Actually, I don't think she is bad for the tour, but I really think it is a shame she doesn't play more often. She doesn't care about non-Slams tournaments (except Miami), I am glad not everybody is copying her, WTA would become so poor. The day when they will start doing a Serena by skipping most of "useless" tournaments, female tennis is going to die.
I mean, why does Serena skip these tournaments ? I know, she must find a balance between her offcourt life and tennis, but c'mon, she comes fresher than most of the field in Slams. Maybe that's not fair
I repeat it again : I have huge respect for Serena Williams, and she is the greatest of her generation and one of the GOAT. But let's face it : does not playing others tournaments favour her ?
She plays Sydney - get thrashed by Dementieva 6-3 6-2. It's obvious she doesn't care at all.
Then she wins AO
(Ok I know, she was badly injured, she even missed her favourite non Slam : SEWTA Miami ) : she cares because she lost to JaJa in three tight sets : 4-6 6-3 7-6(5)
: she lost to Petrova
At least, she fought past Douchevina because she won 6-7 7-6 7-6
: poor Serena, she had a MP, and still lost
She fought so hard, it was heart-breaking to watch her losing to a robot with sunglasses : 6-2 6-7(2) 8-6
We can't say she skipped the whole clay season.
BUT she doesn't play any grass tournament :
and she wins Wimbledon in straights !
Then she barely plays any hardcourt tournaments, and she is fresher than most of the girls at the US Open. We all know she has an amazing fighting spirit, so it helps if she is physically fresher IMO.
It applies on doubles too, they only play the Slams and Dubai.
Why do they play not a lot of tournaments SERIOUSLY??? I don't mean these tournaments where they show up to have their appareance money or something....
Please, be objective just like me, I don't want some trollish posts such as "but, they can afford it, they are absolutely the best of their generation" .
Serena is right to do so, it works for her, she is fresher than everybody, but I don't think it's a good model for the tour and not so fair (but it's not breaking the rules so she is right). For instance, Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin chose to be part-time players, it just doesn't seem to work so far for them
They think they can win everything, but they are not Serena Williams. Such a shame.