So last time around here at TTA?, I said I would mention something about Serena's statement last week about being the true number one, not Dinara Safina, then turning around and losing her first-round match in Rome. I know it's kind of old news, but after getting my thoughts together, here it is:
I think Serena is the best in the world and I don't mind her saying so, as I said before (as in the post right under this one), since once you stop believing you're the best then you're only hurting yourself. And she does have the stats to back up her claim, especially when measured against her peers.
But here's my thing: A lot falls on Serena to make sure there are no questions about who deserves to be on top. When was the last time she was on one of those three- or four-tournaments-won-in-a-row streak? When was the last time she played a tournament and just completely dominated from start to finish? These are all things she should be able to accomplish. It all brings to mind that controversial open letter Chris Evert wrote in Tennis magazine a few years ago about how both Serena and Venus should concentrate on dominating and save all their off-court pursuits until after they retired.
I agree with some of what Evert said back then, but you can't argue against the fact that they both have beaten the burnout phase that hit some of their old peers, such as Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin. But just a little more effort and focus would erase any doubts about who the "real number one" is.
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.