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Feb 13th, 2013 10:25 AM
winlaw
Re: What happened to Stosur's second serve?

I love how convenient it is for Serena fans to mock any player of their choosing simply because they're not 'The Lord!11!1!!!'. Fact is, Sam's second serve still is one of the best in the game, and while she's lacking confidence right now, it's ridiculous to say that it's 'overrated' when it was a large contributing factor in her successful slam runs. And as stromatolite said, it's obviously mainly because she's trying to mix it up more, and not because she's trying to 'over-compensate.'
Feb 13th, 2013 09:35 AM
stromatolite
Re: What happened to Stosur's second serve?

I think it's probably mainly a confidence thing, and tbh since her first set against Safarova in the FC she has only hit about 5 or six DFs in six sets (including her doubles yesterday), so I don't think it's anything dramatic.

In general I think she's going for variety on serve these days anyway, rather than throwing in a huge kicker every time. It stands to reason when you're varying your line, pace, spin, etc. a lot you are more susceptible to hitting DFs
Feb 12th, 2013 12:57 PM
SilverPersian
Re: What happened to Stosur's second serve?

Well, throughout 2012 she was equal third best on tour in terms of the percentage of points won on second serve, so I don't really think there has been a massive drop off in terms of her physical ability to hit the shot.

She's lost some confidence - might take a while to rebuild her feel for it.
Feb 12th, 2013 12:55 PM
The Witch-king
Re: What happened to Stosur's second serve?

How anyone can hate on Stosur
Feb 12th, 2013 12:50 PM
Gentleman
Re: What happened to Stosur's second serve?

Time goes by... You can't play your best all the time or forever...
Feb 12th, 2013 12:30 PM
Serenita
Re: What happened to Stosur's second serve?

Quote:
Originally Posted by MrJovani2293 View Post
I think someone is still bitter about 2011.
whatever rocks your boat . .
It's not all that good
Feb 12th, 2013 12:15 PM
binky-GOAT
Re: What happened to Stosur's second serve?

From watching her recent matches, I think she doesn't get as much kick and top-spin on her 2nd serves as she used too.

Before she was a freak at it and that was by far her best shot. Now it just looks like an average kick serve, not extreme by any means.

That is the reason I think she's making DF.
Feb 12th, 2013 12:09 PM
bandabou
Re: What happened to Stosur's second serve?

It was a good serve..but obviously the notion that it rivaled Serena's in any way or shape, meant it was overrated and overhyped.
Feb 12th, 2013 11:51 AM
BuTtErFrEnA
Re: What happened to Stosur's second serve?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Reephoria. View Post
People finally realised how overrated and predictable it was so now she's trying to hard to make it and put too much on it. Bless.
basically
Feb 12th, 2013 11:27 AM
The Dawntreader
Re: What happened to Stosur's second serve?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Reephoria. View Post
People finally realised how overrated and predictable it was so now she's trying to hard to make it and put too much on it. Bless.
I see zero lies here.

Stosur's whole game is predictable and rigid as hell, and the serve even more so. No wonder she's started to try and over-compensate.
Feb 12th, 2013 11:16 AM
Yoncé
Re: What happened to Stosur's second serve?

People finally realised how overrated and predictable it was so now she's trying to hard to make it and put too much on it. Bless.
Feb 12th, 2013 10:52 AM
$uricate
Re: What happened to Stosur's second serve?

It decided to take some time off tour and go travelling, along with her brain.
Feb 12th, 2013 10:49 AM
Cindy and Kate
Re: What happened to Stosur's second serve?

When a player loses her confidence, the serve is usually one of the main victims. Look at Kvitova's serve, it's turned from a big weapon to a monumental liability that drags the rest of her game with it.
Feb 12th, 2013 10:41 AM
Sloejelly
Re: What happened to Stosur's second serve?

I think part of it was it was so hyped that opponents started working harder on returns to it. I remember seeing someone (can't remember who) practicing in Brisbane, their coach was serving them kickers and the player was bashing them back down the line.

Still an awesome serve when she gets it right.
Feb 12th, 2013 02:22 AM
Mad_Francois
Re: What happened to Stosur's second serve?

It will come back once she leaves Australia.
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