On Thursday the two behemoths of women’s tennis went head to head at Wimbledon in one of the semi-finals, American Serena Williams took on Russian Sharapova in what was a simply wonderful game of tennis.
Williams was powerful, quick and destructive against the greatest returner in the women’s game this didn’t stop Serena smashing 13 aces past her opponent compared to Sharapova’s 2. Serena Williams in the end won in straight sets 6-2 6-4 we shouldn’t be surprised since Sharapova last beat Williams in 2005 as a 17 year old player. They have played each other 16 times since that occasion and Williams has won every single game.
Serena Williams has already won the three other so-called Grand Slams and if she wins this she will have claimed what journalists have dubbed the ‘Serena Slam.’ This would be a huge achievement for any tennis player and that better person to take it but in my opinion the greatest woman athlete of all time. Williams is not just a wonderful athlete but also a great advert for women advancing in sport.
Serena Williams faces Muguruza the Spanish woman who is ushering in the new generation of women’s tennis player to replace the giants like Sharapova, Venus Williams, Serena Williams all of whom will not be around forever and have themselves made great strides for the women’s game which is now on a par with the men’s.
In all likelihood Saturday will bring us the completion of what has been an absolutely mind-blowing year for Serena Williams and the ‘Serena Slam’ will be complete she will be the ultimate champion of women’s tennis bathed in the glory of 4 Grand Slam titles from every corner of the world.
No matter what happens on Saturday this will have been a massive year for the American tennis player.