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Navratilova: Serena knows Simona is not going to beat herself

Navratilova: Serena knows Simona is not going to beat herself



Martina Navratilova considers the challenge posed by Simona Halep to Serena Williams's quest for a 24th singles Slam in her wtatennis.com preview of the 2019 Wimbledon ladies' singles final.

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July 12, 2019

Playing for history can be hard for an athlete. It can weigh heavily on you, with the pressure growing and growing. But it is history - and the quest for a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam singles title - that has kept Serena Williams hungry for tennis.

That hunger, that desire, has brought her to Saturday's Wimbledon final against Romania's Simona Halep, which is the American's match to win or lose. Ever since Serena returned to tennis last year, after taking a break to becoming a mother, the carrot has been the thought of equalling Margaret Court's all-time record.

Read more: 23 and counting - Serena's singles Slam titles

This will be the third time that Serena has had a match for a 24th major, after losing to Angelique Kerber in last year's Wimbledon final and to Naomi Osaka in last year's US Open final, but right now she is playing as well as she ever has. Serena is so great on the grass that Centre Court at Wimbledon is almost like a second home for her.

If Serena is healthy on this stuff, she's so hard to beat. No one else has Serena's ability to play herself into shape, as in tennis shape, during a Grand Slam tournament, and here she has been helped by competing in the mixed doubles with Andy Murray, which gave her a few more hours on the match court.

In her singles semifinal against Barbora Strycova, Serena was playing so well that you couldn't just see that quality, you could hear it, too. When Serena is getting hold of the ball and hitting the ball cleanly, when it is popping off the strings, her shots even sound different.

Read more: Serena Williams soars into Wimbledon final

In her last two Grand Slam finals against Kerber and Osaka, Serena has faced a couple of uncomfortable opponents, but I feel as though Simona is a more comfortable adversary for her. But Serena knows that she has to beat Simona. Simona's not going to beat herself.

If Serena wants to win, she has to keep on playing in the same way she did in her semifinal. She's doing everything well at the moment, including moving well, which allows her to get into position properly, cutting down on the unforced errors.

Serena can also push opponents and have them rocking on their heels without taking any chances. She doesn't have to hit her shots into dangerous spots on the court. If she hits the ball safely to within six feet of the sideline and the baseline, that's still a forcing shot because of the pace of her ball.

She is making her opponent move, and the ball is traveling so quickly that they don't have time to get there and get set. It's easier for Serena to have opponents on the defensive. When another player swings at 80 per cent of their potential, and Serena swings at 80 per cent of her potential, Serena's ball is 10 per cent faster.

On top of that, Serena never hits the same ball twice; she always has her opponent moving rather than waiting for the ball.

When Serena is playing well, she jumps on your serve, so you're on the defensive. It's hard to get into rallies with her. And when you can't get into rallies with Serena, she will beat you, because she has that much more power.

Read more: Rivalry Record - Serena Williams vs Simona Halep


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Well duh. When Halep loses, it's because big babes like Lucic-Baroni and Meldonium hit her off the court.
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Halep doesn't handle pressure that well (though she has improved) so that fact that so much attention will be on Serena and #24 will actually help her.
She is the higher ranked player but she will almost be seen as the underdog and that will free her up and allow her to play her brand of tenacious tennis.
I definitely don't think it's a lock for Serena but she has the ability to play well enough to win it.
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You never know who will choke. Either might. Halep was pretty tough against Kerber in the 2018 AO SF. But not in the Ostapenko Paris final

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When I was her age, I had played many more matches than her, so she's much fresher.
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Re: Navratilova: Serena knows Simona is not going to beat herself

She was giving "How to beat Serena" advice to Strycova's team.
Now she is providing some for Halep's team.
She never says what Serena's got to do to win.
Serena is a LEGEND. She's always playing against her opponent + all the EXPERTS + a few shady linesmen.
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She had never given birth, either, but that only side-lined Serena from a few weeks into the pregnancy and onward.

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She had never given birth, either.

Serena giving birth has little to do with the disparity between them.
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Serena giving birth has little to do with the disparity between them.
Whatever you say, bub.

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Re: Navratilova: Serena knows Simona is not going to beat herself

She gifted a final to Mertens of all people, she can always beat herself.
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That was spot on analysis.

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serena if she plays her game, will win because she is plain better. nav talks like serena is gonna be scared.
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Re: Navratilova: Serena knows Simona is not going to beat herself

Williams v Halep H2H: 9-1 Williams; Williams is 3-0 against Halep in Grand Slam matches.

Halep's lone win came on the hard court in Singapore at the WTA Finals in 2014 (6-0, 6-2)

Williams beat Halep seven times on hard court, one time on clay (Rome 2013) and once on grass at Wimbledon in 2011 (3-6,6-2, 6-1)

Possibility and Probability Dept:

Is it possible that Simona will come up with a game plan to counteract Serena's power and savvy grass court maneuvers. Of course it's possible; anytime a match commences the possibility of a win against a strong opponent, no matter how remote it may appear, is always present.

But is it probable that Simona will upset Serena? This is where the past looms large and the H2H is making a very pointed statement. No, the record doesn't preclude an upset... but you really have to respect the record and draw your conclusions from there.

We'll soon see what shakes out.

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