Serena Williams will step into Flushing Meadows with the same objective as others in the women’s bracket when the US Open gets underway: to win!
With the event – the final Grand Slam of the season – a few weeks away, we look at five reasons why the great American will be the one to walk away with the title.
1. Serena Is Chasing History
It is typical, perhaps that Serena Williams break records or rewrites the history books year in, year out. At this year’s US Open, the 36-year-old will be all guns blazing for a 24th Grand Slam crown -to tie Margaret Court’s longstanding record of 24 Grand Slam titles, and also a record-breaking seventh US Open title to move clear off Chris Evert as the woman with the most titles in the Open Era. And that’s not all; victory would see her become only the fourth mother in history to lift a Grand Slam title.
If Williams will ever be in need of more motivation, this is it!
2. Grand Slam Experience
Williams clinched her first US Open title in 1999 at the age of 17. Save her elder sister, Venus, no female player who’ll participate in this year’s US Open played in a Grand Slam event at that time. Should experience count for something (and it always has), Williams will have the upper hand.
3. Foot speed/Movement
At Wimbledon, there was an improvement in William’s speed and movement behind the baseline. It was far better than what we saw upon her return in March. And despite being bettered by a ruthless Angelique Kerber in the final, it was clear to see that the American was already in full working order and close to peak condition.
Should the American get into dominant positions quicker and maintain a solid grip on the important points, then, I fear for the rest in the field.
4. WTA Ranking
Serena Williams has always underlined her desire to be at top of the WTA rankings table. She went into Wimbledon below the top 100. Her performances, however, catapulted her into the top 30. Going into the US Open, the 36-year-old’s constant desire to be the best will be a driving force.
“In some weird way I still want to be the best in what I do, whether it’s fashion or tennis,” Williams said in an interview with E! in May this year. “I just want to be the best and I want to work the hardest. I also want to be the best mom. Why limit myself?”
She knows that a remarkable run at Flushing Meadows will get her very close to the top. And you very well know what an extra goaded Serena is capable of.
5. She’s Won It Before
Serena Williams – the name features SIX times on a long list of US Open champions. First in 1999 and the sixth in 2014. She’s beaten just about everyone: subdued the best when she wasn’t at her peak and has, countless times, fended off the stiffest of challenges. She’s made the Flushing Meadows her home, and she will get the unswerving support of the crowd. She’s been there, seen it all, and done it all.
Bet against her at your own peril.
The US Open will serve off on 27th August 2018 through to 9th September 2018.