Re: Venus 7-5 6-4 Serena
That was devastating play. Venus really played like she wanted it. And that allowed her best qualities to come out: more consistency with her power, more agile defense, better net game, better at improvising off of odd shots. Also served the smartest I've seen.
Serena was somewhat undone by her stellar play at the beginning. You can't keep that up; not when you're playing an in-form Venus (instead of Maria). She needed to give herself more margin for error while also imposing her game. She couldn't find that balance, in part because she hasn't had to against this level of competition in enough big matches. She'll be good to go come the USOpen if she gets herself in a couple more finals and gets used to having to do this.
Also: while Serena's 2nd serve is "better" than Venus', the older sister's prep, recovery and ground-stroke after her 2nd serve is miles better. Result: Serena needed to go for more on the 2nd serve return to get and keep her sister on the defense....
Someone is quietly turning back the clock...to them bulldozer dayz...
Always on the lookout for a great tennis match.
Last edited by azinna; Jul 5th, 2008 at 04:45 PM.