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Serena chasing elusive singles gold

Updated: July 12, 2012, 1:41 AM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

MIAMI -- No one has had a more operatic tennis career than Serena Williams. From the moment she emerged in public consciousness as a young teenager with beads clacking in her braided hair, heralded by her father as the more gifted understudy to sister Venus, she has been the most compelling and confounding performer in the sport.

No one has dug more holes for herself -- over the course of a rally, a match, a season or in public perception -- only to scramble out of them, back to the ...

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