As everyone chases Serena, she hunts for something bigger

The Hunt began in daylight with a warning. Serena Williams was late on court because she was getting ready. She warmed up in a trench coat and then shrugged it off like she does most challenges. But she was taking a while, and also fussing with her racket, and so the umpire handed out a time violation which if you think about it was absurd.

Because Serena Williams bends time. She mocks calendars. She turns back the years. She's 37 and moves like she's a decade younger. She's been hitting outrageous shots for 20 years and still we watch because this art is timeless. She played the world No. 1, Simona Halep, last night and finished the first set in no time. To be precise, 20 minutes.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 22, 2019, with the headline 'As everyone chases Serena, she hunts for something bigger'. Print Edition | Subscribe