Buster Douglas did what was previously seemingly impossible against Mike Tyson. Rulon Gardner stopped the 13 year unbeaten streak of Aleksandr Karelin. They made a major motion picture about the Miracle On Ice USA hockey win over the USSR in 1980. After Serena Williams marched past sister Venus Williams 6-2 1-6 6-3 in their 2015 US Open Women’s Singles Quarterfinal match, most already have Serena’s name etched in as one of the finalists in the last Major of the tennis season. Roberta who? Oh yes, there is a semifinal match to be played pitting Serena against Roberta Vinci before the final. Good luck finding many people who think Vinci has a realistic chance to stop Serena’s Grand Slam quest. But then again, few gave Buster Douglas a chance to even get out of the early rounds against Mike Tyson, much less win. Karelin hadn’t even surrendered a point in six years, so Gardner had no prayer of actually emerging triumphant. Maybe Serena, who was sharply focused in back to back matches against two dangerous opponents, Madison Keys and Venus Williams, will get caught overlooking Roberta, the same Roberta who needed 11 double faults and 64 unforced errors from Kristina Mladenovic to get through the quarterfinals. Maybe Serena will come out like she did against Bethanie Mattek-Sands. If she does, it might still take a near perfect Villanova vs Georgetown type effort for Vinci to shock the world. However, those previous underdogs found a way. There’s always a way.
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1 SERENA WILLIAMS (won 6-2 1-6 6-3 vs 23 Venus Williams)
ROBERTA VINCI (won 6-3 5-7 6-4 vs Kristina Mladenovic)