stevyy wrote:how can you say that Vinci didn't win it, but Serena lost it when it is clear that Serena had immense problems to react to a game which was not 100% power-driven, but which was throught through and varied? Those are the ingredients to win a match, to destroy the other player's rhythm. Tennis Magazine is heralding Vinci for being so smart to change paces and to not let Serena dictate the match with her power, which is something that many other players are doing, they try to counter attack with power when all that is truly needed to defeat Serena isn't power, but strategy.
Vinci didn't win it, why? Because Serena demolished her a few times in the past. Read my post carefully as I even agree with you partly, but as Vinci said herself (and who is a more trustworthy person than her?) she was well aware that if she wanted to win Serena couldn't play her best game and she needed alot of luck. That's a fair analysis. I'm the first to point my finger to the flaws of power tennis, but Vinci couldn't have won this without the help of Serena. That's called Tennis. As I even said in my post if it was a player with the usual power game Serena would have won, but Vinci made her think. I think you didn't caught the point of my post lol, cause we're basically saying the same, only I don't think it's a sole case here of variation triumphing over power. Serena anno 2015 is more than just a power player + Vinci variates alot but let's not pretend she's on par with Henin or even players like Radwanska who also use more variation. This match was so much more than a clash of styles. Was the tennisstyle of Vinci a factor in this match? Absolutely, but do these players bother Serena in most of her matches? Absolutely not. A combination of variation technique, variation, volley but also power tennis is the way to beat Serena.