Skeptics wondered if Serena Williams would be ready for the Australian Open after pulling out of the Hopman Cup early this month with a sore knee.
To use her favorite expression: “Come on!” Serena has shown no signs of a four-month layoff in the season’s first Grand Slam, cruising to the women’s final in Melbourne without losing a set.
Williams, gunning for a seventh Australian title, faces German Angelique Kerber in Saturday’s final. Serena is seeking her 22nd Slam singles title, which would tie Steffi Graf for the most in the Open era.
Last July, she completed her second “Serena Slam,” winning Wimbledon to hold all four major titles at once. Roberta Vinci stunned her in the U.S. Open semis to stop a season slam. She seems ready to make another run.
Williams beat Maria Sharapova with typical ease in the quarterfinals. It took her 20 minutes to blank Agnieszka Radwanska in the first set of the semis. Radwanska is no slouch. She’ll be third in the next world rankings.
Serena is No. 1. But it’s no longer about being the best in the world, or even the best of all time. She’s making a case as the best female athlete who ever lived.
Power Takes are opinion blasts from Bucky, Sully & members of The News’ sports staff -- three will appear in Wednesday’s and Friday’s sports sections.
Today’s Power Takes
• Bob DiCesare’s Power Take: Manuel an administrator who does job the right way
• Bucky Gleason’s Power Take: An axiom for today’s world: Let the recruited beware
• Jerry Sullivan’s Power Take: Serena on track to be best female athlete ever