Serena Williams powered her way through the opposition at the French Open, and commandingly picked up her 16th career Grand Slam title.  She is far and away the best Women’s tennis player at the moment and will surely be the heavy favorite for Wimbledon later this month.

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Serena Williams keeping her eyes on the ball at Roland Garros
Photo Credit: © Yann Caradec

 

In the semifinals, Williams blasted away Sara Errani, giving up just a single game.  In the finals, Williams out-muscled Maria Sharapova in straight sets.  Obviously, the clay court surface of Roland Garros favors the strength that a player like Serena Williams has, but this was only her second French Open title.

Now, Serena Williams is looking ahead to the grass courts of Wimbledon, where she has earned 5 titles, including last year’s.  Clearly atop the tennis world and way ahead in the point’s standings, should the field just step aside and hand her the Venus Rosewater Dish?

I should think not!  There are two competitors that could reasonably stand a chance at dethroning the current queen of Women’s tennis: Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka.  Both players have been consistent over the past 12 months, and have pushed far in Grand Slam events.  Azarenka won the Australian Open this year while Sharapova took the French Open last year.

Azarenka has been knocking at the Wimbledon door for the past two years and has seen the semifinals on both occasions.  Sharapova reached the final match two years ago, but hasn’t played well at Wimbledon since 2006, though who can ever forget her memorable coming out party in 2004, when the 17-year-old Sharapova defeated Serena Williams.

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Sharapova has emerged again as a star contender
Photo Credit: © Justin Smith

 

However, it is clear that Serena Williams is the front-runner.  For her, Wimbledon will be about focus.  If she can maintain her consistent level of play through the duration of the tournament, Serena Williams will surely be collecting her 6th Wimbledon title!

Nicholas Spiller

Nicholas Spiller

Nicholas Spiller has enjoyed the sport of tennis for many years.An enthusiast who covers all major sports, he finds tennis to be one of the most pleasant and inspirational games around to watch. He also spends his time as a musician in Los Angeles.
Nicholas Spiller

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