When someone talks about women’s tennis today, you cannot skip the name, Serena Williams. She is among the most highly rated professional players all over the globe. Topping the tennis rankings on many occasions and said to be one of the toughest female athletes throughout the world, she has made many records in tennis history. Today, we are going to take a look at her life and stats.
Serene Jameka Williams, commonly known only as Serena Williams, is an American tennis star. Born on 26th September 1981 in Saginaw, Michigan, she held the no.1 ranking on the singles list on eight different occasions. The first time she achieved this feat, it was 8th July 2002. One of the most amazing stats about her is that when she went on to be the number one for the 6th time, she held the spot for 186 weeks thus tying on the record list with Steffi Graf for the prestige of holding the number 1 spot for most consecutive weeks. There are certain writers, critics and sports players who regard her as the best female player to step into the tennis court. Currently, she is not a part of any sports activity as she announced that she would not be taking part in any sort of competition due to her pregnancy till 2018.
Serena Williams had a keen interest in tennis from pretty early age. However, her parents wished that she waits until she turns 16 before taking part in any professional tennis tournament. She made her debut in 1995 but did not find any success. She lost to a number of players in qualifying stages and was unable to make it up to the main stage.
Then in 1996, she did not take part in any tournament but who was aware that it was silence before the storm. The next year, she made a comeback and took part in three tournaments but was knocked out in qualifying stages before finally shocking the world. In Ameritech Cup Chicago, the teenager who was at the 304th spot in the ranking stunned the world by defeating the world number 7 Mary Pierce and number 4 Monica Seles. It was surprising for tennis fans throughout the world, and this made her the lowest-ranked player to defeat two of the top 10 ranked females in the game. Her run came to an end in the tournament by losing to Lindsay Davenport who was world number 5 at that time. The year began with Serena Williams ranking at a spot somewhere over 300 in tennis, and 1997 ended with her at 99.
She ultimately took on Davenport again in 1998 at the Medibank International Sydney. At that time, her rank was 96 while Davenport jumped up to number 3 spot. She took her revenge by defeating Davenport in quarterfinals before finally facing a loss at the hands of Vicano in semifinals. Slowly and steadily, she made her mark by defeating the top players. One of the most amazing things about the year is that she reached around seven quarterfinals and lost all of them. It was also the year when, for the first time, the Williams sisters, Serena Williams and Venus Williams, faced each other on the professional ground. There were two matches between the ladies in the same year and on both occasions, Venus emerged victorious. Serena finished the year 1998 at number 20 spot.
Titles and victories
Serena became a name among the top 10 between 1999 and 2001. Her first title was US Open in 1999 in which she won 11 matches and suffered defeat in 2. In 2000, she was Semifinalist in Wimbledon and quarter finalist in US Open. One of the amazing years for her was 2001 in which she reached 3 top quarter-finals while one final. Moving on to 2002, she was absent in Australian Open but managed to win the remaining three titles in which she took part. These include the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open. It was also her first French Open and Wimbledon title.
The next year, 2003, she took part in Australian Open and won it too with being a semifinalist in French Open and winner of Wimbledon the same year. In 2004, she was runner-up in Wimbledon but did not manage to put her hands on any title. Moving to 2005, she won Australian Open. 2006 was a downfall as she did not secure any decent success in the year followed up by 2007 where she won the Australian Open and reached the quarterfinal of the remaining three tournaments.
Talking about the recent success, it started from 2014 US Open which she won. Then in 2015, she won Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and reached the semifinal of US Open. Moving to 2016, she reached the finals of Australian Open, French Open, won Wimbledon, and was a semifinalist in US Open.
Before she took off due to her pregnancy from tennis activities, she took part in 2017 Australian Open and won the title.
If you talk about her Grand Slam tournament finals, she has been in 29 finals of the singles tournaments. She won 23 titles and was runner-up in 6. She also takes part in women’s doubles tournaments, and here, her partner is none other than her own sister Venus Williams. The two ladies have dominated the tournaments and no matter whether they are playing on Clay, Hard, or Grass, they will win. It is indicated by the fact that they have participated in 14 such tournaments and have won all of them.
In mixed doubles, her first partner was Luis Lobo with whom she reached finals of French Open in 1998. The same year, she won 2 mixed titles on grass and hard with Max Mirnyi. She was runner-up with the latter partner in 1999 Australian Open.
Serena Williams is, without any doubt, one of the most prolific players in the history of tennis. You will not see her playing any tennis game until 2018. However, when she returns, we can expect some really big games.