Serena Williams hails Tiger Woods’ influence as she continues her US Open run – but that wasn’t the reason she was left out of the women’s draw
Serena Williams may have just missed out on a spot on the US Open women’s singles draw, but it’s not because she’s not a talented enough player. It’s actually because playing a different sport means you have to get in to a different draw, meaning she’s not in the same pool as the players who’ve already made it through a tougher qualifying round. So that’s it, she was left out of the draw. That’s why they call it the’sport of the week’.
I mean, in what universe is Serena Williams good enough to make the tennis draw that’s seen so many great players over the years? Who in their right mind would have predicted she would ever make it to a fourth Grand Slam final this year considering she’s never won another WTA Tour match? Yet here she is, with a chance at a place on an Open women’s singles draw, despite being beaten by Petra Kvitova in the US Open final. I am not making this up. This is not some far-fetched prediction, this is 100% true. How often does a tennis player win a Grand Slam singles title after being beaten by the player they would have beaten anyway? The women’s draw is a completely different breed from the men’s. No wonder Serena is so often left out.
She’s not an ‘old’ player, she’s just got better.
I mean, we’re talking about the best women’s player in the world, so there’s no way she doesn’t have the potential to be ranked #1 at some point in her career. But having been beaten in the final by a player who is not only ranked #1 in her own country, but also #2 in England, makes sense, when you think about it.
But wait, let’s look at the other reasons why Serena is sometimes left out. She might be a bit of a push over when it comes to her serve. Maybe she is at a disadvantage when she is forced to play on a hard court. She has no power, if I’m not mistaken, which causes her to miss out on a lot of points.
Aha. Serena is a bit of