I have to ask because I constantly read posts here, and Blogs around the net claiming that Serena has "bad" footwork.
Sorry folks, but this fan just doesn't buy into the negative hype.
Now, I will
admit that there are times when Serena's demonstrated 'sluggishness' during the onset of her matches; and then moving like the wind during the latter stages of a match. So maybe that's what people are mis-identifying.
Is this the bad footwork people speak of?
It should be noted that Serena's is usually wrapped when people make these statements, so maybe folks forget that legs injuries require more effort on the part of the athlete to get one's body positioned.
Let me put it another way...
sport, to excel at their craft, as Serena has done in tennis, an elite athlete must
be able to move efficiently
enough to place oneself in a position to adequately respond to an opponents [serve, return, volley, etc...). In fact, a champion MUST be able to move better than his/her opponent.
It's not as if Serena stumbles into a return and ...oops...it went over the net.
If Serena were suffering from "bad footwork" as is so often suggested, then how is she able to win so convincingly, and sometime, incredibly (as in being down several match points) to defeat her opponents?
Sorry, but this idea of bad footwork ranks up there with the many other fallacies incorrectly attached to Serena over a couple of decades.
So let's be honest here folks...
What about Serena's footwork makes it "bad"?
I need to understand the pure unadulterated technique and analysis involved here so that I can identify "good" footwork, as opposed to "bad" footwork.
Oh, and one other thing...
Serena clearly isn't as quick
as she once was pre-knee surgery, but she still gets to the ball mighty fast and positions herself for the return nowadays. So what gives?
She's a half-step to a full-step slower than she demonstarted during her domination years, yet she plays better than she used to and has a higher winning percentage????
Sorry, but something is very wrong with this equation.
And some honesty, preferably from a tennis coach, would be greatly appreciated.