ok I know this may sound like a ridiculous idea , but after watching the doubles final my mind really changed.
I initially wanted V/S to win , but after watching Vivi and Paola , my heart fell for them. They had some brilliant stratergies and game plans , which were being executed perfectly. Watching these players was a pleasure.
And then I noticed that Venus and Serena simply used their muscle power. There was not much doubles stratergy used. I wonder how much they had practised as a team(?)
If you play power tennis , the only stratergy involved is to get the ball on the other side of the net
As blunt as it may seem , this makes some sense. I realised that in the Kim match , it was all on Serena's racquet. As long as Serena's powerful shots reached the other side of the net , Kim could do nothing about it.
Tennis is essentially like a game of chess , where you have to use the right combinations or spins and shots to outwit your opponent. But essentially when it comes down to power ,stratergy doesnt count , as you've just got to pray that opponent makes the error.
Originally posted by griffin
If you you have the ability, with one shot, to put a ball where your opponent can't return it (due to placement/speed/whatever), what kind of "strategy" is it to hit the ball so that they can retunr it? To give them a chance to put the ball where YOU can't return it?
Is that strategy or stupidity? No truly smart player is going to use three shots (and provide 3 opportunities for error) where one will do.
That's an interesting viewpoint , but you know what? When you are facing the super-fast serves of Serena , unless you have an IQ of 180 , you cannot plan any of your shots , and people have to just impulsively hit them. Sure , when you have the time , you can plan your shots , but when playing against a powerful person , you obviously wouldnt have the time to think at all.
Yes I know that Patty and Justine have beaten Serena , but let's face it , that's been only because of the rusty form of Serena.
In short , when the Williams are hitting the shots powerfully , and not making errors , there's nothing that even a highly intellegent person can do. There is no answer
to Power in general.
As much as I appreciate the sheer genius of Richard Williams , in identifying the significance of power, this is a huge disadvantage to small players. Now , a person under 5'8" can never ever become No.1 in the world. Power has now become an integral part of women's tennis , and that is why I feel there should be weight divisions.
Like sports in Greco-Roman wrestling , if two people weighing 200 pounds each played each other , there would be some stratergy involved. Both people in this case , as equally equipped , and it comes down to your speed and moves.
But say , if a 200 pound person , were playing a 100 pound person , there would be no stratergy involved. The 200 pound person has to just push the smaller person , and he's done.
There has been a lot of talk of mixing
the game , that would probably upset power players , but it actually it would not.
These tall , powerful players would easily reach out to the ball , and smack it on the other side.
If there were two or more weight divisions , we will be seeing more interesting matches. The power players will play amongst themselves , and will have to use stratergy to outwit each other.
And smaller girls who simply cannot become power players , can play among themselves , and develop their own stratergies.
Right now , you will see some upsets in a blue-moon , but in the long run , only the tall and big players will continue to dominate.
I am in no way trying to put down the achievements of Venus and Serena ,but right now , we have just 2 , but soon everyone in the top 100 maybe made up of such players , and people below 5'6" will have no hope.