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What's wrong with Serena - psychologically speaking ?

When she lost three times at the Slams against Henin, I thought she had an inferiority complex against her. But now losing to Srebotnik the way she did...What is she concerned about ? Even her mother said she she doesn't know what the problem is. She looked so hyper sensitive on court. Has nothing to do with her fitness (it's there) or her tennis (there too). Does she have some kind of angst or something ?
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Serena perplexes me. I have no idea what it is - one day she can give a beatdown and then the next lose to Srebotnik. Which is not good; Serena is very good for the tour. I wanted excited, dramatic matches with her this FO, but that's not happening.

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I think she wants to be able to just crush her opponents, and when that doesn't happen, recently she gets extremely frustrated, and starts doubting whether or not she can keep balls in play. Whenever she plays a player who is getting a lot of balls back, she doesn't have that opportunity to demolish her opponents, and there's more opportunity for her to make a silly error. That's why Justine started giving her the fits, and that's why her record against Jankovic is not stellar. Just look at the horrendous choking she had against Jankovic in the Miami final.

It's all in her head though.

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When she lost three times at the Slams against Henin, I thought she had an inferiority complex against her. But now losing to Srebotnik the way she did...What is she concerned about ? Even her mother said she she doesn't know what the problem is. She looked so hyper sensitive on court. Has nothing to do with her fitness (it's there) or her tennis (there too). Does she have some kind of angst or something ?
Evert's letter has traumatized her.
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Serena's lack of focus is really concerning. Her mother said she was in some kind of a funk.
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Nothing ... I think she's fine. A loss is a loss. We're all human. Just because she lost a match doesn't mean she suddenly has so many problems ...
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I think she is a very sensitive person,nothing wrong with that but if it becomes a pattern it can be worrying , she could be depressed.
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I have been following Serena since 1999 and have my own opinions regarding her emotions on the court. Of course the only person who really knows is Serena. But what I have witnessed is Serena plays like she practices. She gets her confidence from her practices. When she enters a match, Serena knows where her game is at. If it is less than stellar her fear of losing increases, sometimes to a point it will not allow her to play. So she uses mental techniques to calm herself down. When she does this she begins to hit the ball short in the court, quit going for lines and uses lots of topspin. This is about the only time her serve sometimes breaksdown. Her eyes form narrow slits and are not wide open. On the other hand, when she is on her game and practices go well, supreme confidence reigns.

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you people act like Serena wins every match she plays....Serena's an excellent fighter... but There are players on tour who have been in more GS finals than her... and have more tourny wins.... Just cause Serenas in the draw doesnt mean shes gonna win.

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Nothing, Serena can't play well on clay. Stop trying to oversimplify things.
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Nothing, Serena can't play well on clay. Stop trying to oversimplify things
Okay... then try to explain what happened to her when she played and lost to Jankovic (so easily?) in the AO Quarterfinals?

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Nothing, Serena can't play well on clay. Stop trying to oversimplify things.
Why do African Americans dominate in football (grass) and basketball (hard floor) but not in ice hockey (ice=clay?)
Ice hockey is a sport that is not in their cultural environment......most are not exposed to ice hockey, tennis either for that matter....although changing. Serena can play excellent on clay, her matches with Capriati and Justine were classics.

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shes kinda dellusional..

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When she lost three times at the Slams against Henin, I thought she had an inferiority complex against her. But now losing to Srebotnik the way she did...What is she concerned about ? Even her mother said she she doesn't know what the problem is. She looked so hyper sensitive on court. Has nothing to do with her fitness (it's there) or her tennis (there too). Does she have some kind of angst or something ?
i think Serena should call Chris Evert to figure herself out. Chris knows better

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you people act like Serena wins every match she plays....Serena's an excellent fighter... but There are players on tour who have been in more GS finals than her... and have more tourny wins.... Just cause Serenas in the draw doesnt mean shes gonna win.
yeah there are tons of players left on tour who have won 8 slams and been in 10 finals Venus is the only person to win be in more finals. I'd suggest Davenport is the only player to have more titles aside from Venus.
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