Originally Posted by j-fan
Playing well she can beat either of them but she has been subject to break downs recently. Most notably in 06 W final, 07 miami final, and 07 Wimbledon SF. They all have the same pattern which is very worrisome. I hope she can find an answer.
Yah, it goes without saying that when Ju gets tired, her first serve degrades, and also her ability to hit her forehand aggressively.
I know her serving woes have been discussed to death, but I cannot help but continue to suggest here.......
I am hoping that she can improve her serving technique so that even if she is tired, she can still put in a lot of first serves, cause IMHO, one's serve should not degrade when one is tired. If the groundies degrade, understandable, because of footwork, concentration, reaction time and so on.
But with the serve one is standing there. It should not degrade.
Ju has tinkered with her serve a lot, and I hope she will continue to improve it, my humble suggestion would be to arch a bit more at the top of the toss and not collapse so fast onto the ball as she has a tendency to do at times, the worst example of this being when she hit the ball into the ground of her own court against Mauresmo in the Wimby final last year. Unfortunately this tendency seems to follow from her ball toss, so maybe she has to make a conscious effort to arch after the ball leaves her hand.
IMO, if Ju can just improve this part of her game, she will have a much better chance to defeat all on the hard.
For short players like Ju, who rely on their groundies as the best part of their game, it's logical that they have to make their serve as consistent as possible, and that means putting more spin on it. I can't agree with those who say that when Ju serves 45% first serves, it does not hurt her.
If you look at the Williams sisters, the main thing they have that is better than Ju is the serve, followed by the return.
If Ju can improve her serve so that she serves 65-70% first serves all the time, even if she is tired, I think it would help alot to defeat her main competitors.
Anyway, let's hope that she gets a good rest and we'll see her back soon.