Can anybody beat Serena at the Olympics?
I actually think they can, but I don't think they will. Serena has a very tough draw, but I think she will find a way through it. Let's look at each section.
Serena's section is tough. She has to face Dasher in the first round. To me, that has three-set battle written all over it. That's definitely a match I'm looking forward to. Having said that, if Serena plays well she wins easily. I just think she will have some rust since she hasn't played a hardcourt match since late March, early April. The second round could see Alize Cornet waiting for Serena. Somebody in Rio does not like Serena, but I still think Serena pulls it out and gets a little revenge for the two losses in 2014. Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki, Roberta Vinci are all in Serena's quarter. Petra and Woz could play each other in the second round. The usual question is which Petra shows up? Will this be an inspired Wimbeldon version of Petra? Probably not.
The second quarter has Mugz and Venus as the top seeds. Mugz has to play Jelena Jankovic in the first round. Venus has to play Kirsten Flipkens. I like Venus to make it through that match, but I'm going with Mugz winning a quarterfinal showdown.
The next section has Madison Keys, Carla Suarez Navarro and Aga in it. I'm just not feeling Aga's game right now. CSN has to play Ana Ivanovic in the first round, but I like CSN to get through that. I think Maddie will get it done and make the semis and have a shot at a medal.
Angie, Kuz, Johanna Konta and Sammy Stosur are the seeds in the next section. Sammy's never played well playing for her country, and after that Wimbledon match against Genie I'm not sure I like Konta's chances either. Ah Genie. I would love to see her medal her, but she has Sloane in the first round. While I do think she will beat Sloane, getting past Angie in the second round is another story. Angie will come through this section.
Semifinals: Serena beats Mugz, in a great battle, and Angie knocks off Maddie.
Medals: Serena takes the Gold - again. I like Mugz to take the bronze over Maddie.