By Leighton Ginn
We tend to forget Serena Williams is dominating the sport of tennis while on the brink of 35, out classing the swarm of talented millennials.
We tend to forget Serena Williams is doing things never seen on a tennis court. No player in the sport has the blend of power and finesse that she has.
We tend to forget that Serena Williams have beaten many of the sports all-time greats from various generations.
What we do know is that Serena Williams is the most dominating force the sport has ever seen, and we all set the bar extremely high. Sometimes it seems unrealistic what we expect from Serena Williams until we see how much she dominates the sports, beating players who were toddlers when she launched her career.
So when Williams captured Wimbledon for her 22nd Grand Slam title to tie Steffi Graf for the Open era record, it was almost ho-hum. Or maybe people shared my unfair opinion about it — It’s about time.
Williams fans will say we are unfair and we don’t appreciate what we see.
Williams has dominated the game like no other.
No other player has had two “Serena Slams,” or winning all four major titles at once.
No other player has dominated the sport like Williams.
So I expect a lot, because I’m sure everyone expects a lot.
Williams is so great, it would be a shame if she didn’t have the numbers to back it up.
She needed to win 22, or that makes it harder to proclaim her as the greatest ever.
You can argue Tiger Woods is the greatest golfer ever, but when he falls short of Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major titles, then it’s no longer a valid argument.
The fact of the matter is, Williams has been that good, and she should have been better. Her numbers should have been grander.
Unfair expectations for other players, but reasonable for Williams.
Why is it reasonable?
Williams is just that good.