Losing only three of the 77 matches she has played since her loss at the French Open last year, the younger Williams’ sister has won Wimbledon, the US Open, two Olympic gold medals-singles and women’s doubles with sister Venus.
The World No. 1 won her second title at the French Open with a disciplined game execution against World No. 2 and defending champion Maria Sharapova.
Sharapova did better than most people expected Saturday, which is a weird thing to say, because she lost in straight sets, and was the defending champion. But this is how things are at the moment for the field versus Serena Williams. The losing is assumed. The goal is dignity. Win seven or eight games. Survive more than an hour. Sharapova did both of those things in a 6-4, 6-4 match that lasted a solid one hour, 46 minutes—a respectable 3½ Seinfelds—and she was showered with praise. When Williams is focused and her best physically, the outcome is not in doubt. Already among the greatest tennis players of all time, Williams is playing the tennis of her life.
The American has found a sweet spot in her game and will be hard to beat on her favourite surface as Wimbledon starts in two weeks.
Women’s tennis gets a bad rap for its lack of rivalries and competitiveness, and this is partly true and partly untrue, but at the moment Serena Williams is the greatest show in the sport, on either side. Nobody dominates like she does, not even Nadal, who rolled to his record eighth men’s title 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 over David Ferrer on Sunday in a match that will be remembered more for the flare-carrying protester who crashed the court before being tackled by dapper French security. At 31, Williams is just a couple of years removed from a blood clot in her lung she says she was lucky to survive, but she has relocated her prime, and added on a jet pack. Her French title is her 16th major tournament singles title of her career (she also has 13 in doubles and two in mixed doubles), putting her two behind both Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. She might get those by the second week of September.