Will U.S. Open Victory Make 2013 the Greatest Season in Serena Williams' Career?

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Will U.S. Open Victory Make 2013 the Greatest Season in Serena Williams' Career?
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Serena Williams, U.S. Open 2012

Will 2013 be the greatest season in Serena Williams' career?

Yes.

There are so many highlights, memorable moments and indeed great seasons that Williams has put behind her—and the current season is no exception. Especially if she wins the U.S. Open beginning August 26. There is room for argument about whether it is truly her finest campaign. Her 2002 tour was very successful, with tremendous highlights, especially at the Grand Slams.

One caveat, however. This is all about the season as a whole. A year is bigger than one win or loss.

When it comes to such a divisive figure like Williams, it is best to approach such a question objectively. Eliminating everything but cold, hard factual results on the court is the only way to compare her work. To that end, there are eight key points that contribute to a top professional's season:

  1. WTA ranking
  2. Number of singles titles won
  3. Number of doubles titles won
  4. Win/loss percentage
  5. Australian Open result
  6. French Open result
  7. Wimbledon result
  8. U.S. Open result

For the purpose of this comparison, the assumption is being made that Serena actually does win the U.S. Open in 2013. Therefore, her stats for the year will include seven match wins in New York, adding to the win/loss percentage for the year and the number of singles titles.

With those results, 2013 will be her greatest season.

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