On playing Serena
I think we're seeing the pattern now. Players are trying to change pace, use spins, drop shots, anything to get Serena out of rythym, and make it a chess match rather than a power-and-speed match. (Except Justine. She'll never change).
Emilie Loit, Venus and Jenn all took this approach. Amelie does too.
Kim doesn't, but Kim has had more success vs Serena recently than anyone else, so she has less NEED to change. But I think we're slowly seeing the all-court game come back to women's tennis, as the elite baseliners accept that Serena just can't be beaten from back there. She can lose, but you can't beat her. If she plays well, you just can't win a baseline slugfest against her.
For us, this is all to the good. Sprinking in some all-court and net play can only make baseline tennis more entertaining.
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Not blind. Not uninformed. We are party to atrocities. But the response of the world after 9/11 is worth noting. Even our most dire enemies offered aid. We should all be so lucky.