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I really wish Serena would pay attention to these things. I absolutely hate Madrid, it's the worst tournament I've ever watched. I wish they'd just scrap it. It will be exactly same surface conditions next year and guaranteed it won't predict the winner of the French.
Hmmm. Do you think changing up her preparation will mean something for her mentally, when it comes to RG?


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I think he meant on red clay... which I kinda agree with. As for tournaments though, really hope she skips Charleston and Madrid. Not even Nadal like playing in Madrid and that's his home Country. That's a big tell-tell sign if the greatest clay court player ever thinks the surface is not suitable.
I disagree w/ that. You have to evolve and adapt. Every surface isn't going to cater to your game (even if it is clay). He was being a pansy and complaining profusely because he wasn't able to dominate on that surface.

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Re: Serena's 2013 Clay Court Strategy

Train a lot with Patrick at his Paris academy in the spring, talk about clay strategy and get the right mental attitude with him. That's all she needs at this point in order to hope to win RG again. Just playing a MM red clay tourney and Rome would be a good idea. I don't think she should play indoors Stuttgart and high altitude Madrid. Different conditions than RG.
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Hmmm. Do you think changing up her preparation will mean something for her mentally, when it comes to RG?
I just don't enjoy Madrid at all myself. But I definitely think a change-up of some sort would help mentally, even if it was only on the practice courts, a change in training methods, who she works with. A change in training or schedule/tournament-focus (i.e. more on Rome less on Madrid) could help instil a change in mentality. God knows I can't stand this edgy, choking person that always shows up at RG.

Maybe that change has already happened if things continue to go well with Patrick.

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Yup. People really need to stop thinking it's the colour of the clay that was the issue Madrid's ALWAYS been an awful preparation tournament because of (a) the altitude, and (b) the clay is such shoddy quality that it's impossible to move on it like you can on proper clay. You just have to look at Kvitova winning in 2011 despite her game being wholly unsuitable for clay - giving a beatdown to a player who would beat her at RG a few weeks later. The 2010 Madrid finalists did awfully at RG too. Stuttgart and Rome have ALWAYS Been better indicators of who will do well at RG (actually, Stuttgart's been the best indicator of all in recent years, which makes sense seeing as they specifically import the same clay that RG use).
why stopping at 2010 Dinara was only one who had some RG success after her Madrid run in 2009.

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Not even close. Especially Maria. Serena's movement is far better than Ana, Maria and Schiavone. She's faster at least than either Na Li and Kuznetsova.
Being "fast" means jackshit on clay. Wozniacki is far better mover than Maria, still cant do anything on clay with her movement because she doesnt slide well and doesnt use it in her game. These kind of small adjustments are important.
Of course Serena's game is enough good to ignore any movement most of the time.

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Re: Serena's 2013 Clay Court Strategy

I think Serena may only play the red clay events to prove a point... If she wins the Australian Open next year though the pressure will be huge to hold all 4 grand slams.
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When she has a goal - there is no stopping her. Now that she's claimed that elusive OG in singles, I have no doubt she's eyeing at least one or two more FOs to balance her resume.

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The best strategy is to pray she doesn't get Razzano in the first round again
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When she has a goal - there is no stopping her. Now that she's claimed that elusive OG in singles, I have no doubt she's eyeing at least one or two more FOs to balance her resume.

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I would like to see Serena play Stuttgart instead of Charleston next year.

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She should pick up a MM South American clay court tournament or two. I think if she were to play some scrappier clay courters it would really help her game in the early rounds of the FO. Aren't there a couple right before IW?

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The best strategy is to pray she doesn't get Razzano in the first round again
I think Serena would love for that to happen, tbh.

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You can forget about Serena competing for titles on european clay. Even on this stage of her career Williams is better on her worst surface than a plenty of players, but to contend for Rome and FO she will need a bit of help from the best. Really, in such conditions now everything doesn`t depend on Serena as it is on clay (well, never was though, but it`s obvious that with every year Serena becomes more dependent from her serve).

I`m pretty sure that even if Williams takes AO she won`t change her casual shedule and, mainly, attitude to win 4 GS in a row again. She has already done it. No, SW will focus on other 3 GS, Miami and 3-4 other competitions if health allows.

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Stuttgart
Rome
Roland Garros

could be a good schedule with some serious training in between.

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i think her best bet is to bomb out early in all in recent years she's done well when everyone is talking about how crap she is on clay

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