Serena Williams, underrated but unhindered, returns to U.S. Open

Any time Serena is on the court, it is good for the world of tennis. I hope she can stay healthy. I would love for her to pull an upset at the Open.

It's been almost two years since Serena Williams left the U.S. Open, beaten in the 2009 semifinals by Kim Clijsters after Williams lost her temper, threatened a lineswoman who had called a foot fault and left a permanent video record of how athletes are not supposed to behave in public.

Williams missed last year's Open and most of an entire tennis season after several health issues stemming from an injury to her foot.

She returned to the spotlight this year at Wimbledon, where she lost in the fourth round, but Williams, 29, comes to New York with a revived game and the sense that the tournament is hers to win.

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