Serena is one of the most heavily criticized players on the ladies’ tour. One of the most prominent criticisms about her play is her lack of movement. Watch this play to debunk that myth at 3-2 Serena (0-15) on Begu’s serve. She rapidly got to the net to finish off the point after Begu played the tricky slice backhand. Rolling back the years. One advantage of having to exit early in the lead up tournaments is that Serena enters this grand slam on in a much fresher state. She looked energized despite blowing her 5-2 lead in the first set. She won the set in the end from a tie break 8-6. Notice how she wins a lot of points dominating the net? On set point she doesn’t hesitate and let the ball bounce taking it on the volley, that was key.
She may be living in the shadow of her fellow Romanian Simona Halep but Begu is a decent player. She once cracked the top 50 a few years back. Her major strength is her forehand .Watch 2-0 Serena first point. Not particularly powerful in her shots but she places them well. Pity she didn’t hit them often enough. Serena through to Round 2 in straight sets. She needs to serve a hell of a lot better though. She landed only about a half of her first serves in which is very un-Serena.