June 13, 2009

Tennis Mag: Serena favorite to win Wimbledon

In the July 2009 issue of TENNIS Magazine (Wimbledon Preview with Venus Williams on the cover), 5 key Wimbledon-related questions are asked, two of which favor Serena as the pick to win Wimbledon.

Question 2: Who can stop Venus Williams from winning her sixth title? The first woman who comes to mind of course, is her sister Serena, who beat her in the Wimbledon finals in 2002 and 2003. In last year's title match, though, Venus got the better of her in two tight sets in part by defending the court well. Shots that would have gone for winners for Serena against anyone else came back over the net.

Question 5: Who is TENNIS Magazine picking to win? Between them, Serena and Venus have taken out a timeshare at the All England Club, winning seven of the last nine titles. So it's a safe bet that a Williams will be holding up the Venus Rosewater Dish again this year. For our money, that Williams will be Serena. Younger sis was gutted after losing to Venus in last year's final. It was as powerful a display of tennis as you'll see on the women's and, for that matter, men's tour. The two traded haymaker forehands and blasted serves past the 12o-m.p.h. mark, proof once again that grass, more than any other surface, rewards the sisters bludgeoning style of play.

While Serena was on the losing side of last year's battle, it has done nothing to dampen her competitive fire on the sport's biggest stages. She's since added the 2008 U.S. Open and the 2009 Australian Open to her Grand Slam title collection. If she continues her rich vein of form at the majors, a third Wimbledon dish will join them.

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