Serena Williams Is Unbeatable Heading into French Open Final vs. Maria Sharapova

Mike Hoag@MikeHoagJrCorrespondent IIJune 6, 2013

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 04:  Serena Williams of United States of America celebrates a point during her Women's Singles Quarter-Final match against Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia on day ten of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 4, 2013 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Is there any remaining doubt about Serena Williams’ ability to succeed at the 2013 French Open?

After utterly obliterating fifth-seed Italian Sara Errani in the semifinals, you would be crazy to bet against her. WTA set the stage for her finals matchup against Maria Sharapova:

Yes, it took just 46 minutes for Williams to reach the finals thanks to a 6-0, 6-1, slaughter of her opponent. ESPN Tennis put the true level of dominance displayed by the great into context for us:

Forget about her looming showdown with two-seed and defending tournament champion Sharapova. Williams is most definitely “back” at Roland Garros and she’s unstoppable at this point in the tournament.

Much was made about her struggles in Paris leading up to the tournament. People asked: can the star “shake her demons” to finally win another French Open title?

Those struggles are very well documented. The American giant is entering the tournament finals for just the first time since 2002 when she captured her first and only French Open crown. Up until 2013 she also failed to reach the quarterfinals even once to perpetuate a storyline of remarkable ineptitude.

For one reason or another she continued to struggle at Roland Garros despite her continual prowess on the court and at other venues.

But her success to this point in 2013 should come as no surprise to anyone.

Yes, she suffered a heart-breaking first-round exit in 2012 to virtual unknown Virginie Razzano. Yes, she hasn’t been in this position since 2002.

But she’s here and is playing better than anyone else in the sport—male or female.

Looking back on 2012, Williams has been lights out on every surface; against every opponent. She won at Wimbledon, won at the U.S. Open, and earned a Gold medal for the U.S. at the London Olympics.

She didn’t fall off after that impressive finish to the 2012 season, either.

Williams built on that in 2013, winning 36 of her 38 matchups heading into Paris. That included winning all three of her clay-court tournament appearances.

Factor in Williams’ dominance over Sharapova, winning 13 of her 15 total matchups and a 12-match winning streak dating back to 2004. In 2013, Williams has gotten the better of the world No. 2 in all three of their encounters—dropping just one set in the process.

The result of their impending finals matchup is elementary at this point. Sharapova is world class, but there is simply no stopping the American on her current hot streak.

It may be a foregone conclusion, or even a bit obvious at this point, but Serena Williams is making a firm case to usurp the mantle of the greatest to ever play the game.