Three quick thoughts from the women's final at Wimbledon on Saturday:
• Nobody's going to remember much about the tennis. In the category of "How did that happen?" among Wimbledon women's finalists,
Serena had some other opponents in mind, though, namely history and perception. It wasn't so long ago that people questioned her commitment and fitness, but behold her today: the most consistent elite player on tour, trimmer and more mobile than she was two years ago, and moving up the all-time list with 13 major singles titles.
Most players and tour insiders rank Wimbledon and the U.S. Open as the most prestigious of the Grand Slam events, and consider this: Serena now has seven titles in those two events, just one short of
• "I'm going to take this match seriously," promised
• Looking ahead to the U.S. Open, Serena has another mountain to climb: Erasing last year for good. She has been a model of comportment since her epic confrontation with a line judge, and considering that her opponent that night was