The one name that nobody can miss while talking about tennis in the open era is Serena Williams. The tennis legend and the 23-time grand slam champion turned 39 on 26th September, Saturday! Williams is arguably one of the best female tennis players that the world has ever seen.
Her miraculous journey to becoming a tennis star started with her first grand slam title that she won, in 1999 at 17, the US Open. She has come a long way, having won 23 grand slam titles, the most that any man or women have won in the open era, and is the second-most overall.
The American has celebrated victory at almost all the events, be it the Australian Open, French Open, US Open, Wimbledon, or the Olympic games.
The former world no.1, has won seven Australian Open titles (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017), three French Open titles (2002, 2013, 2015), seven Wimbledon trophies (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016) and six US Open titles (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014), throughout her career.
The Fierce Woman Who Has Achieved So Much
Williams also holds the record of having the most Grand Slam titles in the singles, doubles, and mixed doubles together, from amongst the active players. She has 39 combined slam titles and stands at the third position on the all-time list and second in the Open Era.
Moreover, she was ranked No.1 for the first time in July 2002 and has occupied the spot on eight separate occasions between 2002 and 2017. She was also once held the numero-uno place for 186 consecutive weeks, thus tying the record set by Steffi Graf.
The 39-year-old will now be seen competing at the French Open and facing tennis star Kristie Ahn in the Sunday’s opening round. Williams will be trying for her 24th slam title this time.
“I honestly never thought I would be playing at my age. I mean, I don’t quite look 39. But yeah, I don’t know when it’s going to stop for me. I just have fun.” Serena responded a question over her 39th birthday in the French Open 2020 press conference on Saturday.
If she succeeds in winning the title, she will equal Margaret Court’s record. Not only that, but she will also become the oldest player to win a slam title after Molla Mallory, who won the 1926 US Open trophy at the age of 42.
Serena Williams is a fierce and determined player and has inspired many along the way and will keep on doing so.