Serena Williams has played very little tennis since her Wimbledon triumph in early July, but such is the class of the world number one that she goes into the US Open as the favourite for the title.
Since her record-equalling victory at the All England Club, Williams has played only three matches- all at the Rio Olympics.
Form suggests Serena should struggle in New York, but the American has shown her bouncebackability in the past- that unique quality of rising above injuries and lack of form to scythe through a field.
And there is plenty on the line for the world number one at Flushing Meadows.
Williams claimed a record-equalling 22nd Grand Slam singles’ title at Wimbledon, joining Steffi Graf on top of the Open Era list, and the US Open presents the chance for Serena to claim the outright lead.
A 23rd major title will also put her just one behind Margaret Court on the all-time record of 24.
Depending on how well her closest rivals perform, Williams could lose her number one ranking if she falls early in New York.
She could have lost it already, had Angelique Kerber won in Cincinnati, but Kerber’s loss to Karolina Pliskova allowed Serena to extend her stunning 183-week reign as the top woman in the world- edging ever closer to Graf’s record of 186 consecutive weeks.
If Serena emerges from the US Open with her number one ranking intact, she would have held that spot for 187 straight weeks, beating another of Graf’s records.
And the smart money will be on her to get the job done.
Her skills and power overwhelm that of her rivals. Her serve is revered as the greatest ever in the women’s game, and she returns as fiercely as anyone in the game.
What truly sets her apart however is that determination, and will to win that shines through especially in the face of adversity.
While others crumble under pressure, Serena draws inspiration from those moments, and no one in women’s tennis can live with the American when she assumes that famous beast mode.
Serena’s place among the greats of the sports is unquestionable, but the real question is where she really stands amongst the greats?
Is she the greatest ever?
Maybe she is.
It will be very difficult to argue against her if she adds the 2016 US Open title to her already sizeable collection.