Let's make predictions about Serena Williams' Grand Slam chances based on her first-pitch skills
Serena Williams is amazing. This sentence is indisputable. Go ahead and engrave it on a pyramid, because it will be true forever. She has the most major singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles of any tennis player active today.
Right now, she's on a quest to accomplish a calendar Grand Slam, which would mean winning the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open all in the same year. She's already conquered the first three -- now all she has to do is triumph in Queens.
So, let's evaluate her chances of success based on the first pitch she threw before a Yankees game in 2009:
Or maybe … let's not.
In fact, she hasn't actually had the best of luck against other players from Queens. Back in 2013, she lost a very significant (table) tennis match to a well-known and highly regarded player:
But that was then, and this is now. Williams blazed through her first match faster than it takes to watch an episode of "Game of Thrones," though it was just as brutal. She defeated 86th-ranked Vitalia Diatchenko in just 30 minutes, with a score of 6-0, 2-0 (Diatchenko retired in the second set). We're pretty sure she'll keep going strong, and Mrs. Met will be happy to celebrate with her no matter what happens: