Wimbledon 2012: 5 Reasons Serena Williams Will Add Olympic Gold to Summer Haul
Serena Williams won this year's Wimbledon title, making it her fifth title at the All England Club and 14 Grand Slams all together.
With her play at Wimbledon, Williams proved that she is still the best tennis player in the world on grass. Her straight-set victories over defending champion Petra Kvitova and second-seeded Victoria Azarenka were very impressive.
Now, it's time for the best players in the world to focus on the Olympics, which start in a few weeks and will be also be played at the All England Club.
The women's singles event at the Olympics will be very similar to Wimbledon, as every match is best of three sets.
Barring any surprises taking place prior to the Olympics, Serena Williams will be the favorite to win her first gold medal in women's singles. Here's why:
Serena Williams has hit more aces at this year's Wimbledon than anyone else. That includes both men and women, which is incredible because the men play best of five set matches and spend more time on court.
At 1-2 in the third set of this year's Wimbledon final, Williams fired off four consecutive aces and sent a powerful message to Agnieszka Radwanksa. That message being that this was her court and her time to add another Wimbledon title to her mantle.
Williams' serve is most effective on the quick, low-bouncing grass courts. Luckily for her, she will back on the same courts in an effort to claim Olympic gold.
Until someone can manage to get a read on Serena's serve, it will take a special effort to beat her. If Serena were to lose, it would probably be due to her erratic play rather than anything else.
Her serve is the most dominant shot in women's tennis, and it will carry her to the top of the podium in London.
Her Best Is Better Than Everyone Else's Best
Serena Williams has won 14 Grand Slam singles titles in her illustrious career, with her first victory coming at the 1999 U.S. Open.
Since that time, Williams has taken extended breaks from the game due to injuries and a desire to follow her other passions, like fashion. However, one thing has remained true over the span of her career; when Serena is playing her best, no one can beat her.
Look at this year's Wimbledon for example, Serena entered the event after one of the most disappointing results of her career—a first-round exit at the French Open.
Once Serena overcame some challenges in the early rounds, she found her best tennis and dispatched Victoria Azarenka, Petra Kvitova, and then, Agnieszka Radwanska—all of whom are top five players.
Serena's power-based game is unstoppable when she's in control of her game. Hopefully for the U.S., Serena will return to the grass courts again in a few weeks to win another couple gold medals.
Her Mix of Athleticism and Power
Serena Williams' blend of athleticism and power has never been seen before on the women's tour.
Her movement around the court is excellent when she's in form, and she routinely hits shots that leave her opponents' shaking their head in awe.
Williams has proven her athletic versatility in her doubles career as well. In those matches, Serena can be seen dominating at the net while fully displaying her high tennis IQ.
Grass-court matches reward those who move well and can quickly transition from offense to defense. This is right up Serena's alley, as she aims to sweep through the two biggest events on this year's tennis calendar.
She Has to Catch Up to Her Sister Venus
Serena and Venus Williams have won two gold medals in the women's doubles event at the Olympics.
The best Serena has done in the singles event was an appearance in the quarterfinals at the Beijing Games. On the other hand, her older sister Venus won the gold medal in singles way back at the Sydney Games in 2000.
After Serena won her fifth Wimbledon title, she mentioned that she wanted to catch up to her sister Venus, who has also won Wimbledon five times.
This summer's Olympics Games will likely be Serena's last chance to match her sister's singles gold, and no one should be against her doing just that.
She Has Her Confidence Back
Not only did her victory at Wimbledon give Serena Williams her 14th major title, but it should have given her back her full confidence.
Her victory on the grass will cause her to move up two ranking spots to fourth when the new official rankings come out next week.
There won't be anyone in the Olympics draw who will intimidate Serena in any way, as she knows her best play cannot be matched by anyone in the field.
Serena just beat three players who are ranked inside the top five, and she will have no qualms with doing that again during the London Games.
Serena always believes that she's going to win, and her win at Wimbledon will only reinforce that belief.