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.