Serena's Serve Was Hardly On
I think my point was – IMO - Serena’s serves were off. I don’t care who is returning – when Serena is fired up on her first serves – no one can anticipate them well. And especially when she is consistently hitting them ova 110mph and placing them well. Her placement was off and she did not have any heat on them (to include seconds) IMO. And isn’t that exactly the point of serving well – when someone is consciously trying to serve @ one’s best? And if so – and in other words – could it have been that Justine was getting to most of them because Serena was not able to concentrate on her entire serve game?
It is unlike Serena not to score at least one service ace. Not that it would have mattered – but it is a fact/truth. After all - w/her having such an spectacular service game is partly how she became numero uno.
Granted - Serena was not or didn’t have the time to concentrate on her service game because Justine kept the pressure and heat on PERIOD, and she forced Serena to worry about other things. Given that though - it just does not take away from the fact that Serena was not serving @ her best.
Justine returned great today – but she also didn’t serve her best. Her first serve was off for the most part – but IMO - she also has a good second serve and got those in for the most part. If one wants to say that Justine was not playing @ her best – then one can also say that Serena was not playing @ hers.
Justine outplayed Serena today or she would not have won it. I am happy for her. I felt in my mind and heart that she would make the final. I wasn’t sure who would win the final match. I think it is a disservice to Justine to state that she is a better player than Serena on clay. What????? Well how in the beans and franks will she eva win a grand slam other than the FO if she can’t match up to the top players on other surfaces? To me – that is a sorry statement. Sure the clay may be her favorite surface – but she can’t become number one by just winning on clay!
I would give Justine a chance against Serena, or any other top player on any surface, because she is a good and almost great player. I stated ova a month ago that I thought she was an elite player. And some feel that in order for a player to be elite – said player would have to have won a slam. Well I guess in some folks’ mind Kim is not elite yet either. I respect that – but I don’t feel the same way. For instance when Serena won @ the US Open 1999 – was she instantly considered an elite player? She didn’t do too much after that for a while – so what does it all mean? I thought then that she had the makings of an elite player and I neva doubted that she would start winning w/consistency. Her pops said that she would be a great player – and she’s more than proven him right.
Needless to say – Justine was the better player today – and she still may have won it even if it had been on grass or hard courts. No one can win them all – each and every time – and not even Serena “I'm Fine - Cause I Still Got the Serena Slam”, Williams.
"ENJOY YOU WELL DESERVED WIN JUSTINE"
"YOU STILL ROCK - ROLL AND RULE SERENA"