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taddict
Oct 16th, 2007, 08:04 PM
I really don't understand it? :confused:

It's not as if she does a Jelena and plays every single tournament going.

Why does she get injured so much? :shrug:

Does anyone have an idea?

micah63
Oct 16th, 2007, 08:17 PM
I really don't understand it? :confused:

It's not as if she does a Jelena and plays every single tournament going.

Why does she get injured so much? :shrug:

Does anyone have an idea?


Lack of fitness. And being overweight.
Her muscles, strings and bones can't take it any more.

goldenslam888
Oct 16th, 2007, 08:20 PM
cause she's big boned. too much muscle. venus has a much better tennis body. but if you look around the wta, its not just serena who's injured alot.

starin
Oct 16th, 2007, 08:21 PM
lack of preparation and trying to play her very physical style of tennis while being overweight. This led to injuries in 2004-2006. And now she's just trying to cope with those injuries now. Except in this match I think she just tanked it.

Donny
Oct 16th, 2007, 08:25 PM
lack of preparation and trying to play her very physical style of tennis while being overweight. This led to injuries in 2004-2006. And now she's just trying to cope with those injuries now. Except in this match I think she just tanked it.

When was Serena overweight in 2004?

miffedmax
Oct 16th, 2007, 08:26 PM
I honestly believe it's her physique. Her build gives her amazing strength and speed, but it also puts a lot of stress on her joints and tendons.

She's hardly the only great athlete to have injury issues. There are great athletes in many sports who seem to have more injuries than others. I've held this position for many years and honestly don't believe that her work ethic or regimens are to blame.

I think if she played a contact sport like hoops or tennis she'd be done.

goldenslam888
Oct 16th, 2007, 08:27 PM
lack of preparation and trying to play her very physical style of tennis while being overweight. This led to injuries in 2004-2006. And now she's just trying to cope with those injuries now. Except in this match I think she just tanked it.

i find it hard to believe she would tank 6-0, 3-0. thats an embarassment. i think shes tired and still thinking about the spanking elena gave her. and patty was ready to play. if she were gonna tank, she'd at least put a few games on the board or just retire in the first set.

disco_rage
Oct 16th, 2007, 08:33 PM
Serena may just be unlucky and her body injury prone. But i reckon it's the lack of proper preperation and training that holds her back, just a theory!

miffedmax
Oct 16th, 2007, 08:35 PM
I meant hoops or soccer.

starin
Oct 16th, 2007, 08:40 PM
When was Serena overweight in 2004?

she wasn't but I think that's when she started to slide in terms of her physique. From 2000-2002 she worked really hard on her game and her body and it showed. And then I think after injury in 2003 she just got complacent and just rested on her laurels. The fact that she was an athlete and kept playing matches kept her body from going from fit to fat instantly like it can with people who work desk jobs and stop working on their bodies. But you could def. see a gradual decline in her physique from 2004-2006 AO.

tennis_lover89
Oct 16th, 2007, 08:42 PM
well jankovic is younger than serena, I think that's another reason

dylan24
Oct 16th, 2007, 08:48 PM
she's too fat
her knees can't handle all the weight

vutt
Oct 16th, 2007, 08:49 PM
Well just look at her. It's clearly weight.

Mina Vagante
Oct 16th, 2007, 09:16 PM
lack of conditioning. Serena needs to, after YEC, do some SERIOUS training.

sammy01
Oct 16th, 2007, 10:06 PM
i agree with most already posted, she isn't in peak shape and then when she streches or turns quickly she pulls something as her body isn't as supple as it should be with less weight.

karimcartoon
Oct 16th, 2007, 10:15 PM
i find it hard to believe she would tank 6-0, 3-0. thats an embarassment. i think shes tired and still thinking about the spanking elena gave her. and patty was ready to play. if she were gonna tank, she'd at least put a few games on the board or just retire in the first set.

did you even watch the match? plus she said before the match she didnt feel good. I think she needs to become more flexible and she needs to eat better. replenish her strength and get rid of lactic acid. I also think she's muscling the ball sometimes she needs to get more racket speed. Lack of good technique can also strain your body.

rottweily
Oct 16th, 2007, 10:18 PM
Fat instead of fit.

FLL
Oct 16th, 2007, 10:45 PM
Fat instead of fit.

:spit:

goldenslam888
Oct 16th, 2007, 11:29 PM
did you even watch the match? plus she said before the match she didnt feel good. I think she needs to become more flexible and she needs to eat better. replenish her strength and get rid of lactic acid. I also think she's muscling the ball sometimes she needs to get more racket speed. Lack of good technique can also strain your body.

so guess your basically agreeing with me. she didn't tank.

CJ07
Oct 17th, 2007, 12:04 AM
Serena was very thin in 2004, not sure what you're talking about there. But she obviously needs to be slimmer in order to play the tennis she plays.

ptkten
Oct 17th, 2007, 12:12 AM
Well I think in Zurich she just didn't want to play although I have no proof of that, but generally speaking I think that she's prone to injury with her body type.

Let's see if she shows up in Madrid.

Fidello
Oct 17th, 2007, 12:53 AM
It's KARMA for calling opponents "lucky" and "overrated."amen

PatrickRyan
Oct 17th, 2007, 01:07 AM
Serena has always had injury problems throughout her careere, even when she was really fit, but even more now. And Serena really is making progress in her physical shape, look and Hobart and look now.

Slumpsova
Oct 17th, 2007, 02:21 AM
she is fragile.

Ntour
Oct 17th, 2007, 02:51 AM
generally poor technique

exposbabe
Oct 17th, 2007, 03:00 AM
Footwork.
Both she and her sister almost literally screw themselves into the ground with every huge step they take. Those thousands of pounds per square inch of pressure that they put on their lower extremities aren't helped by the fact that Serena has a heavyset physique.

That's a technique just like a forehand or backhand. And they never learned it. That's how someone can have knee surgery and still have trouble with the knee FOUR years later. Or have constant tendonitis everywhere in the lower body their entire career.

karimcartoon
Oct 17th, 2007, 04:24 AM
generally poor technique

i agree - it puts strain on her also. that can also contribute to justine who does not have great technique on quite a few of her shots (her one handed slice is perfect though - great knifing action)

taddict
Oct 17th, 2007, 04:34 AM
i agree - it puts strain on her also. that can also contribute to justine who does not have great technique on quite a few of her shots (her one handed slice is perfect though - great knifing action)

:spit: :eek:

I don't believe I've just read this! You gotta be kidding me. I know you said you hate her, but this is going too far!

Really, you shouldn't let your hate of a player cloud their tennis technique. What about the backhand? OK don't answer please, don't answer! This really now shows how much you know! Sheesh!! Unbelievable.

karimcartoon
Oct 17th, 2007, 05:11 AM
:spit: :eek:

I don't believe I've just read this! You gotta be kidding me. I know you said you hate her, but this is going too far!

Really, you shouldn't let your hate of a player cloud their tennis technique. What about the backhand? OK don't answer please, don't answer! This really now shows how much you know! Sheesh!! Unbelievable.


her backhand: http://video.aol.com/video-detail/justine-henin-backhand-stroke-1/4278082182

her forehand:
http://video.aol.com/video-detail/justine-henin-forehand-stroke-3/958124180

i was comparing it to the classic textbook technique of her eastern grip on her backhand (she uses an extreme eastern to get more topspin) and her forehand (western grip) which is a little different and unconventional. Thats what i meant. I'm glad you understand now.

fioredeliberi
Oct 17th, 2007, 08:06 AM
Serena gets injured when the opponent hits too many LUCKY shots.

Xian
Oct 17th, 2007, 08:09 AM
She is faking many injuries , thats it

karimcartoon
Oct 17th, 2007, 08:11 AM
Serena gets injured when the opponent hits too many LUCKY shots.

... you cant double stand. i mean justine has some un-savvy "match tactics"

Sammm
Oct 17th, 2007, 10:03 AM
Bad technique?
I recently read Nathalie Tauziat's book The underside of women's tennis (Les Dessous du tennis féminin) and in this book, which was written in the year 2000, Tauziat wrote that if Serena didnt improve her technique then she would have serious knee problems in the future. Tauziat also thought the way the Willaim sisters would try to blast a winner even if they weren't in the right position would lead to injuries too.
I guess Tauziat was right, especially about the knee injuries.