Serena Williams Update for the 2020 Season
Serena Williams & Her Current Situation
Serena Williams, the winner of 23 Grand Slam titles (most in the open era), the winner of 04 Olympics Gold Medals, the winner of 73 WTA titles, is the former World No 1 player. She had simultaneously held all four Majors on two different occasions (2002-2003 & 2014-2015... wow)
Some current statistics are:
Current ranking: 09
Best ranking: 1 (achieved in July 2002)
Weeks at World #1: 319
Consecutive weeks at #1: 186 (tied with Steffi Graff)
How Many GrandSlam Titles has Serena Williams Won? - 23
Australian Open (07): 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017
French Open (03): 2002, 2013, 2015
Wimbledon (07): 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016
US Open (06): 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014
Australian Open 2017
At the Australian Open, Serena Williams reached her 8th final where she met her elder sister Venus Williams. It was the first time that the two finalists in a Grand Slam final are over the age of 35. Serena beat her sister to win her 23rd Major titles edging Steffi Graff’s record of 22 Major titles. On the 19th of April 2017, Serena announced that she was 20-weeks pregnant and would miss the rest of the season. This news led to the fact that at the time of her victory at the Australian Open, she was around eight to nine weeks pregnant. On 1 September 2017, she gave birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanina Jr.
Serena's First Match After Becoming A Mother
Serena played her first match after giving birth, which was an exhibition at the World Tennis Championships at Abu Dhabi. She lost the match to Jelena Ostapenko. Consequently, Serena decided not to play the Australian Open citing lack of preparation for the marquee event. At the Indian Wells and Miami Open, she made early exits.
Roland Garros was the first Grand Slam Serena played after returning to tennis. Despite a not so good start to the season, Serena managed to reach the fourth round of the tournament but had to withdrew because of her pectoral muscle against Maria Sharapova.
Serena's Latest Grand Slam Final Appearances:
- Wimbledon 2018
- Lost to Angelique Kerber
- First Major final since becoming mother
- US Open 2018
- Lost to Naomi Osaka
- Wimbledon 2019
- Lost to Simona Halep
- Reached a Major final for the 13th consecutive year
- Became the oldest Grand Slam finalist in the open era
- US Open 2019
- Lost to Bianca Andreescu
- Serena finished her year as world ranked no 10
Serena's First Title Since Becoming a Mother
Serena won her first title at the ASB Classic in Auckland. She beat Jessica Pegula in the final. With her victory, she became the first woman to win at least one title in four decades 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, 2020s.
What we should expect from her in the future?
Returning to game showed the extreme passion that Serena possess for the game, she not only returned but also made an impact, leaving her legacy. Showing example of extreme passion and dedication for the youngsters to follow.
Serena had already reached four Grand Slam finals and one Masters final since her return, though she had won only one title at the moment. She is just one Major behind the all-time record of Margaret Court of 24 titles, that would obviously be in her mind to surpass. So, we might be not far away when we see this record fade away and a new name on that record. She lost finals to top WTA players so, this is also a fact that now big players have found a way to fight against the old veteran. But Serena had the most of the experience than all the players. By playing this way, she might have a couple of seasons of dominance going forward. Takin Sports is rooting for her to pass Magaret Court in the future!