Re: JuJu Heng had an interview with newest French Open winner Serena Williams yesterd
Re: Serena's pre-game warm-up "tactics" being intimidating...
The only way I can read this is that Serena's very presence and movements are intimidating in different ways to different opponents.
Some are clearly shaking before they even walk out onto the court.
I see deep breathing, the shaking of hands, arms, and legs, while awaiting the commencement of the competition. And I've even seen where players close their eyes and nearly sprint out.
But I've also witnessed certain nervous habits from Serena as we well.
Does that also mean that she's intimidated by her opponent?
All this tells me is that all players have moments of nervousness and ways in which to eliminate them; as well as how they view their opponents.
I can't count Serena's shoulder-loosening exercises as an attempt to intimidate because she has ALWAYS done this to loosen up, and so have many others. So maybe there is something else going on that fans are not privy to unless we were to face Serena.
That said, all this talk of Serena employing intimidation tactics against her opponents during warm-up routines are simply hearsay.
I have to consider the opponents' state of mind more than what Serena is doing or not doing.
And unless I'm am told or shown something specific with which to check and see for myself...I ain't buying a single iota of the rumor, and will overlook Henin's assumption.
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