Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Southern California
Re: Truth Serena did not believe she could defeat Justine
I think the truth is that if a player steps onto the court, they're saying they're well enough to play and confidant enough to win. Henin just outplayed Serena when it counted.
At 5-3 at I believe 30-30 Serena hit a cross court shot that for anyone else would have been a winner, and Justine sledgehammered it back, and Serena made a surprised little scream that it came back before hitting long. To me, this said that on this day, Serena's best just wasn't as good as Henin's best. Whatever Serena's ailments, she canNOT come into a major championship and expect to win unless she's in tip top mental and physical form, or Henin WILL take her down (as she did).
Yeah, I could see that Serena had a let down in the final set, and no player can do that against Henin, the way that she's playing now. Serena's shot selection was also NOT up to form in that final set. In that last game (I believe it was the last), she went to net and volleyed right to Henin. And it wasn't a powerful shot that would be difficult to return. Of course Henin responded with a beautiful pass. I couldn't believe it was Serena hitting a shot that poor at one of the most critical points in the match!
Serena hardly plays anymore, and in my opinion, she's gotta find a way to get healthy and play some more matches. There's too much pressure to always "play into form" at the big events. I think it hurts her. The big events should be more about playing into even MORE peak form after working out the problems in one's game at the warm up tournaments. Serena has the opposite problem of Jelena. Jelena plays too much and Serena too little.
YESSS, I know that Serena has been injured. If that is true, then I agree with what Richard William's said on ESPN, they should have "stayed home and got well!" Forget the past, if they chose to handle how they prepare this way in the present, they've gotta expect this kind of result as Henin has gotten stronger and more lethal with her game.
I'm feeling high on Venus. She didn't look injured at all against Shrieky, but then, in my opinion Shriek has a lousy grass court game. The balls bounce higher on the grass than in the past (due to slower form of grass and heavier balls) possibly making moving in more difficult, but still Shriek has hardly any ability at net.
At 1-1 in the second set, Shriek had two short balls that brought her in that she didn't even seem to consider following up at net. She found herself moving backwards (and Venus winning both points). When I saw that, I knew that Venus was gonna take her.
ChrissieE (semi) KAD
"The Lipstick Assassin"
"I still feel in the back of my mind that when Serena is committed and in shape, she's the best player"
Chris Evert ESPN May 2007