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Old Jun 11th, 2012, 11:31 AM   #1
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What is going on with Serena Williams?

I remember few years back, everyone was complaining about her focusing only on slams and not giving a damn about other tournaments, where she would quite often lose to absolutely random players and look like she just didn't want to be there.

Now, it seems like a complete opposite. She plays quite well in regular events, but doesn't seem to bring it for GS. Last year, she won Toronto and Stanford beating the likes of Sharapova, Azarenka, Bartoli, Stosur all in straight sets. After that, completely unexpected loss to Stosur in USO final.

This year - same story. Of course the loss to Makarova, which I don't think anyone has explanation for. Then again, winning Charleston and Madrid, absolutely destroying the top 2 players in the world and then out of RG in the 1st round?

So what do you think is the reason for that? Lack of form doesn't really seem to be the case since she has been showing some good tennis before the GS. Why can't she execute at the most important tournaments anymore?
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Old Jun 11th, 2012, 11:33 AM   #2
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Re: What is going on with Serena Williams?

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Old Jun 11th, 2012, 11:34 AM   #3
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Re: What is going on with Serena Williams?

My guess is that she is putting to much pressure on herself because she knows there isnt a lot of time left and is getting super tight.
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Re: What is going on with Serena Williams?

Losses/upsets happens. No guarantees.........
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Re: What is going on with Serena Williams?

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I remember few years back, everyone was complaining about her focusing only on slams and not giving a damn about other tournaments, where she would quite often lose to absolutely random players and look like she just didn't want to be there.

Now, it seems like a complete opposite. She plays quite well in regular events, but doesn't seem to bring it for GS. Last year, she won Toronto and Stanford beating the likes of Sharapova, Azarenka, Bartoli, Stosur all in straight sets. After that, completely unexpected loss to Stosur in USO final.

This year - same story. Of course the loss to Makarova, which I don't think anyone has explanation for. Then again, winning Charleston and Madrid, absolutely destroying the top 2 players in the world and then out of RG in the 1st round?

So what do you think is the reason for that? Lack of form doesn't really seem to be the case since she has been showing some good tennis before the GS. Why can't she execute at the most important tournaments anymore?
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Old Jun 11th, 2012, 11:42 AM   #6
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Serena is not the Serena of 200, 2003, 2004 or 2006. Attribution: Getting older.
She has won 3 slams between 2003-2006 and 6 slams between 2007-2010, twice as many in the same time all while she was as you say 'getting older'.
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I agree with this. I think as you get older it becomes more difficult to bring out your best tennis consistently day in and day out. At their best, both Serena and Venus are capable of taking down anyone on the tour (I mean at their best level now, not their best level as in four years ago). Bringing out their best for several matches in a row (especially with Venus) becomes much more difficult the older you get.

Also, I think the older you get, the greater the chance of having an off day. And the tour is deeper now to the point where there are quite a few papers that can take out the top players who are having an off day. (I still think Razzano was an anomaly- I'm still not sure what happened there.) Makarova and Stosur, while still surprising, wasn't quite wtf? level.
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Re: What is going on with Serena Williams?

I think it's just the immense amount of pressure she puts on herself. She knows she should win it and that pressure may be too much for some people. Even for one Serena Williams.
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Re: What is going on with Serena Williams?

Everyone seems to be forgetting that Serena came into this year's Australian Open with an ankle injury and wasn't moving all that well.

No excuses for her RG or USO losses though.
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Re: What is going on with Serena Williams?

She's more of a mental block in Grand Slams than Stosur now.
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Re: What is going on with Serena Williams?

I was hoping no one actually make a thread and discovered that Serena has become what has ruined the SEWTA, a player who wins Tier I and Tier II but flops at the slams.

Since her comeback Serena has only lost twice in SEWTA tour events (Zvonareva, Borz). She is like 34-2 on the SEWTA since her comeback and a flop in the slams.
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Re: What is going on with Serena Williams?

Nerves, when players get older they often become a shell of themselves mentally. She has the game to win more majors but she doesn't have the mental strength anymore.
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Re: What is going on with Serena Williams?

IKR, like oh my God she lost to Wozniacki .
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Re: What is going on with Serena Williams?

million dollar question. It seems like she can't fight through that off-day as well as she used to.
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