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SerenaSlams
Aug 29th, 2007, 06:10 PM
By James Beck
The Post and Courier / charleston.net
Wednesday, August 29, 2007

You can never overlook Venus Williams. Opponents already have made that mistake at a couple of Wimbledons.

But no one can forget Serena Williams, either.

Serena might have been fired up a little more than usual on opening night at the U.S. Open, because she was playing behind her big sister on a special tribute night to Althea Gibson.

The player who really might be in trouble in the face of the rejuvenated sisters might be top-seeded Justine Henin. The frail Belgian has to worry about both Venus and Serena. Both appear determined to outdo each other. And both are in Henin's half of the draw.

If Serena doesn't get Henin in the quarterfinals, Venus may in the semifinals.

You can roll the clock back on Serena. As she approaches age 26, Serena has never looked more dangerous. Serena's titles at the Australian Open and Miami weren't flukes. They came in hard-court tennis. Perhaps unfortunately for the rest of the women's tour, the U.S. Open is played on a similar surface.

Playing against unknown 19-year-old Angelique Kerber, Serena was about as solid as you'll see her in the first round. Serena followed "The Serena Way" nearly perfectly, playing her way into the tournament as she did at the Australian Open. She should get better each match.

If Serena gets much better than she was Monday night, it will be tough for anyone to beat her. She's no longer a dangerous floater. She's a top contender.

On the athleticism points, Serena was never better. Leaping and stretching, she reached balls that most players couldn't as she pounded overheads in the manner only Serena can.

Yes, Serena can win this U.S. Open. She has to keep playing herself into shape until she peaks in the second week. The key will be if Serena can force herself to simply play within her current game and to be content to play a half-dozen shots while waiting for her opportunity.

The discouraging part for her opponents is that a Serena groundstroke at half-pace is harder, heavier and more penetrating than most players' shots at full pace.


Simply Stunning, Simply Serena
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StarDuvallGrant
Aug 29th, 2007, 07:39 PM
Nice article. Serena is definitely a contender if not the contender these days.

Lulu.
Aug 29th, 2007, 08:24 PM
Nice article

sweetpeas
Aug 31st, 2007, 04:13 PM
Just love this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mina Vagante
Aug 31st, 2007, 07:01 PM
Nice article. Serena is definitely a contender if not the contender these days.

she is always a comtender, no matter what shape she is in

BuTtErFrEnA
Aug 31st, 2007, 08:13 PM
loving it....she will step it up today for sure :)

winone23
Aug 31st, 2007, 08:48 PM
Great article!

venusdemilo
Sep 1st, 2007, 04:02 PM
:worship: I really love that new hairdo, definitely suits her.