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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old Jan 25th, 2003, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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Does Serena Have Any Weaknesses?

Serena will hit some errors but she hits winners too so this is not too big of a weakness. It normally balances out. So looking at the matches she lost, why did she lose them?

2002 Kim in LA
2002 Justine on clay
2002 Patty Schnyder on clay
2002 Chanda rubin on hard courts

In the Kim match Serena said she was tired from playing Jennifer the pervious day indirectly. I think Chanda caught a rusty Serena and mixed in net play. I did not see the Patty and Justine mathces but what is amazing is other than the match where she was "tired," all of these ended 7-5 or 7-6 in the third set which means that Serena is not normally going down without a tough fight.

so here is my short list:

Serena's Weaknesses (WTA PLAYERS PLEASE READ THIS)
1 might be rusty and/or tired
2 can be rushed from the net
3 on clay maybe she loses some power
4 hitting down the middle hard to her feet can get her off balance
5 can make too many errors

not too much to work with...
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Re: Does Serena Have Any Weaknesses?

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Serena's Weaknesses (WTA PLAYERS PLEASE READ THIS)
1 might be rusty and/or tired
2 can be rushed from the net
3 on clay maybe she loses some power
4 hitting down the middle hard to her feet can get her off balance
5 can make too many errors
1. Well who isn't, that's not a weakness at all, and she pulls out of those matches too now.

2. I don't think there are good enough serve/volleyers to exploit this weakness.

3. Not really, she gets time to set up her shots, and she's really comfortable sliding on clay now.

4. Hitting straight to her, to her feet or serving into her body are always effective, but can't do that all the time.

5. I think this is a little bit mental and really out of control from the opponents perspective.

My suggestion is a really good serve/volleyer (that means a serve as strong as Venus with excellent volleys) who uses a lot of spin (top and slice) from the baseline. I think she can exploit Serena's weaknesses
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Careful, Serena might sue you (loss of earnings???) for exposing her weaknesses.

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I think her main weakness is that when she has an off day, she sprays so many balls and her opponents really just need to get the ball in play. But now she very rarely has off days and when she does can usually get herself out of it. I noticed today Venus won some points when she was aggressive and came to the net to volley, so i think putting pressure on at the net is the way to go, but not even Venus could do it consistently today.
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I agree with Sam. Serena hates slices!


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SERENAS' weaknesses:

1. shopping
2. James Blake
3. hair dye
4. kryptonite

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she let's her sis do the work at home
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serena is bad

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well, she's a J. witness, if y'know what I mean........
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Sure she has weaknesses but where no one has her beat is having fierce determination. Serena will not give up EVER and she showed that at the Australian. You can hate her for whatever reasons but give her credit for her self-confidence because you know what? If your fav's had Serena's self-confidence they'd be doing a lot better. I know that sounds like bragging but it's the truth and you guys know it.
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people who saw the justine and patty matches, why did serena lose those two matches on clay?
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I saw that match in Berlin...it was a gigantic fight..but Justine was just that lil bit better that day Just like Serena was a lil bit better in Rome.

Clay is imo Justine's best surface and an in shape Henin on clay is as good as an in shape Serena on clay

I'm not talking about any other surfaces
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I saw both matches with patty schyder and justine.

In the schyder match Serena was very off her game and errant. She went up 3-0 in the third and she still lost. It kind of remind me of the chanda match where she went up 3-0 also in the third. I think you can really beat Serena when you catch her off her game and you know she's not prepared because of her level.

Now the when Justine beat her on clay, Serena's serve was iffy but Justine really was too good that day on that surface.

I think the way you beat Serena is being very strong mentally. If you aren't then she will roll over you even if you are leading. Jen could of beaten Serena in some of those matches last year, but Serena just would not let up when she was down and that was something jen couldn't handle.
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indeed I think serena is at her most dangerous when she is behind. when she sets her tarzan screams in full alarm

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so tactics for the players: let Serena win her games 'till the last games of the set, then break at the end and don't give her time to come back
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