Rocking green, the color of envy,Â Serena Williams continues to remind us that she’s determined to regain her rightful position atop the tennis world.
Yesterday she won the Rogers Cup in two straight sets, 6-4, 6-2, over Australia’s Samantha Stosur.Â Her latest victory marks her second straight tournament championship.Â Not only is this encouraging news for Serena, who’s battled injuries and a life-threatening illness during her year long absence from the sport, but it’s also a great sign for the US women’s tennis game.
Since Williams returned to competition eight weeks ago, she’s gone 14-2, and is steadily winning and climbing her way back to the top of the WTA rankings.Â Before yesterday’s win, Williams was ranked No. 80 in the world.Â And among her fellow countrywomen, she was ranked No. 6.Â However, after yesterday’s championship win, she’s jumped to No. 31 and is now the top-ranked USA female tennis player.Â Normalcy has been restored.
And while Williams still has a ways to go before she cracks the top 10 and is ranked among Caroline Wozniacki, Kim Clijsters, Maria Sharapova, and rising star Li Na, Williams continues to prove that her competition should not take her lightly. En route to her latest victories, Williams sent Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka, ranked No. 4, home winless.
Packing the power and mental toughness that she’s famous for, Serena is sending the message that her A-game may be restored in time for the US Open, which is exactly two weeks away.Â Not only is this encouraging news for Williams, her family, friends, and fans, but most importantly, the USTA is also breathing a collective sigh of relief.Â After surviving one year of US Open play sans Serena, it appears that they can promote her resurgence and the growing expectations that she’ll be able to compete among the best ladies in the field on US soil.
Serena last won a US Open title in 2008 and is eager to hoist that large trophy once again.Â And, with the two-time defending US Open Champion, Kim Clijsters, battling injuries of her own and leaving her US Open future in doubt, Williams is proving that her comeback story is still being drafted.
But first, Serena hopes to keep her own winning streak going as she prepares to compete in the Cincinnati Western & Southern Open, which gets underway today.
The US Open beings August 29.Â At that time, Serena will take the court and try to win her first Grand Slam since Wimbledon 2010.