Grand Slam question: Who can challenge Serena?

Fri Aug 28, 2015 7:16pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Serena Williams has been vulnerable this grand slam season but unbeaten in the year's first three major championships.

With the 33-year-old American looking to register the first Grand Slam in 27 years with a triumph at the Aug. 31-Sept. 13 U.S. Open, the question remains: Who can beat her?

Second seed Simona Halep of Romania is 1-6 against the big-serving American, who has won the last three U.S. titles.

Third-seeded Russian Maria Sharapova, who has won each of the grand slams during her career, is 2-18 against Williams with her last win coming 11 years ago.

Fourth seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark has won once in 11 meetings with the big-serving world number one.

Williams, winner of the last three U.S. Open titles, has been invincible yet has seemed beatable during this late career surge.

The biggest server the women's game has ever known has struggled at times with her delivery and lost nine sets during her victorious run through the 2015 Australian, French and Wimbledon championships, including seven first-set losses.

Yet no one has succeeded in derailing her grand slam charge.   Continued...

Serena Williams (USA) reacts to a shot in the tiebreaker against Simona Halep (not pictured) in the finals during the Western and Southern Open tennis tournament at the Linder Family Tennis Center.  Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports