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LightWarrior
May 13th, 2012, 10:09 PM
There were rumours that she switched to different strings after Miami. Is it really true ?
Because ever since Charleston she's been playing effortlessly.
Something has changed for the best but I'm not quite sure what it is. You can even see it in her eyes.

edificio
May 13th, 2012, 10:12 PM
Well, I think she wants to prove herself on clay. So she worked on playing a better clay game.

Perhaps she slightly underestimated Woz's resolve in Miami, too.

Anyway, I think she wants to win RG. If she had beaten Sveta that one year at RG (2010?), it could have been interesting.

Critique
May 13th, 2012, 10:12 PM
The string change is overrated. She was playing with those new strings in Miami BTW.

Only thing that happened after Miami is that she had a reality check, and started moving her feet.

Justin SW
May 13th, 2012, 10:14 PM
She did switch strings. but Serena did say that nowadays she was driving on personal goals she wants to reach before certain tournaments. She wanted to be number 6 going into RG. So I think that was the main difference. I think she really wanted to reach that goal badly and made sure she wouldn't fail. She did the same last year when she said she wanted to be seeded at the Open. Those goals may look stupid but it seems like when the goals are based on rankings rather than tournament victories, she's giving herself margin for error and letting her game flow.

Dodoboy.
May 13th, 2012, 10:16 PM
Gluten free diet

shoryuken
May 13th, 2012, 10:16 PM
Anyway, I think she wants to win RG. If she had beaten Sveta that one year at RG (2010?), it could have been interesting.

2009 It could have been Serena Slam part deux

Justin SW
May 13th, 2012, 10:20 PM
2009 It could have been Serena Slam part deux

OH OH! Bad souvenir. I remember like choking in class in front of livescores. She was up 4-2 :sad: and she lost Choknetsova :sad:

In The Zone
May 13th, 2012, 10:23 PM
She got sick of losing. She says that's what spurred her 2001-2003 run. You can clearly see it. She wants #1 and she wants more slams. She also wants another RG title and I think this, of all, is what is encouraging her.

edificio
May 13th, 2012, 10:26 PM
2009 It could have been Serena Slam part deux

Thanks! Memory failures. :)

donellcarey
May 13th, 2012, 10:27 PM
Cuz she broke up with Grigor? :oh:

But seriously yes, I think she wants to prove herself on clay. And she wants to double her RG title.

toxina90
May 13th, 2012, 10:31 PM
Losing to Oxygen

Amalgamate
May 13th, 2012, 10:32 PM
Cuz she broke up with Grigor? :oh:

But seriously yes, I think she wants to prove herself on clay. And she wants to double her RG title.

Please :sobbing: Please win.

Imperfect Angel
May 13th, 2012, 11:33 PM
Her lack of success before Miami this year triggers her success after Miami.:shrug: :oh:

tennisbum79
May 13th, 2012, 11:57 PM
Losing to Caro was a wake up call.

Like losing in pre-warm up tournament before Sydney in year past.

MrSerenaWilliams
May 14th, 2012, 12:46 AM
The string change is overrated. She was playing with those new strings in Miami BTW.

Only thing that happened after Miami is that she had a reality check, and started moving her feet.

She didn't officially make the change until Charleston


You can TOTALLY see the difference in the cross strings:

http://arabnews.com/sports/article593509.ece/REPRESENTATIONS/large_620x350/SPO-SERENA.jpg

http://i.eurosport.com/2012/04/06/827959-14155822-640-360.jpg

keithb1961
May 14th, 2012, 01:58 AM
Simple. When she is playing a somewhat regular schedule, she is just so much better than everyone else....

Maddy-88
May 14th, 2012, 05:52 AM
It's the clay, she really wants to do well leading up to Paris and get that 2nd title, it's been 10 years too, so that would be even sweeter.

Stonerpova
May 14th, 2012, 06:13 AM
Losing to Wozniacki woke her up.

tennisbum79
May 14th, 2012, 06:18 AM
Losing to Wozniacki woke her up.
+1
See, I don't always disagree with you. In fact I had already posted similar sentiment in earlier post in this thread:lol::lol:

Rolling-Thunder
May 14th, 2012, 01:42 PM
A lot of it might come down to the fact that the ankle injury which hurt her at the Australian Open and which hindered her up to Miami, was resolved. To me that is the first thing to point to.

Direwolf
May 15th, 2012, 06:29 AM
There were rumours that she switched to different strings after Miami. Is it really true ?
Because ever since Charleston she's been playing effortlessly.
Something has changed for the best but I'm not quite sure what it is. You can even see it in her eyes.

Last time Caro and Serena played... Serena lost 12 games to Caro and the match...
Now.. she lost 11 games to Caro but won the match.

stromatolite
May 15th, 2012, 06:41 AM
I think you're looking for a pattern that isn't there. Serena was a little rusty early in the year and lost to a very good player (Wozniacki) in Miami after a month and a half break. Since then she's played 2 exceptional matches in the Charleston SF and F, other than that she's played at a similar level to what she's shown since coming back from injury/illness last year. Which is to say that she's looked very good, but not unbeatable.

Mr.Sharapova
May 15th, 2012, 07:52 AM
Losing to Wozniacki woke her up.

This. I remember that she was too confident going into the Wozniacki match in Miami, she might have thought that it is Miami after all and she was gonna beat her handily. She got a reality check in the end, and that is maybe what woke her up.

Sam L
May 15th, 2012, 08:58 AM
Not sure. But French Open is going to be the big test. It's only one missing in her "second" period of dominance from 08-10.

She's had some close losses there and it's been 10 years. I think success here will really push her into an even more dominating position - if that's even possible.

Direwolf
May 15th, 2012, 11:00 AM
If people do realise... All the players she beat are moving like cows... Except Wozniacki... Shell win against the slow movers... She has yet to play Vinci n Errani...

Israel
May 15th, 2012, 11:14 AM
She probably just told herself: "I can't believe that pusher beat me 4&4" and was motivated to beat her again. She did do that in Madrid...

VishaalMaria
May 15th, 2012, 11:32 AM
The fact she lost to Caroline, in straight sets, in Miami of all places.

azinna
May 15th, 2012, 12:22 PM
A lot of it might come down to the fact that the ankle injury which hurt her at the Australian Open and which hindered her up to Miami, was resolved. To me that is the first thing to point to.

Agree with this as a starting point. Those who got to see her play in Australia before the injury say she was quite sharp.


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Navratil
May 15th, 2012, 12:37 PM
It's just that clay is her best surface ;)

Morrissey
May 15th, 2012, 01:30 PM
Maybe Serena realizes she doesn't have much time left on the WTA Tour. Serena is thirty years old she's got two maybe three good years left and then that's it. Serena knows NOW is the time to make her move to win more slams.

bandabou
May 15th, 2012, 01:52 PM
Yep..no more playing around. she got two good years max left..she can improve her status greatly, adding another major here and there or OG.

Rolling-Thunder
May 20th, 2012, 01:16 PM
Rome showed Serena's increased serious attitude. In the past, she might have chosen not to have played or have not fought to defeat Petrova. She realizes it is now to make another and likely final push to the top. She wants to get back to #1 and she knows she needs to play more often. It seems like she takes every tournament very seriously.

Honestly, if she had not hurt her ankle before the Aussie Open, she likely be even closer to her goal now. And she wants another French Open title.