First the drama, at Wimbledon, when questions were raised on her health, when doubts were cast on the World No.1. Then the resurgence again, and the 61st WTA title conquered last week in Stanford. Serena Williams is back on a roller coaster of tennis-related emotions.
In Montreal Serena is top seed - after spending her 200th week at World No.1 - and defending champion of the Rogers Cup. In her pre-tournament interview, the American took some time to talk about her fellow opponents on the WTA tour.
Who could be her heir, once Serena's tennis career will be over? "Eugenie Bouchard" is Williams's answer, "she is an incredibly strong tennis player. I truly believe that she will be the future of women's tennis". Serena went on to describe her "terrible" 2014 season.
"This season has been bad" said the American, "the only way to make it better would be to win the US Open title". A mission statement, a goal Williams is working hard to achieve. Nice words towards Eugenie Bouchard were also spent by Maria Sharapova.