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Donatello
Jun 10th, 2007, 10:57 AM
Just wanted to have an overview of Serena's season so far and look ahead as well.

Outdoor Season :
Hobart: 3rd round loss to S. Bammer
Australian Open: WON by beating M. Sharapova
skipped Dubai & Bangalore
Miami: WON by beating J. Henin

Clay Season :
Charleston: 2nd round pullout against T.Chan
skipped Berlin
Rome: QF loss to P. Schnyder
Roland Garros: QF loss to J. Henin

Grass
Wimbledon: 25/6 - 08/7

US Hardcourt Season:
Cincinnati: 16/7 - 22/7
L.A. : 06/8 - 12/8
US Open: 27/8 - 09/9

Indoor Season:
:rolleyes: Hope she plays at all. (Tier I's: Zurich, Kremlin Cup perhaps). But she won't miss the
Sony Ericsson Championships: 05/11

Her entries in those hardcourt tournies have been confirmed. If I predict this correctly, she will be playing 6 more tournaments this year. Could be no.1 again by the end of the season, she'll have to win at least 1 Grand Slam and do well in all the other tournies. If she'll win another slam this year, she will equal Monica Seles in 9 slams troughout her career. :wavey:

Knowing she'll probably have acting duties during September/Octobre, she'd have to make sure her tennis ranking is up to par :cool: , and so I'm definately convinced that's gonna happen ! :cool:

Oh, and there's also Fed Cup in between, SF against Russia, she could meet Sharapova a lot of times this year :bounce:. If Ree's seed at Wimbledon is 7 and Masha's 2, they could easily meet in the QF.

serenaforever
Jun 10th, 2007, 12:43 PM
Are you sure Serena entered Stanford?

Craigy
Jun 10th, 2007, 12:50 PM
Are you sure Serena entered Stanford?

Yeah, she's entered :D

serenaforever
Jun 10th, 2007, 12:54 PM
Yeah, she's entered :D

OK, I couldn't find her name on the official Stanford Site.

PatrickRyan
Jun 10th, 2007, 04:38 PM
She's had an excellent season so far! 1 Grand Slam and the biggest Tier I even. :worship: And she made if further at RG than I thought she would :yeah:

serenaforever
Jun 10th, 2007, 04:40 PM
The clay court season wasn't what I thought it would be, but oh well.

Lulu.
Jun 10th, 2007, 05:20 PM
Clay season kind of sucked but its over now :shrug:

starin
Jun 10th, 2007, 05:52 PM
She's had an excellent season so far! 1 Grand Slam and the biggest Tier I even. :worship: And she made if further at RG than I thought she would :yeah:

yeah I thought she might get knocked out by Safina. But kudos to Serena for having a pretty decent clay season for someone who has played so little on clay. Remember 3 clay court tounraments in 3 years. Keeping that in mind her results are pretty good.

Still I'm really hoping to see her moving better and faster around the court. Started to see that in Miami (b4 the final which was a disaster performance wise). I remember in her QF match against Vaidisova she hit a classic Serena winner on the run. I want to see more of that. If she wants to win Wimbledon and USO she's got to start moving a little faster. :bounce: for USO & Wimbledon

serenaforever
Jun 10th, 2007, 06:04 PM
Clay season kind of sucked but its over now :shrug:

Yeah, until next year. :rolleyes:

BuTtErFrEnA
Jun 11th, 2007, 05:42 AM
well with these two surfaces coming up her serve will be more lethal than on the dreaded brick courts so she'll get more free points...but so far her season has been great...certainly better than the past 2

serenaforever
Jun 11th, 2007, 01:11 PM
well with these two surfaces coming up her serve will be more lethal than on the dreaded brick courts so she'll get more free points...but so far her season has been great...certainly better than the past 2

Serena's whole game is more lethal on faster courts.

BuTtErFrEnA
Jun 11th, 2007, 03:12 PM
yes it is :D but I particulary like to see her serve on the faster courts cause she seems more confident with it and is able to place it so well while serving so hard and fast :D

serenaforever
Jun 11th, 2007, 03:45 PM
yes it is :D but I particulary like to see her serve on the faster courts cause she seems more confident with it and is able to place it so well while serving so hard and fast :D

Plus, a good serve sets the tone for the whole rally.

Olórin
Jun 11th, 2007, 04:10 PM
I think her serve on clay is still a great weapon, remember all those love games against Henin when she was serving well? No-one else can stop Henin from gaining any points on their serves like that

Next year hopefully Serena will serve like that the whole match :o

Olórin
Jun 11th, 2007, 04:12 PM
By the way, does anyone know why Serena doesn't enter Toronto/Montreal anymore? :confused: It's a great tournament which she won in 2001 in that classic final, Id much rather she played there than San Diego :(

alex.stef
Jun 11th, 2007, 07:05 PM
i don't know exactly why. maybe it's because she choose a "light" schedule(=shorter) in 2007 and she outed this Canadian tournament(maybe because it's not in the US). or perhaps she doesn't want to take any risks about her health and fatigue because between Toronto and US Open is only a week distance.
i would rather like her to enter Toronto or L.A. than Cincinnati which is a Tier III !!! ( :( )
who knows... maybe she'll change her mind. i truly hope this.
but look at things this way: if she wins Wimbledon, the next week she'll have Fed Cup, which i dont know if she will play, and the week after will be Cincinnati, which is still too soon after Wimbledon. and then perhaps she will chose another summer hardcourt tournament later on, which could be LA or Toronto
or she entered Toronto but there are no official reports
;)

maddogz48
Jun 11th, 2007, 10:01 PM
US Hardcourt Season:
Cincinnati: 16/7 - 22/7
Stanford: 23/7 - 29/7
San Diego Acura Classic: 30/7 - 05/8
US Open: 27/8 - 09/9



You forgot to add the L.A. tournament to her schedule. The JP Morgan Chase Open is basically a mandatory tournament for Serena since she plays there every year unless she is injured.

It is highly unlikely that she will play four consecutive weeks with the addition of the L.A. tournament. She is definitely going to pull out of some of them. From the looks of it I am only expecting her to play Cincinnati & L.A. like last year and then rest up for the U.S. Open.

maddogz48
Jun 12th, 2007, 04:46 AM
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b_o_r
Jun 12th, 2007, 12:57 PM
By the way, does anyone know why Serena doesn't enter Toronto/Montreal anymore? :confused: It's a great tournament which she won in 2001 in that classic final, Id much rather she played there than San Diego :(
Outside the year she won it, she was too injured to play there or got injured while playing.

Donatello
Jun 12th, 2007, 04:35 PM
You forgot to add the L.A. tournament to her schedule. The JP Morgan Chase Open is basically a mandatory tournament for Serena since she plays there every year unless she is injured.

It is highly unlikely that she will play four consecutive weeks with the addition of the L.A. tournament. She is definitely going to pull out of some of them. From the looks of it I am only expecting her to play Cincinnati & L.A. like last year and then rest up for the U.S. Open.

Completely true.

Although Acura Classic is where the $$$ is at.

And playing only 11 tournaments without injuries would not be smart.
Again, less chance of getting paid.

serenaforever
Jun 13th, 2007, 03:47 PM
I'm so excited for the summer hardcourt season. Serena will face fantastic competition.

BuTtErFrEnA
Jun 14th, 2007, 12:53 PM
Serena will beat fantastic competition ;) :lol:

I'm sorry but I can't express how glad I am the clay court season is over...snoresville IMO....on to the lush green grass....

US Open Series...will Serena ever win it?? she could but she'd have to play alot or only play big tournies and when them....I just want Serena to play how much she feels will be necessary for her to have adequate preparation for the US Open and then tear holes in that draw as well :devil:

starin
Jun 14th, 2007, 03:06 PM
cincinatti (lol i think spelled that really wrong) will become a mandatory dual gender event for the WTA so its not surprising the WTA would want some big stars to attend now. like hype it up. Plus Serena said she really enjoyed herself their last year.

BuTtErFrEnA
Jun 15th, 2007, 03:11 PM
I would love for Serena to play there again...I remember being up for her matches last year :D but I had to leave home for the semis so I didn't get to follow it but it all led to what is happening this year ;)