Happy birthday, Serena Williams: Five of her unbreakable records
Women's singles tennis ace Serena Williams turned 38 years of age on Thursday. She has been an inspiration for many players over the years. Serena is one of the oldest players plying their trades in women's tennis at the moment as she is still vying for a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam. On her birthday, we look at five of her unbreakable records.
Serena has the most Slams in Open era
The veteran Serena is just one short of equaling Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slams. Serena boasts of the record in the Open Era, winning 23 of them. Among the current players, her elder sister Venus Williams is next with only seven titles.
Serena has an amazing win record at Grand Slams
Serena has won more than 60-plus singles matches in all of the four Grand Slams. At the Australian Open, she has a 85-11 record. She has a 65-13 win/loss record at Roland Garros. At Wimbledon, which is her favorite surface, Serena has a record of 98-12. At the US Open, Serena has a tally of 101-13. No other player is close to this feat.
Only player to win Slams in three different decades
Serena's first Grand Slam win came in 1999, when she won the US Open. Between 2001-2010, the tennis ace won a staggering 12 titles, while since 2011, she has won 10 Slams. When she won the Wimbledon in 2012, she became the first woman in the history of tennis to win Grand Slam in three decades. Can she win in 2020s?
Serena's Slam finale appearances and records will remain in tact
Serena has 33 Grand Slam singles appearances and a win record of 23-10. With the women's singles seeing a fleet of talents that are winning Slams recently, no current crop of players will make these many Slam finale appearances. She also has an unique tally of 14-0 record in the women's doubles finales in Grand Slams. This record could stay unbroken for a while.
Serena has been number one ranked player for 319 weeks
Serena has been the world number one player for a total of 319 weeks only behind Steffi Graf (377) and Martina Navratilova (332). Interestingly, she spent186 consecutive weeks as the world number one. She shares this record with Graf. Further, in this decade (2010s), she has been the number one for 236 weeks. These records could stay on forever.