Serena Williams — The World’s Best Player in Tennis

US Open: Serena Williams’ last hurrah at home grand slam headlines fascinating two weeks of tennis After making it to her first Grand Slam final the year before, it appeared the 32-year-old world #1…

Serena Williams — The World's Best Player in Tennis

US Open: Serena Williams’ last hurrah at home grand slam headlines fascinating two weeks of tennis

After making it to her first Grand Slam final the year before, it appeared the 32-year-old world #1 would not make it to another tournament this year. She seemed to be on the outside of the top half of the women’s game, even behind the likes of Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber, Simona Halep and Sloane Stephens. A major run of form and her stunning performance at last week’s Australian Open had made her the picture of health, and the world’s attention now focused on her, in the United States.

However, the hard work that lay ahead for the eight-time Grand Slam winner did not go unnoticed. The opening round of the US Open was already in full swing when Serena Williams made it back onto the court and did not need much convincing to make her way back into contention. She played the first two games against Daria Gavrilova before holding her own to win 6-3 6-0 to move to within a set and a game of the world #2 and then, like a true world champion, she pulled out all the stops to win the following match in just 79 minutes.

In her second match, she was not quite as sharp and lost a set to Simona Halep. However, once the Swiss player got under pressure, she would not fall as she clinched the win 6-3 6-0 to move into the last four and, at 30, to the top of the world rankings. Now in just ten months, she had moved from unknown to one of the best players in tennis and was back in elite contention.

Serena Williams could not stop herself from falling into a rhythm on the court as she moved into the quarter-finals. She started by beating No-leads and a former world No-2, Sabine Lisicki

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