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There is no woman on earth matching Serena Williams right now when it comes to her dominance in tennis. Playing the best tennis of her life and fresh off an Olympic gold medal, Serena put a serious pounding on her fourth round opponent of the US Open, defeating Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0.
Serena dominated Hlavackova from start to finish and never let up. Beating down the poor woman as if Serena was late for a lunch appointment, she gave the audience the shortest match they could possibly have seen and made sure the entire world was clear as to why she was the number one seed in the tournament.
“The first point of the whole match, I served and she returned like a 100-mile-per-hour forehand,” Hlavackova said. “That was like: ‘O.K., I know who I am playing. You don’t have to prove it to me.’ But she obviously wanted to prove it to me.”
Even worse for her opponents is that Serena is able to match her amazing talent with the precision and savvy of a true veteran. She had only one unforced error and won each game in four minutes or less. She finished off her opponent with a 117-mile per hour ace shot that had Hlavackova’s head spinning as a result. The job was done, and she was onto the next round.
This is the third 6-0 set for Williams and she says that it’s just a sign of consistency and nothing else.
“I don’t think it says anything,” she said. “I just think it just says I’m focused.”
Imagine that just one year ago, Serena was ranked 169th in the world due to a foot injury. Now, she has her 15th Grand Slam title in her sights. Let’s see if she can keep it up.