"Bar 2005/06, i feel Serena's footspeed hasnt diminished at all. Just that footwork can come and go. She never makes smooth transitions with her feet and goes for more 'stampy' steps than precise soft steps. She can get away with it though because she anticipates the ball so well. I always feel that's a very underated part of Serena's game, her court-craft in antuicipating and tracking down balls is superb for the most part."
--Can footwork come and go? And if so, perhaps it's a psychological thing. During the AO07, I think Serena moved exceptionally well, hugged the baseling, and set up well to hit her penetrating shots. That was before the final, when Serena actually had to play rallies
She was awesome then.
Nowadays, she seems off balance, not having her feet planted, and goes into spells of hitting with topspin. I'm convinced that if her footworks there, then she can really hit the ball flatter. Otherwise, her forehand shots will just sit up, as they have during her losses.
I'm also positive, knowing that she's got nothing to defend, and that if she finally gets a top ranking (top 4), she can play less tournaments (I know, I know, but for Serena, she's got a heavy schedule this year) and have the comfort of working on her body a little more. Someone spoke about having to balance off-court training (all those annoying technical aspects of the game) and being match tough. Serena's match tough this year, but not automatically a contender.
She hasn't won any of the big titles, so it's hard for em to consider her a contender, although i hope she wins any tournaments she's entered in.
Otherwise, I think she's on he right path, more so now than ever before. Her (upper) body looks great, and she needs to take the next step (toning up her legs and backside) to be a world-class athlete. I think that's why we're in such awe of Venus. Hopefully lil sis can get some motivation...