Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
NEW YORK — Even after Sunday afternoon’s dramatic U.S. Open women’s final, the WTA rankings will say that Victoria Azarenka is No. 1 in the world and Serena Williams is No. 4.
Yet anyone with a pair of eyes can see that Williams is not only the best player in the world right now, but more than likely the greatest ever.
“I think Serena’s playing the best I’ve ever seen,” John McEnroe said on CBS during the first set of Serena’s 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 victory in Arthur Ashe Stadium. “We’re watching, to me, the best female player that’s ever played this game.”
Since today is the first day college coaches can meet with recruits, here’s a quick Recruiting Rundown that I’ll likely update as the day goes along:
**No coaches came to watch Andrew Wiggins Sunday at Huntington (W.V.) Prep because he is out of town until Sunday evening. That news was first reported by Scout.com, and confirmed by Huntington coach Rob Fulford. Fulford said Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton is expected back Monday to watch Wiggins, but he’s not sure when Kentucky coach John Calipari might come.
NEW YORK — What a difference a day made for Novak Djokovic.
One day after falling behind David Ferrer in pre-tornado weather on Saturday, Djokovic re-set his game and then cleaned Ferrer’s clock, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 in the semifinals to reach his fourth U.S. Open final and notch his 60th match win of the season.
Awaiting the defending champion in Monday’s final is Andy Murray, the Scotsman who completed his semifinal match Saturday and is still seeking his first Grand Slam title.
“We all knew that he’s definitely a contender to win a Grand Slam title, you know, any year in last five years,” Djokovic said of Murray. “But it just wasn’t to be in the last four for him.
“Tomorrow I guess he’s going to be very motivated to win the title. But me, too. Also I will try to win the match.”