French Open 2013 Tennis: Serena Williams' Easy Win Makes Her Wimbledon Favorite

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IJune 8, 2013

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 08:  Serena Williams of United States of America poses with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen after victory in the Women's Singles Final match against Maria Sharapova of Russia  during day fourteen of French Open at Roland Garros on June 8, 2013 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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There isn't a women's tennis player on the face of the earth right now who can defeat Serena Williams

Williams outclassed her competition at the 2013 French Open by a wide margin.

Even Maria Sharapova on her best day couldn't come close to beating Williams in the woman's final. A 6-4, 6-4 straight-sets victory gave Williams her second French Open title, and by all appearances she's on her way to title No. 6 at Wimbledon later this summer. 

As noted by Tennis Memes, the win over Sharapova was Williams' 31st-straight victory:

She hasn't lost a match since mid-February, when she withdrew at Dubai with a back injury. The way Williams is playing right now, it seems like the only way she will be slowed down is if—God forbid—she suffers another injury.

Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times touched on a salient point after Williams won her second title at Roland Garros, noting how dominant she's been on clay—her least-dominant surface:

Clay is Williams' worst surface, and nobody could stop her at Roland Garros. 

Grass and other hard surfaces are Williams' bread and butter, as her speed and power give her a huge advantage on the faster surfaces. 

Physically, Williams is a step above her competition. Her compact frame is packed with power that allows her to hit the ball harder than any other woman on tour, but she hasn't sacrificed agility in the process.  

At the age of 31, many athletes struggle to maintain the same high level of play they had when they were younger (see Roger Federer). But Williams may be in the best shape of her life right now, and nobody else can match her on the court.

She's also extremely focused. She touched briefly on this recently on her official Twitter account, saying she keeps her mind focused on every single shot:

Williams has won at Wimbledon five times in the past—her last win coming in 2012. She's won three of the last four years on the famed grass courts, and it's hard to imagine any woman will beat her if she's on her game in England in July. 

And at this point, Williams' play in 2013 indicates she's not going to regress any time soon. It will be more surprising if Williams doesn't win her sixth title at Wimbledon than it will be if she does. 


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