Re: Serena's 2013 Clay Court Strategy
The FO 12 vs Razzano was an extreme circumstance, playing against an inspired French player in front of a hostile French crowd, therefore the jittery and losing focus. Serena has a history at this Slams that's appeared to be her biggest obstacle to win this Slam, mentally wise. Playing many matches prior on clay added to the situation as someone mentioned earlier.
I think Serena is going to keep her old schedule in 2013. She just had to work on her mental approach about the FO tournament. In the match vs Virginia, at the change over, you can see the sight of nerves and getting tense on Serena's face that she let the crowd got the better part of her. Next year it will be different, even if she 'll have to face a French player again.
Whether it would be enough to win the FO, it's another different story. While the odds of Serena to win the FO is just as good ( or better than) as any top contenders, the nature of that specific Slam is so unique that requires the winners have to have lots of things line up right for them to win, besides their own abilities. It's a matter of who is gonna be the lottery winner among the contenders.