30 Reasons To Watch: #22
Will Serena Williams make it to London and dominate as only she can? Williams’ track record and recent comments about the upcoming Games hint at the possibility that she will put more oomph in the doubles.
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By Mike Tierney, Special to Universal Sports
For Serena Williams, as much as any other athlete, outcomes are predicated on a simple formula: The more focus she brings to a tournament, the more likely she leaves with a title. So, look out, fellow competitors, though not in the Olympics bracket that you might think.
Williams’ track record and recent comments about the upcoming Games hint at the possibility that she will put more oomph in the doubles. As a tandem, Serena and big sister Venus are 2-for-2 — winning gold in 2000 and ’08 while bypassing ’04 because of Serena’s ailing knee. And, with the clock having ticked well past the 11th hour in Venus’ career, owing to the autoimmune disease whose effects were evident in a first-round loss at Wimbledon, Serena would love to carry her piggyback-style to one final gold.
Serena cannot be discounted in singles, even if she has yet to win a medal of any shade at the Games. (Venus took the shiniest one in 2000.) Given her druthers, she would again choose doubles. But if Venus if off her game and the sibling duo is ousted early, little sis could channel her energy — and frustration — into one-on-one matches.