Quantcast
nodot nodot
Pro Tennis Showcase
March 26, 2012

Subscribe to Match Reports

Pro Tennis Showcase Archive

Player Profile Index (Men)
Player Profile Index (Women)

Contact Tennis Server

Tennis Server
HOME PAGE

Do You Want To Be A Better Tennis Player?

Then Sign Up For A Free Subscription to the Tennis Server INTERACTIVE
E-mail Newsletter!

You will join 25,000 other subscribers in receiving news of updates to the Tennis Server along with monthly tennis tips from tennis pro Tom Veneziano that won't be found on the web site.
 
Best of all, it is free!

Player Profiles:
 
Top Pros (Women)
tennis ball Serena Williams
tennis ball Simona Halep
tennis ball Petra Kvitova
tennis ball Maria Sharapova
tennis ball Agnieszka Radwanska
tennis ball Na Li
tennis ball Eugenie Bouchard
tennis ball Angelique Kerber
tennis ball Ana Ivanovic
tennis ball Caroline Wozniacki
 ... more profiles
 
Top Pros (Men)
tennis ball Novak Djokovic
tennis ball Rafael Nadal
tennis ball Roger Federer
tennis ball Stanislas Wawrinka
tennis ball David Ferrer
tennis ball Tomas Berdych
tennis ball Milos Raonic
tennis ball Kei Nishikori
tennis ball Grigor Dimitrov
tennis ball Andy Murray
 ... more profiles
 
Tennis Features Icon TENNIS FEATURES:

BETWEEN THE LINES - Ray Bowers takes an analytical and sometimes controversial look at the ATP/WTA professional tour.
 
PRO TENNIS SHOWCASE - Tennis match reports and photography from around the world.
 
TURBO TENNIS - Ron Waite turbocharges your tennis game with tennis tips, strategic considerations, training and practice regimens, and mental mindsets and exercises.
 
TENNIS ANYONE? - USPTA Pro John Mills' quick player tip.
 
WILD CARDS - Each month a guest column by a new writer.
 
TENNIS SET - Jani Macari Pallis, Ph.D. looks at tennis science, engineering and technology.
 
MORTAL TENNIS - Greg Moran's tennis archive on how regular humans can play better tennis.
 
MENTAL EQUIPMENT - Explore the mental side of the game with Dr. John Murray.
 
TENNIS WARRIOR - Tom Veneziano's Tennis Warrior archive.
 
HARDSCRABBLE SCRAMBLE - USPTA pro Mike Whittington's player tip archive.
 
TENNIS EQUIPMENT TIPS.

Tennis Community Icon TENNIS COMMUNITY:


Tennis Book, DVD, and Video Index
 
Tennis Server Match Reports
 
Editor's Letter
 
Become a Tennis Server Sponsor

Explore The Tennis Net Icon EXPLORE THE TENNIS NET:

Pro Tennis Calendar & Event Links
 
Tennis News and Live Tennis Scores
 
Tennis Links on the Web
 
nodot
Pro Tennis Showcase Banner
 
Green Dot
 
Tennis Warehouse Logo
 
Green Dot

 
nodot
Sony Ericsson Open 2012, Miami/Key Biscayne, Florida, USA
March 26, 2012
Editorial by Jane Voigt.


 

Jane Voigt Photo
Jane Voigt

Clearly Likely
 
March 26, 2012 -- Serena Williams draws attention. For her tennis. For her comments during matches. For her clothes. For her outrageous self. After her win over Samantha Stosur this afternoon at The Sony Ericsson Open, you can bet that the remaining women in the draw stared the likelihood straight in the eye -- Serena was up to the task.
 
How did they know?
 
Well, Williams came from behind in each of the two sets to right her course to victory. And, she hit 20 aces.
 
Twenty aces.
 
John Isner can hit twenty aces in a match and we call it an average day at work. Of course John Isner holds the record for aces in a match -- 112, which was in his first-round encounter in Wimbledon 2010, a match that went on for 11 hours over three days. Nicolas Mahut, the defeated Frenchman, hit 103.
 
But for a woman tennis star to hit that many aces it's front-page news, and it should be. Okay, it was Serena and she does have one of the best serves in the game. Yet, that stat makes eyes pop. It's like ... whoa-za!
 
Williams won the match 75 63, a total of 21 games. Ten of those games were return games, according to the data compiled by the tournament. That means she served 11 games, which then means she hit a hair under 2 aces/game. If you need four points to score a game, Serena earned half those points for free. Not really 'for free,' but her aces emphatically advanced her score, and both women changed sides to begin the next point.
 
Commentators frequently say, "he/she needs some free points here." Meaning, hit a couple aces and save yourself from, let's say, the brutal ground game that's forcing errors off your racquet.
 
Both Stosur and Williams are the most competent servers on tour. Stosur has a nasty kick serve that bounces so high to most player's backhand that a solid return is close to impossible. Williams hits aces. The stroke is a primary weapon for these Major champions. It isn't a way to get the point going, it is a weapon. And Serena sliced up the court today in a fashion that sets the competition on edge.
 
Serena holds the record for most aces in a tournament -- 89 -- wracked up over seven rounds at Wimbledon in 2010, which she won. How many aces is that per round? A bit over 12. So today she outdid herself.
 
As trite as it sounds, that's what champions do ... they pull from the depths of experience, swing out, and move on to the next point.
 
This is Serena's 12th appearance in Miami, which she has won five times. She is 30 years old, and that's another awesome story in the making, and hasn't won a tournament since last summer in Stanford. If she goes through and wins the title at the Crandon Park site, she will have won 40 career WTA titles.
 
Why then is it difficult for tennis fans to get, and stay, behind Serena's potential triumph in Miami?
 
Serena told the press conference today, "I don't get enough credit for being a super nice person. They only focus on me yelling at umpires."
 
This is a rub for people. Williams has 14 Major titles and certainly could have had more had she chosen to put more attention on tennis than on her other activities. But when she stirs the pot in front of millions of people, all that goodwill earned from all those career titles goes up in smoke. We remember the bad stuff.
 
Williams has had her share of crap dished up to her, too. Hawkeye technology can thank it's lucky line-calling stars for the poorest line calling of all time, during the 2004 U. S. Open match when Serena played Jennifer Capriati. Serena got hosed by errant line calls from a, what seemed to be, blind chair umpire. As John McEnroe adeptly yelled on Centre Court Wimbledon when aggravated by a call, 'everyone here saw the ball was out.' And that was true for Serena at the U. S. Open.
 
Whether you consider Serena Williams your favorite doesn't spoil the facts. Every time she's registered in a tournament she becomes the woman to beat, no matter how long she's been off. With both Venus and Serena in this year's draw, and on opposite sides of that draw, the conversation has now begun -- will there be an all-Williams final?
 
Like it or not, these two still define women's tennis.
 

 

Earlier Columns from this Event:
 
March 25, 2012 Sony Ericsson Open: Consistency
March 24, 2012 Sony Ericsson Open: Greatest of All Time Downs Young American Harrison
March 23, 2012 Sony Ericsson Open: Those We Don't Talk About, Much
March 22, 2012 Sony Ericsson Open: Venus Is Back
March 21, 2012 Sony Ericsson Open: Fernando Gonzalez Bids Farewell
 

Green DotGreen DotGreen Dot

Player Profile Index (Men) | Pro Tennis Showcase Archive | Player Profile Index (Women)

SUBSCRIBE TO THE TENNIS SERVER PHOTO FEED

join our mailing list
* indicates required

All Tennis Server photography is copyrighted by the photographer and/or the Tennis Server, and all rights are reserved. You may not copy these images without permission. While you are welcome to create hyperlinks to Tennis Server web pages, you may not embed these images into other web pages or blogs without permission. To request permission, please use this contact form. Please be sure to clearly indicate exactly which photograph(s) you are requesting permission to use, as terms and conditions will vary depending on the photographer and the photograph.


 

nodot
nodot
Google
Web tennisserver.com
nodot nodot
The Tennis Server
Ticket Exchange

Your Source for tickets to professional tennis & golf events.
 
Davis Cup USA vs Slovakia Tickets Chicago 9/12-9/14
 
Chris Evert Pro-Celeb Tennis Classic 11/22-11/23
 
BNP Paribas Open Tickets Indian Wells CA 3/11-3/22
 
Miami Open Tennis Tickets Miami 3/23-4/5
 

 

Tennis MindGame

 
Popular Tennis books:
 
Smart Tennis by John Murray
 
Winning Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis-Lessons from a Master by Brad Gilbert, Steve Jamison
 
The Best Tennis of Your Life: 50 Mental Strategies for Fearless Performance by Jeff Greenwald
 
The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey
 
Most Recent Articles:
 
Tennis Warrior: In Tennis, Principle Trumps Emotion by Tom Veneziano.
 
September 2014 Tennis Anyone: Things To Do and Not To Do by John Mills.
 
September 2014 Turbo Tennis: The Only Thing You Have To Fear Is Fear Itself!!! by Ron Waite.
 
September 9, 2014 Between The Lines: Dissecting U.S. Open 2014 by Ray Bowers.
 
August 21, 2014 Between The Lines: Preview U.S. Open 2014 -- Focus Youth Brigade by Ray Bowers.
 
August 2014 Wild Cards: The Tennis Round Table: Interviews With Jim Courier, Todd Martin & Mark Philippoussis in Arizona by Vince Barr.
 
Tennis Warrior: The Little Tennis Girl Who Could by Tom Veneziano.
 
August 2014 Tennis Anyone: Try To See The Big Picture by John Mills.
 
August 2014 Turbo Tennis: My Most Useful 'Quick Fix' Tips!!! by Ron Waite.
 
May 2014 Wild Cards: Michael Chang Wins Cancer Treatment Centers of America Tennis Challenge in Arizona by Vince Barr.
 

 

 

 

 
 
Featured events in the Tennis Server Ticket Exchanges:
 
  Featured Tickets:
BNP Paribas Open Tickets Indian Wells CA Tennis Garden
Miami Open Tennis Tickets Miami Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
 

  Featured Tickets:
Western & Southern Open Cincinnati Tennis Tickets Session 13 W&SFG Cincy Mason OH Lindner Family Center Financial Group Masters
Western & Southern Open Cincinnati Tennis Tickets Session 14 W&SFG Cincy Mason OH Lindner Family Center Financial Group Masters
Western & Southern Open Cincinnati Tennis Tickets Session 15 W&SFG Cincy Mason OH Lindner Family Center Financial Group Masters
Western & Southern Open Cincinnati Tennis Tickets Session 16 Finals W&SFG Cincy Mason OH Lindner Family Center Financial Group Masters

  Featured Tickets:
US Open Tennis Tickets Session 11 Third Round New York City NYC NY Flushing Meadows Corona
US Open Tennis Tickets Session 10 Men's Second Round Women's Third Round New York City NYC NY Flushing Meadows Corona
US Open Tennis Tickets Session 9 Men's Second Round Women's Third Round New York City NYC NY Flushing Meadows Corona
US Open Tennis Tickets Session 8 Second Round New York City NYC NY Flushing Meadows Corona

  Featured Tickets:
Sony Open Tennis Session 13 Tickets Miami Men's Singles 3rd Round Women's Singles 4th Round Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
Sony Open Tennis Session 14 Tickets Miami Men's Singles 3rd Round Women's Singles 4th Round Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
Sony Open Tennis Session 15 Tickets Miami Men's Singles 4th Round Women's Singles Quarterfinals Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
Sony Open Tennis Session 16 Tickets Miami Men's Singles 4th Round Women's Singles Quarterfinals Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center

  Featured Tickets:
Sony Open Tennis Session 21 Tickets Miami Men's Singles Semifinals Women's Doubles Semifinals Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
Sony Open Tennis Session 22 Tickets Miami Men's Singles Semifinals Women's Doubles Semifinals Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
Sony Open Tennis Session 23 Tickets Miami Woman's Singles Final Men's Doubles Final Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
Sony Open Tennis Session 24 Tickets Miami Men's Singles Final Women's Doubles Final Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
Great American Beer Festival Tickets Denver CO Colorado Convention Center

 
 
"Tennis Server" is a registered trademark and "Tennis Server INTERACTIVE" is a trademark of Tennis Server. All original material and graphics on the Tennis Server are copyrighted 1994 - by Tennis Server and its sponsors and contributors. Please do not reproduce without permission.

 

Tennis Server
Cliff Kurtzman
Editor-in-chief
2323 Clear Lake City Boulevard
Suite 180-139
Houston, Texas 77062-8120
Phone: (281) 480-6300
Fax: (281) 480-7715
Online Contact Form
How to support Tennis Server as a Sponsor/Advertiser
Tennis Server Privacy Policy