WTA player of 2013: Serena Williams simply the best

Living Tennis

IMG_0293In truth, the tennis achievement of 2013 had its roots more than six months before, in one of Serena Williams’ favourite cities, Paris.

For it was there that she would begin an 18-month run of almost unparalleled and unbroken success—109 wins for just five losses. And, as she prepares for 2014, there is no sign of any diminishment of her powers or her winning ways.

Williams had only returned to the tour in the summer of 2011 after a year away with injury and life-threatening illness. She immediately won 23 out of just 26 matches—including two titles and a final finish at the US Open—and hurtled through the first five months of 2012 with titles in Charleston and Madrid and a semi finish in Rome.

But if that was not proof enough of the Williams fighting spirit, what followed at the French Open certainly banished any remaining doubts. After an…

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