So dramatic and scary was Serena Williams' exit from the Wimbledon doubles tournament last month that it was fair to wonder how she would respond at Stanford this week. She answered with her fourth WTA tour title of the season.
Ball's in your court, Serena Williams. Before the world No. 1 takes the court next week for the first time since her bizarre withdrawal from a Wimbledon doubles match, we have 10 questions we need answered.
The time is now for Petra Kvitova, Eugenie Bouchard and Simona Halep. And they know it. With Serena Williams' mysterious slip, the rising stars have battled their way into Grand Slam finals and made the sport all the more compelling.
Everyone seems to still have questions about Serena Williams' doubles default at Wimbledon, but nine-time champion Martina Navratilova may have the most pressing one yet: Why on earth was Serena on the court at all?
Saturday's loss to Alize Cornet marks the worst three-Slam sequence of Serena Williams' career after fourth-round, second-round and third-round exits in the Australian Open, French Open and now Wimbledon.
She looked as good as she has in years in her third-round loss at Wimbledon to Petra Kvitova. So Venus Williams silenced the retirement talk before continuing her pursuit of a doubles title with Serena.
Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova are on a collision course for the Wimbledon quarterfinals, and both women -- who insist they are neither counting on their credentials nor looking ahead -- made quick work of their first-round opponents.