Serena Fans Check-In: How are we feeling?

If she could go back in time, would she give up the chance to ever have a baby, just so she could win her 24th and 25th slam?

In hindsight, would she choose slam record over having a child?
 

PDJ

G.O.A.T.
If she could go back in time, would she give up the chance to ever have a baby, just so she could win her 24th and 25th slam?

In hindsight, would she choose slam record over having a child?
She's grooming her child to be a media celebrity so possibly not?
I imagine, if she could go back in time, she might have played a full schedule, got fit, lost weight and maximised her opportunities when she still had them.
 
I noticed that Serena played the Western & Sourthern Open under Protected Ranking status. I thought she simply wasn't playing very much lately because she didn't want to play. Is she coming back from some type of injury? If so, what is it? How much longer does her PR status last?
 

Mr.Lob

G.O.A.T.
I noticed that Serena played the Western & Sourthern Open under Protected Ranking status. I thought she simply wasn't playing very much lately because she didn't want to play. Is she coming back from some type of injury? If so, what is it? How much longer does her PR status last?

Supposedly a knee injury from a year ago.
 

a10best

Legend
Can't think of anyone more deserving than Serena. Have some respect.
The last year for an all-time aging goat is a little embarrassing. The year she lost to Vinci is when she should have called it.
I can think of a few others who should have stopped in a different sport. At their best they were invincible goliaths but later on little davids challenge or beat them.
 
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bigbadboaz

Semi-Pro
The year she was one win away from a CALENDAR SLAM? Yeah, OK. :rolleyes:

Whenever she was first in clear decline, sure. Maybe a year or two later. Really, she should have just checked the attitude, put in actual effort and pulled back the talk of getting those last few Slams just a little. She'd probably still be making major QFs regularly and no one would be talking about how far she'd fallen.
 

THUNDERVOLLEY

G.O.A.T.
The last year for an all-time aging goat is a little embarrassing. The year she lost to Vinci is when she should have called it.

For what reason? She would go on to win two more majors after that, rendering the Vinci loss as no cap to her success at the majors.
 
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PDJ

G.O.A.T.
The year she was one win away from a CALENDAR SLAM? Yeah, OK. :rolleyes:

Whenever she was first in clear decline, sure. Maybe a year or two later. Really, she should have just checked the attitude, put in actual effort and pulled back the talk of getting those last few Slams just a little. She'd probably still be making major QFs regularly and no one would be talking about how far she'd fallen.
Personally I think the year she lost to Pliskova at the AO from 5-1 up in the third (I forgot the year) was the beginning of the end in terms of mental fragility being a real factor. This loss basically consolidated the Vinci loss. Williams was no longer feared as before.
 

Lozo1016

Hall of Fame
Not nervous at all. I never predicted or expected her to win. She's more focused than in previous months, but age is--after all--age, and her retirement announcement is the ultimate acknowledgment of that.

That's fair. Just want this ride to last as long as possible. Great tennis is still inside of her. If she can get a couple of wins, she'll be dangerous.
 

PhxRacket

Hall of Fame
As soon as she plays someone who can effectively move the ball from side to side and avoid trying to outhit her…she is done. Let’s see her fitness level in this third set. Up 2-0, long service game.
 

Pass750

Professional
As soon as she plays someone who can effectively move the ball from side to side and avoid trying to outhit her…she is done. Let’s see her fitness level in this third set. Up 2-0, long service game.
Kontaveit has absolutely no variety to her game at all. Don’t think she came to net once and hit a volley. And obviously she is not mentally tough enough.
 

victorcruz

Hall of Fame
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Thriller

Hall of Fame
I hate myself for saying it but should Serena pull out of the doubles? She has really opened up her singles draw and has a great opportunity to make the 2nd week, possibly the quarter finals.

I guess only she knows if she is fit enough to handle two slam tournaments simultaneously.
 

fox

Professional
Still setting box office records:

As Serena Williams returned to Arthur Ashe Stadium for her Round 2 singles match against No. 2 seed Anett Kontaveit of Estonia, 29,959 fans showed up to watch her play – besting Monday’s evening session record of 29,402 attendees.

So maybe according to many posters here prize money should be increased for women and decreased for men if they don't bring as many fans on courts... Ouch.
 
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THUNDERVOLLEY

G.O.A.T.
So maybe according to many posters here prize money should be increased for women and decreased for men if they don't bring as many fans on courts... Ouch.

Don't count on it. At best, they will suddenly embrace the concept of parity in the same sport, or--as some on this board have argued--tennis should be completely separated at the majors, so they would squeal in delight at AO/FO/W/USO only hosting men.
 

PDJ

G.O.A.T.
So maybe according to many posters here prize money should be increased for women and decreased for men if they don't bring as many fans on courts... Ouch.
Realistically how would that work? Williams is a huge draw, no doubt, but:
A) she's retiring
B) she's barely been a part time player for the last few years so that doesn't help tournament revenue. There simply aren't the names in women's tennis beyond the Williams and Sharapova.
You could argue similarly with the men, given Federer is not around. But there is greater name recognition for a fair few men with the general public. I'm not convinced that outside Poland and we tennis fans, that many people would know who the no.1 ranked female is? Similarly, they probably won't know who Medvedev is either but they would probably know of Nadal, Djokovic, even Kyrgios for better or worse.
 

ChaelAZ

G.O.A.T.
I would think that all those "time wasting" and "shot clock violation" people always banging on Nadal would be up at arms with Serena right now. I mean, it is about the principle of it and not just some deep seeded desire for one person to fail because he is more GOATy than anyone, right?

Anyway, Serena is one slooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow moving unit between points. I think she will be hurting this next round, and if she manages to win it won't get any easier on her.
 

Tmano

Hall of Fame
I'm glad she won last night but i really did not like the on court interview, she was quite arrogant! I did not remember her to be that way!
 

PhxRacket

Hall of Fame
I'm glad she won last night but i really did not like the on court interview, she was quite arrogant! I did not remember her to be that way!
You must have been asleep for twenty years. She has always been arrogant. She has nearly NEVER given her opponents props for better play in her post match pressers. The media needs to cover the US Open, all the players’ accomplishments.
 

Tmano

Hall of Fame
You must have been asleep for twenty years. She has always been arrogant. She has nearly NEVER given her opponents props for better play in her post match pressers. The media needs to cover the US Open, all the players’ accomplishments.
Asleep or maybe i have always avoided to listened to what she had to say. However i was quite annoyed by her last night especially when she made the Fernandez asking twice the same question to answer with that, "I'm Serena"
 

Tostao80

Rookie
You must have been asleep for twenty years. She has always been arrogant. She has nearly NEVER given her opponents props for better play in her post match pressers. The media needs to cover the US Open, all the players’ accomplishments.

Lol. Do you really have to lie. She has given props to her opponents many times when she has lost. This is Serena when she lost to Halep at Wimbledon,
"“She literally played out of her mind. Congratulations, Simona. It was a little bit ‘a deer in the headlights’ for me,” Williams said. “So, I mean, whenever a player plays that amazing, you just kind of have to take your hat off and give them a nod of the head.”

Care for dozens more examples?
 
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