She's experienced a title drought this year, but her recent Italian Open win, certainly has given doubt to some of her doubters.
Could she win it a fourth time? I think so. She really seems to be gaining the momentum she needs to defend her title. This would be a quadruple Career Grand Slam, having won each of the other three Grand Slam tournaments 6 times. I think it's a strong possibility she will be able to pull it off, she is going from one clay court to another, so I don't think the field is in question here.
She does have strong competition, however. You have Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber, Agnieszka Radwanska, as well as Victoria Azarenka and Simona Halep. Serena lost out on the Australian Open title to Kerber, who I think may be one of her most challenging opponents. Perhaps Serena's all time famous confidence and grit will see her redeem that loss.
She did have a 9 year hiatus from winning at Roland. (2003-2012) But for whatever reason, she has been almost unbeatable at the French Open the last few years. I fully expect that she'll repeat.
Kinda sucks to say that though, knowing full well that even if she is the best woman tennis player ever by far, which she is, tennis' competition is tough enough that she might well still lose.
JFoster Wrote: True, be that as it may, it would be cool to see a new champion rise out of this tournament. I'm not saying that Serena needs to step aside or anything. Everyone likes a cool story. It would be exciting for new blood to win the title.
Dallasite Wrote:Nah. No new blood necessary. I just want to see Serena win everything. Seriously. It's that fair weather sport's idea, that I sometimes buy into. I want the greats to be great, unless there's an awesome underdog story developing. I like history in the making I guess too much.