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Was the Wimbledon final the best display we've seen of Serena since '02/03?

Having watched the Wimbledon final, i was immensely impressed by the way Serena was playing. She looked extremely well-conditioned and for the first time in years, her demeanour was spot-on. No silly tantrums or agonised expressions- she just looked focused and ready to win Wimbledon again.

Her play overall IMO was the closest i've seen to '2002Rena'. She was striking the ball so powerfully with added depth and control and in that second set she was whipping Venus Williams around the court, making the 5 time champ look under-powered. I'm saying this as a huge Venus fan here. The way she was serving too. I've never seen Venus struggling so much to get a racquet on a ball on the return.

Sure people will argue that, 'Venus wasn't at her best', or 'The win in Australia in '07 was more impressive', but i would argue that beating a reigning 5 time champ in a final>>beating Sharapova in her first Aussie Open final. Plus the athletic ability of Venus is alwaus going to prove more of a problem.

If Serena can sustain this kind of form, it's very beneficial for the tour IMO. It enforces more of a hierachy that will hopefully force the best out of everything again. What has been proven this year is that Serena is dominating the Slams again, and everyone else needs to rise to challenge. It's going to be a facinating 2nd half of the season.
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Re: Was the Wimbledon final the best display we've seen of Serena since '02/03?

Australian Open 07 final was the best i've EVER seen her play

if Venus had played well in the Wimby final, then fair enough...but Venus played the worst match i've seen her play at SW19 since 2004 when she lost to Sprem...no fight, no nothing!

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Re: Was the Wimbledon final the best display we've seen of Serena since '02/03?

I even think Serena played closer to her 2002/2003 form at the US OPEN last year, Service wise it was very close to her 2002/2003 form, but volley and especially groundstrokes wise, she was much and much better during the 2003 edition of Wimbledon, for an example you should check out the Williams vs Henin semi-final match of Wimbledon 2003 on youtube!

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Re: Was the Wimbledon final the best display we've seen of Serena since '02/03?

Her 2002 SF against Mauresmo is the best I have ever seen her play. That's the benchmark and this final wasn't far off. The tiebreak was vintage 2002 stuff, controlled power, with the odd surprising element of touch, i.e. the lob which won set point.

The AO 07 match was devastating off the ground but Serena served better in the two Wimbledon matches I mentioned, simply aces galore, nailing the line everytime.

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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.
(2)You stans may as well sleep well tonight because tomorrow the a replay of Lucie's winning moment over and over again will haunt your dreams for weeks to come
(3)The stars have aligned perfectly for the upset of the 21st century. All the best Garbine
(4) There is no path to victory for Williams.Keys wins in straight easy sets.
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Her 2002 SF against Mauresmo is the best I have ever seen her play. That's the benchmark and this final wasn't far off. The tiebreak was vintage 2002 stuff, controlled power, with the odd surprising element of touch, i.e. the lob which won set point.

The AO 07 match was devastating off the ground but Serena served better in the two Wimbledon matches I mentioned, simply aces galore, nailing the line everytime.
Ditto. That match against Mauresmo was the highest level physically that Serena has reached in my opinion. Powerful, fast, and quick. Now she may be smarter, even serve better, but overall that was her zenith in my opinion.

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Re: Was the Wimbledon final the best display we've seen of Serena since '02/03?

AO 07 was Serena best performance from her groundies.
But Serve wise wimby 09, this is the best Serena has ever served.

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Re: Was the Wimbledon final the best display we've seen of Serena since '02/03?

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Her 2002 SF against Mauresmo is the best I have ever seen her play. That's the benchmark and this final wasn't far off. The tiebreak was vintage 2002 stuff, controlled power, with the odd surprising element of touch, i.e. the lob which won set point.

The AO 07 match was devastating off the ground but Serena served better in the two Wimbledon matches I mentioned, simply aces galore, nailing the line everytime.
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Re: Was the Wimbledon final the best display we've seen of Serena since '02/03?

Yep, the Mauresmo match was better.
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Her play overall IMO was the closest i've seen to '2002Rena'. She was striking the ball so powerfully with added depth and control and in that second set she was whipping Venus Williams around the court, making the 5 time champ look under-powered. I'm saying this as a huge Venus fan here. The way she was serving too. I've never seen Venus struggling so much to get a racquet on a ball on the return.

If Serena can sustain this kind of form, it's very beneficial for the tour IMO.
Just watched again and I completely agree. This isn't her absolute best performance in a slam final, but I think this is the closest she's been to 02 Rena, and yes there is a distinction IMO.

She hit with so much depth, limiting Vee's net game. And her serve was obviously dominant. She became more aggressive in the tie break, and didn't have a lull, thus keeping her emotions in check...which can be problematic for her.

I do think, however, that her best final performance in a slam came in 07 at the AO, but don't think she was close to the 02 form in terms of fitness...didn't need to be though; she was zoned out.

I'm specifically comparing slam finals of 02 as compared to the ones since. Definitely the best slam final based on form since then.

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ur back ?

and i agree
Aww thank you

Yeah I am, post exams and celebrations etc.

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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.
(2)You stans may as well sleep well tonight because tomorrow the a replay of Lucie's winning moment over and over again will haunt your dreams for weeks to come
(3)The stars have aligned perfectly for the upset of the 21st century. All the best Garbine
(4) There is no path to victory for Williams.Keys wins in straight easy sets.
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Re: Was the Wimbledon final the best display we've seen of Serena since '02/03?

I think her best ever was the AO final 07 really.

Waiting for Ana Ivanovic to just retire already .
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Close but I still think AO 07' was more impressive.

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Re: Was the Wimbledon final the best display we've seen of Serena since '02/03?

aside from her serve what i have beeeen very very very pleased about is her concentration and focus. She has very few crybabyrena blips and seems zoned in for EVERY point!
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Serena is serving better than ever before. But the most intense match I have ever seen Serena play was the Australian Open Final in 2007. That was much more than a tennis match to Serena.
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Re: Was the Wimbledon final the best display we've seen of Serena since '02/03?

From start to finish in a tournament, yes. But per match, no. 2007 OZ final was just down right scary good.
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