Peter Bodo/ESPN Williams claims she has eliminated all drama after that wildly theatrical run she earned last year. Trouble is, drama may not have sworn off her — as we saw in her tiebreaker with Kristina Mladenovic on Saturday.
Drama is triggered by things that can’t be controlled, which includes emotions. They can be triggered by many things, including an opponent’s form on a given day. One of the opponents lurking on Williams’ horizon is the No. 9 seed, her sister Venus. Both are in the fourth round and could meet in the semis.
Venus, closing in rapidly on 36, is playing some great tennis. She has never won the French Open. After moving into the fourth round, she told the Roland Garros crowd: “I’ve had some issues in the past, and I’m trying to make this my best year on clay.”
For this to qualify as Venus’ best year, she would have to win it. Now you see the problem. Imagine Venus standing in the way of Serena equaling Graf’s Grand Slam title record. Imagine Serena standing in the way of Venus finally winning the French. Imagine the emotions, which are the incubators of drama.
Serena should prepare for drama, agony and title No. 22.