Originally Posted by andfor
You're spot on about the fist pumps and com'ons. Serena doesn't need to do it. But she does. Respectfully, you're dead wrong about Serena having nothing to lose. She's clearly expected to win on every level. Sloan should have not said anything about the fist pumps. Keep it to herself and within her camp and use it as motivation. Sloan has exposed a weakness to being bothered by antics that should not bother a pro. You think other pros won't try to bother her in future matches? This is the pros, it's a job not the Juniors. Pros will probe for weaknesses and they all are not just physical, the mental game is part of it. If she's going to take it personal her road to excellence will only be longer.
I don't agree with any of Serena's antics over the years. All I'm saying here is just because Sloan and Serena are friends and Americans does not mean that Serena is not going to go any easier on her in a real match. As a matter of fact Sloan should ber thankful for the beating, acknowledge she was bothered by something that should not bother her, be proud of her own effort, learn from this to be tougher going forward.
want to get back on topic but let me shed some light here , last year we were at IMG and DB was playing a guy 120 atp in baseline games it became evident the guy was making bad line calls and because it was practice we Db and myself kinda laughed until the Old Man walked up to DB and ask do you see this and DB said yes then the Old Man said FACE TO FACE with DB " boy you need to get more selfish out here " cause the best will go to the edge of whats wrong to win if they can" he wasnt avocating cheating but was making a point of what it takes !!! Serena has multiple GS because she comesout with a fu attitude and doesnt let anyone or thing bother her .