[SIZE="2"][COLOR="Purple"]It wasn't that Serena was trying to hit the ball it, she lost the point because she WASN'T READY for Vika to get the ball back and she didn't have time to properly set up for the shot and it went long. Serena was on the right side of the court when she hit that angle and she had to run back to the backside of the left hand side of the court to get to that ball and she was planted right and she hit it long.
Sorry, but Rena WAS READY to get that shot: playing tennis IS getting ready to get to every shot, and that was the tennis Rena used to play against Vika during the whole match.
As you said in one of your previous posts, maybe the first, she has an admirable defensive play, and I especially noticed in this match how Rena is very quick and reactive, anticipates perfectly on the rallies. Which of course doesn't keep you from being a bit late on some, as the opponent you're facing does everything to get you away from the ball.
Rena hit the ball a bit too strong because she lost perfect control. Regarding her placement, she's quite used to keep control in every kind of position.
That's one of those things I admired in her whole "control". Rena is powerful but quick as well. I've read your points above and disagree on one thing especially: the statement that Vika is stronger than Rena on the baseline game. I have the opposite opinion. But opinions are opinions, and our analysis is different. I find you too much focused on the serves. Tennis isn't all about serves. Once the serves and returns are done, there is everything else.
Two other points: I'm not the first Rena fan here, but Rena was my favorite of this match against Vika. Most of the time, I support Rena's opponents instead.
Second point: the crying Sabine. As I said once, it doesn't matter that much how emotional she is. I don't find that more disturbing than other players rageous screams. It doesn't keep Sabine from playing well. There are a lot of different characters in tennis. A wild character won't make you a better tennis player than a sweet one. Sabine is an emotive and strong player at once.
Crying is embarrassing, yes, but not more than breaking a racket or throwing cusswords in the air.