As Serena culminates a beautiful career, having just won Wimbledon, the Olympics singles and doubles with her sister and now here we are again, Serena has won the US Open. She has won 4 coveted US open grand slams and 15 titles all together. It was an amazing win because she came back from 1 set down to win it. Serena pulverized Azeranka in the first set but by the second set Serena got tight and flatfooted, and Azeranka ameliorated her game. However, she woke up and started playing like the Serena we love and by the end of the 3rd set, yes you read that right by the end of the 3rd and final set she got her game back. I chalk all that up to her poise and determination as well as her seasoned game.
She has done this before and she fights for the win when she gets to the final. It’s never as easy to win the final as the games leading up to the final, because of the battle of mind over matter, mostly. I loved that it was a 3 set match. It made it so exciting not only that but she made history because no one has come back from this lead the opponent had ever before in the history of the US open.
This is why she’s brilliant, because she had her impervious game face on, no lines person or court side umpire was going to desecrate her concentration or game this year and so she served her heart out when she was down 3 to 5 and then won it on Azeranka’s service game. At this point I must say something about the psychology of Tennis, this game is all mental it’s a fight with yourself out there, I mean that you can really psych yourself out to win or lose this game, it’s a battle of your own will to win or lose. Not to mention, having to beat the other player, I think the people that pick this game to make money, earn every single penny!!! Oh yes lets not forget to mention, all the critics and alleged experts who can make snide or less then complementary remarks about you and your game anytime they are displeased with you.
When the cloud of smoke cleared from the battle that just ensued, the score was, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5, Serena Williams. This was so amazingly brilliant. I’m so glad I got to witness such brilliance. It strikes me that her game and Andy Murray’s game were similar in how they played out. I only wish I got to see it live and in person. No matter I saw it live and that was the important thing. Well done Serena, well done. Your an awesome player and its been a pleasure watching you play. It’s all about the history making now Serena, and baby, your making history!!! (Photo by: Philip Hall/USTA)