The End of Serena Williams

Patrick,

You can call Serena "leaky boat," because it's time to start bailing.

Oh, you could chalk up Serena's meltdown to the presence of chair umpire Eva Asderaki—the same official who made the notorious call against Williams for screaming during last September's U.S. Open final. Don't. Did you mention the two foot surgeries and blood clots in her lungs? Yikes. The question is: Who will be next to dominate the game?

Serena's biggest rival, besides her sister, is Maria Sharapova. Unfairly written off as Kournikova-like, she's five years younger, a tad healthier, and has made great strides in her clay game.

The patriotic part of me hopes Melanie Oudin will be the next multiple Grand Slammer. Just 20 years old from Marietta, Georgia, she also got bounced from the French Open this week, but nevertheless looks like a rising American star. China's best player, Li Na, is fast and crazy agile, grinding opponents with precision backhands. But she doesn't look to have enough baseline power, or that oh-so-essential killer instinct. The people who run tennis magazines probably hope that the 2008 French Open champ, Serbian stunner Ana Ivanović, will go on a multi-year run of slam titles. (Okay...Sorry for being superficial, but I do, too.)

But let's go with Petra Kvitova, a fourth-seed in France. The six-foot Czech has a big, booming lefty serve, and can seemingly adapt that lanky frame to suit any surface. She took her first ever Grand Slam at Wimbledon last year, but hasn't won a thing in 2012. She will, though. Soon. And probably for many years to come

Jake, can Serena still will Grand Slams? And who's your pick for the next superstar in women's tennis?

–Hampton

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