Lindsay has been working with Adam Peterson only a short while but already i've notuced certain changes in her game.
first of all, she is moving into net more. she is volleying extremely well. her record against Vera was something like 21 out of 22. that is an incredible success rate. and she is hitting all kinds of volleys -- from both sides, swinging volleys, flat/traditional.
Serena has also been trying to volley more but she does so tentatively and without much confidence. and the minute she flubs it, she moves back to the baseline. i assume that she will continue to work on this.
Lindsay's movement has improved considerably. there was a time when all you had to do to beat Lindsay was hit some drop shots bec she never moved into the court. no longer. she is moving smoothly and she is getting to every drop shot and scoring some sweet winners when she does. she anticipates them well.
Serena's movement improved considerably between Wimbledon last year and the AO this year. she is very FAST (faster than Lindsay) but she can still occasionally be clumsy. she still falls down occasionally when she is wrong-footed. Lindsay can exploit that.
Lindsay's forehand can still let her down occasionally but when she gets it in, it can be so powerful that it's unreturnable.
Serena's forehand has also improved significantly but it is still her Achilles heel.
Lindsay has been working on hitting her returns BEHIND the player. she did this very effectively against Clarisa Fernandez. she was less effective with this approach against Vera who anticipated her better. in fact, by Set 2 Lindsay basically abandoned this approach and went more for the Agassi-style side-to-side bashing. that worked against Vera. i suspect however that trying to go behind Serena may be more effective. of course Serena being as fast as she is will mean that this is no guarantee of success.
i like Adam Peterson so far as a coach for Lindsay. her attitude has been quite positive during this tourny (Family Cup) and i assume that he has played a part in this as well. i never liked the idea of her working with her boyfriend's brother but i have nothing against her working with his former roomate!
i still give Serena the edge in this match-up but if a player has to stop Serena's winning streak i'd rather it be Lindsay bec she's clearly been working hard on making subtle changes in her game.