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Serena Williams: Greatest serve & ROS ever?

Just watching this match against Ivanovic, Serena is just smacking returns left and right and I can't remember someone who on a consistent basis just destroys FIRST SERVES like Serena does. It's a wonder she doesnt consistently dominate with a serve that is so accurate, so powerful and never fails under pressure moments AND a return that just crushes the hopes of opponents.

Is there anyone who is even comparable?

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No one is even close,

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Re: Serena Williams: Greatest serve & ROS ever?

Well she definitely has a lot of competition in the return department. Seles, Evert, Davenport, etc.

Her serve might just be the very best though. If we analyze different eras, Navratilova's would be right up there though. She hit as many aces as Serena if not more, with old technology.
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HA! Noone comes close!
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Re: Serena Williams: Greatest serve & ROS ever?

It's between Seles and Serena, no-one else comes close.

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(1)A lot is being made of the record Serena has vs Sharapova. It is being used as THE reason she will win again lol. Good thing we have players like Tomas Berdych (who had an even worse record vs Nadal) to remind us of the fallacy of this nonsense logic.
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Re: Serena Williams: Greatest serve & ROS ever?

Yes. Is that news to you?

Those returns at 4-4 were

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I think so, timing, power, placement, reliability, clutchness doesn't get much better than that.

Really, don't even look at me...
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Just watching this match against Ivanovic, Serena is just smacking returns left and right and I can't remember someone who on a consistent basis just destroys FIRST SERVES like Serena does. It's a wonder she doesnt consistently dominate with a serve that is so accurate, so powerful and never fails under pressure moments AND a return that just crushes the hopes of opponents.

Is there anyone who is even comparable?

Simply the best. Those return of serves were just scary, weren't they. They made me flinch so I can only imagine what it does to an opponent's confidence. Simply crushing, I guess.

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Re: Serena Williams: Greatest serve & ROS ever?

She probably has the best serve and return combination. Serve, she's probably the best ever, regardless of era. Return is great, all-time status, but...

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Just watching this match against Ivanovic, Serena is just smacking returns left and right and I can't remember someone who on a consistent basis just destroys FIRST SERVES like Serena does. It's a wonder she doesnt consistently dominate with a serve that is so accurate, so powerful and never fails under pressure moments AND a return that just crushes the hopes of opponents.

Is there anyone who is even comparable?
No. ...no there's not.

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Her returns made me poo myself

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Re: Serena Williams: Greatest serve & ROS ever?

On other hand I can't remember when somebody served to Serena so many serve-winners in just two sets like Ana did today (including several at BP's)! Venus is still better server than Ana, but Serena training with her since childhood (learn to read) and against Ana played just 2nd time in life (1st time since Ana is TOP10 and adult) so that is reason why she have so many troubles. Also reason why we see today so many serve-winners from Ana and so many unbelievable return-serve winners from Serena is fact that Ivanovic easy finish every point with her FH if You "just return" her good serve. That's why Serena since start make strategic decision to attack every Ana serve (only serves directed in her body is exception). BTW Ana's tactic today is pretty similar and high aggressive... that's why watching this match I have sometime feeling that I watching some ATP, not WTA match.

and I'm not even fan of Ana Ivanovic... just an objective observer who realize how perfect she is

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Re: Serena Williams: Greatest serve & ROS ever?

Definitely on the serve, but not the return.
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Re: Serena Williams: Greatest serve & ROS ever?

Serena's return is a murderous one. It's like she locks and loads and BOOM. Another sucker is gone!

Serena's serve is the best ever for sure.
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