Not only do the words power, dominance and intimidation come to mind when thinking of Serena Williams, but also come the terms passion, fighting spirit and grace.
It is only human nature to ask who shall supplant the all-time great. And for the young guns, things are looking up.
After suffering backlash from not winning a grand slam and having early exits at the French Open and Wimbledon, Wozniacki has turned things around at the U.S. Open, reaching the quarterfinals.
Wozniacki has the defensive game to go far in tournaments and has a chance to dominate the sport with her smarts, court coverage and anticipation.
When someone is able to challenge Serena Williams on the big stage, you have a future champion on your hands. "Vika" has given Williams a run for her money twice at the Australian Open and again at this year's U.S. Open.
When Azarenka becomes more mature, controls her emotions better and has more experience, she will definitely be a force to be reckoned with.
Sharapova's serving woes continue, as seen in her loss at the U.S. Open this year, but she still has the drive and fighting spirit to pull through tough matches.
If she can commit fewer unforced errors and control her serve, she will be in prime position to challenge—and possibly overtake—Williams.
Petkovic has a great personality on court and the game to back it up.
She is at the quarterfinals in New York and will face Wozniacki. She has the potential of creating the upset, with her clean shot-making and composure.
Petkovic is a relatively new player to the casual tennis follower, but she has potential for a long, successful career.
I hesitate to put Kvitova on this list, for her inconsistencies have been troubling.
She recently won Wimbledon, defeating the favorite Sharapova in the final. Since then, its been a precipitous fall from grace. Her game between the ears is suffering.
But if she can become better mentally, she will be a contender for grand slams and the World No. 1.
Stosur, a veteran, has proven to be a late-bloomer.
She has a good record at the French Open in recent years and is at the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open for the second year in a row.
She has beaten Serena before, and she has the game to defeat top players.
The German is a formidable beast on the tennis court with her serve and forehand. She has all the makings of a true champion—she just needs to put all the pieces of the puzzle together, and then she's set.
The players listed above have true potential. Don't be surprised—even if it seems unlikely right now—to see any one of them dominate women's tennis.