Wimbledon 2012: 5 Keys for Serena Williams in Women's Final
Serena Williams is back in the Wimbledon final and is playing some of the best tennis in the world.
After a 6-3, 7-6 (6) over Victoria Azarenka in the semifinals, Williams will meet Agnieszka Radwanska in the final.
Although she's looked strong throughout the tournament, some of her weaknesses were exposed in the third and fourth rounds when she dropped a set in each.
Here's a look at five keys for Williams as she goes for her fifth Wimbledon singles title of her career.
5. Use Radwanska's Illness Against Her
Radwanska is battling an illness right now, which is something Williams should take advantage of.
According to a statement released by Radwanska:
Unfortunately I have picked up an upper respiratory illness, which is affecting my nose and throat. I have been playing a lot of matches here in the rain and cold wind, and I haven't been well for a few days.
Although it's sad that something like this happens for the No. 3 player in the world, it's something that Williams shouldn't concern herself with.
Early in the match, all she has to do is send Radwanska from side-to-side and that should start to get the fatigue to set in.
4. Aces Up
In her six Wimbledon matches this year, Williams has 85 aces.
The next highest is Sabine Lisicki with 34.
In fact, Williams has been so dominant on her serves, she even had 24 in her semifinal matchup against Azarenka.
For Williams to ensure her dominance, her serves have to be on point.
In my opinion, if she has 15 or more aces, I believe it will be a straight-set victory.
3. Control the Break Points
The best way to gain an advantage in tennis is to get multiple break points.
As we've seen throughout the tournament, a player with a 4-3 lead in the set who breaks their opponent's serve to take a 5-3 lead is likely to win the set 6-3.
All it takes is one break point and the match is all yours.
For Williams, this is something she has to do.
Radwanska has done a better job of that throughout the tournament, winning 29 break points, while Williams has won 19.
These numbers alone reiterate my point from the previous slide about Williams going for the aces on her serve to avoid Radwanska getting a break point.
2. Power and Finesse
Williams is freakishly strong.
Not only as it relates to her serves, but just her overall play.
That's where her real advantage lies in that she can easily just power it past her opponent.
But, with the speed that Radwanska possesses on the court, finesse is also going to need to be a part of her game.
By doing this, she can keep Radwanska on her toes and make her think throughout play on how hard and fast she's going to hit it.
1. Experience Is Everything
Williams has been in a Grand Slam final before.
Radwanska is making her first appearance in a final. In fact, before Wimbledon, the furthest she had been in a Grand Slam was to the quarterfinals on five separate occasions.
So, needless to say, Williams and her 18 Grand Slam finals appearances have a definite advantage.
Williams has a lot to draw from in this match and will have a definite edge in this match...one I think she will have no problem winning.