Serena, Serena everywhere, Not a Single title left to be won!! Serena Williams’ dream continues…only 2 ladies remain in the draw and the pressure is undeniably escalating on 20-time grand slam champion Williams to win the Final on Saturday and complete Serena Slam 2.0. There is a lot on stakes for the American as Wimbledon 2015 concludes this fortnight.

Her victory over Russian Maria Sharapova has now become a custom (17th straight!!). She dispatched her famous rival 6-2, 6-4 to put herself in prime position to win a 2nd Serena Slam (1st in 2002 FO-2003 AO), her 21st major and head to New York where only 7 seven matches stand between her and history. If she triumphs at Flushing Meadows, she will hold the Calendar Slam for the 1st time since 1988 (Graf’s Calendar Golden Slam) and more importantly tie Graf at 22 majors (the Open-Era Record).

The woman who could play the spoiler to the American’s Slam bash could be 21-year old Spaniard Garbine Muguruza who defeated Serena at last year’s French Open, but fell to her in this year’s Australian. But can she come up with the goods (book-makers give her a miniscule chance!!) to stop Williams’ historic launch towards No.22 at the US Open (tie Steffi Graf!!) and the most used word in grand slam tennis – “CALENDAR GRAND SLAM”.

Serena’s been producing champion tennis throughout her career but since hiring French Patrick Mouratoglou, she is setting new standards for defining greatness. The hiring of the French tennis coach of Greek descent turned out to be a stroke of genius as the American has gone on to win 7 Grand Slams (in the last 12 majors she has entered; till 2015 FO) taking her overall tally to 20. Since then, Mouratoglou has steered Williams to her fifth Wimbledon title, the Olympic Gold Medal, her fourth, fifth, and sixth US Open titles, her second and third French Open titles, three consecutive year-end championships titles, her sixth Australian Open title and lifted her back to World No. 1 in the WTA rankings. She’s held the top spot in the rankings since Feb 18, 2013 – 124 weeks and counting (oldest woman in the Open-Era to hold the ranking).  She’s won 67 career titles and almost won 40% of them in the last 3 seasons with Mouratoglou compiling a staggering 199-14 (93.4%) win-loss ratio in the process since adding Mouratoglou on her coaching staff. He seems to have stimulated Williams into all-time great and made her realize her true potential. So it’s hard to look past Williams not achieving her targets and lifting the Venus Rosewater Dish at SW 19 come this Saturday.

But this is something you can never predict as sports are the best form of reality TV. Stan Wawrinka proved that at the French Open final last month when he demolished the seemingly unconquerable Serbian Machine Novak Djokovic.

Can the American Powerhouse be stopped at SW 19?? No one gives Muguruza a chance in the final but Serena could choke on what could be the biggest match of her career. She lost the plot to Alize Cornet last year and to Sabine Lisicki in 2013. Muguruza herself did the damage to Serena at Roland Garros last year. Serena never loses the matches you think she might, she tends to lose the matches you never would expect. Case in point: Williams almost choked away the French Open final she was in complete control of against Lucie Safarova, up and a set and a break. Pressure is a heck of a thing. If Serena brings her A-game, then it should be Game, Set and Championship for her.

Serena is a dominant 20-4 in Grand Slam finals, 14-2 against players she isn’t related to by blood. She’s 13-2 as the better seed. She’s 38-1 on the year and has won her last 27 Grand Slam matches. Serena has never lost to anyone born after 1987 in a Slam final (Muguruza was born in 1993). Since 2012, she’s 23-1 in Slams against players in the top 20. In short, Serena appears just about unstoppable as she goes for Slam No. 21 and a chance to tie Steffi Graf for No. 22 at the U.S. Open.

Now as we all know it is all in the hands of Serena Williams and time and again we have repeated that “only Serena can defeat Serena”. The 122nd Ladies Final at The Championships promises to be a battle between of David vs Goliath stature!!

Now all signs are that Serena will rewrite the history books and add another magical chapter in her already glittering career. But sports stories don’t always trail the apparent path, so we’re just going to have to wait to see what happens.

Nothing can get better than this!! GO SERENA

 

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