World No. 1 Serena Williams has finally come back down to earth, as her incredible 34-match winning streak came to an end at the All England Club on Monday with a shocking loss to Sabine Lisicki, via Wimbledon:
The overwhelming favorite on the women's side coming into the season's third Grand Slam, Williams entered SW19 in the midst of an impressive winning streak that began back at the Miami Masters in March.
While the loss at Wimbledon is disappointing without question, there's no doubt it will fire up Serena as she heads into the final stretch of 2013.
Williams is one of the all-time great competitors. She's known to show her emotion on the court, especially when things aren't going her way. Therefore, expect an upset and determined Williams to bounce back beautifully from her exit at Wimbledon.
With a game built on superior power and strength, Williams has a decisive advantage over every other elite contender in the women's game. Although she's nearing 32, Williams has been able to remain in fantastic shape while also finding a way to stay motivated at every tournament.
Williams could have been content to call it quits after winning her 13th career Slam at Wimbledon 2010 and then suffering a slew of injuries. But the fact that she has returned to the top and is now playing arguably the best tennis of her career suggests that she is determined to chase down Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova on the all-time Grand Slam list.
She needs just two more Slam crowns to tie the female legends for fourth-most all-time in singles.
Is Serena Williams still the woman to beat at the U.S. Open?
Despite the stunning result at Wimbledon, there are still plenty of good things for Williams to take away from her play at the All England Club. As usual, her serve was a huge weapon at times, and her movement was also encouraging.
The reigning women's champion at Flushing Meadows, Williams has won the U.S. Open four times and will still head into the summer hard-court season as the woman to beat. She's claimed hard-court titles in Brisbane and Miami this year, won on the hard courts at the WTA Tour Championships in Istanbul and at the 2012 U.S. Open before that.
With a 17th career Grand Slam singles title at the U.S. Open this coming September, Williams will have won at least two of the season's four majors in six different years.
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