Opinion: Serena Williams Walks to 13th Slam Title at Wimbledon
by Jeremy Davis | July 3rd, 2010, 1:00 pm
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Wimbledon 2010 was a prime example of why Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin returned to tennis. Big seeds falling by the wayside, up-and-comers with little chance of winning a title going deep, and the Williams sisters approaching old-maid 30-year-old status.


When the Belgians sat on the sidelines not enjoying their too-early retirement decisions, they saw the Williams sisters missing tournaments with injury or being upset by neer-do-well ‘champions’ such as Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic and Svetlana Kuznetsova, who rose to the No. 1 or 2 ranks. Who wouldn’t come out of retirement with near-$1 million Slam titles up for grabs?

Venus Williams, officially past her competitive prime, fell out early at Wimbledon. The Belgians likewise failed to seize the moment after an unfortunate draw that saw them meet early, then the victorious Kim Clijsters fell to a lesser seed.

After the smoke cleared, world No. 1 Serena Williams showed that perhaps her only equal on tour is injury. Free from the injury bugaboo during the fortnight, on Saturday she breezed 6-3, 6-2 over No. 21 seed Vera Zvonareva to a fourth Wimbledon title and 13th career Grand Slam crown.

The Russian Zvonareva hung with the world No. 1 until 3-3 in the first set, when Williams thereafter simply hit her off the court.

The WTA Tour made it a note that Serena was “out-acing even the best men’s players in the world (going into the semifinals she had over 1.6 aces per service game while none of the men’s semifinalists even averaged 1).” Interesting line of logic, but along those lines, can you imagine, say, Tomas Berdych’s or Rafael Nadal’s ace averages if they were serving against women?

Williams’ 13th Grand Slam singles title moved her into sixth place on the career list in women’s tennis, leapfrogging Billie Jean King.

“This one’s special,” Williams said during an on-court interview. “Hey, Billie. I got you.”

If Serena truly “got” King, she would send her half of her winnings from the event, which wouldn’t begin to cover the possibilities open to Williams and her contemporaries via King.
 
Zvonareva will return to the Top 10 after an injury-ridden campaign last year that removed her from the WTA elite.

“Maybe I was not able to show my best today,” she said. “Serena just didn’t allow me to show my best. She was playing really well.”

Serena rarely let’s any player show their best, at least at the Grand Slams, as her performances at regular tour events remain less than stunning. At the big events, with sister Venus on the wane, the only opponent Serena needs to fear is injury.


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24 Comments for Opinion: Serena Williams Walks to 13th Slam Title at Wimbledon

ndukaji christ Says:

Serena was a master class


sar Says:

Anyone watching Vera play doubles final?


mlcotcher Says:

I watched the Final earlier and wondered whether it was a testament to Serena or a comment on the WTA. Perhaps both?


Darryl Thompson Says:

Oh man, what an unhappy camper Jeremy Davis is! Dang dude! its only a game.


Dan Martin Says:

Serena is not quite at the career accomplishment level of a few of the people ahead of her on the list of slam totals. Her doubles wins (Olympic and slam medals/titles) are better than Graf or Everett’s doubles totals. At this point I place her ahead of Seles even when trying to take the stabbing into account, but behind Graf, Navratilova and Everett. A few more titles and I would leap her ahead of Everett even if she is short of 18 majors.


Dan Martin Says:

Evert not Everett – too many Jim Rome re-runs – my apologies


margot Says:

sar: I’m watching Vera implode and it’s awful! During the changeover her “pin up” coach hid himself, too much for him too.


margot Says:

Have turned off TV, too painful.


sar Says:

I wish she could have taken that trophy since they knocked out the Williams.


Huh Says:

MIGHTY AND SINCEREST CONGRATULATIONS TO SERENA!!!

I’M GLAD TO SEE HER WIN, THOUGH I’M NOT HER FAN, COZ SOME HATERS(I’M NOT CALLING ALL WHO WERE ROOTING AGAINST SERENA AS HATERS, BUT THERE ARE DEFINITELY SOME PATHETIC AND JEALOUS SERENA HATERS HERE WHO ALWAYS KEEP COMPLAINING ABOUT WHATEVER SERENA DOES!) HERE SEEM TO ROOT FOR HER SO SHAMELESSLY AND BEGRUDINGLY.
SERENA WILLIAMS CERTAINLY DESERVES HELL LOT MORE RESPECT THAN THAT.

THIS IS COMING FROM ME AND NOBODY BETTER THAN ME KNOWS THAT I’M A NON-SERENA FAN, BUT CREDIT IS DUE TO SERENA FOR HOW GREAT, PEERLESS AND CONFIDENT A CHAMPION SHE’S!

CONGRATS SERENA WILLIAMS.
CONGRATS TO AMERICA FOR HAVING SUCH A GREAT CHAMPION AS HER DAUGHTER.
HUGE CONGRATS TO AMERICAN TENNIS LOVERS/FANS/ENTHUSIASTS!

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MRS.VON:

CONGRATS TO YOU ON SERENA GS NO.13! :D
I KNOW YOU’RE VERY HAPPY ABOUT SERENA AGAIN MAKING YOU AND ALL OTHER AMERICANS PROUD, MUST BE A FANTASTIC DAY FOR YOU AND AMERICAN TENNIS.
DON’T FORGET TO SHARE THIS MOMENT OF HAPPINESS OF YOURS WITH ME AS BY SHARING, THE HAPPINESS INCREASES! :) :P


skeezerweezer Says:

When I saw the title, Serena walks to GS title, I could have hurled.

GS titles are the creme of the crop, the cherries on top of a sundae, and there is only 4 a year.

Why don’t you go back into the draw and see who was entered. Clisters, Henin, Venus, Jankovic, Ivanovic, the list goes on. Guess what? They didn’t make it the final. How can you call Serena walking to the GS title. She had to play as many matches as everyone else. I hope I read that wrong….

Ya know she may have a mouth, but she has got game, and the best serve in womens tennis. Heck, I’ll go out on a limb here and say she has got the best return of serve also in the womens game. Ever see her pounce on a second serve with an outright winner?

She has been called overweight, doesn’t have the body to last in tennis, is injury prone, a prima donna, doesn’t play all the WTA tourneys, whatever.

IMO we should be admiring this womens accomplishments, not finding ways to break her down.

Maybe she will have to wait like Johnny Mac did for her career to be over until her game gets its due and admiration.

Out


Jado Says:

Interesting Skeezer. I kind of took it the opposite way. Maybe I’m out of touch with sarcasm but I kind of read it as a “Serena is in a class of her own” kind of article… which is a high form of praise imo. I definitely see how it could be taken either way though.


Daniel Craig Says:

Huh, why do you gotta type in caps lock mode all the time man?

Sharapova needs to return and kick some Williams’ ass.. wta wimbledon is so dam predictible :(


Huh Says:

‘Daniel Craig Says:
Huh, why do you gotta type in caps lock mode all the time man?”

Easier sometimes man!


skeezerweezer Says:

@Jado,

Yeah you’re right I should probably chill. It just hasn’t been a Serena “Love” wimby this year IMO…..:)


Huh Says:

Thank you moderators for removing those distasteful posts. I am gonna exercise restarint from now onwards and ignore the insulting posts directed towards me.

long live tennis-x.


Skeezerweezer Says:

@Huh

“ditto” here.


Dory Says:

IMO Serena is the greatest, just behind Graf and Navratilova. She can pass 18 quite easily but 22 maybe difficult. I sometimes feel people don’t appreciate Serena enough.


grendel Says:

It’s true that Serena hasn’t yet caught Graf and Navratilova – but so far as I can recall, neither of those two missed any substantial period due to injury, unlike Serena. And, furthermore, Steffi and Martina were tennis obsessed whilst they were playing. As everyone knows, Serena is – sort of – a part time player. The woman really is a phenomenon, there is nobody like her. I, b.t.w., was always a Graf fan.

There are greats and there are greats (among whom is Venus, Henin, Seles, Martina, Steffi). And then there is Serena Williams.

I can’t help suspecting that when the history of tennis comes to be written, Serena will be a lonely peak at the top – like Pele, Joe Louis, Mohamed Ali, Don Bradman.


grendel Says:

Wait, Louis and Ali, that’s a double peak, isn’t it? Well, no need to be too literal….


Purcell Says:

Didn’t watch the match but my heartiest congrats to Serena and her fans. Saw her play at Wimb last Tuesday. Certainly a force to be reckoned with.


guy Says:

why doesn’t serena get a lot of admiration?
because she has no class, no grace that’s why.
watching her or her sister play is like watching animals tear at a bone.

and when they open their mouths, well we all know what happens then.

does serena have game? of course. she has a great serve…and mental toughness. those two things are enough on the wta tour.

but the rest of her game is nothing special. plenty of girls are equal or better from the ground. but few have the serve.

the williams actually have pretty bad footwork and tactics and shot selection etc. but they get away with it. because the tour is very weak.

they’re not polished players like henin, they simply have height, strength and mental toughness.

as for having no equal on tour. don’t forget henin took her out in 3 straight QF when she was no.1.
and she did it without screaming like a feral animal.


Rafa is weak Says:

ironic! rafa fans criticizing serena and venus being like animals tearing a bone. and their screaming. watching nadal play is worse than watching pigs in labor on animal planet. stop posting like an indian idiot.

henin is polished? thanks for the laughs. henin also lost to bartoli when she was no.1. big deal.

Serena is the best women’s player of the last decade. sock that up to all these williams haters.

Go serena.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Serena was absolutely superb. She put on a master class, no doubt about it. She often has one part of her game on and others missing, but she had EVERYTHING going in this finals: her serve was unstoppable, her groundstrokes were overpowering and with incredible variety, her speed, her focus, everything was there.

I’ve never been a fan of hers and much less so after the USO, but she is simply heads and shoulders above this generation of players.

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