If Serena was simply the better player right now
I don't think I said "right now." I mean PERIOD. Serena at her best will beat Mauresmo at her best. As for the choking, you can differentiate between "competitor" and "player" but at the end of the day, other players are simply better
because they can close out matches. And Serena hasn't upped her game any? Compare Mauresmo and Serena in this tournament. That's all I need to say.
You are right Svetlana wasnt very good in the last few weeks but if she regains her U.S open form I think she is quite capable of beating Serena.
And if Serena regains her 02/03 form, she is capable of beating anyone -- you see, that doesn't really mean anything if the form isn't there.
How well she was playing against Maria at the YEC? I guess you are referring to how she almost won injured, but keep in mind Maria was on her way to sending it to a 3rd set (up 5-2 in the 2nd)when Serena injured herself. She was already very much in the match.
Kittens, I didn't say Serena BEAT her. I said she was playing well against her. I'm not sure what you're trying to say here -- I already agreed that both Sharapova and Kuznetsova would be big challenges but that Serena can do it.
Yes but keep in mind she very likely would have won the U.S open but for a hugely unlucky injury in the semis against Kuznetsova(who came out nervous and would have been almost out of the match by the time she got comfortable). She also may have won Wimbledon but a rain delay against Sharapova in the semis.
And the list could go on. The fact of the matter is she hasn't won a slam in years and (like Venus), so many factors could have contributed. Until I see her in a final again, I'm not impressed.