After winning in Bejing. Serena did two things:
1.) Put a dent in the 'Russian Invasion' campaign
2.) Re-Established herself as a force to be reckoned with.
Even with bad calls and a million unforced errors, Serena Williams beat the reigning US Open Champ in three dramatic sets (4-6 7-5 6-4). Many doubters were saying that she was washed up...well what now? Are Kuznetsova, Petrova, Zvonareva, and Safina (all top-15 quality players or higher) washed up too? It's been a long time since a Russian has not won a title where there were more than 3 seeds in the main draw (Kuznetsova, Sharapova, Zvonareva, Petrova). Serena has now won her 25th title, six months after winning her 24th, and FOURTEEN MONTHS after winning her 23rd. She has come back from consistent knee pains to beat some of the best in the game now. Those who choose to refute Serena's victory do two things:
1.) Make themselves look like ingorant asses
2.) Diminsh the quality of play exhibited by the other 31 players in the draw (inc. two Grand Slam champions...this year)
John MacEnroe said it at the US Open, "I believe that Serena will, before the end of the year, re-establish herself as the best in the game." She has just marked one knotch off of the belt. Look for her to do some damage at the Porche Grand Prix. She's hungry for more titles. She hungry for more wins, and she's hungry to be #1 in the world again! To all of those commentators who said that Serena would never win another title...HA! To all of those haters who said that Serena was finished...HA! This is just the beginnning...the beginning of a new chapter in domination! Serena has re-instilled the fear in the rest of the WTA.
Even at match-point down (TWICE), she was able to summon something inside of her to compell her to victory against one of the tour's hottest players!
I've said it since March, that Serena will need as much time back on the courts as she was off to get back to the level of consistency and confidence that she once had. Well it's been less that eight months. Her 'look' is back! I saw it a few times during that Kuznetsova match. She wants to win again, and whenever her will matches her extrordinary talent...look out!
Serena IS BACK!
Career Grand Slam in your 20s? Been there done that. Career golden slam your 30s?
There's only 1. Serena.