Is Clijsters already done? (cont.)
Posted: Wednesday February 14, 2007 8:25AM; Updated: Wednesday February 14, 2007 2:07PM
Let's remember, too, that Serena had won seven Grand Slams previously. Michael Jordan comes out of retirement and still puts up 30 points a game. Ted Williams interrupts his baseball to fly fighter jets and returns to lead the league in batting. Some players just have it.
To me, the storyline is about the strength of Serena, not the weakness of the rest of the field. Also, I think you have to look at this qualitatively. Had Serena been spraying balls and limping around the court and still won, well, that would have been one thing. But that match against Maria Sharapova was an absolute clinic in aggressive tennis. (Note her winners-to-errors count.) Serena looked every bit like the world beater she was in 2002, not the gimpy, bored hack she was in '06.
Rafael Nadal vs. Thomas Muster in their prime on clay: Who wins and what's the match time?
I'd put my money on the hulking lefty. No, seriously, good question. Here comes the primacy effect again. I like Nadal. He hits a bigger ball, probably moves better, can play "pound and ground" tennis with the best of them, and wouldn't be cowed by any of the Moo-man's antics. For all the talk of Sampras-Federer these days, I would pay similar money to see Nadal-Muster on clay.
I'm surprised that you would seriously consider Oracene Price a Hall of Fame-worthy coach. Is she a coach in the normal sense -- sets strategy, works on strokes, conditioning etc.? Would any other pro seek her as a coach? She may be a great mother and influence, but is she a coach?
A few of you wrote similar e-mails. For the record, I'm lobbying for Oracene Price (or any coach for that matter) to make it into the Hall of Fame. My point was simply that she is the anti-tennis parent and should be applauded as such.
As for whether she is a "real" coach, do I see her working with other players after her daughters are retired? No. Will she be writing instructional books on the finer points of the drop shot? Unlikely. But inasmuch as she is an aide-de-camp who creates an atmosphere for her players to succeed, the results speak for themselves. I know a lot of wonky tennis coaches who would kill for Oracene's record.
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