Serena Williams is just getting started.
Will Serena win gold?
The 30-year-old former superstar defeated Agnieszka Radwanska in the 2012 Wimbledon final and has officially returned to her ways of dominance. Now that she’s back, expect her to claim the gold medal in the Summer Olympics.
Veronica Lee of The Independent reported that Williams refused to take her critics seriously while in pursuit of her seventh Wimbledon championship:
Yeah, people were thinking, "Can she do it again?" But now I'm winning titles. I don't hear what people say, and quite frankly I don't really care. Everyone's allowed to think what they want, to say what they want. Ultimately, I'm the one out there and I make my own destiny.
In the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Williams only participated in doubles competition and in 2004, she was held out of action by an injury. In 2008, she fell in the quarterfinals to the eventual champ Elena Dementieva.
This year, don’t expect a similar upset. The Beijing Olympics was played on a hardcourt surface—DecoTurf, the same surface used in the U.S. Open. Comparatively, Williams has just two victories in the U.S. Open next to seven on the All England Club grass.
It just so happens that this year’s Olympics are in London and the tennis tournament will be played at the All England Club. Serena couldn’t have possibly been set up better to triumph.
But David Smith of the London Evening Standard reported that Williams won’t stop at the Olympics. Serena wants it all and said when asked if she had anything else to aim for: “Are you kidding? There’s the U.S. Open, the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon 2013. I have never felt better. I definitely think this is the beginning of something great.”
Expect Serena to mow down the competition in London once again and continue her climb back to being the top tennis player in the world.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.