Say thank you to the rain, Sharapova

Updated: September 3, 2012, 12:12 AM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- When Serena Williams won just about everything in sight and Victoria Azarenka regained the top ranking, it at least appeared that some order was taking shape in the women's game. The best players were finally at the top.

Williams was ranked No. 4 but obviously surging toward the top ranking. She, Azarenka and Maria Sharapova have each won a Slam this year, with Williams taking Olympic gold. Williams is clearly the favorite in any tournament she enters. The other two top performers, ...

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