Lawn Tennis
Serena Williams Readies Herself For Her Closeup
By Ken Miller, Lawn Tennis Correspondent, Posted: Saturday, April 5, 2008 6:00am CST USA

Serena Williams Readies Herself For Her Closeup
, Sony Ericsson Open
Serena Williams of the USA
MIAMI--( years ago the American, former number one and Sony Ericsson Open defending champion Serena Williams joked her "other job" tennis was interfering with her acting career. That was a few years after Williams held the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open singles titles all at once. Williams, who in 2002-2003 was the last player male or female to accomplish that unthinkable feat, exploded onto the WTA Tour as a part-time player back in 1998.

2008 Sony Ericsson Open, Miami, Florida, USA
Miami, Florida, United States
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Ranked number 304, we first caught a glimpse at her all court aggressive game in Chicago as she upset American Monica Seles and Mary Pierce of France, both top 10 players and grand slam champions. Williams' game early on drew obvious comparions to her older sister Venus Williams' game. Fellow American Lindsay Davenport liked Serena's serve better than Venus'. Williams' father and coach Richard Williams had before she'd turned pro predicted Serena would be better than Venus.

But no one could have expected that Serena would deliver the goods. Serena Williams set several youngest ever records including winning Wimbledon at only 16 years old in the mixed doubles in 1998.

Williams this week in Miami remarked she looks better physically than she has since age one. And with her acting career possibly on hold, Williams revealed her commitment to tennis.

"Tennis is number one in my life," Williams said. I really enjoy the game. It's a great job. It pays well."

After having won eight singles grand slam titles and four singles titles at Miami, Williams today takes on Jelena Jankovic of Serbia in the women's Miami final. Williams leads Jankovic 3-2 head to head, but looked flat footed and displayed a game full of errors in their prior meeting at the Australian Open quarterfinals in January of this year and lost 6-3, 6-4.

The last couple of weeks however Williams has cleaned up her game to defeat her sister Venus at Bangalore and crush world number one Justine Henin of Belgium in a shocker 6-2, 6-0. 13-1 in match play this year, Williams will be keen to avenge her only loss of the year. Jankovic will wait to see if Serena will gift her with errors today, but I think Serena will power herself to another closeup with the winner's trophy.

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