Against all odds, Serena Williams is back playing arguably the best tennis of anyone at the 2011 US Open.
Since making her comeback at Wimbledon this summer, Williams has taken the tennis world by storm, as she now finds herself in the 2011 US Open Final with a chance to win her fourth title championship at Flushing Meadows.
After taking nearly a year off from the game of tennis, the former No. 1 player in the world, Serena Williams, is proving to tennis fans everywhere that she is the best player in tennis while healthy.
How she got to the final was as impressive as anything she has done this season. Williams took down quality opponents in Victoria Azarenka, Ana Ivanovic and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova just to get to the semifinals. In the semis, Williams handled her most difficult match with ease, failing to drop a set against No. 1 seeded Caroline Wozniacki.
What makes this run all the more impressive? During the entire 2011 US Open, Williams is yet to give up a single set, setting the bar high and showing her ability to dominate the sport when healthy. Just once was Williams forced into a tiebreak situation.
Her opponent in the 2011 US Open Final, Samantha Stosur is bringing her top game to this tournament as well, giving up just three sets to get to the final and putting together some impressive wins. Beating Petrova in the third round of the tournament was what most would say a defining game for her this tournament, as her play picked up tremendously after the win.
The Australian star has been here before, and has that to her advantage. Stosur played in last year's US Open Final, falling just short of winning her first grand slam title. This time she will be all the more hungry for a win, and will have to do it on the biggest of stages against a national favorite in Serena Williams.
The key to beating Williams will be to come out aggressive and force Williams into hitting poor shots and uncomfortable shots. She is a player that likes to find her comfort zone, and will likely take out Stosur in straight sets if Stosur is unable to pose a challenge from the beginning of the match.
At the end of the day, it is evident that Serena has found her groove and it doesn't look like Stosur will have much of an answer for the play of Williams. Expect a straight set victory for the three-time US Open champion, soon to be four-time winner.
Luis Batlle is a Featured Columnist with B/R specializing in NBA (Boston Celtics), NFL, Tennis, and International Soccer.
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