tness/focus/motivation is now on the Compulsory Serena Checklist.More important than the physical fitness of the 35-year-o from dffd's blog

BARCELONA, Spain -- Fernando Alonso gave his Spanish home fans exactly the kind of daring and dominant drive they came to see. Bred 11s Grade School . Keeping them celebrating at the end of the season might be a lot more difficult, though. Alonso won the Spanish Grand Prix with a commanding performance on Sunday, but then said Ferrari still needs a little bit more pace to topple three-time defending champion Sebastian Vettel in the race for the Formula One title. Alonso was fifth on the grid but used an aggressive start to take control of the race and ended up beating Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus by nearly 10 seconds, with teammate Felipe Massa 26 behind. More importantly, Vettel was a distant 38.2 back in fourth, meaning the Alonso cut the gap to the German to 17 points in the overall standings after five races. With two Ferrari drivers on the podium and none from Red Bull, Alonso still cautioned that the Italian team still hasnt caught up to its main rival. "Last year we didnt win (the championship). We were one second off (the pace), but we managed to fight until the Brazil race," said Alonso, a two-time former champion. "This year we have a package that is still not the fastest but we are working on it." Alonso lost out to Vettel by three points last year, but will head to Monaco in two weeks time in an optimistic frame of mind. "We are not the quickest over one lap, we maybe do not set the fastest time in the race, but we have fantastic pit stops, starts, (limited) tire degradation," said Alonso, who started from fifth on the grid. "Many ingredients to have a competitive car to fight for the championship ... In the four years with Ferrari this is the best (car) weve had." Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali dedicated the day to those working behind the scenes to make Ferrari faster. "For sure, very, very happy. It was a good day for the team," Domenicali said. "The win was for the people who are working hard at the factory." The race was once again heavily affected by Pirellis fast-degrading tires, which forced teams into four-stop strategies when they had planned for three. "Our aim is to have between two and three stops at every race, so its clear that four is too many," Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery said. "In fact, its only happened once before, in Turkey during our first year in the sport." There is no time for Pirelli to make changes in time for Monaco. "Well be looking to make some changes, in time for Silverstone," Hembery said. "To make sure that we maintain our target and solve any issues rapidly." Red Bull struggled a lot more than Ferrari with the tires, and the mood in the teams camp was subdued after the race. "The first three cars were a little bit too fast for us and regarding looking after the tires, they did a better job," said Vettel, who finished ahead of teammate Mark Webber. "We need to catch up; were not going the pace of the car, were going the pace of the tires and obviously we do something to make the tires wear more. The start was good, we then tried to hold on with a three-stop strategy, but had to change to four stops." Raikkonen finished second for the third straight race. It was Alonsos second win in Barcelona -- the first coming in 2006 -- and his seventh career podium on the Circuit de Catalunya. "Its very special winning at home and it doesnt matter how many times you repeat it," said Alonso, who moved up to third overall, while Raikkonen is only four points behind Vettel. Massas performance was arguably even better than Alonsos, as he started from ninth due to a grid penalty in qualifying. "I think we are in the right direction so I hope from now on we are fighting for the podium in every race," Massa said. Mercedes had a disappointing day after Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton started on the front grid. As has been the case this season, the Mercedes cars -- which are fast in qualifying -- again lacked race pace and durability as Rosberg finished sixth and Hamilton drifted way back to 12th. "Theres a growing gap to three teams ahead of us which we need to get on top of," Rosberg said. "We have a very quick car but we have to make it work for us in the race." Lotus driver Romain Grosjeans back wheels locked up early on and he had to pull out due to mechanical failure. Caterham driver Giedo van der Gardes left rear wheel came off entirely and he also had to retire. It was a busy afternoon in the pits as Sauber released Nico Hulkenberg too early and he bumped into the back of a Toro Rosso and with Pastor Maldonado -- last years surprise winner -- pitting in the wrong place. Jordan 11 Retro White Pink . Fellow centre Pavel Datsyuk remains out because of a concussion. Zetterberg has 11 goals and 19 assists for a team-high 30 points, and Datsyuk has a team-high 12 goals and 11 assists. Cheap Jordan Retro 3 . All of the scoring came in the final 20:04. Lucic scored on a power play at 15:46 of the third period, when he tipped a shot over Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen for a 3-1 lead. http://www.jordan11gymredsale.com/jordan-5-2018.html .Y. -- Sabres defenceman Tyler Myers had no intention of changing his hard-hitting style before taking part in a disciplinary hearing for his illegal check to New Jersey forward Dainius Zubrus head. Serena Williams turned 35 this past Monday.As a belated birthday present for her legion of fans, we offer these fun facts:Roger Federer, Martina Navratilova, Margaret Court, Pete Sampras and Chris Evert -- who combined to win 101 Grand Slam singles titles -- took home a total of one after their 32nd birthdays. That late-in-life breakthrough belonged to Navratilova, who was 34 when she won Wimbledon in 1990.For the record, Williams, who for years has been defying the laws of nature that usually ground 30-something tennis players, has won five majors since turning 32.After her second consecutive surprising exit in the US Open semifinals, when Serena failed to win her 23rd Slam, which would have broken a tie with Steffi Graf and set an Open-era record, her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, was already looking ahead.I know people are going to be very much focused on the 23rd, he recently told CNN Internationals Ravi Ubha at the grand opening of his new tennis academy in France. Im more focused on the 30th.Why not set up a record that will never be beaten in history? I think she can do it.Why not? Clearly, this was a slice of bravado from a coach seeking to take pressure off his athlete as the 2017 season looms.But the questions raises itself: How many more majors will Williams win before she decides to walk away from the game? Its a favorite parlor game these days among tennis aficionados.ESPN.com unscientifically polled more than a dozen tennis experts, a number of them former players-turned-analysts, and the average over-under was between two and three Grand Slam titles.More than one, however, believes the number is zero.My gut feeling is that shes done, one respondent said. Thats really based more on her emotional/mental attitude and reactions than anything else. I have a hard time seeing her going back to the drawing board, refilling that tank, focusing on what she does best.More typical was this response from Pam Shriver:I think she will win three more, said the 21-time Grand Slam doubles champion. Wimbledon, and at least one more on hard courts. But I dont see them coming in bunches as they once did. The only one that can put a big crimp in that is the new No. 1.I think [Angelique] Kerbers in that conversation. With a good next six months, she can establish herself at the top.After failing to win a major in nine previous seasons as a professional, the 28-year-old German won two this year and supplanted Serena as the WTAs No. 1-ranked player. She beat Williams in the Australian Open final and lost to her in Wimbledons championship match.Based on the 2016 returns, it appears Kerber has the best chance to prevent Williams from catching or surpassing Margaret Court, who has the all-time record of 24 major titles.Going back to Wimbledon in 2012, Serena has won half of the major titles available, nine of 18. The only woman with two over that time is Kerber. The others still active are the tandem of Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova. Flavia Pennetta, Marion Bartoli and Li Na have all retired. Maria Sharapova is serving a drug ban, and Victoria Azarenka is pregnant with her first child.If (and when) Sharapova and Azarenka come back, that could complicate the sittuation, for they are still potentially viable at 29 and 27, respectively. 11 Jordans Black True Red White - Mens Air Jordan 11 Low Bred Basketball Shoes. Karolina Pliskova, 24, who beat Serena in this years US Open semifinals, is another likely threat.In losing that straight-sets match to Pliskova in New York -- and to Roberta Vinci at the same stage in 2015 -- Serenas nerves were on display, a phenomenon that often visits older players. And for much of the 2016 season, Serena was dogged by shoulder and knee injuries.The only person to win a Slam at 35 or older is Ken Rosewall, and he did it three times, said Brad Gilbert, who coached Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick and Andy Murray. That said, never, ever underestimate a Williams. If you dont think she can do it, shell say, Im going to show you that you dont know me.Fast-forward to 2018, and if you tell me she has three, Id be less surprised by that than if she had won none. The next year is a big year for her. If shes successful, she continues on. If she doesnt, who knows? Just the fact shes in this position at her age is outrageous.Paul Annacone, the longtime coach of Pete Sampras and a Tennis Channel analyst, is optimistic.Theres no reason next year cant be as good or better, Annacone wrote in an email. Its about her desire and the ability to play enough so she peaks at majors -- but not too much to where she is burnt out entering them.Serena has taken a breather after the US Open the past two years. Last season, she stopped playing entirely, but this year its not clear if shell play the WTA year-end event in Singapore after passing on the Wuhan Open and China Open.Shriver feels strongly that she should play.Sure, there will be a focus on the Slams, but you need a couple of tournaments to tee you up, Shriver said. You cant just rock up to the Slams and be your best -- not even Serena. I think Singapore is really important to play because it guarantees her three matches at minimum -- and probably four to five.If she shuts it down like last year, Im not going to pick her to win the Australian Open.Mary Carillo, a broadcaster for Tennis Channel and NBC, agrees with the concept.When Serena returned to the tour this January, she still didnt seem as fit and refreshed as she needed to be, Carillo wrote in an email. Fitness/focus/motivation is now on the Compulsory Serena Checklist.More important than the physical fitness of the 35-year-old is her mental fitness, and nothing wears down the fortitude of athletes more than the ravages of time and injury. The supreme effort and commitment it takes to want it all over again? Only Serena knows how much she is willing to continue to give.Carillo wonders if she might find motivation in the continuing success of her older sister Venus, who reached the semifinals at Wimbledon at age 36.Her big sister seems to find much more joy in the journey, Carillo wrote. Maybe Serena draws inspiration from Venus. It could help her surpass Graf and add a few more major titles.I would guess that Serena still has a better chance to add to her count than Roger, Rafa, Maria or Vika. But this spinning planet slows for no one. 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