As mentioned before, it relieves the pressure put on Serena to win. No matter her ranking, Serena is "expected" to win every match she plays. No one likes the feeling of being expected to win because it boils down to two outcomes.
1) She wins the match.
- Not very exciting, she was expected to win and she did.
2) She loses the match.
- Major upset, you should have won but you didn't.
Serena likes to make herself feel like she needs to work for her wins. And as long as there are players ranked above her, I think she will keep saying this when playing them.
For Serena it's a way to taunt her opponents, for everyone else it takes some pressure off (most players sound like they're trying to convince themselves that it's true). Either way it boils down to mind games.
....the old cliche that Kvitova will have nothing to lose was quickly shot down by the 21-year-old. "Of course I have something to lose," she said. "I'm going on the court for the win and not to lose, for sure. I'm staying positive. I am not nervous and I am looking forward to tomorrow. I just have to play my best, try 100% and then I can win."
I think it's the right mentality. If you enter a match thinking that you have everything to lose, you will play with so much more pressure. We see how Serena plays when she's pressured... she's not like Graf who played better thinking she had everything to lose. By telling herself that there's nothing to lose, she will play freely and just have fun. Just like how people come up with their best shots when they're down 40-0, it's because they have nothing to lose, they just go for it. It's a good mentality for the real world as well... how in the world are you going to handle failure if you always think you have everything to lose?
Jelena Jankovic - Li Na - Elena Dementieva - Serena Williams
And because they don't have much to lose, a match is a match and no matter what if they're successful they still have multi-million dollar deals behind them. It's also a tension releaser because in tennis things build up VERY quickly so unless you have a way to release it you'll end up like Vera Zvonareva
Because now that Elena has retired, they all have lost virginity.
Pass the duct tape and super glue. Lena's done broke my heart one last time.
Onward my LOB! Lena (ret.) Vika Vee TOB Caro Alexa Sabs Wicki Kiri Vania BMS Ekat Andi H. Jo-La Lena V
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Elena Viatcheslavovna Dementieva--Eternal Goddess of the Divine Bangs
OK I get it. When you are an underdog, chances are you are going to lose. But that is a phrase I've heard by players who are both favorites and underdogs. I've also heard players who are part of a team use this rather SILLY phrase. Bear in mind that these are all PROFESSIONAL athletes claiming they have "nothing" to lose. How about your damn PRIDE? Isn't that enough to get one motiviated? If you really have nothing to lose, then what is the point of competing? Can you even call it "competing" when you take this attitude onto a court or whatever the sporting venue might be? Venus and Serena are my two favorite female athletes of any sport, and it really pisses me off to hear Serena (in particular) or any athlete uses this dumb, defeatist phrase before a professional match.
Anyone else feel this way?