Serena Williams: Keys to Tennis Superstar Winning Another Wimbledon Title
Serena Williams has been one of sports' most polarizing athletes, with plenty of highs and lows all throughout her career. She’s 30 and going through a rough stretch after taking a year off. Was Serena’s dominance of women’s tennis slowly slipping away?
Wimbledon spectators were anxiously waiting to see Williams after her first-round defeat at the French Open. It was imperative for Serena to have a good showing in London and put an end to this cold streak. Thankfully, she answered the challenge by advancing to the semifinals of the women singles draw.
Here are the keys for Williams to win another Wimbledon title:
Maria Sharapova is Out
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Being a favorite in a Grand Slam tournament hasn’t been all that it was suppose to be this year. Just ask Maria Sharapova, who was knocked out in the Round of 16 on Monday.
Serena overpowered defending champion Petra Kuitova in the quarters, so you have to like her chances of capturing a fifth singles title. No one remaining in the draw can defeat Williams in the final. It won’t matter how loud the crowd cheers for them, as Serena is unstoppable on grass.
It’s Serena’s Time
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Williams has become the ideal wild-card choice in every Grand Slam, and is Wimbledon’s sentimental pick. The setting and environment are just too comfortable for her not to perform well.
All great athletes have the need to dominate an opponent and ultimately win the prize. You have to love Serena’s competitive fire, as she gives no impression of being tired and firmly believes that her play can get better.
Serena’s past injuries and health issues have forced her to become more cerebral on the court; she's stopped relying solely on her athletic ability. Age and experience has also given Williams a better perspective on her time left on the tour.
Grass Is Williams' Surface
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Grass spotlights the strengths and weaknesses of a tennis player. It’s a surface that is perfectly suited for Serena’s aggressive style.
If you’re going to defeat Williams, then you will need a booming return shot. Serena still has an overpowering serve in her repertoire, and you must have the tools to consistently volley with her or you will not have any chance of winning. She’s just too intimidating on the grass court.
Wimbledon a Tune-up for the Olympics
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Williams has come to the realization that this could be her last Olympics alongside her sister, Venus. They have won two previous gold medals (Sydney 2000 and Beijing 2008), but Venus’ health condition has virtually sapped her of the necessary energy to compete at a high level.
You have to expect a lot of emotion will be inside the All England Tennis Club if they can win another gold medal together. London is a city both sisters have a long-running love-hate relationship with.