I am not a Serena or the Williams sisters fan.
Remember last year when the Williams sisters were withdrawing from every tournaments, everyone was so anxious about seeing them to play again. There were almost 100 new articles everyday about how pathetic that the tour would lose 2 talented tennis players. Chris Evert even wrote an "open letter" to Serena.
Now Serena is back, but just after 3 matches, everyone rushes to give his/her most negative and pessimistic comments about her form. Isn't it too premature to make prophecy or predictions about Serena's future (would be doomed)? Stranger things have happened in tennis and Serena is no Dokic or Stevenson.
My point is, I don't see why the same people who demanded her to play are now trying to make her quit by keep discouraging her. Although I suspect any of these comments will affect Serena, I do want to point out that she should earn props for her recent actions.
Nobody should disagree that Serena is a dignified person. Coming out to play a Tier IV tournament (and risking to lose) already showed her determination to get back in form. She also bothered to pick up a new racquet, and abandoned the racquet that has got her through titles to titles. It shows that she is prepared to make changes to her game and herself.
Concerning about her weight and body size. I do agree that her size is above the appropriate level of fitness she should have. But as people grow older your body would just become easier to grow meat and accumulate fat because your metabolism rate slows down. And by observing the size of her parents (doesn't everyone notice that both Oracene and Richard are super-sized? I mean this the best possible way), it may be in her genes that her size would get bigger. It would be irrelevant to compare her weight at the presence with her weight when she was 16. I also don't see how adapting a Hollywood-style diet and lose weight dramatically in a short period of time would benefit her body. She is an athelete and any changes to her body should be taken with significance care and awareness. The adverse effect of losing weight dramatically is permanent damage to body functions and stamina, Hantuchova would be an example.
I am not sure whether she will get deep into the tournament this time in AO. She may yet to find her winning form. However, a 6-0 set against an in-form Mauresmo in US Open last year made me firmly believe that, Serena is still capable of drawing some major blood before going down on the battlefield. You don't need the wishful thinking that she would win a Grand Slam immediately, but just don't count her out yet.