London 2012: What Serena Williams' French Open Stunner Means for Olympics
One down, two to go. Unfortunately for Serena Williams, the first major tournament in the crowded summer months didn't go exactly as planned.
Williams lost in the first round of the French Open to unseeded Virginie Razzano. It was Williams' first time losing in the opening round of a Grand Slam. Williams had been undefeated on clay in 2012, and was considered a favorite to win the title despite facing a tough draw with Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova lurking in later rounds.
Now, after decompressing from this match, it will be time for Williams to start turning her focus to the grass-court season, which happens to be running a little longer in 2012 with the Olympics tournament to be held at the site of Wimbledon.
The grass courts at the All-England Club have served as a comfort zone for Williams over the years as she has won four of her 13 career Grand Slam singles titles there. Whenever she's in the draw at Wimbledon, she's automatically considered the logical choice to win.
That should continue at the Olympics, as well.
As she has displayed dozens of times in the past, once the motivation is there, she's nearly unstoppable. And if there was ever a motivating tactic, nothing could do the job more than losing in the first round of a major tournament for the first time ever.
Add to that the fact that it's been two years since her last Grand Slam title—mainly due to health issues--and that she's never won an Olympics medal in singles, and Williams will be more than ready to plow through the field at the All-England Club. That includes both Wimbledon and the Olympics.
If she doesn't win Wimbledon, the medal hopefuls will need to watch out. Same goes if she does win the year's third major: Williams will be on a roll, and it's hard to stop her if she's on one of those.
If she ends up on top of the medal stand, this French Open loss can be seen as one of the main factors to her getting the gold medal draped around her neck.
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