Serena Williams

U. S. A.
Born 26/9/1981
Australian Open 2003,2005,2007,2009,2010,2015,2017
French Open 2002,2013,2015
Wimbledon 2002,2003,2009,2010,2012,2015,2016
US Open 1999,2002,2008,2012,2013,2014

The younger of the two tennis playing Williams sisters, Serena arrived on the circuit in the late 1990s a little after her sister. Serena hit the ball harder from the baseline than any woman in the history of the game. Serena was the first of the sisters to win a Grand Slam title when she beat Monica Seles, Lindsay Davenport and Martina Hingis to win the 1999 U. S. Open just before she turned 18. For the next couple of years Serena was in the shadow of her elder sister. Venus beat her in the semis of Wimbledon 2000. At the US in 2001 Serena beat Davenport and Hingis before losing to Venus in the final. At the French in 2002 Serena beat Mary Pierce, Jennifer Capriati and Venus to take her first French Open title. At Wimbledon she beat Amelie Mauresmo and Venus to take her first Wimbledon title. At the US Open, Serena beat Davenport and Venus to win her third consecutive Grand Slam title. At the 2003 Australian Serena beat Kim Clijsters and Venus to win her first Australian title and fourth Grand Slam title in a row. At the French she lost a tough semi final to Justine Henin-Hardenne. She gained revenge over Henin-Hardenne in the semis of Wimbledon and beat Venus in the final to retain her title. At Wimbledon 2004 Serena beat Capriati and Mauresmo before losing in the final to Maria Sharapova. At the Australian in 2005 Serena beat Amelie Mauresmo, Sharapova and Lindsay Davenport to take the title. Then Serena's form declined as other interests began to take priority over her tennis. Serena won the Australian in 2007 over Sharapova. Then in late 2008 Serena began to dominate again. After losing to Venus in the Wimbledon final of 2008, Serena won the U. S. (beating Venus in the quarters and Jelena Jankovic in the final) and the Australian in 2009 (over Dinara Safina). Then she ended her sister Venus' dominance at Wimbledon by beating her in the 2009 final to win her third title. At the Australian Open 2010, Williams drew level with Billie-Jean King when she won her twelfth Grand Slam title, beating Henin in the final. At Wimbledon Serena beat Vera Zvonareva in the final to win her fourth title. An unfortunate injury when she trod on broken glass forced Serena out of the game for some time. By the US in 2011 Serena was back to full fitness and lost in the US final to Samantha Stosur. Despite a surprise early loss at the 2012 French, Serena is still among the leading contenders in Grand Slams. She won Wimbledon beating Petra Kvitova, Victoria Azarenka and Agnieska Radwanska to take her forteenth Grand Slam title. In the US Open final Azarenka served for the match at 5-4 in the final set but Serena came back to win the set and match 7-5 to take Grand Slam title number 15. Number 16 came at the 2013 French Open, where she beat Maria Sharapova in the final to take her second French Open title, eleven years after her first. Serena then won the US Open by overcoming Azarenka again in the final. After a disappointing first three Grand Slams in 2014, Serena triumphed at the US Open beating Caroline Wozniacki in the final to take her 18th Grand Slam title. At 33 years old Williams won her 19th Grand Slam title over Sharapova in the 2015 Australian Open. Despite suffering from flu, Williams battled her way to a 20th Grand Slam title at the French Open. Despite nearly losing to Heather Watson at Wimbledon in an early round, Williams outplayed Sharapova and Garbine Muguruza to take her 21st Grand Slam title. At the US Open Williams was in sight of the Grand Slam, but surprisingly lost in the semis to Roberta Vinci. After final losses at the 2016 Australian and the French, Williams won Wimbledon beating Angelique Kerber to draw level with Steffi Graf on 22 Grand Slam singles titles. Then she beat her sister Venus to pass Graf and win her 23rd Grand Slam singles title at the 2017 Australian Open and at 35 years old is one of the oldest winners of a Grand Slam singles title. After returning from having a baby, Serena soon found her stride. In the 2018 US Open final, Williams lost her temper with umpire Carlos Ramos and it ended up costing her a game and was one of the most infamous player & umpire confrontations ever seen in a Grand Slam (Serena went on to lose the match to Naomi Osaka).

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