Graveller wrote: ↑Jul Tue 09, 2019 10:12 amWatched the match... I have not changed my opinion that I wrote during RG: Serena's serve and ROS are suberb, and here on grass it may be enough to win the title. But her accuracy when forced to run is not as good as it was in her prime.
I said at the time that Serena is not dominant in longer rallies anymore. They showed stats during the third set vs Riske that confirmed this: Riske was the better player in the longer rallies. Doesn't matter what McEnroe says - based on his observations: facts and numbers do not lie.
It was a close match: 6-4 4-6 6-3... and if you know that the aces were 18-1 for Serena-Riske, then you see that Serena made the difference there. (and then I am not even considering all the winning return-of-serves...).
She cannot afford a bad serving day if she wants to win #24.
Why should she run herself ragged (on a bad knee), when she can just finish the point in one or two blistering strokes?? Even with that, she ran Ali side to side, back and forth, to win several key points. Her net play was good too!!
And, she was the best player on the court in their mixed win