Re: Sloane deserves credit injury or not most players would have choked this match
No, you have to be fair. Serena's served picked up in the third set. She was belting them in at 115-119mph. And if her serve was ineffective she had the opportunity to quit. We saw Venus have an ineffective serve when she suffered that bad abdominal injury and she lost and nobody made excuses for her because she chose to play.
Serena's serve was ineffective because of the injury, not Sloane. I'm not a Serena fan but it was clearly her injury that was the biggest cause of the result, not Sloane's level of play which was only good at best.
Sloane's play was good and she matched Serena's power shot to shot. Go back and look at that girls winners. Sloane had more winners when Serena was winning. She had more winners than Serena in the first set.
And it doesn't matter what our analysis is of the match, one thing we can agree on is that Sloane won. She did what she needed to do to win. And if Serena felt that she was injured she could have ended the match. But because she chose to play she felt that she could win because we have all seen Serena be injured and limping and still win the match.
Well it didn't happen last night, and Serena has nothing to be ashamed about because she won the first set; she had a back spasm in the second set and she came back and broke Sloane and took the lead; and in the third set SErena broke Sloane and took the lead. Sloane just began to run her and she won the game.
But Serena was in the lead in the first, second, and third sets and that shows she wasn't serving too bad to be able to take the lead despite having a back spasm. Just look at Serena in the press room, you could see even when she got up that she got up with ease and she also walked off the court with ease and she picked up that heavy bag with all those tennis racquets in it. I've seen players who had real back injuries have to have one of the ball kids carry their tennis racquet bag off of the courts after a loss. Serena lifted that bag over her shoulder with ease and walked off of the courts waving. A bad back won't allow you to do that.
Last edited by Foxy; Jan 23rd, 2013 at 09:07 PM.