On Saturday, July 7, Serena Williams will likely win her fifth Wimbledon singles title, tying her with sister Venus Williams' Wimbledon total. The two sisters have met in eight Grand Slam finals, with Serena winning six times. The odds are definitely in Serena's favor to win her 14th Grand Slam title, which would rank her fourth all-time in the Open Era in women's singles behind Steffi Graf with 22 and Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova who have 18 titles each.
The oddsmakers at The Championship had Serena at the beginning of the tournament based on stages of elimination: to win at (11/10), to the Finals (4), and to get to the Semi Finals (11/8).
Serena Williams' early round matches at Wimbledon were full of errors, fantastic serving (92% compared to Pete Sampras in his prime who had 90%), and her grinding out three-set wins. The first week of the fortnight Serena played okay relying upon her tenacity, hunger, fight, and serving which got her through. She Williams, the #6 seed, beat Petra Kvitova, the No. 2 seed and defending Wimbledon champ, in the quarterfinals, 6-3, 7-5. In this match, Williams began to find all of her weapons, such as her speed, tracking, alertness, and consistency off the ground. She looked liked she could go all of the way and raise the Venus Rosewater Dish on Saturday.
After defeating Victoria Azarenka from Belarus, the No. 2 seed, 6-3, 7-6 (6) in the semi-finals where she anticipated and tracked the ball well, it would be a sucker's bet to bet against Serena. Even, though she admittedly 'got nervous' Williams gritted it out. One such example and key turning point was at 15-40 in the second set with the set score knotted up at 1-1. Williams cranked out a crosscourt forehand winner after holding serve in a game where Azarenka returned two first serves for winners. Then, there was the following rally at 3-3, 30-30 of 22 strokes.
With the way Serena has been moving and serving, including a career best 24 aces in her semi match it is fair to assume that she should beat Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, the third seed in her first Grand Slam final. Radwanska defeated Angelique Kerber, of Germany the eighth seed, by 6-3, 6-4 in her semi-final match earning her the right to face Williams in the final. Serena is 2-0 lifetime against Radwanska, although their last match was in 2008 in the Wimbledon quarters.
Since winning the 2010 Wimbledon, Serena cut her foot in a restaurant after her celebration, which cloted before spreading and threatened her life. Next there were various other injuries including a hematoma and a pulmonary embolism in 2011. All of these setbacks nearly pushed one of the most tenacious competitor's that I have ever known out of tennis, a game that she loves.
After suffering her worst loss in her career in the first round of the French Open, Williams felt an urgency that woke her to continue her greatness. These same attributes continued into the following rounds at Wimbledon. An angry Serena Williams is a powerful force in women's tennis. That is exactly what has happened and will propel her towards earn her fifth Wimbledon singles title and her 28th Grand Slam title on Saturday.