‘Just Serena’: Williams’ upset win at US Open keeps the legend advancing in final days of her storied career
By Jim Korkis
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Serena Williams is a force of nature at the most basic and the most complex game. She is not just an athlete, she is a champion at what she does. One of the greats.
Her game is as much a philosophy as it is an art, and she knows the game better than any other.
On Saturday, in her first major final appearance at the US Open, Williams had an emotional edge that is rare to see. When she first entered the stadium for the third round, in an unfamiliar city in an unfamiliar position for Williams to face world number two Angelique Kerber, she was determined to win here. To do so, she knew, would be a challenge.
She needed to find a new way to be competitive with a better opponent.
And at times, it worked. As Williams fought back from a set down in the opening set to come back from 3-4 and lead 4-6, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 in the third set, she used her head to be more aggressive, and her body to push herself to achieve the goal.
The result was a second set that Williams won 6-3, 6-4, 6-2, and a second championship at the US Open.
After the match, Williams took an emotional victory lap as she made her way through the crowd, past her entourage, out of her box and over to the locker room where she met with her family in the presence of a well-wishers, her father Bob and with the US Open trophy, which she won here last year. As her family tried to console her, she held her arms out and said, “I don’t know any other way.”
And if Williams has achieved what she set out to do, she has taken a big step forward.
In the most recent Grand Slam matches, she has gone through