Serena Williams has had a strong 2012. She won her fifth Wimbledon title and an Olympic gold medal in the span of two months. Now she's playing well in the U.S. Open.
On Sunday, she routed Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 6-0 to advance to the fourth round in New York.
Williams' year didn't start well. She was upset by Makarova in the fourth round of the Australian Open. That is part of what makes her victory on Sunday another confirmation of Williams' dominance.
To easily handle a player that upset her on the same surface earlier in the year makes a statement.
Williams is not just riding her awesome serve, she's also cutting down on unforced errors. Against Makarova, Williams had only eight aces. She made only 16 unforced errors and hit 31 winners.
That is a balanced path to victory.
Though Williams is only ranked No. 4 in the world, per the WTA rankings, there is no doubt who the most dominant player in women's tennis is right now.
If she continues on and captures her fourth U.S. Open title, it will punctuate what has to be one of the most satisfying years of her career.
She's won two Grand Slams in one year before, but she didn't capture Olympic singles gold in those years, and most notably, she wasn't 30 years old in those instances, either.
At an age when most would predict she should be slowing down, Williams is seemingly playing as well as she ever has.
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