WIMBLEDON: Serena Williams Wins 5th Title. Great Comeback Story. Is She the Best Player Ever?

 

REPORTING FROM WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND — This was not just more of the same for Serena Williams, another Wimbledon, another championship. No, what’s lost is that this was a great comeback story for her.

Two years ago, she won Wimbledon and seemed unbeatable. Since then, she had been beaten down. A foot injury followed by life-threatening blood clots in her lungs. Then, lost confidence followed by lost composure.

Her match Saturday, like her life the past two years, was filled with crazy ups and downs. And how does her story end? Williams beat Aga Radwanska 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 on Saturday to win her fifth Wimbledon title.

She dropped to her back on the court in joy, then climbed into the stands and hugged her dad and her mom and sister Venus, as well as her other sisters. Then she broke into tears while publicly thanking friends and family who were with her in the hospital day after day.

“There was a moment, I just remember, I was on the couch and I didn’t leave the whole day, for two days,’’ she said later. “I was praying, like `I can’t take any more. I’ve endured enough.’ Let me be able to get through this. I was just so tired at that point.

“I had a tube in my stomach and it was draining constantly. Gosh, I mean, right before that I had the blood clot. I had lung problems. You know, then I had two foot surgeries. It was a lot. It was a lot. I felt like I didn’t do anything to bring on that.’

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I can talk tennis all day long, and often do. And yet some of the people I talk to about it might rather I talk about something else. Or with someone else. That’s how it is with tennis, right? Sort of an addiction. Sort of a high. I am a national columnist at FoxSports.com and a FoxSports1 TV insider, and have been a columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times. In 2010, I was the only American sports writer to cover the full two weeks of all four majors, and also to cover each of the U.S. Masters series events. I’ve seen a lot of tennis, talked with a lot of players, coaches, agents. I watched from a few rows behind the line judge as Serena rolled her foot onto the baseline for the footfault, a good call, at the 2009 U.S. Open. I sat forever watching a John Isner marathon, leaving for Wimbledon village to watch an England World Cup soccer game at a pub and then returning for hours of Isner, sitting a few feet from his wrecked coach. I got to see Novak Djokovic and Robin Soderling joke around on a practice court on the middle Sunday at Wimbledon, placing a small wager on a tiebreaker. Djokovic won, and Soderling pulled a bill out of his wallet, crumpled it into his fist and threw it at Djokovic, who unwadded it, kissed it, and told me, “My work is done here.’’ And when Rafael Nadal won the French Open in 2010, I finished my column, walked back out onto the court, and filled an empty tic tac container with the red clay. I’m looking at it right now. Well, I don’t always see the game the same way others do. I can be hard on tennis, particularly on the characters in suits running it. Tennis has no less scandal and dirt than any other game. Yet somehow, it seems to be covered up, usually from an incredible web of conflicts of interest. I promise to always tell the truth as I see it. Of course, I would appreciate it if you’d let me know when I’m wrong. I love sports arguments and hope to be in a few of them with you here. Personal info: One-handed backhand, serve-and-volleyer. View all posts by gregcouch

3 responses to “WIMBLEDON: Serena Williams Wins 5th Title. Great Comeback Story. Is She the Best Player Ever?

  • JohnJM

    “…smiled, jumped up and down, laughed. She was a kid again, in a 30-year-old body.”

    Sorry, but that girl’s as phony as a $3 bill. I don’t buy her fake niceness in interviews or fake celebrations. Just below the surface boils ghetto Serena. “You’re unattractive on the inside” is just her tamping things down. C’mon, people. I know I’m not alone here.

    • gregcouch

      I am not agreeing with the ghetto part of what you said. But I do agree that she is acting during his interviews. There are times she seems genuine and times she doesn’t. You just have to try to figure it out yourself. I think she was genuine yesterday.

  • claudette luke

    It is now past Wimbledon and eight hours past the Olympics women’s tennis singles and I am really on a high because the greatest women’s tennis player of all time just whipped Sharapova’s backside. There is something that has bothered me over the years and more so recently. I would like to know why the tennis associations of countries don’t form a delegation and complain about the ITF for the blatant wrongs that they do. From the time Sharapova won Wimbledon in 2004 they have been shielding her from players who they know will beat her cruely and expose her lack of true tennis ability. Every grandslam features her playing a British, and we all know that the female players there could hardly get past the first round. Peng Shuai is always in her side of the draw and she always beats her, along with Peer from Israel, who hasn’t bee playing well for some time now. It is very wicked to see what they did at Wimbledon and the Olympics, Azarenka had to play Serena both times, and we all know that when Serena is playing the way she has been lately there is no chance of Azarenka going to the final. Could you image Venus,
    Serena, Azarenka, Woziaki, Errani, Li Na and other top players on the same side of the draw. All we keep hearing is that Sharapova is playing so well but no one is talking about who she always plays. Imagine Radwanska and Goerges playing each other in the first round, Jankovich and Serena also playing each other in the first round and low ranked players facing off just to accommodate Sharapova. I know that she has enough money to buy Li Na’s coach and I don’t think anyone should be upset about it, she has the money and he wants it, why not, but is the ITF putting their hands under the table? That’s the question. Imagine being Azerenka and having to meet some of the toughest players while Maria gets byes right up to the third round, at least that is what it looks like.
    I’ve come to realize that the same thing is happening with the men. Federer is enjoying the same props that Maria is enjoying and Nadal is the one who is really paying, not to mention others like Murray, Tsonga and some others. I wondered why they closed the roof during his match with Djokorvic and the finals with Murray. I am looking to see if they will close it tomorrow during the Olympic final, again with Murray since they didn’t do so when he played Isner and Del potro, theses two men are players with bit serves, the needed to not enhance their serves or they would have made their baby cry. It is so sad to know that all the hard work done by some many means nothing to those who run the sport. I hope something would be done about this.

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