Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/7/14
Serena Williams dismissed the idea quickly and completely. There's no way, the U.S. Open's defending champion and top-seeded woman insisted, that there is any chance of easing up at all or letting her guard down a tad in the quarterfinals. Really? Even after coming off a much-hyped, intense victory over 15th-seeded Sloane Stephens in the fourth round at Flushing Meadows on Sunday? ''Absolutely not,'' Williams said. ''I mean, I've been at this for a long time. So for me in my career, there are no letdowns.'' For eight games, Stephens stayed right with Williams. They put on quite a show during those 40 minutes, hitting serves faster than 115 mph, whipping forehands and backhands that landed near lines, covering a lot of ground to extend points. Stephens already was one of only three players to beat Williams this season, and at 4-all in the first set, another upset seemed possible. That, though, is when Williams took over. The 20-year-old Stephens' time at the top of tennis may co...
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  • I think it is extremely interesting the players that Serena has had to play in this year's U.S. Open. Most, if not all, of the opponents have been Major finalist and/or are the best hitters in terms of power hitters. Coincidence or Strategy? I choose strategy. It appears the "deck" has been stacked against Serena in the hopes that she does not get her 17 title nor the double earnings. It is sad how no other player, men included, has had to play all of the top player in their bracket. Moreover, I have NEVER observed a tennis match where the winner receives not only the title and earnings, but Champaign!!!! With grace Serena was happy for Azarenka to receive Champaign. In fact, the Azarenka was in such shock that the Champaign was even offered she ( Azarenka) in turn felt compelled to consult with Serena prior to opening it. With grace Serena said," Go for it." Coincidence ...or Strategy? Azarenaka has beat Serena twice this year. It is "interesting" that she is in a opposite bracket as Serena. It is as if the organizers said, "if she makes it to the finals, then she also has to beat the person who has beat her twice to receive that 17 title, and most importantly, the largest Major women's' earnings to date...again, Coincidence or Strategy?
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