Will Serena reach any slam finals or win a slam this year

Will be interesting to see what happens with her after losing in FOUR slam finals since the pursuit of #24 began. She has made the finals of 4 of her 6 slams since coming back though, which is in itself impressive.
 

THUNDERVOLLEY

G.O.A.T.
At best, she might win that elusive 24th major, but not more than that. I think she's at the point in her career where one major per year will be within her range.
 

NEW_BORN

Hall of Fame
I think she's still capable of reaching slam finals. But as for crossing that finish line, it's no longer on her racquet, unless she plays another one of her contemporaries, like a Sharapova.
 

ChrisRF

Hall of Fame
I think she's still capable of reaching slam finals. But as for crossing that finish line, it's no longer on her racquet, unless she plays another one of her contemporaries, like a Sharapova.
It depends on the draw then. Because the final doesn’t have to be the most difficult match of the tournament of course.

However, in her last finals she couldn’t finish it mentally.
 
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oldmanfan

Legend
Hmmmm, tough to say. Her shots are so powerful that on a good day, she can blast anyone off the courts. And her serve is still very good. But it's shocking how clueless many play against her. She's not supremely fit since coming back after giving birth, but very, VERY few exploit her sub-par movements. The ones that does, like Halep did at WB19 finals, wins comfortably.
 

NEW_BORN

Hall of Fame
It depends on the draw then. Because the final doesn’t have to be the most diffucult match of the tournament of course.

However, in her last finals she couldn’t finish it mentally.
I think she's gotten so used to dominating and intimidating her opponents in the past, that when these younger players are not only standing up her but dictating her around the court, it becomes somewhat overwhelming for her to accept, and thus difficult for her to adjust her game plan to counter the situation. Plus her fitness is suspect.
 
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ChrisRF

Hall of Fame
I think she's gotten so used to dominating and intimidating her opponents in that past, that when these younger players are not only standing up her but dictating her around the court, it becomes somewhat overwhelming for her to accept, and thus difficult for her to adjust her game plan to counter the situation. Plus her fitness is suspect.
This and I also think losing the CYGS in 2015 was crucial for her mentality. With the 2 remaining opponents she must have felt she already has it in the pocket (and being undisputed GOAT with this achievement).
 

James P

G.O.A.T.
She's no longer the clear cut best player in the world. At best, she's in a group of 4-6 players that are near co-favorites at the Slams. I think she might even have fallen past that group into the second tier of players, still dangerous, but no longer as seriously.
 

Newballs

Professional
Hmmmm, tough to say. Her shots are so powerful that on a good day, she can blast anyone off the courts. And her serve is still very good. But it's shocking how clueless many play against her. She's not supremely fit since coming back after giving birth, but very, VERY few exploit her sub-par movements. The ones that does, like Halep did at WB19 finals, wins comfortably.
This is her big weakness.
She can still hit the **** outta the ball as you eluded to, but if the opponent keeps her moving...
 

fed1

Professional
She is looking her best since becoming a mom. She just may win the Grand Slam this year!
Heard the same thing at Wimbledon last year, played a great player in the final, got lit up. Heard the same thing at last years US Open, played Andreescu, smoked again.
Let’s wait until she plays some of the heavies to what level she’s really at. Unless you want to Christina McHale as a heavy. :D:D
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
Heard the same thing at Wimbledon last year, played a great player in the final, got lit up. Heard the same thing at last years US Open, played Andreescu, smoked again.
Let’s wait until she plays some of the heavies to what level she’s really at. Unless you want to Christina McHale as a heavy. :D:D
Heavy??? U Cannot B Serious!
 

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
She’s trying really hard in Auckland, fighting from a set down and breaks down. Think her and her team have realised she can’t just waltz into a slam and expect to win it without lots of match play. She needs to up the tournament schedule (just a little bit, not talking Dominic Thiem levels) and then she can be prepared. She can still win a slam. It depends on who she plays in the final though.
 

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
To be fair, Serena was Getting the Business...
Serena being Serena. Can’t count the amount of times she’s looked down and out for a set and then started fresh. Fortunately earlier in her career she’d be able to find her rhythm in the second set but the last few slam finals they’ve just not let her work herself into the match and quickly gotten it done with (Kerber and Halep for instance). That’s why I’ve said she needs more match play at other tournaments. Glad to see she’s doing it now. Into the SF.
 

Midaso240

Hall of Fame
Next up will be either Bouchard of French Open SFist Anisimova. Final will be either Pegula, Wozniacki or Goerges (who Serena played in the 2018 Wimbledon SF).
I suppose she'd be happy enough with 3 match wins but let's face it,these aren't opponents who are going to prepare her for who could be awaiting in semis or the final of the AO. The worst thing she could do now (for her chances in Melbourne) IMO is win the tournament,Auckland winners tend to flame out early at the AO
 

fed1

Professional
Serena being Serena. Can’t count the amount of times she’s looked down and out for a set and then started fresh. Fortunately earlier in her career she’d be able to find her rhythm in the second set but the last few slam finals they’ve just not let her work herself into the match and quickly gotten it done with (Kerber and Halep for instance). That’s why I’ve said she needs more match play at other tournaments. Glad to see she’s doing it now. Into the SF.
With her age and the shape she’s in that’s not going to be the recipe for success at Grand Slams.
 

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
I suppose she'd be happy enough with 3 match wins but let's face it,these aren't opponents who are going to prepare her for who could be awaiting in semis or the final of the AO. The worst thing she could do now (for her chances in Melbourne) IMO is win the tournament,Auckland winners tend to flame out early at the AO
Well as I said, she played Goerges in the 2018 Wimbledon SF and although Wozniacki doesn’t challenge Serena, she is a caliber player who won a slam less than 2 years ago. Of course playing Halep or Svitolina would be better but I think it’s good match play for Serena anyway!
 

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
With her age and the shape she’s in that’s not going to be the recipe for success at Grand Slams.
Her last 6 slams since returning:
US Open final
Wimbledon final
French Open 3R
Aus Open QF
US Open final
Wimbledon final
French Open 4R (withdrew)

While she hasn’t won those finals, she’s proven she has the recipe for success to go very deep at the slams.
 

Nicholo

Rookie
She can but it will be tough. I don’t think it is likely but I do think it is possible. She has to stay healthy and play with more variety.
it’s been tough watching play at times in Auckland, but she keeps soldiering on... she definitely needs more match play...
 

upchuck

Hall of Fame
She can because she's Serena: just look at how she's making her way through the Auckland draw after ending her season in September. But the movement worries.
She's no longer the clear cut best player in the world. At best, she's in a group of 4-6 players that are near co-favorites at the Slams. I think she might even have fallen past that group into the second tier of players, still dangerous, but no longer as seriously.
The person who has made the most slam finals in the last two years is in the second, not first, tier of players? Okay, genius.
 

ibbi

Legend
Odds are good she'll make it to a final, surely. Whether she'll win or not is another matter given she hasn't won a set in one since coming back.
 

40-15_forever

New User
I pray not. Hopefully this will be her last year so we do not have to endure more of her antics. Tennis will be much better when her fans inevitably stop caring about tennis after she retires. Having less empty barrels around is always better!
 
Her last 6 slams since returning:
US Open final
Wimbledon final
French Open 3R
Aus Open QF
US Open final
Wimbledon final
French Open 4R (withdrew)

While she hasn’t won those finals, she’s proven she has the recipe for success to go very deep at the slams.
Yes but the problems is since coming back she can't play the finals. None of her 4 slam finals have been particularly good performances by her and only 1 (U.S Open final last year) was not completely awful. The other 3 flat out sucked gigantuam balls. So that is the biggest worry for her, and her chances to win any future slams. No matter what she says the number 24 is the elephant on her back.
 

SeeItHitIt

Professional
Will she make any more slam finals? I hope not. She’s hard to watch, trying to play a style that worked when she was younger, lighter and less angry.
 

upchuck

Hall of Fame
Her performance against Animisova tonight is already the best tennis a woman has played this decade, and her movement was sharp. She is more than capable of winning another two, three majors.
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
Her performance against Animisova tonight is already the best tennis a woman has played this decade, and her movement was sharp. She is more than capable of winning another two, three majors.
Shocked at the scoreline given the fights Serena has already had this week AND playing dubs. She's amazing.
 

fireandwind

Hall of Fame
Her performance against Animisova tonight is already the best tennis a woman has played this decade, and her movement was sharp. She is more than capable of winning another two, three majors.
You are truly a dreamer, even getting one more slam for her would be a great effort and a stretch
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
You are truly a dreamer, even getting one more slam for her would be a great effort and a stretch
She'll probably play this season and next...... with 8 more chances and all the slam finals she's been making I don't think it's that much of a stretch. Crossing the finish line is another matter but still
 

THUNDERVOLLEY

G.O.A.T.
I pray not. Hopefully this will be her last year so we do not have to endure more of her antics. Tennis will be much better when her fans inevitably stop caring about tennis after she retires. Having less empty barrels around is always better!
No, a men's tour with three granddaddies slaughtering two back-to-back, most loser-overloaded generations in the sport's history has hurt it beyond measure, and typical of the men's side, the so-called "next generations" all follow the same hack formula to this date, hence their being eternal, paid-up members of The Can't Win A Major Legion.

Get off your high horse. Rafa would be embarrassed to have you as a fan.
Anyway, hope Serena can get to 24. She deserves it.
True on both points.
 

fed1

Professional
Her performance against Animisova tonight is already the best tennis a woman has played this decade, and her movement was sharp. She is more than capable of winning another two, three majors.
You may want to get a little better look at how Maddison Keys is playing at the moment against much better competition.
 

upchuck

Hall of Fame
You may want to get a little better look at how Maddison Keys is playing at the moment against much better competition.
Not the first time Madison has looked great, but she has a losing H2H against Serena and always finds a way to flame out in a major. She is in that category of players who has to win a major before I'm ready to predict that she will win one.
 
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