Serena Williams is a champion, a mom and a cultural icon, and it began on the tennis courts in Compton, California.
The tennis portion of her ever-expanding profession portfolio, which incorporates Serena Ventures, a style model and a jewellery line, more than likely ended at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, the place Williams hoisted six U.S. Open trophies and on Friday night time noticed her long-shot possibilities of a seventh finish in a three-set loss to Ajla Tomljanovic.
Williams holds the Open Period file for Grand Slam championships with 23. Every is memorable, however USA TODAY Sports activities ranks these titles so as of significance:
1. 1999 US Open — def. Martina Hingis, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).
Talking of which…the primary. A 17-year-old bubbly, beaded Williams introduced herself to the world — and never simply the tennis world.
2. 2017 Australian Open — def. Venus Williams, 6-4, 6-4.
The twenty third main title of Williams’ profession, surpassing Steffi Graf on the all-time listing — and setting the Open period file. It was to be the final match of 2017 for Williams, who revealed in April, inadvertently at first, that she was pregnant … that means she received in Melbourne within the early levels of her being pregnant.
3. 2007 Australian Open — def. Maria Sharapova, 6-1, 6-2.
Williams entered unseeded, ranked No. 81 and a 34-to-1 lengthy shot. She was coming off back-to-back seasons wherein she struggled with ankle and knee accidents (28 matches in 2005, 16 in 2006). And there have been the same old questions on her wardrobe — a lime inexperienced costume that critics charged may have distracted her opponent — and her weight. None of it mattered. She blitzed Sharapova within the ultimate for her eighth main title.
4. 2015 Wimbledon — def. Garbine Muguruza, 6-4, 6-4.
The 33-year-old Williams seemingly turned again the clock, received her fourth consecutive main to finish the second “Serena Slam” of her profession. Williams grew to become the oldest girls’s Grand Slam singles champion within the Open period — a mark she continues to set and reset.
5. 2010 Wimbledon — def. Vera Zvonareva, 6-3, 6-2.
A scintillating efficiency that landed Williams on the duvet of Sports activities Illustrated with the headline “Love Her, Hate Her, She’s the Greatest Ever.” Williams’ thirteenth main title surpassed the whole of Billie Jean King. It additionally was her ultimate match of the season — not counting an exhibition in in Brussels towards Kim Clijsters in entrance of 35,000 followers. Earlier than that exhibition, she mysteriously stepped on a chunk of glass, chopping her foot. The damage ended her season and led to a sequence of well being points, together with a bout with blood clots … which might be repeated when she gave beginning.
6. 2003 Australian Open — def. Venus Williams, 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-4.
The 22-year-old Williams made it 4 majors in a row for the primary time. The primary “Serena Slam”. It additionally accomplished a profession Grand Slam.
7. 2013 French Open — def. Maria Sharapova, 6-4, 6-4.
A 12 months after dropping within the first spherical at Roland Garros — her first and solely loss within the first spherical at a serious — Williams went all the best way to the championship, her second French Open crown.
8. 2012 Wimbledon — def. Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2.
Williams’ first main title in two years was the start of a spectacular summer season.
9. 2012 US Open — def. Victoria Azarenka, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.
The primary of her back-to-back dramatic finals towards Azarenka in New York. This US Open title got here halfway by means of a scintillating stretch which began at Wimbledon, included a dominant efficiency within the 2012 London Olympics (at Wimbledon) and ended within the season-ending championships.
10. 2002 French Open — def. Venus Williams, 7-5, 6-3.
Williams’ first French Open title, beginning her run of 4 consecutive main crowns … and it got here towards her best rival, her beloved sister.
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11. 2008 US Open — def. Jelena Jankovic, 6-4, 7-5.
Williams claims her third US Open crown in a hard-fought, entertaining take a look at and with it she returned to No. 1 on this planet for the primary time since Aug. 10, 2003.
12. 2015 Australian Open — def. Maria Sharapova , 6-3, 7-6 (7-5).
Williams’ sixteenth consecutive victory towards Sharapova was eventful — she threw up through the match — and ended on an ace. That was after the earlier ace, following which Williams started a untimely celebration, was referred to as a let.
13. 2016 Wimbledon — def. Angelique Kerber, 7-5, 6-3.
The twenty second main title of Williams’ profession, equaling Graf and No. 2 on the all-time listing. It was Williams’ seventh Wimbledon crown.
14. 2013 US Open — def. Victoria Azarenka, 7-5, 6-7 (7-6), 6-1.
The center title in her run of three in a row in New York, and the second in a row towards Azarenka, who on the time was maybe the sport’s high hardcourt participant.
15. 2005 Australian Open — def. Lindsay Davenport, 2-6, 6-3, 6-0.
Williams’ first main title since Wimbledon in 2003, the seventh main of her profession.
16. 2003 Wimbledon — def. Venus Williams, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Williams took down her sister as soon as extra, though Venus received the primary set, for her second straight Wimbledon title.
17. 2015 French Open — def. Lucie Safarova, 6-3, 6-7 (7-2), 6-2.
Williams accomplished her third profession Grand Slam.
18. 2014 US Open — def. Caroline Wozniacki, 6-3, 6-3.
Williams’ third consecutive title in New York, defeating good friend and rival Wozniacki, and her sixth US Open crown to match Chris Evert for many within the Open period.
19. 2010 Australian Open — def. Justine Henin, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
Williams’ final profession match towards considered one of her best rivals.
20. 2009 Australian Open — def. Dinara Safina, 6-0, 6-3.
Williams hits double digits in profession majors together with her fourth title in Melbourne.
21. 2009 Wimbledon — def. Venus Williams, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.
Williams’ third Wimbledon title. She defeated her sister, whom she had misplaced to within the ultimate the 12 months earlier than.
22. 2002 Wimbledon — def. Venus Williams, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.
Step 2 on her solution to her first “Serena Slam”, once more victimizing her sister.
23. 2002 US Open — def. Venus Williams, 6-4, 6-3.
Step 3 on her solution to the primary “Serena Slam”.
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