Wimbledon 2008 – Nick’s Picks – Women’s Singles Finals
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Read Nick’s Breakdown and tell us who you think will win (score and set) and the person who comes closest will win a Bollettieri Prize Pack!! Simply post your pick in the comments section!
Venus Williams (USA) vs. Serena Williams (USA)
I first saw Venus and Serena when they were nine and ten years old at my house in Longboat Key, FL. Richard Williams, their father, sat down with me and said his two girls would be very special. Well, I guess he was right! When his girls played tennis, Richard insisted that the girls were to run after every single ball no matter how far away it is. That is what has enabled them to reach as many balls as they do today! Richard also never let them speak about tennis, except when they were on the tennis court. One time, Venus broke this rule while riding in the car, and Richard made her walk home from the store. These were lessons that the girls had to learn.
As they developed, they would come to Florida to work with Rich Macci and myself (and of course their parents). When they came to the Academy, my coaches and pros would hide because the girls would wear them out! That is how strong they were!! I have always enjoyed traveling, motivating, and working with them and I couldn’t be happier to see them in the finals.
This is the match that everyone has been looking forward to since the draw was announced. Both players dominated in their semifinal matches, and look primed for a sister-sister battle! It has been five years since Serena and Venus met in the finals of a Grand Slam, and it seems both of them are playing better than they ever have before. Serena leads the head-to-head match up 8-7 and has won the last five times they have met in a Grand Slam final (including two Wimbledon’s).
Let’s take a look at some of the Williams’ important stats from the fortnight:
- Neither of them lost a set
- Serena led all women with 48 aces, Venus was second with 34 (she also tied for the lead in double faults)
- Venus did register the fastest serve, clocking in at 127 mph
- The girls tied for the second most break points won (23)
When you look at their games, they are very similar in style. Let’s break this down by stroke. The edge on the first serve goes to Venus, but both girls hit reliable second serves with some spin. Both girls hit the forehand extremely flat, and very, very early. Venus has the tendency to make a couple more errors from this side, while Serena is a bit more consistent. On the backhand side, they both hit it early and I would say they are pretty equal. Neither one is noted for their slice, but they can hit it when the situation calls for it. On the volleys, Venus seems a little more comfortable coming forward but Serena can put away a volley if needed. Venus moves eloquently with her long strides, while Serena is not as smooth but much more powerful. Both will compete to the bitter end, and neither will give up. I have so much respect for both of these girls and know them so well, that I just cannot pick one over the other.
Nick’s Pick – Tell us who you think will win (score and set) and the person who comes closest will win a Bollettieri Prize Pack!! Simply post your pick in the comments section!