I know it was a few days ago, and I know it was just an exhibition that Billie Jean Cup, but when you think about it, can there be any doubt that this will be the Williams' year?
Venus is playing like she's on a mission and Serena won the Australian. They both have been running roughshed over their opponents so far, and what can you say about Venus' Dubai-to-Acapulco, hard court to clay feat over the past couple of weeks?
Indian Wells is coming up next, which they're bound to skip, but after that is their "home" tournament in Miami, which they've dominated.
Now the question is (along with those other questions I asked earlier!), can anyone stop them this season?
Yeah, it'll probably be those same two that halts them most of the time: themselves.
Injury, some questions about focus, going up against each other should be the major factors stopping them this time around, which I don't think is always the case. In the past, there have been the Maria Sharapovas and Justine Henins and Jennifer Capriatis of the world that's put a dent in their numbers. But none of them are out there right now to do that.
Their Billie Jean Cup opponents, Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic, are having iffy patches right now. Dinara Safina seems to be pretty close to reverting to her old ways. Probably the toughest player the Williams will go against this year will be Elena Dementieva (who, I know it's early, I'm giving the nod to at the French). Other than that, I really just don't know who can get it done against the two.
Regardless, it should make for an interesting season: at least for Venus and Serena.
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