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Jan. 27, 2007 — Seren-ahhhh!

It was an amazing performance by tennis superstar Serena Williams last night at the Australian Open. She had played just four matches in 2006, slipped to a ranking in the 80s, and had given indications that her tennis career would be supplanted by detours into acting and clothing design.

But Williams is made of sterner stuff than that. Playing in only her second tournament since August, she had trouble early but breezed through the rest of the draw on the way to meeting world No. 1 Maria Sharapova.

Sharapova had become a tennis and media darling who had taken over the vacuum left when both Serena and her sister Venus Williams dropped off the tennis circuit. She had all of the charisma of an Anna Kournikova, but is an athletic 6-foot-4, and blasted groundstrokes with that frame that rivaled a Steffi Graf.

Serena Williams, however, blasted out to a 5-0 lead in the first set of the 2007 Australian Open final and never let the foot off the gas pedal, winning in 63 minutes and only allowing Sharapova to win three games the entire match.

In short, it was like the women’s tennis circuit in 2002 and 2003, when the Williamses won just about everything they entered, including Grand Slam tournaments. And in a year when the top-ranked American female tennis players are virtually unknown, Serena Williams is now ranked No. 14.

It’s a matter of time before Venus makes herself known, too.

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