2013 Wimbledon Profile: Serena Williams

by: Tennis.com | June 21, 2013

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She completed a second career Golden Slam at the French Open. Now Serena, at 31, seems poised to go where no player has gone before—the way she’s playing, she could become the first great champion who becomes even greater after age 30. Serena has said many times in the past that she never felt like she played her best tennis, but no one really believed her. Now we’re starting to see what she meant. In the last year, since starting to train at a Paris academy, she has added more consistency, control, and nuance to her already famous power game. In the process, she has put more distance between herself and her closest “rivals” than any player since Roger before Rafa came along. It’s hard to see anyone beating Serena in the near future, except, perhaps, for Serena herself.

Why She’ll Win:
Serena is always the favorite at Wimbledon, but she’s probably never been favored this heavily. She won both big grass events last year, Wimbledon and the Olympics.

Why She Won’t:
There is still one obstacle for Serena, and that’s Serena herself. She can panic when everything doesn’t go her way, as she did in the quarterfinals in Paris and the Wimbledon final last year.

Bottom Line:
There’s Serena and everyone else at the moment, but she can still beat herself. Can anyone take advantage of a panic attack? Sharapova is getting closer.

 

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