Originally Posted by TennisAddict84
great points. yea, i'm actually not sure why petra always plays against serena like this...she can't play against serena the same way that she plays against the other players...it's just not gonna work...
i firmly believe that petra can beat and outplay serena even when serena is at her best like today...IF petra plays the right tactics...i mean the added dimension to Petra's game, which is what makes her so exciting to watch...is not only that she has comparable power to Serena off both wings...but that she also possesses variety, which separates her from the entire field including serena
also, petra is way better off just getting a higher first serve % than having to throw in 2nd serves...
I might have spoken a little too fast about Petra's chances against Serena. I don't know about her future but if she doesn't sort out her tactics against a well-serving Serena, then she'll always have that feeling of succumbing against Serena's 'might' (ridiculous really) which if you compare both in terms of power (only Petra possesses more variety), they are very much similar so Petra doesn't need to feel humble or bow down to Serena as if she is a goddess. I mean, at the end of the day, Serena is human and she has just a lot of self-belief and has developed her fierce mentality over the years and during these tight matches, it is just a matter of how much she believes to herself and her capabilities. Of course, it gives her a mental advantage, knowing she can serve out of her serve games. But to be honest, it comes down to how much she believes she can produce those outstanding serves under pressure (esp. during deuces). Tactics-wise, I think Petra needs to vary her stance/position on the court when Serena serves so Serena is forced to think (and might become 'overthink') when the opportunity is right. I mean, I have seen Nadal in a lot of his matches change his position (from the baseline) when a big server is playing against him (e.g. Isner). Another thing, if she knows an ace is coming (which is likely) and already think she lost the point, why not choose a side (just a gamble) knowing that you already lost the point anyway? That way, she has a chance to perhaps guess her serve and has a better chance of retrieving the ball back, than just standing there on the baseline, waiting for the 'onslaught' of Serena's serve, and the opponent 'nailed' on the ground? I still believe she can win against Serena, even during Serena's good days, but it would be a huge task and requires the right combination of tactics, execution (that is, shot selection) and mentality (2 F's - fortitude and focus). If Kim and Henin can do it, why not Petra, with her inventory of weaponry in her arsenal?