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Serena Williams – The Greatest – deserves to win battle of the giants

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September 7, 2013

What a display of power we can look forward to in the women’s final in New York.   A clash of the big hitters, two tennis heavyweights going toe to toe for the title.

It could be an exciting final…if Serena Williams doesn’t come up with one more demolition job to finish an incredible tournament in typically bruising style.

Victoria Azarenka was back playing some of her best tennis to see off Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 6-2. No surprises there, however much some of us were hoping for an upset.

The surprise came in the other semi-final. Not because of the result – Serena was always favourite to beat Li Na – but because of the way the Chinese star was caught cold.

Williams crushed her opponent 6-0, 6-3. And it is hard to remember when Serena seemed to want a title more than this.

She has lost just 16 games in six matches on her way to the final. If she runs over Azarenka too, it will be one of the most emphatic Grand Slam triumphs in tennis history.

What keeps Serena so highly motivated? We all know she is getting on well with her coach – to put it mildly. But she plays as though she has never won a title in her life before!

Serena Williams has always divided opinion. Personally I love her. The warrior spirit cannot be matched. She can be outrageous. So what? All the better! She is the greatest. If she isn’t allowed to be outrageous, who is?  And to think there was a time when Venus was regarded as the most talented sister and Serena was only the bridesmaid!

I would be amazed if there is a moment when Azarenka is ever seriously in this US Open final. But if Victoria does get a foothold, we’re in for something special.

Otherwise, sit back and enjoy the greatest female tennis player of all time in devastating action. You can talk of Graf, Navratilova, King and the other greats. None could have withstood Serena’s power.

We may never see her like again. Bravely, magnificently, Serena is squeezing every last drop of brilliance out of herself while she still can, before time takes its toll, as it has on the wonderful Roger Federer.

Williams is still at the height of her powers. Even if the final isn’t as close and dramatic as many of us would like, I think we should savour every second.

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