Serena Williams is on course for US Open glory again – and despite having some tough matches ahead of her, it’s hard to see past the American legend winning again.
Why? Well, it’s Williams of course.
She’s cruised to the last eight with wins over Magda Linette, Carina Witthoft, sister Venus Williams and Kaia Kanepi – dropping just one set in those four matches.
Now Serena is up against Karolina Pliskova in the quarter-finals and despite the Czech player being seeded eighth going into the tournament, nine above Williams at 17, it’s the American who goes into the match favourite with 888sport.com.
And it’s hard to disagree with that.
Sure, Serena’s comeback is still in progress, but it’s been a 2018 to remember considering what she had to recover from to get back on the tennis court.
This year, she’s made the fourth round of the French Open and went all the way to the final of Wimbledon before losing to Angelique Kerber. Time is what she needs and as she’s progressed throughout the year, she’s looked better and better – culminating in that Wimbledon run and the strong form that’s got her to the last eight at the US Open.
What separates her from the rest, though, is her experience – and you can’t get much more than what Serena has to her name.
She’s won the tournament six times, tied for the most ever alongside Chris Evert. She’s made the final twice more beyond those wins and has made a run to the semi-finals three other times. Of the 17 appearances she’s made at the slam, Serena has been to the semi-finals or better 11 times.
Compare that to the rest of the women left in the draw.
There are 11 left still in the mix and only two have ever won at Arthur Ashe. Above that, only a couple have ever even made it to the final.
Sloane Stephens won last year and represents the biggest challenge to Williams’ push for glory, but they would meet in the semis if they both won their next matches and you’d have to fancy Serena playing that match away from the glitz, glamour and pressure of the final.
The fact is Serena has been a winning machine at the US Open and you struggle to see how she can be stopped on her way to what would be a record-breaking eighth win at the tournament.