Quite remarkably one journalist in Serena Williams’ press conference after her two set win against former slam finalist Lucie Safarova called it a scrappy performance. Obviously they were not watching the match and the 22 time Grand Slam champion was not happy with these comments and quite right to with the journalist quickly backtracking and apologising to the former world number one in what was a performance I described as solid and epic!
If you had said to me in the first two matches of a Grand Slam tournament you’d be up against Belinda Bencic and Lucie Safarova (both unseeded but former top 10 players) you’d have thought you’d have pulled the short straw but Serena hasn’t been given any credit for her performances in her opening couple of round matches. These are tough opponents, ranking is irrelevant in a major tournament.
I wouldn’t call Serena’s performance scrappy, yes she hit a couple of double faults and unforced errors but on a whole it was a very solid and controlled performance from the American who is looking for her 7th title down under!
I don’t think I will ever get bored of watching Serena play, her game is so good from the baseline. The backhand can be a bullet at times through the court but the shot that I don’t think get’s enough credit is the forehand cross court.
Credit to the AustralianOpen for the image
This is the perfect still of the forehand. The work and effort that goes into it is underestimated and it is such an important shot for Serena. Generating power from that leaning position on a court is tough but she does it so well as I have explained annotating the still image above.
Moving forward it will get tougher for Serena, she’s found her range early on and seems extra motivated. Many would have thought after her early exit in Brisbane she might come in Melbourne a little quiet but she is raring to go and so far it’s been very good, not scrappy! 🙂