Re: Serena is playing about what % of her Classic game?
Her game isn't the same, and neither was yesterday's opponent. Arguably, the player we saw against Henin yesterday was better than 2002-3 Serena. Could Serena in 2002-3 have backed off like she did yesterday, let an opponent of Henin's skill and calibre do more hard hitting than her, and still win the match?
Serena got her ass thoroughly kicked using plan A, switched to plan B, and eked that match out. In 2002, Serena would have gone down blasting away. Or, more likely, she'd have won by blasting away. Instead, she pulled out pretty much her whole bag of tricks. Slices, topspins, high shots low shots, drop shots, soft shots and of course, plenty of hard shots.
We learn more about players during adversity than when everything's clicking. 2007 Serena on a bad day vs 2002-3 Serena on a bad day? Give me the current model.
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