(OregonLive.com) – Serena Williams is the talk of New York.
She’s earned it: she’s going for the calendar-year Grand Slam at the U.S. Open this month. No one has accomplished the Slam since the great Steffi Graf in 1988. With a victory at Flushing Meadows, Serena also will match Graf’s career output in Grand Slam singles, with 22 tournament victories. And she’s clearly far from done.
While it’s good for the game that everyone is talking about Serena, there is a downside to it. There isn’t much drama surrounding her Grand Slam quest. The 33-year-old American is, to put it mildly, utterly dominant. Anyone who’s paid attention to tennis this year is having a hard time coming up with a plausible scenario in which Serena fails to win the 2015 U.S. Open.
This has been a bit of a problem for the WTA. Tennis thrives on a steady diet of rivalries, but whenever Serena has been fit and focused over the past dozen years, she has been unstoppable.
Was this inevitable? Is Serena just that good?