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.
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.
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!
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