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I cant help but think that..........(serving)

WTA players biggest emphasis of improvement will be on SERVING now. A lot of talk about Serena's success this year at Wimbledon had to do with her serve and older players endorsing her as the greatest server in history, I'm sure we are going to see a lot of players work on improving their serve. Back when Venus and Serena were #1 and #2 and dominated earlier, they were known for raising the game for "power hitting". Then we saw a lot of people playin with more power...such as the Belgiums, Russians, and many others. Anyway...I predict players will start working on having a consistent, versitale, and a serve with more power.....I thikn that was one of Henin's biggest area's she wanted to improve on once she returned.

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Agreed. And with Stosur's serve, too, a lot of players saw what that could do at the French Open. This could cause a sort of shift from focus on ground strokes to serves, and maybe back to some serve and volleying???

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Serve, serve..that's the name of the game.

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I hope not , don't let the WTA become a body builders females competition
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With Serena and Stosur, that is the logical direction where the focus should be now.

Instead of these ractionary, regressive, futile that tries to hopeless stop the inevetibale.

Monical Selles changed tennis with powerful resturn of serve.

Venus and Serena changed tennis with powerful serve, all-court sustained aggression, pression filled matches, swinging volleys etc..

Serena just added another challenge by perfecting her serve with neutral toss, placement, flat or kick.
These development are good for women tennis.

It is the veteran generation(Kim, Henin. Sharapova, Davenport and Capriati) fault that the younger generation has not met the challenge yet.
But they will in time.
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I hope not , don't let the WTA become a body builders females competition
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You better get on it, or you'll be left behind.


This same talk happen with Martina Nav, Monica Selles, and that did not stop the inevitable.
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Re: I cant help but think that..........(serving)

Why wouldn't the serve already be the most worked-on? Serena's been serving like this for years, not to mention Venus, Lindsay, etc. If anything, I think outside of Serena & Venus, emphasis has fallen OFF the serve comparatively in recent years.

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Why wouldn't the serve already be the most worked-on? Serena's been serving like this for years, not to mention Venus, Lindsay, etc. If anything, I think outside of Serena & Venus, emphasis has fallen OFF the serve comparatively in recent years.
Maybe this Serena performance would bring emphasis back on the serve.
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Serena's just taking it to the next level. same toss for all her serves, can hit outwide at 90-something mph and then go down the T for 120+? That's just criminal!

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Its hard to serve very well. Its placement, not only pace.
And doing it well on key points.

I was watching an old Kafelnikov-Sampras FO SF, and Pete did not have good groundstrokes.
He is considered one of the best ever because of his serve

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Its hard to serve very well. Its placement, not only pace.
And doing it well on key points.

I was watching an old Kafelnikov-Sampras FO SF, and Pete did not have good groundstrokes.
He is considered one of the best ever because of his serve
one of the best FHs and one of the best volleyer

Anyways about serev, easier said than done I really hope future WTA players concentrate on serving well..

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Good fh crosscourt, but not a good groundstroker. Kafelnikov ate him up the last 2 sets

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I think so, we won't see this impact until a few years though.
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Good fh crosscourt, but not a good groundstroker. Kafelnikov ate him up the last 2 sets
because Sampras wasnt a great mover on clay

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Re: I cant help but think that..........(serving)

If thats the case, MANY girls need a lot of work. Whats good about Serena's is that she throws it in the same position every time and can hit any part of the box. All the other girls, you can see where they wanna hit it in the box. Some throw it a little to the left, right or in front. They would really have to work at it and see what works for them.
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