Originally Posted by DemWilliamsGulls
Ahmmm THINK SO...can you honstly lie and tell me that Serena's game was better than the AO? First off...her serve was no where near as on as it was that the australian..Justine took full advantage of Serena's sluggish start..her serve percentage was way low compared to the australian, and Serena hit a lot of unforced errors. Justine stats showed bascially same throughout the match...she really didnt have a meltdown...Serena RAISED her game, less errors,stronger serve, and returns...Justine started to see the Classic Serena across the net...then...not the shabby out of shape Serena she was playing the first set and a half...
Serena's first serve percentage stayed around 60 percent all match.
Justine is a better overall returner than any player Serena played at the Australian.
If Serena's returns could be compared to Agassi than Justine's returns can be compared to Federer.
Justine gets almost every ball back on returns and then there's something on it.
I wouldn't call what Justine had a meltdown but I wouldn't just say that Serena was the only factor in that change.
Justine couldn't keep up the game she had in the first set some of it due to Serena and some of it due to herself.
Justine stopped coming to net at opportunistic times.
Even at 5-4 , when she had that lob she should have been right at net waiting for the reply which was not going to be as hard as Serena's other shots.
She stays at the baseline and the backhand goes right in the net.
There were other times in that set where she should have came in on pretty easy shots (at least 10) but she didn't.
And it's not like either has respect for the others net passing abilities which I think is odd especially in Serena's case.
She had some brain farts. Justine has the best passes in the game and Serena came on some just ok approach shots to Justine's backhand.
Justine also stopped going for the down the line backhand which helps for her to open up the court with her tendency to go crosscourt or the middle of the court.