I would like to introduce the WTA computer to the real world #1, Serena Williams. Wimbledon. Olympics. US Open. WTA Tour Championship. All praise and congratulations go out to Serena, the WTA’s best player. How dominant is Serena when she’s on? I have a pattern I use on this blog. I rarely focus on Serena early in a tournament. I figure if she is playing well, minimally she will be in the semifinals, probably in final and likely lifting the trophy. So early on I focuse on some of my top favorites like Maria Sharapova, Li Na and Ana Ivanovic. I figure Serena will get her accolades in the end. That backfired at the US Open. She won it, but I was so preoccupied with outside projects that by the time I was ready to do a post, it was several days after the final and I felt the spark had past. In Istanbul, Serena again showed who the boss is and she continued to not only dominate her competition at the moment, but build on her career resume vs the all-time greats. When Justine Henin was in her prime, before her first retirement, she was able to compete with Serena. Now, there’s really only one player I feel potentially has the tools to compete with Serena. Unfortunately, for the game, that player, Petra Kvitova, has not realized that potential, after showing flashes of it at Wimbledon 2011 an the WTA Tour Championship 2011. If anything, Petra went backwards in 2012. I say it’s bad for the game, but I don’t mean that Serena winning is bad for the game. It isn’t. She’s charismatic. She’s an American. She’s an all-time great with an exciting style of play. For the American mainstream sports fan, they love to see Serena win. But as a longtime hardcore tennis fan, I don’t want to see tournaments that are just foregone conclusions. Somebody needs to step up. The problem is, there might not be anybody to do so. And that’s a testament to Serena’s greatness. While I think it would be better for the game if there were somebody to at least challenge Serena, we all must sit back and enjoy watching a woman who seems to have several good years left and could be considered the greatest female player of all-time when all is said and done.
Doubles – Final
Kirilenko/Petrova (RUS/RUS) d. (2) Hlavackova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) 61 64
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