Well, as to what happened - I have completely forgotten what Serena said. I know what she meant. She said something like "Really, Jelena, is this a repeat of Charleston?"
I guess Jelena got upset because you're not supposed to address the other player directly.
When it was over at net, I think Serena really wanted to let JJ know she wasn't mad because she kept touching JJ first with her racket on JJ's back and then grabbing JJ's arm - both times, JJ didn't even look at Serena.
And I have theory: I think Serena respects JJ a lot. I think she see's that JJ is a fighter and a great athlete.. plus they've been on tour together much longer than some of these newbies. In my opinion, had a player like Sloane Stephens did the same thing JJ did when JJ came to the umpire, Serena would have shook their hand and ignored her. But Serena I think cares or has some sort of respect for JJ. I really do. It may simply just be that they're the "Older" generation and who knows why? But Serena was really trying to talk to JJ in a kind way at net and JJ was just not having any of it.
I agree. I watch all of Serena's post match interviews, she is always incredibly respectful of Jelena, moreso than other players. I really think Serena is the consummate professional nowadays. I wish JJ was a little more classy, but I can sympathize - she just got destroyed against the greatest player of her generation - one who she used to be able to challenge all the time.
And JJ threw the match on Serena's last serve. She purposely hit those midcourt forehands miles long because JJ was just done. She wanted off the court.
JJ used to dig in against Serena. She's not getting the errors Serena used to give her. Serena is older and has a coach that expects perfection from her and I think Serena wants to please him even more since her coach is also her lover. Serena isn't going to make the errors to counter punchers anymore like she did the late 2000's. Point blank simple. And JJ is upset.. because the head to head was something that made JJ rather famous. How many players can say they had a winning record multiple times against Serena and Venus.. and now JJ's lost that and I know it meant a lot to her. Oh well. Sour grapes. At this point, if JJ loses her ranking and falls in the teens or 20's she'll be playing lesser events like Florinapolis or Acapulco and winning more titles - or at least winning one title a year. JJ isn't going to win premier events anymore playing this way. But she could amass a lot of Bogota-level events.
Jelena's been playing top 10 tennis this year. She's been playing to her seeding and a little bit farther in most tournaments. What's important for her though, is that mental hump when she plays the real top players. Today she wanted to win so badly - too badly it detracted from her tennis. Like I mentioned before, the new consistent version of Serena will be incredibly difficult for JJ to beat. She will need to play like that first set in Charleston for even a chance to win.
Oh, and I just wanted to say something about JJ's "quick serving."
I don't understand why she does this. I don't think it benefits anyone. JJ plays lightning fast in between points on her serve. If she slowed down a bit, took a deep breath, and put more thought into what she wanted to do next - it would be a better thing for her. But maybe the adrenaline takes over and JJ just wants to get on with it.
Andy Roddick was the same way - after each point on service he was back at the line already tossing the ball. And I know he was a respected player, but I think he would have been an even more respected player if he took his time before each serve. Better results. Maybe had more than one major title.
JJ quickserves to throw off her opponents rhythm. It might've worked back in the day where she was more mentally focused like in 2007, but nowadays she isn't even focused enough on court it also negatively effects her as well. I agree, she needs to stop with the antics.