By Bob Brookover
The Philadelphia Inquirer.
It has been a monumental week for women’s sports in this country.
Delran’s Carli Lloyd was singled out in a tweet from POTUS — that’s an acronym for president of the United States — and invited over to Barack Obama’s house along with her teammates after the U.S. women’s soccer team won its third World Cup on Sunday in Canada.
It was the most-watched soccer game in our country’s history, drawing 25.4 million viewers for the Fox telecast. The party that never ends continues Friday with a ticker-tape parade down the Canyon of Heroes route in Lower Manhattan.
The day after the World Cup victory, Serena and Venus Williams played against each other in one of the major tennis tournaments for the first time in six years.
Serena won at Wimbledon, which was not surprising. That she was joined in the quarterfinals by two other much younger American women — Coco Vandeweghe and Madison Keys — was unexpected and a good sign for the women’s side of tennis at a time when men’s singles players from our country have mostly disappeared from the map.
By Saturday afternoon, Serena could be one win from the most Grand Slam titles in the Open era and one win from completing a calendar-year sweep of Grand Slam events at the age of 33.
She is already the greatest player in the history of the sport. That’s men or women. She is chasing Steffi Graf’s record of 22 Grand Slam titles in the Open era.
Serena is supposed to be fading away at her age. Instead we watch to see how much more she can do. After beating her older sister, she said she plans to play for quite a while longer. Are 30 Grand Slam titles possible? Don’t bet against it.