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Edman
Mar 30th, 2003, 01:10 PM
:) How long do you think Serena can continue her perfect winnings this year? :confused:

And who do you guys think can defeat her in the near future? :confused:

It seems that she's so great and perfect this year and remains undefeated,why? :confused:

Experimentee
Mar 30th, 2003, 01:28 PM
A big improvement in the last year has been her mental strength. She doesnt choke matches anymore and when shes down she keeps fighting, like we saw in the match vs Kim at AO. It is now much tougher to beat her because you really have to work for it. I think if she makes it through the French Open still undefeated then she will remain undefeated all year. The clay season is when shes the most vulnerable i think, even though shes good on clay shes not on the same level on that surface as hardcourts. Players with a chance to beat her on clay would be Venus, Kim, Justine and Capriati, but its still a very slim chance.

King Lindsay
Mar 30th, 2003, 01:36 PM
she will not go undefeated all year. It's not possible.

what is the longest winning streak to begin a season? Hingis winning however many it was up until the French Open final? Or Navratilova in 1984?

Nobody has ever remained undefeated through the French Open, I think.

tennischick
Mar 30th, 2003, 03:03 PM
:) How long do you think Serena can continue her perfect winnings this year? :confused:

And who do you guys think can defeat her in the near future? :confused:

It seems that she's so great and perfect this year and remains undefeated,why? :confused:
Serena's game is far from perfect. she makes mistakes, especially on her volleyes (the swinging, half-volley or regular volley are all shots that she needs to practice more so that she can play them with confidence). her footwork needs to improve, and by her own admission she needs to get fitter. she gets bored when she's not challenged enuf and she plays badly when she is bored. sometimes, in her excitement, she tends to rush the shot -- straight out of the court.

with these flaws still in her game, Serena IS beatable. who will beat her? anyone who has the mental toughness to capitalise on these flaws.

Dava
Mar 30th, 2003, 03:04 PM
The only way I can see her going undefeated is if she gets injured, I think she does have a long shot at it though, it will be interesting to see how the clay season pans out.

Lita's Ex
Mar 30th, 2003, 03:16 PM
Serena's game is far from perfect. she makes mistakes, especially on her volleyes (the swinging, half-volley or regular volley are all shots that she needs to practice more so that she can play them with confidence). her footwork needs to improve, and by her own admission she needs to get fitter. she gets bored when she's not challenged enuf and she plays badly when she is bored. sometimes, in her excitement, she tends to rush the shot -- straight out of the court.

with these flaws still in her game, Serena IS beatable. who will beat her? anyone who has the mental toughness to capitalise on these flaws.

That's exactly the way I see it. No one up to now has exploited those weaknesses, as badly as they wanted to beat Serena (Venus included). Clay, without a doubt, is where the World #1 will be the most vulnerable. If she draws the unpredictable Patty Schnyder or clay savvy Conchita Martinez early, among a few others (Clarissa Fernandez, etc) they could potentially end her winning streak. This will be Serena's second big test of the year (the first, imo, was wining the Australian). Can she get through the clay court season without losing? I tend to think she can't but if she continues to shift into "warrior mode" (Pam Shriver's words) then her opponents' chances aren't good, at all.

spokenword73
Mar 30th, 2003, 03:18 PM
It would be nice if Serena made history and went undefeated, but my question is this: when Alex got that walkover in Arizona, why wasn't that considered a loss for Serena :confused:

tennischick
Mar 30th, 2003, 03:22 PM
It would be nice if Serena made history and went undefeated, but my question is this: when Alex got that walkover in Arizona, why wasn't that considered a loss for Serena :confused:
bec Serena didn't touch a ball. as opposed to last year at the year end finals when Kim had Venus 5-0 before Venus called it a day. that will always be considered a win for Kim bec Venus actually started playing the match.

spokenword73
Mar 30th, 2003, 03:34 PM
bec Serena didn't touch a ball. as opposed to last year at the year end finals when Kim had Venus 5-0 before Venus called it a day. that will always be considered a win for Kim bec Venus actually started playing the match.

Gotcha!! I saw a headline that said "Stevenson d Williams" obviously another journalist who didn't know the rules LOL!!

bandabou
Apr 1st, 2003, 02:10 PM
The scary thing's that Serena's practicing even more to be fit for the clay-season. IMO the clay-season will be her biggest test this year. Clay slows down her power balls and makes her to rally more, but if she works on her rallying I can see her go undefeated this year. It's gonna be though, but who knows. RG will be the test. After that it's pretty easy I think. Wimbledon is Williams property as is the U.S.open. Even if she doesn't go undefeated I can still see her winning one or two more slams this year.

tennischick
Apr 1st, 2003, 02:15 PM
i agree. Serena seems to be aware of what she needs to work on. and she did make the commitment to improving her fitness which means that, barring injury, she should enjoy a terrific year of tennis. i for one look forward to it! :D

cooolconchita
Apr 1st, 2003, 02:16 PM
i think that she could come unstuck in the next clay tournie she plays - especially if she plays a clever kind of player such as conchi or patty, but once she's played a few matches on the stuff, she'll be as good as ever i suppose! :p

selesfan
Apr 1st, 2003, 04:06 PM
It would be nice if Serena made history and went undefeated, but my question is this: when Alex got that walkover in Arizona, why wasn't that considered a loss for Serena :confused:
It wasn't a walkover for Alex, a lucky loser replaced Serena in the draw.

jmp
Apr 1st, 2003, 05:13 PM
"How long do you think Serena can continue her perfect winnings this year?"

Like everyone else has responded, clay is her most vunerable surface. There is also the danger of boredom and a general let down if she plays after the USO, thus giving any alert opponent an opportunity. Having written all that, it would be fantastic to see a player go undefeated for an entire year.

"And who do you guys think can defeat her in the near future?"

I think the player who beats Serena will be what people call a "dangerous floater" or a "surface specialist" like Rubin or Schnyder.

"It seems that she's so great and perfect this year and remains undefeated,why?"

Experimentee stated it perfectly - mental strength.

Serendy Willick
Apr 1st, 2003, 05:22 PM
Clay is Serenas toughest surface indeed. However some of you guys act like if she comes up against Patty Schynder or Conchita Martinez that she will automatically lose. Serena beat Maritinez 2 and 2 ON CLAY!! also the loss to Patty was 7-5 in the third. Lets see if Patty gets out of the eariler rounds (like shes having trouble doing right now) to meet Serena before she is doomed. The biggest threats are Capriati, Mauresmo, Henin and Clisjsters.

bandabou
Apr 2nd, 2003, 02:00 PM
There ain't any threat! whenever Serena loses it's because she beat herself. Making tons of errors, etc. It won't be because the other player went hitting 50 winners or anything else! Only Serena can beat Serena!