did anyone else think the womens final was a shootout?

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by Lee James, Jul 3, 2004.

  1. Lee James

    Lee James Rookie

    Mar 22, 2004
    Maybe it's just me, but I didn't really enjoy the tennis, although it had a lil bit of drama towards the end with Serena trying to mount a comeback, but the whole gameplan for either player seemed to be to crack the ball as hard as possible.
  2. Ash Doyle

    Ash Doyle Professional

    Feb 19, 2004
    I disagree completely. I thought that was the best and most competitive women's final in a women's final in a long time.
  3. fjgarciap

    fjgarciap Rookie

    May 26, 2004
    What I saw in today's final was two pro tour level players giving serving (and returning) lessons to Elena Dementieva, a teenager new champ who psichologically speaking showed control and matureness and tennistically played killer angled crosscourt backhands, some lobs to prevent Serena coming to the net and YES, a lot of ball attacking BUT did you notice or take note of how many unforced errors Serena made when hitting back shots with his forehand? I think Maria took advantage of that on the first set, she charged her batteries to this side of Serena's.

    Hitting hard just to see if that turns itself out into a winning point would be something really boring to watch, but was not what I saw today, I think at least the winner did it with a purpose.
  4. Chopin

    Chopin Hall of Fame

    Mar 13, 2004
    St. John, USVI
    Well said fjgarciap. I thought it was a great match, I'll take that over Dementieva and Myskina any day. Sharapova stayed remarkably composed, I was very impressed. I enjoyed watching the hardhitting, it was fun to see someone other than Serena dictate play.
  5. sinoslav

    sinoslav Rookie

    Feb 21, 2004
    Absolutely this was a great match to watch. There <i>were</i> a fair number of unforced errors, but that's because both players were playing so well that neither of them could safely back off from the high pace of the match. This was a very high standard of tennis and a great match to watch. Hats off to Maria for winning so convincingly against Serena!
  6. Chanchai

    Chanchai Semi-Pro

    Apr 28, 2004
    I thought it was a fun match... but it was very disappointing to see that Serena's game was nowhere near where it could have or should have been. As I said in another thread, it wasn't a "great match" but I was certainly entertained.... even though I wanted a 3 setter and to see Serena find her game.

    But Maria's gameplan was working (while whatever plan Serena had just wasn't allowed to even be implemented it seemed). Serena never found a rhythm with her strokes unless she was on the run. Maria's attacks to the body and out wide were well executed.

    I don't think anyone (including Maria as evidenced by her interview with Bud Collins) expected Maria to hit those two beautiful topspin lobs, but they happened at wonderful moments.

    Serena had moments where things were sort of starting to work for her and she started attacking Maria in specific areas, but often couldn't finish it off.

    As for the serving... I didn't think the serving was all that great, but there were good serves in the game. But it wasn't your model service day.

    For the Sharapova fanatics (or even Serena haters), they'll probably consider it an amazing match. I wouldn't go there. For the Serena fanatics, probably a disappointingly bad match. For me, it was a fun and entertaining match--but nowhere near a great match. At the very least, it was a display of Sharapova's power game and some court coverage when she's pumped up.

    But indeed, today's match lacked subtlety aside from the questions of body/angle, forehand/backhand, and "was Sharapova referring to a boyfriend?" (Or maybe her agent gave her some tips on ways to get the media buzzing even more about her).


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