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  1. Joshua
    Joshua June 8, 2013 at 4:41 pm |

    I’ve always been amazed at the “she’s just pure power” arguments about Serena. Power is obviously important to her game, but watching her play it’s pretty clear that there’s very little she doesn’t do well. Yes, she likes the baseline, but pulling her into the net isn’t a winning strategy because she moves well and moves fast and is extremely dangerous at the net. She can play wicked defense — which was an absolute key to her victory today against an extremely aggressive an focused Sharapova. Her serve is certainly the biggest weapon in professional tennis, for either gender, at the moment. But power is just a part of that. In fact, it’s probably not even the most important part of it. She can hit any spot she wants, she has an immaculately disguised toss and the best second serve we’ve ever seen. And that’s not even approaching the mental aspects of her game — her ability to channel emotions into winners, her often very careful and clever point construction, her obliviousness to nerves. For many years I always said that the best stategy to beat her was to hang close and wait for her to loose her concentration. Inevitably you’d get 20 or 30 minutes of Serena floating outside her body hitting unforced errors and mishitting balls, and when that happened, if you were close, you could take advantage and pull out a win. But in recent years we’ve basically not seen that at all.

    (The same basic story goes for Sharapova, too, by the way. Yes, her game is much more limited, but the one thing she does well — hitting the lines with devastating groundstrokes — she does as well or better than anyone else. And her mental game is deeply underappreciated. Has anyone shrugged off a 6-0 set against a high quality opponent as blithely as Sharapova did in the Jankovic match? Has anyone lost 12 straight times to an opponent as good as Serena and still risen to the fight as well? I don’t think so.)

  2. Patrick of La Verne
    Patrick of La Verne June 8, 2013 at 5:11 pm |

    “I think that this is the best win of Serena’s career.”

    SI currently has a slide show that purports to rank Serena’s sixteen grand slams in terms of importance or impact or something.

    What a thankless task! In their calculus, the thrilling victory over Azarenka at last year’s US Open, comes out no better than #12, and Serena’s absolutely brilliant run through the field at Wimbledon, 2010 (her high water mark up to that time, IMO) was ranked dead last at #16. Regardless of how one views their rankings, the slide show of Serena’s slam victories is a very agreeable visit down memory lane.

    Fittingly enough, the French have a phrase for such a conundrum.

    Serena’s slams constitute an embarras de richesses.

  3. Aube
    Aube June 8, 2013 at 11:09 pm |

    Yeah Mee-Ka-Lee, I have nothing else to say:) Woot woot…

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