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Serendy Willick
Nov 30th, 2002, 09:01 PM
Here is one of the winning essays from the sanexwta site about Serenas year. Others include Lindsay Davenport and Aranxta Sanchez-Vicario.

Serena’s accomplishment
by Nicholas Foster
November 28, 2002

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The biggest story of 2002 on the WTA Tour was the outstanding accomplishment of American Serena Williams in winning three of the four grand slam tournaments (Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open) and the incredible fact that she had to beat her older sister Venus in the final of those three tournaments! Not to mention that she has attained the number one ranking having played only 13 tournaments in 2002 (compared, for example, to 29 tournaments played by Jelena Dokic and Anna Smashnova).

After what many might consider a surprise win at the 1999 U.S. Open, where she was seeded seventh, Serena Williams came up consistently short at the Grand Slams. Perhaps inspired by her sister's back-to-back success at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2000 and 2001, Serena hit the ground running after recuperating from an injury, which kept her from playing the Australian Open.

Serena came into Roland Garros having won the Tier One tournament in Rome, where she exacted some revenge against Justine Henin-Hardenne, who had beaten her the week before in Berlin in a tight three set match. Serena showed her excellent clay court form, as well as a World Cup inspired outfit; when she took out crowd favorite Mary Pierce, defending champion Jennifer Capriati, and her sister Venus, to win her first Roland Garros trophy!

Few thought Serena could repeat her Grand Slam triumph on her sister's turf in Wimbledon, where Venus was seeking a 'three-peat.' With the exception of a tight match with surprise challenger Els Callens of Belgium, which is producing some of the top female tennis talent of this decade, Serena easily handled Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova, Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo and, once again, her sister, to grab her first Wimbledon title.

Obviously Serena was on fire, but could she claim the last grand slam title of the year? Spurred on by the attention garnered by her black cat suit, Serena went to work dismantling her competition at Flushing Meadows without losing so much as a set! With it, Serena claimed the number one ranking from her sister.

So, tennis observers all over the world wonder…can Serena win all four Grand Slams in 2003, a feat not achieved since Steffi Graf in 1988? Her biggest competition in the year to come may come, not in the form of an older sister, but in the form of a Belgian teenager by the name of Kim Clijsters, who took the season ending Home Depot championships in a straight sets victory over Serena.

Serena will also surely have to contend with heavy hitter Jennifer Capriati's attempt to get back on top of the tennis world. After an emotional repeat victory at the 2002 Australian Open, Capriati's year seemed to falter. Surely Capriati will be looking to make 2003 the 'year of the Capster.'

Also nipping at Serena's heals will be U.S. Open semifinalist Amelie Mauresmo, who gave Venus Williams a real three set fight, tour veteran Monica Seles, former number one Lindsey Davenport, (another) Belgian sensation Justine Henin-Hardenne, and several 'up and comers' such as Daniela Hantuchova and Anastasia Myskina.

Tennis fans will be waiting and watching, beginning in Melbourne in January of 2003, if Serena can accomplish the ultimate tennis feat!

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King Aaron
Dec 1st, 2002, 01:25 PM
Thanks :D