It’s tough to choose between them. Williams has a big serve and she has used it well this tournament, but Sharapova’s serve is much improved. I don't see a decided edge for either of them on the serve.
Even??!! Serena has like 65 aces in the tournament. That's not counting the big serves that force the errors. Maria is no where near Serena's service game.
RETURN OF SERVE
Williams used to have one of the best returns in the game, but it is not quite "on" yet.
Sharapova is returning a lot better than she used to, and she is being smarter about choosing when to go for her returns too.
This may be more even, but I'd give Serena the slight edge here, because she has not forgotten how to step up into the baseline and smack a return when she needs to.
These are two of the strongest players mentally in the women’s game. Neither of them ever gives up and they have that champion’s ability to compete well even if they aren’t necessarily playing well.
There is no question who has the edge here. I'm not saying that Maria is not mentally tough, but I don't think she's more mentally tough than Serena. Serena double faulted twice in the tie break last night and came back on the next serve and hit a stinging return of serve winner.
This is not going to be a strategic contest, it is going to be a battle of serves and power hitting. It is going to be about who executes their shots better on the day.
Again, with the even!!! No way no how. Serena has a plan to beat Maria (hope it works). She lent it to Venus a couple of years ago. Maria's plan is to hit the ball really hard and without her father's help, she won't know what to do when that doesn't work.
I think there's a little bias here on Tracey's part.
I'm not saying that Maria will not win, I'm just saying that Tracey's going a bit overboard to prove her point.