Serena Williams: Who Has the Best Shot to Take Down Serena in 2013?

Josh SchochAnalyst IIIJanuary 14, 2013

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 05:  Serena Williams of the United States holds the winners trophy after winning her final match against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia on day seven of the Brisbane International at Pat Rafter Arena on January 5, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
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Serena Williams had one of the most dominant calendar years in tennis history in 2012, closing out strong with wins at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, the WTA Championships and a gold medal in the 2012 Olympics.

Williams will try to continue her dominance at the 2013 Australian Open, but the question remains about whether or not anyone can beat her this year.


Maria Sharapova

World No. 2 Maria Sharapova still maintains her ranking ahead of Williams, but not by much. However, Sharapova has shown that she can be the best player in the world at times.

After winning the French Open last year before Williams turned it on, Sharapova remains one of the biggest threats to Williams.

If we see the two face off down under it will come in the finals, but be sure to keep an eye on this matchup throughout the year.


Kim Clijsters

While Kim Clijsters might not seem like a huge threat to Williams, there might not be another player in the game with a better mentality than she has.

Clijsters has come out and taken down Williams during a dominant stretch (per Sports Illustrated).

For all we know, it will be Clijsters who ends Serena's run once again.


Sam Stosur

This girl has confidence, I'll give her that.

Stosur is so confident that she has boldly claimed that she will be able to beat Serena when it matters most (per

I've beaten her three times and I think she has beaten me six times.

So, knowing you have had that success in the past makes a big difference.

She's not immortal (to me) because I've had a good time against her.

Let's see if she can put her money where her mouth is this year.


Victoria Azarenka

Obviously the player with the best chance to take down Serena is world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka.

Azarenka has only won one Grand Slam event in her career, but it came down under at the Australian Open last year.

If these two meet it will be in an epic semifinal clash, and we can only hope to see arguably the two best players in the world meet this early in the year.