Serena Slammed

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(Source: Serena at the US Open 2015)

Serena Williams was not only facing her opponents at the 2015 U.S. Open, she was also facing history. Williams, arguably the greatest female tennis player in history, was going for the Grand Slam this year. The Grand Slam is winning all four major tournaments in a calendar year. The four majors are the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open. The feat had not been accomplished since Steffi Graf did it in 1988.

Serena Williams had conquered the first three legs of the Grand Slam with relative ease. There was so much anticipation for Williams’ chance at history that the women’s U.S. Open final sold out quicker than the men’s U.S. Open final for the first time in history.

Williams breezed into the semi-finals at the U.S. Open, where she would face off against an unranked and virtually unknown player in Roberta Vinci. Everyone expected Serena to cruise through the match unharmed, but people could not have been more wrong. Vinci beat Williams in a hard fought match (2-6, 6-4, 6-4). Tennis experts called it an “all-time upset”.  Experts also said that the pressure seemed to be getting to Williams, and she seemed to be pressing, as she closed in on history.

While Williams did not complete the Grand Slam, she still undoubtedly had a remarkable year. Vinci would end up losing to Flavia Pennetta in the final.

Graf’s record is still safe for now, but time will tell if Serena, or any other female player, will be able to achieve the feat Graf did some 27 years ago.

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Serena Slammed