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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.
 

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Well more match play certainly helps. The issue has been she is good at mowing down lower opposition. But some opponents can match her and keep their intensity fairly high, if they serve well and get as many returns back as they can and hold their ground in rallies. Serena is nowhere near as consistent but she is the most powerful player in women's tennis whose serve and return of second serve can get you in hot water fast. When this first strike game breaks down, it's harder for her to recover compared to in the past. She is still determined but that in itself is not enough.

I won't write her off yet because each slam is different. Today Simona was very level headed and playing within her self easily. But who knows, she might get a final opponent who she can beat. But once again she needs to work on fitness and consistency. Tough with age of course but just by making it here shows she is dangerous. The only thing is she is a little draw dependent, the removal of Konta, Kvitova, Barty and Kerber in her half made things simpler (and likewise, Sevastova and Goerges last year are not the toughest SF opponents), and I guess that also stings that she was not ready for the final match!
 
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She needs all top 10 out in 1st week.
In Wimbledon runs (2018 & 2019), she beats only 2 top 30 : Goerges and ... Goerges.
Wait, one Top 30.

So, with only unseeded players and Goerges and final, it can be done.
 

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I don´t think there´s much she on her own can do except waiting for, first having good draws and then a very weak finalist she already had a couple of easy draws to reach this and last year´s finals. That kind of luck will be tough to get in a couple of years really.

If she´s still in form she´ll reach QF and SF (AO19), and the final if she has a good draw and good luck, but she´ll have to be very lucky to win, that´s it.

Of course she could play more tournaments, but that´s more risky than helpful because in her condition, she´ll get tired and risks injuries
 

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Gonna be brutally honest.

She needs to decide whether she's gonna be a fulltime mother or a fulltime player.
She's going to need to step up her training and tournaments considerably, this part time isn't working out.

Only when she makes that flip is it going to work, she simply can't play herself into shape anymore, sure she improved a lot these two weeks, going for completely not moving to improvised moving, but still, she needs matchplay.
 

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She needs to play a little bit more but not a lot. And to focus, train and give all for the 2019 US Open! Otherwise it will become harder and harder. The competition is terrific. Azarenka and Sharapova couldn't reach top again.
 

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She needs to win one more.

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This was her 3rd slam final in 12 months. She should have figured out how to compete well even though there is pressure. The answer is not playing more. She's too old for a lot of hardcourt tennis. But she needs a go to serve so under extreme pressure she still gets a good first serve in
You have to hold serve, especially in pressure filled matches. You cant rely on winning with your return of serves, not when the pressure is on
Serena used to be great at finals and great at turning a match around under pressure
 

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she needs TUE from WADA! ;)
If anything she needs less. Her TUE's are pretty bad for your performance, but good for arthritis management, but they make you larger over time.
 

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Lose weight. A very casual tennis had this to say when Chris Evert remarked on how she is in better shape. "Yeah right, she looks like a tank!"

Kerber, Osaka, and Halep were all able to expose her lack of movement. She'' never get the extra step back from her youth, but less weight works just as well.
 

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Pray.
 

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In an interview broadcast on BBC today she said that it is not a matter of whether she wins 23,24 or 25 majors. What matters is whether she has a good career she said.

In the same interview she said that when she wakes up each day she is thankful that she loves doing what she does for a job.

If that is the case it's not clear why there is a thread named 'Re: 24: what does Serena need to do?' or why she doesn't do more of what she professes to love doing for a job. Any explanation?
 

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Retire?

Lose weight.

Play more tournaments, but then she is likely to get injured again.

Apologise to all those mothers out there.
 
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