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Sparkling Serena

Mélanie PONTET
Tuesday 03 Febuary 2009 at 09h47
After just regaining the number one ranking with her Melbourne crown, Serena Williams comes into the 17th Open GDF SUEZ as the heavy favorite.  The American will be trying to capture the title for the third time in her career.  

Everyone knows how much Serena Williams likes fashion and photos-ops.  But that hasn't kept the youngest Williams sister from being one of the finest players on tour.  She sometimes steps away from the game to nurture her more "glamorous" side, but when she does pick the racket back up it is never by chance.  Serena Williams lives for big moments and this special player certainly is the most decorated of anyone on tour right now.  With no fewer than thirty-three titles - including ten Grand Slams - the vibrant American has proven she's at home on all surfaces.  Feared and formidable, the lioness managed the feat of capturing four Grand Slams in a row in back to back years (2002 and 2003).  The winning streak landed her atop the throne of women's tennis and firmly entrenched her as the world's best player.

While many thought she was finished after three difficult years which saw her struggle with injuries, extra kilos, and poor preparations, Serena silenced all her critics by showing them she was a warrior.  A real one.  In 2008, she stormed back to center stage and took the US Open without dropping a set.  For the second time in her career, she regained the world crown, but there was a silver lining.  She only reigned for one month before relinquishing the top spot to Jelena Jankovic.  It was only a matter of time however.
The powerful American ended the 2008 season ranked behind the Serbian, but obviously had plans to come knocking again, and soon.  Her target?  The 2009 Australian Open.  Loyal to her reputation as a power player, Serena Williams eliminated her opponents one by one before downing Dinara Safina in the final to take the coveted crown Down Under.  Mission accomplished.  By winning her 10th Grand Slam, she sealed her spot in the history books and as an added bonus regained the number 1 WTA ranking for the third time in her career.  We'll be seeing a confident Serena Williams when she comes to Paris for the 2009 Open GDF SUEZ, a tournament she knows well.  The youngest Williams sister has played the Parisian tournament five times and won it twice.  There's little reason to think we won't be seeing a three-peat this year.

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