Serena Williams is cooking and, damn, does she ever have the supreme recipe for winning. She mixes an indeterminate amount of inspiration, a heap of dedication, a smidgen of perspiration, and a pinch of motivation. You know what she gets?
Double O’s, Opponent Obliteration.
Apparently Serena has seamlessly transitioned from a magnificent 2012 season to 2013 by winning the first event she entered, Brisbane, a perfect tuneup for the Australian Open.The victory over Russian, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6-2, 6-1 earned Serena the 47th title of her career.
En route to the winners circle, Serena won 72% of the total games played while not dropping a set throughout the tournament. That’s called “a decisive win.”
Ha ha! That’s a laugh-er. “Utter domination” is both more descriptive and applicable.
It should be noted that Viktoria Azarenka, the player about whom pundits raved for much of the last two seasons, the woman thought most capable of supplanting Serena, withdrew from a scheduled semifinal meeting with “the eraser” due to an injured big toe. Considering Serena is 11-1 against Vika, it’s highly probable that had she played, the outcome would have been the same and her poor toe would have vigorously objected to the whole affair.
So, practically speaking, it was just another Serena Williams beat down. What’s scary is, this wasn’t a slam and she wasn’t even pissed off. Could prove a grim omen for opposition in the first slam of the year.
Either Serena has discovered her own personal “fountain of youth,” or she’s like fine wine that keeps getting better with age. Whatever the case, she is on record as having stated that a goal for her this year is to win a calender year slam. That’s a lofty aspiration for any player regardless of gender. Still, of all players out there competing at the elite level, she appears the most likely candidate to have a realistic shot at pulling it off.
I’d not be one to say she can’t do it. In fact, I’m 100% sure that I’m 99% convinced that if she says that’s what she wants, she just may be able to do it.
Serena is Serena, the most I need say,
cause we all know that Serena don’t play!
Interestingly, Serena’s most consistent and persistent detractors have been rendered somewhat mute by her remarkable resurgence. Even the most vocal, and I won’t name names, seem to have broken ranks and jumped onto the bandwagon as though they had always been there. How tidy!
The Australian Open begins January 14. By it’s conclusion on January 27, we’ll know if the queen of American tennis is a 16-time singles slam champion with a chance to pull off yet another implausible accomplishment, winning all four majors in a calender year.
Serena has the best serve in women’s tennis.
Based on the Brisbane results, I’d say she’s not bad at serving notice either.