With the French Open finished the next time most people will see Roland-Garros runner-up Serena Williams she’ll be in all-whites at Wimbledon. Despite her French finals loss in straight (but close) sets to powerful Garbine Muguruza, Williams remains the number one pick to triumph in England. Early odds have Williams at 7-4, with her closest competitors, Muguruza and Petra Kvitova, both at 7-1.
Williams’ twilight is certainly now — she’s 34 — but twilight can be beautiful and Williams seems likely to enjoy a bit more time in the sun. Despite the French loss, which some see as indicative of her inevitable decline, Williams had little trouble marching to the French final — and she could have won, too, with a few breaks going her way. Losing 7-5, 6-4, Williams was hardly dominated. It’s the third straight Grand Slam final Williams has lost, but those aren’t stretched out appearances — she’s been in the last three Grand Slam finals that were played. And she won the three before that. Been in the last six, took three. Write her off. Go ahead.