Serena Williams is often presented as the goat of women’s tennis. His rise has been so incredible that it could inspire countless movies. In a career spanning over two decades, Serena has captivated millions around the world with her aggressive style of play. Earlier this month, the 40-year-old bid farewell to the sport at the US Open.
Serena’s glorious legacy will be the impact she and her sister Venus have had on younger generations of women of color. The likes of former US Open champion Sloane Stephens, French Open finalist Coco Gauff and countless others have been inspired by Serena’s tennis. On her 41st birthday, let’s take a look at Serena’s records and amazing accomplishments.
Most Grand Slam titles in Open Era
Serena boasts the most Grand Slam titles, 23, won by any player, male or female, in the open era. Margaret Court, 24, is the only player with more major titles to her name than Serena.
The oldest Grand Slam champion of all time
Serena Williams has been performing on some of the biggest stages for over two decades. Experts have often marveled at Serena’s longevity and drive for greatness. She holds the record for the oldest player to win a Grand Slam championship. Serena made history when she triumphed at the 2017 Australian Open. She achieved the feat aged 35 years, 4 months and 2 days.
Serena is one of the greatest Olympians. The American won three gold medals in doubles at the Olympics, partnering her sister, Venus Williams. At the 2012 London Olympics, Serena won her first and only singles gold medal. Serena’s dominance at the Olympics speaks volumes about her mental toughness and resilience.
Gold Slam in 2012
She cemented her place among the greatest female tennis players when she completed her Golden Slam. To record a career Golden Slam, a player must win all four Grand Slams and Olympic gold in the singles category. Serena did it at the 2012 London Olympics when she crushed Maria Sharapova in the final.
Third highest title as highest ranked player
The tennis great has topped the WTA World Rankings eight times during her illustrious career for a total of 319 weeks. She is third in the all-time longest-running list as world number 1.
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