US Open: Serena Williams’ last hurrah at home grand slam headlines fascinating two weeks of tennis without a major title
The Open is the Grand Slam, and it’s about to get a lot more interesting. Serena Williams is the biggest star on the circuit, and despite her near-perfect season, she remains without the major title. But she’s already accomplished more than most people expected, after her second WTA title in less than a year.
No one expected her to win the US Open just two weeks ago, when she was beaten out by Angelique Kerber in a three-set match. Williams had never beaten any top-ranked player at the grass-court majors — not even Serena — but she ended with her third major title of the season. And it came at her home grand slam.
Williams’ sudden elevation to global stardom was a surprise, and a few people felt as though she had “lost it.” But this was supposed to be a slow start to Williams’ season, with no major or semi-final on the calendar. Instead, she’s the defending champion at Wimbledon and defending again at the US Open.
She also has won at least one match in every tournament this year. Her first match of the year was a straight-sets, three-set victory over Venus Williams, for her second WTA title. And she has won the Masters 1000 event at Indian Wells and the WTA 125 event at Indian Wells. In addition, her record against top players on her record is the best in the sport.
Now, she’s going to have to live up to all that. Williams has been world No. 1 for most of her career, but this is her second US Open title in eight years.
This is her last chance to win at a home grand slam.
There are many reasons to believe that Williams is going to fall short of the record for most finals at this tournament. Williams has never been in a final, with the exception of losing in the final to Serena Williams in 2004, 2009 and 2014 — all at a Grand Slam tournament. There’s also the fact that Williams played her first game against Venus Williams in almost a