As she prepares for a chance to make history, tennis star Serena Williams is featured on the national cover of Sports Illustrated this week.
In this week's issue, Jon Wertheim writes about Serena's quest for history: Beginning on Monday, she'll be playing for tennis's elusive Grand Slam.
Serena has a chance to win a calendar Grand Slam for the first time in her career, which would make her the first player to accomplish the feat since Steffi Graf in 1988. A U.S. Open title would also be Serena's fifth straight Grand Slam title and fourth straight U.S. Open title, both impressive achievements in their own right.
This year, Serena defeated Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open final, Lucie Safarova in the French Open final and Garbine Muguruza in the Wimbledon final. She enters the U.S. Open after winning the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
Serena has won the U.S. Open six times in her career.
Also in this issue are stories about the Chicago Cubs' success this season, Seth Curry's journey to the NBA, Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave's rebound, the PGA Tour's class of 2011, and Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo's potential.
All subscribers and newsstands in Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Eastern Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, North and South Dakota will receive a regional cover featuring the Chicago Cubs, while all other locations will receive the Serena Williams cover.