W When Sabine Lisicki lost the 2013 Wimbledon final to Marion Bartoli, she was unable to control the tears that showed her desolation. Within 41 days, Bartoli retired at just 28 years old after losing to Simona Halep in Cincinnati. She was the first Wimbledon champion to defend her title since the 1969 winner, Ann Jones.
] The antagonists of the past six years have coped with the consequences in their own way. Bartoli considered a comeback, thought better of it and found a home in the comment box, while "Boom Boom" Lisicki, the fastest server in the game between 201
This is a deceptively hard sport, as the finalists on Saturday know too well. Halep began to flourish in the years following her defeat to Bartoli until she won the French Open last year and ruled as the world's number one. Williams & # 39; history is known to all, a story of changing fame and struggle that seems to offer at least one or two chapters.
What they both share is a prolonged struggle with their emotions. Until Halep had calmed her outer shell in recent years, she was one of the most volatile rivals on the WTA tour. Williams, as she admitted on Thursday after her best performance of the tournament – a 59-minute demolition of Barbora Strycova – can not be sure how she will cope with the pressures and expectations of her appointment, despite having the overwhelming consensus of the best Player of her time.
Privately she would agree. Good manners prevent them from saying so publicly – and that brings their own luggage. When Williams was at the right place to record a calendar strike in the final stages of the 2015 US Open, her emotions were wild and she collapsed in a tear gas cloud not unlike the one surrounding Lisicki, losing in the semifinals the Italian double artist Roberta Vinci.
And last September, the red mist fell again on their angry and disbelieving eyes as she fought against the perceived injustice which chair-chairman Carlos Ramos had heaped upon her and lost at the theater exit. This week, in an article in Harper's Bazaar, she turned to her conqueror, Flushing Meadows, Naomi Osaka, in a repeat of her case against Ramos, and caused the media a sensation.
Now she returns to another statistical hell – or to heaven, if she wins: A win on Saturday would bring Williams her eighth Wimbledon singles title and her 24th Major, who has been the Australian Margaret Court for most slams in corresponds to the history of the sport. This is a success – yet Williams again tries to downplay his importance, as she did four years ago before her match against Vinci.
She alternates between the handling of responsibilities and rewards of size and consumption by them. However, she was to be comforted by the evidence of her progress to the final, which contained only a blatant shot when she fell across the finish line in three straight sets against Alison Riske. Amazing was their return to the semi-final against Strycova.
It could be a factor as obvious as the serve – and Serena has a predictable lead here. No one in the draw beat more than their 45 aces, but for someone recruiting at 120 mph, they had surprisingly few double faults: 11, which equates to a risk / reward ratio of about four to one.
Halep, however, is on the list with 26, including Coco Gauff, who retired in the fourth round, and Belinda Bencic, one round earlier. But their return on risk and reward is much worse than Williams': nine aces, twelve double faults.
Of course, the Romanian is not a fan of the bat, but her fastest serve of the fourteen days is 110 miles per hour slower than her opponent's booming deliveries.
Once this ball is in play, Return is crucial, and if it is to be a quality reappearing with the American, Halep must be brave, occasionally gaining ground or making sure they have a serious and Carry out a precise blow from the depths to keep the exchange alive. Only then is parity possible.
At 83%, she ranks 15th in the tournament leaderboard because she gets her return, which is healthy. And here's the shock of numbers: Williams is in 28th place out of 383 or 74% in 66th place. That's exactly a hundred balls that she did not bring back into the game at the reception, and Halep will undoubtedly have taken that into account.
After all this, it will be a surprise – not to the extent of defeating Vinci in New York – unless Williams is crowned Queen of Wimbledon in the center of the center court, and the game itself.