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Serena the tennis player

What really impresses me (!) about Serena is that she's one of the very few female players who actually try to change their game when things are going wrong. Way too many players just keep playing their one-dimensional game although they probably realise that it won't be enough to win, and lose easily.
Serena tried to come in after her serve in the second set. Now volleying is not really her biggest strength (and she looked a bit ridiculous at some of these), but she knows that it doesn't really matter. It's all about breaking your opponent's rhythm and making her think. It worked, also because Serena did hit some beautiful volleys which certainly took some confidence off Justine.
She also tried desperately to keep the ball in and make Justine play that extra shot. Again this is not really Serena's favourite style and she struggled a lot with unclean shots and mishits but she realised that it was better than just to keep going for winners that don't materialise.

In this sense, Serena is one of the few true "tennis players" that we have on the WTA right now. It's sad though that we've seen all that so rarely in the past three years. Maybe the Tour would be in a better shape right now if we had continuously had the constant pressure that Serena puts on the rest of the players.
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So why'd you delete your other post?




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I don't come around here often, so i'm stunned by this post.

But, i agree, she is one of the smarter/wiser players around.
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So why'd you delete your other post?
No idea what post you are referring to.
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You´re right that´s why I always laugh at people who claim that Serena is only about power. She thinks on the court and can adjust to the situation.
It might win her the match or not but it won´t be one way traffic most of the time.
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No idea what post you are referring to.
Ya know... the last one in the Serena hype thread.




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Ya know... the last one in the Serena hype thread.
Oh that one - well, I still think Volcana is full of it but I would probably stick to a single "LOL" now.
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Well said.. very often, pple dun give her credit for her ability to play defensively, and just do things to change up her game.

I believe Martina once said tt it was much tougher to play Serena than Venus because Serena changes the pace of the ball more often.

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Oh that one - well, I still think Volcana is full of it but I would probably stick to a single "LOL" now.
I don't think you should have deleted it. Volcana's post was full of shit regardless of the eventual result, and that first set made him look ridiculous. I really don't know why people need to crap on other players to show off Serena.




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I don't think you should have deleted it. Volcana's post was full of shit regardless of the eventual result, and that first set made him look ridiculous. I really don't know why people need to crap on other players to show off Serena.
Very true. But - the timing of my post implied that it was done with the prospect of an ass-whooping in the back of my mind. Which is 100% correct.

I'll go back to it now and make a more thoughtful reply.
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That's the great thing about having her back at the top of her game. In the 2005/2006 matches she played, she wasn't willing to try and change things. She wasn't used to people outside the top 15 causing her enough trouble to switch things up in the first or second rounds of tournaments. Back then, it was cringe worthy tennis half the time. Now, she's taking every opponent seriously, and she's playing more varied tennis in the early rounds than she ever did in 2002/2003. It's fantastic to watch how much more mature she is now. I didn't expect, I will freely admit, last fall. The tournaround has been wonderful, and I'm very pleased to have her back on tour playing this way.
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I agree. Her power game was a bit off today, so she had to find something else and she did. Justine did give that second set a bit though, but still Serena dug in and made it sure for Justine that finishing the match will never be easy.
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Yup Serena has a plan B, C and even D.
Kicking balls up to Henin's back hand, serving and volleying, trying to construct points...she really doesn't get enough credit for her tennis brain.
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Well said.. very often, pple dun give her credit for her ability to play defensively, and just do things to change up her game.

I believe Martina once said tt it was much tougher to play Serena than Venus because Serena changes the pace of the ball more often.
Agreed. Venus is more one-dimensional, you pretty much know what you have to expect from her.
It's mainly because Venus' shots have so little spin that she can't really go for long rallies. Serena can if she needs to, because she has much more variety in her shots and she can change the amount of spin that she puts in.
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