Welcome to THEJNSREPORT’S: Serena Williams: Approaching Historic Milestone
by T.D Moody
The U.S Open is upon us and the historic journey Serena Williams is on has begun its last act. In the first round Serena made short work of her opponent and easily advanced to the second round. One match down six to go.
Regardless of whether she wins the calendar slam equaling the feat Steffi Graf accomplished back in 1988, Serena has already etched in many tennis fans minds that she is undoubtedly the greatest female tennis player of her generation (and very soon) ever to play the game. Her accomplishments are well-known but that doesn’t mitigate the immense pressure she’s carefully tried to keep at bay.
Watching some of her lead up tournament wins one could see frustration and concern on her face as if she were about to cry even on points where she’s won the point. In my opinion this is due to nerves and her focusing so hard mentally on every point and wanting to win so badly. However, for such a dominant player she need not have that attitude knowing her game and her ability to shine in the biggest moments.
When she plays her game (at her best) with few unforced errors there is not a doubt in my mind that she is almost unbeatable against any other rival opponent across the net. Win or lose I’m pulling for Serena to reach that goal of winning her 22nd career grand slam title and equaling the calendar slam as Graf did. We don’t know how much longer she will play and have health and dominance on her side so we should all really take in what we’re witnessing and appreciate what she and her sister Venus have meant to the game of tennis and in particular women’s tennis.