Serena Williams announced that she will retire from professional tennis after the US Open later this month. Fans across the world are still in disbelief with Williams’s decision as she has been entertaining us with top-class performances on the court since making her debut at the age of 14 back in October 1995.
The sensational idol will leave behind remarkable records which will take years before they are broken. It is never easy to bid farewell to a tennis legend like Williams but her memories will live on for future generations to see.
Let’s take a look at the many records she holds in the sport.
Serena Williams’ Records
319 – She spent 319 weeks top of the WTA Rankings, which puts her third in the all-time list behind Steffi Graf (377) and Martina Navratilova (332). She first reached No 1 in July 2002 and her last stint at the top was in May 2017.
186 – The number of consecutive weeks she spent at No 1 between February 2013 and September 2016. She jointly holds the record for most consecutive weeks spent at the top of the rankings alongside Graf.
73 – Williams has won the fifth most singles titles, well behind the 167 of Martina Navratilova. She won her first title at the Open GDF Suez in 1999 and her last title (to date) came at the 2020 Auckland Open in New Zealand.
35 – She is the oldest women’s Grand Slam singles winner as she was 35 years and four months when she lifted the 2017 Australian Open. She is also the oldest player to reach a final as she was 37 years and 11 months when she finished runner-up at the 2019 US Open.
23 – The number of Grand Slams Serena Williams has won, the most by any player – man or woman – in the Open Era with only Margaret Court (who competed in both the amateur and Open Era) ahead of her on 24. Of those 23 majors, seven have come at the Australian Open, seven at Wimbledon, six at the US Open and three at the French Open.
365 – Williams also holds the record for the most women’s singles matches won at majors.
10 – The number of Grand Slams she won after turning 30. Court and Navratilova are the next best as they won three majors each after reaching that age.
34 – Williams’ longest streak on the WTA Tour started in March 2013 and ended with a fourth-round defeat at Wimbledon in July.
7 – Williams has seven Australian titles. The most all-time Grand slam in open history.
6 – Williams has six US Open titles. The record she is tied with Cris Evert for most in the Open Era.
1 – She is the only tennis player, male or female, to win three of the four Grand Slams at least 6 times