On a column for Tennis Smash, the former world No. 1 Todd Woodbridge commented on Serena” williams> momentum. The American player was forced to withdraw from Cincinnati due to a back injury that she suffered in Toronto. “There is a worrying trend happening for Serena; for the first time in her career she has lost four finals in a row”, said Woodbridge.
“What I know from a playing perspective is that when you play your best, you’re instinctive, it’s natural, and you don’t force the play. Serena’s whole career has been built around playing a limited schedule, but if she truly wants to reach this next level and break Margaret Court’s Grand Slam record, she has to do something she has never done before – and that’s to add more matches to her schedule, so she doesn’t break down.
Roger Federer went through this a few years ago – he tried to outplay everybody and beat them in three or four hits. Similarly, Serena seems to have lost patience within rallies, trying to win the matches in the first couple of games by brute force, instead of believing in her other strengths: great defence, keeping the ball in the court, changing up the play, smart tactics. It’s like if that initial plan doesn’t work, she feels like she’s in trouble and panics.”