Serena Williams cruised into the second round of the U.S. Open Tuesday night, beating 75th ranked American CoCo Vandeweghe 6-1, 6-1 in a victory that took less than an hour to complete.
She has won the tournament three times before, most recently in 2008, and she is determined to earn her fourth title.
While Arthur Ashe Stadium has been the sight of some serious lows for Williams, not all of them have had to do with her actual play on the court. But this year it will be all about her tennis game, and she’s playing at a very high level right now.
Coming off a Wimbledon championship and a dominant showing at the London Olympics, Serena has every shot falling just where she wants it wants it to.
Pat Cash of CNN.com reported that when former World No. 1 Jim Courier was asked who he thought would win the U.S. Open, he debated back and forth about the men’s side before finally settling on Novak Djokovic.
But when it came to the women, his answer came quickly and easily: “Serena Williams.” Why? “She played ridiculously well in the Olympics,” Courier was quoted as saying in the CNN article.
She looked similarly invincible when Australian Samantha Stosur shockingly upset her in last year’s final, but she won’t falter this time around: Her mindset is different.
Courtney Nguyen of SI.com quoted Williams as saying, “My mind frame this year is that something is going to happen for sure because something always happens to me at the Open.”
This quote may come off as slightly bitter and entitled, but it shows that Serena is ready for anything to happen and if an obstacle does present itself, she won’t allow it to drag down her tennis game as she has in years past.
World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka still lurks, but she has never made it out of the fourth round of the U.S. Open.
This is Serena’s year, and it is her Open to lose.