My thoughts exactly. That Caroline can and has been blown off court by Serena Williams, is what it is. At her best, S.Williams is so far ahead of anyone else on the tour. As illustrated at the Olympics.
Am not trying to pick on you or any other fans,TF66,but your post was the most recent on this theme.
It's almost as if posters here suffer from selective,acute amnesia: Although Serena should be highly praised for her accomplishments at Wimby and the OG,no one here has mentioned that,on slow red clay,she's not only NOT dominant,she's actually quite ordinary.Though she deserves credit for the accuracy of her serves,it's fair to speculate how limited she'd be by the ORIGINAL,one-serve rules in tennis that didn't reward raw power so much...something she was lucky to be BORN with.One could argue that she couldn't go for nearly as much on her 1st serves if there WERE no 2nd serves as a safety net...and what would she do on those days when she's getting outplayed in every other aspect and is bailed out by a single shot that is a benefit more from her DNA than from loads of technical skill??If she couldn't depend on that serve so much to save her,her game might unravel more frequently as it does when she panics and starts venting violently on umps and line judges.I don't find it a co-incidence that she avoids slow red clay as much as possible(preferring the faster green stuff or the Madrid freak show);when she gets easily handled in straight sets by Klara Zakopalova types,it just DESTROYS her aura of invincibility,and she doesn't wanna lose that psychological edge that she has over MOST gals but not all.Graf never ran away from red clay even though she sometimes struggled on it against specialists,and THAT's what places her a notch above Serena...as Richard Williams and even Serena admit...though maybe not for that precise reason
In contrast,I'm not gonna say that it's 'unfair' that Caroline wasn't born with as much raw power,but I don't think the founders of the sport intended for it to be a simplistic slugfest between Karlovics and female 'Karlovicas'.Though I enjoy seeing raw power when I watch the NFL,it's a fundamental part of the sport in THAT instance yet it seems out of place in tennis,IMO,when it's the primary,deciding factor...and I say that despite the fact that one of my faves often uses such an edge.I'll admit that it's a very subjective sentiment from me,but it just feels wrong when a hard-working,dedicated lady like Caroline has little chance vs. a lazy,airheaded lingerie model who was fortunate to be born with physical prowess and who plays only enough to keep from breaching her lucrative personal services contract.I can accept it more when Caroline loses to an EXCELLENT power player;however,I'd love it if she could reach a stage where she normally handled run-of-the-mill BB'ers again
PARTY IN THE PANIC ROOM
! Serena wins an undoubtedly clean
Congrats on Number Three, Kim! We need more of you
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