Originally Posted by ElusiveChanteuse
Well, we know Serena is already a legend. She has been quite consistent still reaching at least later stages of the major tournaments she's joined. But then somehow she keeps faltering at the final stages? What is actually the biggest challenge for her to reach 24 and beyond?
1.) Her peak playing level has somewhat reduced from the earlier >> +3.00 AM/game to around +2.50 AM/game. (This, in itself is more than enough to win a slam.) The reduction is mainly the consequence of her changed body, because it affects her timing and accuracy.
2.) The physical capability of her body has also reduced (age-related). Now it seems that while she can play 5-6 HQ matches in two weeks time, 7 HQ matches is on the borderline to be too much.
3.) There are always coming new names (new dangerous players) on the tour (Osaka, Kenin, Andreescu, etc.). They can be handled with the right strategy, but figuring out the right strategy is a time consuming process, and Serena doesn't have too much of it. She needs better coaching in this respect.
4.) Lately she can be too nervous, tensed on the court, and run out of time before she could actually get into the match. Her warming up process (right before the match) should be adjusted.
5.) According to the statistical numbers she still has VERY GOOD chance to win more than 1 major per year, PROVIDED she makes the needed adjustments.
6.) Against Andreescu she played with the WRONG strategy right from the beginning. When she was coming back in the 2nd set, she ALMOST captured the right kind of tennis. (If I remember well, she lost 2 matches to Sharapova, before she understood what kind oh tennis can be effective against her...)
7.) Style and mentality wise I put Andreescu into the same group with Seles and Sharapova, therefore I expected that Serena would find the proper tennis already in the 1st set. It looked to me that Serena got BAD ADVICE before the match, suggesting that her best chance is to play the sharpest 1st striker tennis. (Very far from the truth.)