January 31, 2009

No Question, No Doubt: Serena's (clearly) #1

Serena's drubbing of Dinara Safina (6-0, 6-3) was reminiscent of her destruction of Maria Sharapova in the 2007 Australian Open Final where Serena only lost three games. I never doubted that Serena would get the job done but the manner in which she is able to raise her game is mind-boggling. She was "on-form" in every sense of the word: her quick footwork, the lethal backhand, the ferocious forehand and that devastating serve (and return of serve). What an AWESOME display for the NEW #1. During the 1st set (which lasted only 22 minutes), Serena had 12 winners and 2 errors. Williams also converted five of six break points. She ended the match (which lasted 59 minutes) with 23 winners, 7 unforced errors and lost only one point on her 1st serve.

Dinara said that "Serena was too good" and left her feeling like a ballboy. Serena is 35-0 at the Australian Open when winning the first set. Serena now has a total of 20 Grand Slam titles (10 Singles, 8 Doubles and 2 Mixed Doubles). Williams backed up her pre-tournament comments that she is the best in the world no matter what her ranking. Serena has been in three straight Grand Slam finals (2008 Wimbledon, 2008 U.S. Open, 2009 Australian Open), winning the last two. Prior to this, the last time Serena won back-to-back majors was the 2002 U.S. Open and the 2003 Australian Open.

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