serena, I never thought she'd capture the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen. That trophy was reserved for clay specialists and all-time greats (though the last few years, I wouldn't call Jen Cap or Mary either of those, neither are clay specialists or all-time greats, yet). I'm talking Arantxa, Seles, Majoli, and Steffi. I always knew Serena had the talent and ability to win there, but, to me, Serena can't win unless she's really "into it." I mean, the tournament. I view Venus, wrongly or aptly, as more of a machine, to me, Venus views tennis as a job, there are tournaments to be won for points and money. That's why I never (and still don't) doubt Venus' ability to win any tournament out there, including the French Open. But for Serena, I feel it's different, Serena needs to be "into it" mentally and really want it for personal reasons. It's not a job for her. That's why I never thought she'd capture this title, I never thought Serena really liked clay or would really be "into it" for this tournament, there were too many hard, indoor, and grass tournaments for her to capture. Even after the Italian Open, I thought, well, Serena's proved to herself and the world she can play on clay, the French Open won't be a big deal for her.
Boy, was I wrong! She won it, and she beat a ton of good players to prove it! A very well-earned win! She couldn't have done it in better fashion. I'm thrilled for her, but I have to say I'm a little surprised! In fact, I'm a lot surprised. Who would have thought that even a year ago, her name would appear on the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen. Well, it does now! Am I alone? I've been a fan of Serena for a long time, this is not a thread to trash her, but as a fan, I have to admit, I'm very surprised. Am I alone?