Re: 24: what does Serena need to do?
As long the bolded doesn't include Sharapova, lol! I will criticize my fave for whatever flaws in her game, that is not to say her situation is bad to a point she will or is ready to lose to a player like your fave. Not happening! Ask Azarenka what happened recently in their last match despite not having played each other in a long time. Never get it twisted mate; Serena will always bring it and will down Sharapova handily any day.
Here's the problem, Sharapova & Azarenka aren't making any GS finals ever again
Getting to #24 will require beating someone else than her favorite pigeons
It's really down to the fear factor, Tom Brady still has it, Serena simply doesn't
Originally Posted by vogus_emeritus
I'm not sure you're right about that because Serena still won 3 matches at this very Wimby (Goerges, CSN, Strycova) on reputation - all 3 of them are solid veterans who on paper should have been able to compete with her, but rolled over very early. And it's 4 if you count Alison, who seemed to falter a bit at the times when it looked like she might be able to move firmly ahead in the match.
The thing about SJW is that despite having given birth and being pretty heavy, she is still incredibly fast moving side-to-side with her first 3 to 4 steps. Where she has a lot more trouble is moving up-and-back, and that's what really cost her today. Credit to Simona because she had a 1-9 head-to-head going into this match, and the 1 win she did have over Serena was basically an exho. If Simona had played just a bit worse today, we wouldn't be having this conversation.
Ifs and buts. On paper Halep was a much easier opponent that Kerber & Osaka. And it turned into even a bigger rout. Given how high the bar is set for Serena, calling Strycova of all people "a solid veteran" is a joke
She's a scrub to every single WS fan out there.
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FITD: Winner - Portoroz '10, Tashkent '11, Istanbul YEC '11, Hong Kong '15, Shenzhen '19; Suicide: Winner - Fes '11, Memphis '12, Nuernberg '13, Sofia TOC '13, Hobart '15, Tianjin '15, Zhuhai ET '15, Tianjin '16, Taiwan '17, Mallorca '17, Luxembourg '17, Rome '19
TT: Winner - (Singles) Tashkent '12, Washington '17; ITF Macon '16, Stockton '16, Scottsdale '16 (Doubles) - Cuneo 100k '10; Contrexeville 50k '10, Tianjin '18; (w/JustPetko) Bucharest 75k '10, Nantes 50k '10, Marbella '11, Washington '11, Linz '11, Istanbul YEC '11, Opole 25K '11, Pattaya City '12, Tashkent '12, Pune 125k '12, Memphis '13, Carlsbad '13, Marrakech '14, Washington '14, H.Kong 25k '16, Torun 25k '17, '19