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jrollaneres25 Sep 17th, 2011 08:43 PM

Martina Navratilova VS Serena Williams
 



Martina:

"I Would be inspired if I could play Serena Williams on that US Open stadium court.
The atmosphere with both of us in our primes would be electric.
The key for me would be to neutralize her power and get into the points on her serve, to make her hit more balls than she is used to hitting in most of her matches.
I would need to keep the balls as low as possible, and I would tr to hit short to bring her forward, and then come in deep going the other way.
Now she is going backwards as I come in to the net.

On my serve I would not be able to serve-and-volley all of the time, but I would do it a lot.
I would serve into her body, mix it up a lot.
I served-and-volleyed a lot against Monica Seles and she had the best return in the game then, and it was effective. I believe I could deal with Serena's pace.
The harder the ball comes to me the faster it tends to come back.
And I would try to give her a lot of off-paced balls.
Getting into the rally would be another key for me.
I could see Serena and me having a very close match, something like 6-4 in the third set, with maybe a few tie-breaks before that.
There would be very few service breaks and I could imagine a set without any breaks at all.
It would be exciting because we are two of the best athletes tennis has ever seen and the crowd would respond positively to that."






Mark Preston
American journalist, USTA Magazine

"There has never been a player I've admired more than Martina Navratilova, both for her talent and her remarkable competitive ability. Born in Czechoslovakia, but most assuredly made in America, Navratilova did nothing less than change the face of women's tennis with her aggressive game, unparalleled commitment to fitness and unquenchable desire to be the best. The only other woman on par with Navratilova in terms of mental toughness and sheer fighting spirit is Serena Williams, the greatest pure competitor of this era of women's tennis. For that reason alone, it would be a joy to see these two go head-to-head on the game's biggest stage; Navratilova's precise serve-and-volley game against Williams' punishing power. The exchanges would be staggering in their brilliance; two fighters engaged in the sort of heavyweight slugfest that usually has ropes around it. Without a doubt, this one goes the distance, as neither woman gives an inch. In three, it's Navratilova."

tennislover Sep 17th, 2011 09:34 PM

Re: Martina Navratilova VS Serena Williams
 
Martina is perfection in tennis!
:cool::cool::cool:
:hearts::hearts::hearts:

GoLdEnSeToV Sep 17th, 2011 09:36 PM

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Martina! She is the best ever

L'Enfant Sauvage Sep 17th, 2011 10:00 PM

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Didn't this thread exist before?

jrollaneres25 Sep 17th, 2011 10:46 PM

Re: Martina Navratilova VS Serena Williams
 
With what Martina said? I'm not sure. I just got this article from USTA and posted it today

jrollaneres25 Sep 19th, 2011 04:50 AM

Re: Martina Navratilova VS Serena Williams
 
Wow, the poll is pretty close

tennislover Sep 19th, 2011 07:36 PM

Re: Martina Navratilova VS Serena Williams
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by jrollaneres25 (Post 20256478)
Wow, the poll is pretty close

I didn't think Martina had so many votes!!!:bounce:

smarties Sep 19th, 2011 08:15 PM

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danieln1 Sep 19th, 2011 09:14 PM

Re: Martina Navratilova VS Serena Williams
 
Martina

serenafann Sep 20th, 2011 01:21 AM

Re: Martina Navratilova VS Serena Williams
 
Serena at or Near her Best,has NO EQUALS. Serena in two sets.

Jane Lane Sep 20th, 2011 01:31 AM

Re: Martina Navratilova VS Serena Williams
 
I've always wondered how much more awesome Navratilova would be if you gave her today's technology.

Bonfire Sep 20th, 2011 02:59 AM

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Three tough sets! Serena winning of course! Unless a controversial line call happens. Then Martina is the winner;)

justineheninfan Sep 20th, 2011 03:34 AM

Re: Martina Navratilova VS Serena Williams
 
I think with Serena at her very best Martina would have alot of trouble with her power. She never faced that kind of power in her prime, and by the time she started facing it with Graf and Seles she was mostly past her prime so it is hard to guage how she would have handled it. However the power of Graf and even moreso Seles was challenging for her. Serena overall has more power than either Graf or Seles. Her will to win is unmatched by almost any women in history, and I think her nerve is stronger than Martina too.

jrollaneres25 Sep 20th, 2011 04:16 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by justineheninfan (Post 20259686)
I think with Serena at her very best Martina would have alot of trouble with her power. She never faced that kind of power in her prime, and by the time she started facing it with Graf and Seles she was mostly past her prime so it is hard to guage how she would have handled it. However the power of Graf and even moreso Seles was challenging for her. Serena overall has more power than either Graf or Seles. Her will to win is unmatched by almost any women in history, and I think her nerve is stronger than Martina too.

Wow......:worship:

PMBH Sep 20th, 2011 04:31 AM

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Navratilova and Evert would both give Serena a serious slap-down. They were both superior in almost every aspect of the game except for power. But as Martina mentions in the interview, Serena's power can also be used against her by efficient counterpunching.


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