Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Sutton Coldfield
Re: Svetlana: "I didn't play my best game, that's why i lost"
I think if Svetlana gets 75% first serves in, hits twice as many winners to UEs, executes on all her forays into the net and delivers on the big points she beats anyone on tour. Same for Justine, same for the Williamses, same for most players in the top 20. IF everything goes *perfectly* and they achieve this mythical "best game" they win.
Winning slams isn't about that though, it's about consistency and how you cope in pressure situations. It's not as if Justine played her best tennis winning this US Open either, she's choked away serving for a set more times than Carlos Rodriguez would like but it's how you deal with that that separates. Look at Djokovic last night, chokes serving for the set, loses the tiebreak - Henin doesn't do that, she puts it behind her, recovers and steamrolls on.
Back to Svetlana - she made a lot of UEs and on paper played nowhere near her best game but she was making UEs because of the pressure Henin was applying by saying "this is the standard I'm setting, you either don't reach that level and lose or you step up and then *maybe* you win". Sveta had chances to break in the second set but she didn't take them - thing is though, had she taken them that doesn't mean she wins the match, that just means then it's closer.
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