Saturday, January 27, 2007

Serena the Great: 8-Time Grand Slam Champion

Serena Williams d. Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-2



Smackdown Down Under
In just over an hour, #81 swept aside new world No. 1 in the championship match of the Australian Open in Melbourne Park 6-1, 6-2 to win her third Australian Open title, her first title since she won here in 2005.

Playing flawless, aggressive tennis, the focused Dreamgirl simply didn't allow Little Miss Sunshine an opportunity to play the match. Sharapova, who was extraordinarily gracious in defeat, even as her father Yuri stormed out of the stadium, suffered her worst smackdown in a Gland Slam match since the 2004 Roland Garros quarterfinals when she fell to Argentina's Paola Suarez 1-6, 3-6.

Saving both of the two break points she faced, #81 hit line-clipping serves up to 122 mph. She cracked 28 winners to only 11 unforced errors, a superb ratio for a player who admitted her errors are usually in the 50s. It seems that studying the videotapes of Fernando Gonzalez, the finalist who has played the best and cleanest tennis overall in this tournament, paid dividends. The champion remains a quick study.

No. 81 become only the second unseeded woman in the Open Era to win the Australian Open, and the first since 1978 when Aussie Chris O'Neil took the crown.

No. 81 also posted the second most dominant performance by a champion in Melbourne since Steffi Graf defeated Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario 6-0, 6-2 in 1994.

Teary-eyed, Serena dedicated her third Australian Open crown to her slain sister Yetunde Price.

Serena the Great, who will catapult to No. 14 (with a bullet as the announcers proclaimed) in the rankings on Monday, is back. Back to muzzle every single one of her naysayers. Back to remind the world what championship tennis is supposed to look like.

All hail to the Queen.

Related articles:
Best of Serena's overall Grand Slam victories
Serena sizzles to title
Serena wows even herself
She's Back
Serena's To-Do List
Who Will Win? - Poll Results
Henin out of Melbourne: Who Benefits? - Poll Results
Ode to Serena

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Craig and Savannah,

Thanks you guys for your excellent posts. I was curious what the #81 meant to Savannah when she wrote “Like Charm” article.
For me, 81=9x9,is the highest number in the multiplication table for kids. Another meaning: 8+1=9, the Destination number of life for Serena : 9+26+1981=2016; 2+0+1+6=9.
The worst news for Maria is that 1/27/2007 happened to be the day of Golden Rooster/Hen according to Chinese calendar, the day of Serena (same like the year she was born) and the antagonist for Maria’s age (Fire Rabbit/Cat). I believed it was not Maria’s fault that nothing worked for her.
When Safin and Roddick played the 3rd round match, it was the day of Ox, the antagonist for Marat (Sheep/Goat). I knew it was not going to be a good day for Marat.
I don’t quite believe astrology, but I like to find out if the coincidences have some meaning or …just coincidence.

Lan

Craig Hickman said...

I respect what both numerology and astrology indicate.

Thanks for the post.

Savannah said...

Lan you scooped my next post. I came to the same conclusion but using Western astrology. With all the air the earthbound Taurus woman had the lights against her. As for her piece of crap father the less said the better.

Savannah said...

BTW I would love to talk to you about the number 9 and why it was never acknowledged in the older systems. It is truly a magic number.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Savannah. Sure I would like to learn more about number 9 from you. For example, number 9 is the highest digit in decimal system, but why do we use decimal system in the first place? Is it b/c we have 10 fingers to count (computers use hexadecimal or other multiple of 2) or b/c of stars? And why do we have 5 fingers on each hand and not 4 or 6?

Did you mentioned Maria as Taurus woman? I think she is Aries (born April 19, 1987).. Vaidisova (April 23) and Peer (May 1) are Taurus women,. Sorry, my English is very limited so sometimes I may misunderstand others’ statements...

Lan