Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Wonderland Arts Society
Re: Which is Serena Williams's best season so far? 2002 or 2012?
Technically 2002 is her best season namely due to the achievements. You cannot negate the fact that in 2002 Serena dominated all her main rivals, won three straight slams, completed the Serena Slam in 2003, remained #1 for a extended period, and established herself as a formidable champion worthy of respect. This was a 21 year old Serena in her prime with fresh legs, no knee surgery, and at full confidence.
Fast forward to 2012 and Serena is 31 and considered an aging veteran. She missed a year off the tour due to a freak injury which later developed into pulmonary embolism loosing a piece of her lung but still working furiously to get back to the top of the sport. Then came the final loss at the US Open 2011, next she bombed out at the AO in the fourth round, but nothing prepared her for arguably one of the worst loses of her career(losing first round at the French). With Serena's record of never losing a first round slam match that could have easily been a game changer.
We've seen champions lose these type of matches and never quite recover. At that point, everyone assumed Serena couldn't come through at the slams anymore and while Serena struggled through some of her matches at Wimbledon she still fought tooth and nail to stay the course and eventually won the tournament ending her losing streak.
Then came the Olympics singles where she dominated her competitors in devastating fashion plus she even won the doubles with her sister. The US Open and YEC wins were just proof that Serena had somehow found her old form and even in old age she was just as much a champion as she was in 2002.
Yep, maybe she's a step slower than 2002, isn't as explosive and her mental focus sometimes comes and goes but 2012 Serena is a smarter player in the sense that she understands her fundamentals and uses them to the best of her ability. She's confident that her skill set is enough to defeat the competition and has improved her shot selection, forehand, and serve.
So for me, while I respect Serena's 2002 season I much prefer her 2012 season as a fan. In my opinion, the true measure of a champion isn't determined during peak years but how that champion responds to opposition when the best years are behind them. I can truly say that Serena's will and determination in 2012 is impressive when you consider all the circumstances surrounding her year.
Originally Posted by AcesHigh
I'll say this in public once. I miss serena so much. Fed is my favorite player but no one does it like her.