It’s pretty clear by now that Serena hasn’t been the same in Grand Slam finals. She plays decent enough to reach at those final stages, but these are probably the only moments at year that she tries hard enough to not be beaten. Well, when she’s not in the finals.
3 grand slams, and 3 spankings. What is going on?
We know she’s old and everything, but it’s not like she steps onto the court having to be defeated already by that. She’s beaten Halep and was on a verge of defeating Pliskova at Melbourne, so it’s not like that she cannot beat these top players either. Is it tougher? Yes, but definitely not impossible.
So what does she need to do? I say 2 stuffs:
I) play more tournaments. She needs to lower down everyone's expectations and play premiers, not only GS tournament and committing her life to win them. She gotta shake this mental rustiness of choking and not winning big moments at these matches. She hasn’t win a tournament since 2017 and she’s trying Grand Slams like they were that easy to win. We can say she reach the final, but as for Serena it gets harder every time to play at a higher level, as for her opponents, they are just on a roll by now and ready to steamroll whoever is in their faces and it happens to be Serena. So, play a few warmups for the US hardcourt season and maybe this clique will come.
II) please, call out Patrick and tell him to shut his damn mouth. The Williams are known for being tightlipped bout things, not giving explanations of their strategies, their moments, feelings, anything, and Patrick, the mastermind, just likes to give everything away to the media. Like Serena said, the pressure of winning these much titles and playing another finals increases every single time she approaches them, so, shush Patrick, we all know what’s going on, we don't need you to tell us. Pump your player in the backstage, not on the headlines.