While Serena was serving some superb tennis today, Justine was really “under par”. She made soooooooo many unforced errors and her serving was as bad as it gets.
The first and third set Justine’s level was barely acceptable, but OMG that second set: Juju really handed those two breaks to Serena. And of course when Serena is on like today, you cannot recover from two breaks.
I don’t know what Serena had under the tape, but she was racing around the court like I’ve never seen her! Wow!!! What I also liked a lot about Serena was the fact that, besides powering the ball excellently, she was really thinking out there. Trying to mix it up with the slices. You know those little tactics, … wonderful!!! I think it’s a real improvement to her game. She already used that technic a lot in Roland Garros, unfortunately there her slice was floating too much. But today she really seemed to be knifing it. Maybe that tape on her left hand was there to balance her out, so she could hit those wonderful slices. Of course it wasn’t perfect yet, but for such a technically talented player, it will only be a matter of time before she masters it perfectly.
Well with the facts being as they are, Serena playing excellently and Henin clearly under her normal level, I wonder what the outcome would have been, if Justine also played at her normal level. I could really have been an amazing match!!!
THIS IS A NON PROVOCATIVE TREAD !!!
Now the actual question for you guys and girls:
What can we consider as THE NORMAL LEVEL of a tennis player? Do we measure their level against a few peak performances? Or should we consider their average level (Also taking into account bad wins in early rounds?)
Examples to clarify my questions:
Is Justine’s NORMAL level serving 75% first serves in, only because she once had such a high percentage in one match?
Is Serena’s NORMAL level hitting TWO unforced errors in a match?
OR are all these questions irrelevant: Should we assume that any given player always tries to play their best in any match? And that it’s all about the performance on that given day, against a certain player? Thus making it senseless to talk about them not playing at their NORMAL LEVEL? Or the players themselves stating that they only played at 50%?
When was the last time anyone played a great match against Justine and still lost? Because from reading posts on the forum, some people really seem to think that Justine only wins matches because the other player is playing badly.
PLEASE KEEP IT NICE AND CIVILIZED IN THIS TREAD !!!