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Can Serena Williams regain her edge at the Majors by winning the US Open?

By Pawan Atri    + Follow

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Can Serena Williams regain her edge at the Majors by winning the US Open?
2014 has been a year of rather sub-par performance for Serena Williams. The reigning US Open Champion has been struggling to regain her once feared aura of invincibility at the Majors, which used to be her stomping grounds. However, the American's recent triumph at the Bank of the West Classic Open and the Western & Southern Open gives her a much needed motivation.

After being left flat-footed by her elder sister, Venus Williams at the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup, World No.1 Serena Williams had a lot of questions to stare down and answer to. It is definitely not the concern of a dwindling career but an issue which has been plaguing her form of late. The pacemaker of WTA was fired with salvo after a Déjà vu at Wimbledon. Fans of Serena have been so accustomed to her raising one trophy after another that her rather insipid losses are giving them nightmares.

Following her rather uncharacteristic run at the recent Majors, one can start doubting about Serena’s chances at retaining the US Open crown; but such is the beauty of tennis that predictions do become wrong just at the right moment. Serena was seemingly written off prior to her triumphs at Stanford and Cincinnati, where the delighted crowds witnessed some top notch wins over Ana Ivanovic, Andrea Petkovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic and Angelique Kerber, who have the pedigree of defeating any player on any fine day.

Although her inspired run at the Rogers Cup was cut short by some rather shaky and uncharacteristic unforced errors; she capped off her campaign on a high note by winning her first Western & Southern Open, and a second US Open Series title, en route to lifting the trophy in Ohio.

Serena’s enviable success on the court has largely been founded on the basis of her booming serves, those penetrating ground strokes off both the flanks, and her aggressively open stance; but of late all her weapons of choice have been misfiring owing to certain issues with her form. High percentage of unforced errors have been making steady inroads into the American’s game, and which in turn compelled an obnoxious, change in the actual pattern of play for the 17 times Grand Slam champion.

But Serena has found light at the end of the tunnel; she has regained her usual missiles of serves, those penetrating ground strokes. She has been churning out winners from seemingly difficult positions of the court, and has made short work of the competition in the latter rounds of the tournaments post a few hiccups in the earlier rounds.

Notwithstanding that rather unusual unforced errors have crept into her game, the champion as she remains, Serena Williams must find a way to get past these hurdles. Her followers have been eagerly awaiting the Grand Slam number 18th, as have been the legions of fans doing for the Swiss Maestro, Roger Federer. Both have a set pattern of silencing their detractors wrong with some amazing performances.

With Federer firmly riding atop a curve of strong resurgence, the onus now lies on Serena Williams to inspire herself back to the top of her game. May be, we could witness Serena’s name engraved on to the US Open trophy for the 6th time.

Fingers crossed…

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Kei Nishikori (JPN) 0 3 3 3
Marin Cilic (CRO) Winner 3 6 6 6
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