Serena was in top “sad sack” form today: heavy footed, wailing, looking sorry for herself. Of all the top champions, Serena exhibits some of the most perplexing peaks and valleys in performance and attitude. When she’s on and aggressive, she can’t lose. She’s a force of nature, a goddess, a fearsome warrior who could make Rafa cower in the locker room. And then she plays matches like the one today against Katerina Srebotnik and you wonder, who is this lumbering, awkward girl? She was hitting the kinds of errors (especially some rocks at the net), that you usually see on the public courts (at least when I play).
It’s frustrating – I really thought Serena was going to take the title this year. I’m starting to feel like I put too much faith in her. As Chuck D would say, “Don’t believe the hype!”
I’ve never been a big Srebotnik fan, but I did enjoy watching her play today. She has an athletic game with smooth shots and some great touch at net. There’s no doubt that she earned the win, even though Serena played like crap.
My second pick for the title, Maria Sharapova, is looking almost as awful. There’s no way she’s beating a top player (like Dinara Safina in the 4th round) when her double fault count per match is in the double digits. It’s really uncomfortable and sad to watch the now No. 1 player in the world struggling with her serve like this. And you know Yuri is raking her over the coals for it. Perhaps she and Elena should go in on a serving coach together.
I’m still mourning the fact that Serena and Maria won’t be facing each other on the terre battue. Can we take a cue from boxing and have the two Glamazons duke it out in a heavyweight match for the title of No. 1 in the world? Talk about a pay-per-view opportunity.