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US$84,525,911 (as of March 19, 2018)[3]

1st in all-time rankings (female)

Official website serenawilliams.com

Singles

Career record 785–132 (85.61%)

Career titles 72 WTA (5th in overall rankings), 0 ITF

Highest ranking No. 1 (July 8, 2002)

Current ranking No. 449 (April 2, 2018)

Grand Slam Singles results

Australian Open W (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017)

French Open W (2002, 2013, 2015)

Wimbledon W (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016)

US Open W (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014)

Other tournaments

Grand Slam Cup W (1999)

Tour Finals W (2001, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014)

Doubles

Career record 185–31 (85.65%)

Career titles 23 WTA, 0 ITF

Highest ranking No. 1 (June 21, 2010)

Grand Slam Doubles results

Australian Open W (2001, 2003, 2009, 2010)

French Open W (1999, 2010)

Wimbledon W (2000, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2016)

US Open W (1999, 2009)

Other doubles tournaments

Tour Finals SF (2009)

Mixed doubles

Career record 27–4 (87.1%)

Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results

Australian Open F (1999)

French Open F (1998)

Wimbledon W (1998)

US Open W (1998)

Team competitions

Fed Cup W (1999), record 16–1

Hopman Cup W (2003, 2008)

Medal record

Representing  United States

Olympic Games

2000 Sydney Doubles

2008 Beijing Doubles

2012 London Singles

2012 London Doubles

Last updated on: January 8, 2018.

Serena Jameka Williams (born September 26, 1981)[1] is an American professional tennis player. The Women's Tennis Association
Women's Tennis Association
(WTA) ranked her world No. 1 in singles on eight separate occasions between 2002 and 2017. She reached the No. 1 ranking for the first time on July 8, 2002. On her sixth occasion, she held the ranking for 186 consecutive weeks, tying the record set by Steffi Graf
Steffi Graf
for the most consecutive weeks as No. 1 by a female tennis player. In total, she has been No. 1 for 319 weeks, which ranks third in the Open Era
Open Era
among female players behind Graf and Martina Navratilova. Some commentators, players and sports writers regard her as the greatest female tennis player of all time.[a][17][18] On April 19, 2017, she announced a hiatus from tennis until 2018 because of pregnancy.[19] Williams holds the most Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles combined amongst active players. Her record of 39 Grand Slam titles puts her 3rd on the all-time list and second in the Open Era: 23 in singles, 14 in women's doubles, and 2 in mixed doubles. She is the most recent female player to have held all four Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously (2002–03 and 2014–15) and the third player to achieve this record twice after Rod Laver
Rod Laver
and Steffi Graf. She is also, together with her sister Venus, the most recent player to have held all four Grand Slam women's doubles titles simultaneously (2009–10). Her total of 23 Grand Slam singles titles marks the record for the most Grand Slam wins by a tennis player in the Open Era,[20] and is second on the all-time list behind Margaret Court
Margaret Court
(24).[20] She is the only tennis player in history (man or woman) to have won singles titles at least six times in three of the four Grand Slam tournaments, and the only player ever to have won two Grand Slams seven times each (7 Wimbledon titles and 7 Australian Open
Australian Open
titles). She is also the only tennis player to have won 10 Grand Slam singles titles in two separate decades. She has won an all-time record of 13 Grand Slam singles titles on hard court. Williams holds the Open Era
Open Era
record for most titles won at the Australian Open
Australian Open
(7) and shares the Open Era record for most titles won at the US Open with Chris Evert
Chris Evert
(6). She also holds the all-time record for the most women's singles matches won at the Grand Slams with 316 matches. Williams has won 14 Grand Slam doubles titles, all with her sister Venus, and the pair are unbeaten in Grand Slam doubles finals.[21] As a team, she and Venus have the third most women's doubles grand slam titles, behind the 18 titles of Natasha Zvereva
Natasha Zvereva
(14 with Gigi Fernández) and the record 20 titles won by Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
and Pam Shriver. Williams is also a five-time winner of the WTA Tour Championships in the singles division.[22] She has also won four Olympic gold medals, one in women's singles and three in women's doubles—an all-time record shared with her sister, Venus.[23] The arrival of the Williams sisters
Williams sisters
has been credited with ushering in a new era of power and athleticism on the women's professional tennis tour.[24][25][26][27] Earning almost $29 million in prize money and endorsements, Williams was the highest paid female athlete in 2016.[28] She repeated this feat in 2017 when she was the only woman on Forbes' list of the 100 highest paid athletes with $27 million in prize money and endorsements. She has won the Laureus Sportswoman of the Year award four times (2003, 2010, 2016, 2018), and in December 2015, she was named Sportsperson of the Year by Sports Illustrated magazine.[29]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Playing style 3 Professional career

3.1 1995–98: Professional debut

3.1.1 Battle of the sexes: Karsten Braasch vs the Williams sisters

3.2 1999–2001: Becoming a top-10 player 3.3 2002–03: "Serena slam" 3.4 2004–07: Injuries and the comeback 3.5 2008–10: Back to No. 1 and injuries 3.6 2011–13: Return to dominance, career golden slam 3.7 2014–15: Second "Serena slam" 3.8 2016: Open Era
Open Era
Grand Slam record 3.9 2017: Australian Open
Australian Open
victory and pregnancy 3.10 2018: Return to tennis

4 Rivalries

4.1 Serena vs. Venus 4.2 Williams vs. Hingis 4.3 Williams vs. Capriati 4.4 Williams vs. Henin

5 Match controversies

5.1 Accusations of match fixing 5.2 2001 Indian Wells 5.3 2004 US Open 5.4 2009 US Open 5.5 2011 US Open

6 Legacy 7 Personal life 8 Off-court activities

8.1 Equipment and endorsements 8.2 Fashion 8.3 Activism 8.4 Entertainment 8.5 Language fluency 8.6 Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
venture 8.7 Charity work 8.8 Writing

9 Career statistics

9.1 Grand Slam tournament performance timeline 9.2 Grand Slam tournament finals

9.2.1 Singles: 29 (23 titles, 6 runner-ups) 9.2.2 Women's doubles: 14 (14–0) 9.2.3 Mixed doubles: 4 (2–2)

10 Records and achievements 11 Filmography 12 See also 13 References 14 Works cited 15 External links

Early life[edit] Williams was born in Saginaw, Michigan, to Richard Williams and Oracene Price, and is the youngest of Price's five daughters: half-sisters Yetunde, Lyndrea, and Isha Price, and full sister Venus.[1] When the children were young, the family moved to Compton, California, where Williams started playing tennis at the age of three.[30][31] Her father, Richard, home-schooled Serena and her sister Venus.[32][33] While he and subsequently her mother, Oracene, have been the official coaches, other mentors who helped her learn the game included Richard Williams, a Compton man who shared her father's name and would go on to found The Venus and Serena Williams Tennis/Tutorial Academy.[34] When Williams was nine, she and her family moved from Compton to West Palm Beach, Florida,[30] so that she could attend the tennis academy of Rick Macci; Macci began to provide additional coaching. Macci did not always agree with Williams's father, but respected that "he treated his daughters like kids, allowed them to be little girls".[35] Richard stopped sending his daughters to national junior tennis tournaments when Williams was 10, since he wanted them to take it slow and focus on school work. Experiences of racism also drove this experience, as Richard Williams had heard white parents talk about the Williams sisters
Williams sisters
in a derogatory manner during tournaments.[36] At that time, Williams had a 46–3 record on the United States
United States
Tennis Association junior tour and was ranked number one among under-10 players in Florida.[37] In 1995, when Williams was in the ninth grade, her father pulled his daughters out of Macci's academy and, from then on, took over all coaching at their home. When asked in 2000 whether having followed the normal path of playing regularly on the junior circuit would have been beneficial, Williams responded: "Everyone does different things. I think for Venus and I, we just attempted a different road, and it worked for us."[37] Playing style[edit] Williams is primarily a baseline player, and her game is built around taking immediate control of rallies with her powerful and consistent serve,[38] return of serve, and forceful groundstrokes from both her forehand and backhand swings. Williams's forehand is considered to be among the most powerful shots in the women's game,[39] as is her double-handed backhand. Williams strikes her backhand groundstroke using an open stance, and uses the same open stance for her forehand. Williams's aggressive play, a "high risk" style, is balanced in part by her serve, which most say is the greatest in women's tennis history.[40][41][42] She consistently projects great pace and placement with her serves; in the 2013 Australian Open, she had a peak serve speed of 128.6 mph (207.0 km/h) which is the third fastest all-time among female players (only Venus's 129 mph[43] and Sabine Lisicki's 131 mph[44] recorded speeds are faster). What makes her serve even more deadly is her ball placement and her ability to consistently place powerful shots with great accuracy.[45] At the 2012 Championships at Wimbledon, she hit a women's tournament record of 102 aces, which was more than any of the men hit during the two weeks, a rarity given that aces are more common in the men's game.[46] Williams also possesses a very solid and powerful overhead. Although many think of Williams as only an offensive player,[who?] she also plays a strong defensive game.[47][48][49] She has stated that her favorite surface is clay because it gives her extra time to set up her shots.[50] Williams is known for producing exceptional comebacks, particularly on the Grand Slam level. She has won three Grand Slam singles titles after saving match points, (the 2003 Australian Open
Australian Open
semifinal versus Kim Clijsters, the 2005 Australian Open
Australian Open
semifinal versus Maria Sharapova, and the 2009 Wimbledon semifinal versus Elena Dementieva), a feat achieved more often than any other player in history.[51] She also came back from a 3–5 deficit in the third set against Kim Clijsters in the 1999 US Open en route to her first Grand Slam singles title.[52] In the 2012 US Open final against Victoria Azarenka, she was down 3–5 in the third set and found herself two points away from losing the match. Williams then proceeded to win the next 4 games and defeated Azarenka.[53] In the semi-finals of the 2015 French Open, Williams was ill and barely able to walk during changeovers, yet beat her opponent, Timea Bacsinszky, 6–0 in the third set.[54] Another improbable win occurred in the third round of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships, when she recovered from two breaks of service in the third set to defeat Great Britain's number-one female player, Heather Watson.[55] Williams has bounced back from a set down to win in 37 Grand Slam matches.[56] In recent years, Williams has shown an ability to serve aces at critical moments. One of these instances was the 2013 French Open final, where in the last game of the match, she fired three aces, including one which clocked at 123 mph (198 km/h) on match point.[57][58] She repeated the feat similarly against Angelique Kerber in the finals of the 2016 Wimbledon
2016 Wimbledon
Championships to tie the Open Era
Open Era
record for Grand Slam singles titles. Williams fired three un-returnable serves in her final service game before winning the match and the title with a casual forehand volley on the next point. Professional career[edit] 1995–98: Professional debut[edit] Williams's parents wanted their daughter to wait until she was 16 to participate in professional tournaments.[59] However, in 1995 just after turning 14, Williams planned to make her professional debut as a wild-card entry in the Bank of the West Classic
Bank of the West Classic
in Oakland, California, but was denied by the WTA due to age-eligibility restrictions of the organization.[60] She subsequently filed an antitrust lawsuit against the women's tour, but withdrew it at the behest of her parents.[60] Her first professional event was in October 1995 at the Bell Challenge
Bell Challenge
in Quebec,[59][61] where she used a wild-card entry to circumvent age-eligibility rules.[59] She lost in the first round of qualifying to then 18-year-old American Annie Miller, winning just two games.[62] Williams did not play a tournament in 1996.[citation needed] The following year, she lost in the qualifying rounds of three tournaments,[citation needed] before winning her first main-draw match in November at the Ameritech Cup Chicago.[63] Ranked No. 304, she upset No. 7, Mary Pierce, and No. 4, Monica Seles,[64][65] recording her first career wins over top 10 players and becoming the lowest-ranked player in the Open Era
Open Era
to defeat two top-10 opponents in one tournament.[1] She ultimately lost in the semifinals to No. 5, Lindsay Davenport.[66] She finished 1997 ranked No. 99.[67] Williams began 1998 at the Medibank International
Medibank International
Sydney.[68] As a qualifier ranked No. 96,[69] she defeated No. 3 Davenport in the quarterfinals,[69] before losing to Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
in the semifinals.[70] Williams made her debut in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament at the Australian Open,[71] where she defeated sixth-seeded Irina Spîrlea in the first round,[72] before losing to sister Venus in the second round in the sisters' first professional match.[72][68] Williams reached six other quarterfinals during the year, but lost all of them,[73] including her first match against No. 1-ranked Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
at the Lipton International Players Championships in Key Biscayne,[74] and her second match against Venus at the Italian Open in Rome.[73] She failed to reach the quarterfinals of any Grand Slam tournament the remainder of the year,[citation needed] losing in the fourth round of the French Open
French Open
to Arantxa Sánchez Vicario,[75] and the third round of the US Open to Spîrlea.[76] She withdrew from Wimbledon two games into a match with Virginia Ruano Pascual, after straining her calf muscle during the first set.[77] She did, however, win the mixed doubles titles at Wimbledon and the US Open with Max Mirnyi, completing the Williams family's sweep of the 1998 mixed doubles Grand Slam tournaments. Williams won her first professional title in doubles in Oklahoma City with Venus, becoming the third pair of sisters to win a WTA title.[1] Williams and her sister won two more doubles titles together during the year. Williams finished the year ranked No. 20 in singles. To date, 1998 is the only year in which Williams failed to win a Grand Slam when she competed at all four majors. Battle of the sexes: Karsten Braasch vs the Williams sisters[edit] Main article: Battle of the Sexes (tennis) A 16-year-old Serena competed in a tennis "Battle of the Sexes", along with her sister Venus Williams, against Karsten Braasch at the 1998 Australian Open.[78] At the time Braasch was ranked 203rd. The Williams sisters
Williams sisters
had claimed they could beat any man outside the top 200, and he accepted the challenge. Not known for having an ideal training regimen, Braasch nonetheless beat both Williams sisters, playing a single set against each. The score vs Serena was 6–1 and vs Venus 6–2.[79] Braasch said afterwards, "500 and above, no chance." The girls later tweaked the number to beating men outside the top 350.[80] 1999–2001: Becoming a top-10 player[edit] Williams lost in the third round of the 1999 Australian Open
Australian Open
to Sandrine Testud. A month later, Williams won her first professional singles title when she defeated Amélie Mauresmo
Amélie Mauresmo
in the final of the Open Gaz de France
Open Gaz de France
in Paris. With Venus also winning the IGA Superthrift Classic in Memphis, Tennessee that day, the pair became the first sisters to win professional tournaments in the same week.[81] In March of that year, at the Evert Cup in California, Williams won her first Tier I
Tier I
title, defeating Steffi Graf
Steffi Graf
in the final. Soon afterwards at the Miami Masters, Williams had her 16-match winning streak ended by her sister in the first all-sister singles final in WTA history,[68] and she then made her top-10 debut, at No. 9. She then lost in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open[82] and the German Open,[83] and the third round of the French Open,[84] where she and Venus won the women's doubles title.[68] Williams then missed Wimbledon because of injury. When she returned to the tour, Williams won a Fed Cup
Fed Cup
singles match and then won the JPMorgan Chase Open in Los Angeles, beating Julie Halard-Decugis in the final. She then defeated in succession Grand Slam champions Kim Clijsters, Conchita Martínez, Monica Seles, and defending champion Lindsay Davenport
Lindsay Davenport
to reach the US Open final, where she defeated No. 1, Hingis, to become the second African-American woman, after Althea Gibson
Althea Gibson
in 1958, to win a Grand Slam singles tournament.[1] The Williams sisters
Williams sisters
also won the doubles title at this tournament. To complete her 1999 season, Williams won a doubles match in the Fed Cup
Fed Cup
final against Russia. Williams ended the year ranked No. 4 in just her second full year on the main tour. Williams started 2000 by losing in the fourth round of the Australian Open to Elena Likhovtseva. She failed to defend her titles in Paris and Indian Wells, although she did win the Faber Grand Prix in Germany. Soon afterwards, Williams missed the French Open
French Open
because of injury. She returned from injury at Wimbledon, where she lost to Venus in the semifinals, but the pair won the doubles title at the event. Williams successfully defended her title in Los Angeles, defeating Davenport in the final. She reached the final of the Du Maurier Open where an injury forced her to retire from her match with Hingis. Her defense of the US Open title ended when she lost in the quarterfinals to Davenport. Williams teamed with Venus to win the gold medal in doubles at the Sydney Olympics
Sydney Olympics
that September. She ended the year winning the Toyota Princess Cup in Japan
Japan
and she finished the year ranked No. 6. Williams began 2001 losing to Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
in the quarterfinals of the Medibank International
Medibank International
in Sydney and the Australian Open
Australian Open
in Melbourne. Williams and her sister won the doubles title at the latter tournament, becoming only the fifth doubles team in history to win all four Grand Slam women's doubles titles during their career, completing a "Career Grand Slam". Her next event was the Pacific Life Open
Pacific Life Open
in California, where she defeated Kim Clijsters
Kim Clijsters
in the final. However, the final was marred by the behavior of the crowd towards Williams and her family. The crowd were incensed at the perceived match fixing of games involving the family after Venus withdrew before their semifinal. Neither Williams nor her sister entered the tournament for fourteen years until Williams entered in 2015 as a wildcard (and the top seed).[85] The following week at the Ericsson Open
Ericsson Open
in Miami, Williams lost to Jennifer Capriati
Jennifer Capriati
in the quarterfinals. She then lost in the quarterfinals to Capriati at both the French Open
French Open
and Wimbledon. This was the fourth consecutive Grand Slam tournament at which Williams had exited in the quarterfinals. During the North American hard-court season, she lost in the quarterfinals of Los Angeles against Monica Seles, then captured her second title of the year at the Rogers Cup, defeating Capriati in the final. Williams reached the final of the 2001 US Open, losing to sister Venus. That was the first Grand Slam tournament final contested by two sisters during the Open Era. At the 2001 season-ending Tour Championships, Williams won the championship by walkover when Davenport withdrew before the start of the final due to a knee injury. Williams finished 2001 at No. 6 for the second straight year. 2002–03: "Serena slam"[edit] Early 2002, injury saw Williams retire from the semifinal at the Medibank International Sydney
Medibank International Sydney
and later withdraw from the Australian Open.[86]

Playing Amélie Mauresmo
Amélie Mauresmo
in the quarterfinals of the tournament in Sydney in 2002

Returning from injury, Williams won her first title of the year in Scottsdale, Arizona, defeating No. 2 Jennifer Capriati, in the final. She then won the Miami Masters
Miami Masters
for the first time, becoming one of three players in the Open Era
Open Era
to defeat the world's top 3 ranked players at one tournament,[1] after beating No. 3, Martina Hingis, in the quarterfinals, No. 2 Venus in the semifinals, and the top ranked player, Capriati, in the final. Serena's straight set win over Venus was her second career win over her sister. Williams played three clay-court tournaments before the 2002 French Open. Her first tournament was at Charleston, where she was the third seed. Williams reached the quarterfinals before losing to Patty Schnyder. She reached her first clay-court final in May, at the Eurocard German Open losing to Justine Henin
Justine Henin
in a third set tiebreak. Williams went on to win her first clay court title at the Italian Open, defeating Capriati in the semifinals and Henin in the final.[87] This raised her ranking to a new high of No. 3. Williams was the third seed at the French Open
French Open
at Roland Garros, where she claimed her first title there by defeating defending champion Capriati in the semifinals and sister Venus in the final to win her second Grand Slam tournament title (and her first in two-and-a-half years). As a result of raising the trophy at Court Philippe Chatrier, Williams rose to a career high of No. 2, second only to Venus. At Wimbledon, Williams won tennis' oldest championship for the first time in her life, defeating Venus to win a Grand Slam singles title without dropping a set for the first time in her career. This victory earned Williams the world No. 1 ranking for the first time in her life, dethroning her sister and becoming only the third African-American woman to hold that ranking.[1] The Williams sisters also won the doubles title at the tournament, the fifth Grand Slam doubles title for the pair. Williams played just one tournament between Wimbledon and the US Open, losing in the quarterfinals of the JPMorgan Chase Open in Los Angeles to American Chanda Rubin
Chanda Rubin
and ending a 21-match winning streak. The top-seeded player at the US Open, Williams reached the final where, for the third Grand Slam in a row, she defeated her sister to win the title, the second US Open crown of her career. Williams won two consecutive singles titles in the fall, defeating Kim Clijsters
Kim Clijsters
to win the Toyota Princess Cup in Tokyo, and Anastasia Myskina
Anastasia Myskina
to win the Sparkassen Cup in Leipzig, Germany. She reached the final at the year-end Home Depot Championships at the Staples Center
Staples Center
in Los Angeles, where she lost to fifth-seeded Clijsters in straight sets, ending an 18-match winning streak. Williams finished 2002 with a 56–5 W/L record, eight singles titles, and the No. 1 ranking. She was the first African-American to end a year with that ranking since Althea Gibson
Althea Gibson
in 1958[citation needed] and was the first woman to win three Grand Slam tournament titles in one year since Hingis in 1997.[1] Her three consecutive Grand Slam titles to close 2002 also made Williams only the third player in tennis history to win the "Surface Slam",[88] three Slam titles on three surfaces in the same calendar year, after Navratilova (1984) and Graf (1993, 1995, 1996). At the 2003 Australian Open, Williams reached the tournament's semifinals for the first time, where she recovered from 5–1 down in the third set and saved two match points before defeating Clijsters. In the final, Serena faced Venus for the fourth consecutive Grand Slam tournament final, defeating her older sister to become the sixth woman in the Open Era
Open Era
to complete a career Grand Slam, alongside Margaret Court, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, and Steffi Graf. She also became the fifth woman to hold all Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously, joining Maureen Connolly
Maureen Connolly
Brinker, Court, Graf, and Navratilova. This feat was dubbed the "Serena Slam" by the press.[89][90] The Williams sisters
Williams sisters
won their sixth Grand Slam doubles title together at this event.[91] During the spring of 2003, Williams captured the singles titles at the Open Gaz de France
Open Gaz de France
and the Sony Ericsson Open. Williams's winning streak came to an end when she lost the final of the Family Circle Cup to Henin, her first loss of the year after 21 wins. She also lost to Mauresmo in the semifinals of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia
Internazionali BNL d'Italia
in Rome. Despite these losses, Williams was the top seed at the French Open, where she lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Henin, marking Williams's first loss in a Grand Slam tournament since 2001. The match was controversial, as Williams questioned Henin's sportsmanship, and spectators applauded Williams's errors.[92] Williams rebounded from the French Open
French Open
loss a couple weeks later at the Wimbledon Championships, defeating Henin in the semifinals and Venus in the final. This was Williams's second consecutive Wimbledon title and her sixth Grand Slam singles title overall. Wimbledon was Williams's last tournament of 2003; she pulled out of three events in the USA and then underwent surgery on the quadriceps tendon in her knee in early August. Williams was initially expected to be out for six to eight weeks.[93] 2004–07: Injuries and the comeback[edit] Main articles: 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 Serena Williams
Serena Williams
tennis season After eight months away from the tour, during which time her desire was questioned,[94] Williams began her comeback at the 2004 NASDAQ-100 Open in Miami in March, where she made a triumphant return as she won the title for the third consecutive year.

Delivering a serve at an exhibition in November 2004

Although ranked No. 7, Williams was seeded second at the French Open, where, after winning four matches, she lost to Capriati in the quarterfinals. This was the first time that Williams had lost before the semifinals at a Grand Slam singles tournament since Wimbledon in 2001. A few weeks later, even though her ranking had dropped to No. 10, Williams was seeded first at Wimbledon. She won six matches en route to the final, where she was defeated by 13th-seeded Sharapova in straight sets. This loss caused her ranking to drop out of the top 10 for the first time since 1999. Later that summer, Williams reached her third final of the year at the JPMorgan Chase Open in Los Angeles where she lost to Lindsay Davenport
Lindsay Davenport
which was her first loss to the American since the 2000 US Open. After missing her national championship in 2003, Williams returned for the 2004 US Open, where she was seeded third despite her No. 11 ranking. She lost in the U.S. Open quarterfinals to Capriati in three sets in controversial fashion.[95] That fall, Williams won her second title of the year, at the China
China
Open, defeating US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova
Svetlana Kuznetsova
in the final. Williamses successful season allowed her to qualify for the Tour Championships, held again in Los Angeles. In the round-robin phase of the tournament, Williams defeated Dementieva and Anastasia Myskina and lost to Davenport, but still advanced to the elimination stage. After winning her semifinal, she lost to Sharapova in the final, where she suffered an abdominal injury.[96] Williams finished 2004 ranked No. 7, but did not win a Grand Slam singles tournament for the first season since 2001. At the 2005 Australian Open, Williams rejected suggestions that she and sister Venus were a declining force in tennis, following Venus's early exit.[97] Williams saved three match points to defeat Sharapova 8–6 in the third of their semifinal. In the final, Williams defeated top seed Davenport to win her second Australian Open
Australian Open
and seventh Grand Slam singles title, winning 12 of the last 15 games.[98] The win moved Williams back to No. 2 but stated she was targeting the top spot.[99] Williams completed just two tournaments between the Australian Open and Wimbledon, losing to Venus in Miami and at Internazionali BNL d'Italia to Francesca Schiavone
Francesca Schiavone
as Williams suffered a series of retirements and withdraws.[100][101] A reoccurring ankle injury causing her to miss the French Open.[102] She returned for Wimbledon as the 4th-seeded player, but was defeated in the third round by No. 85, Jill Craybas. At the US Open, Williams lost to her sister Venus in the fourth round. This was the earliest the sisters had met in a Grand Slam tournament since their first meeting, at the 1998 Australian Open. Williams played just one more match that fall, a loss to No. 127 Sun Tiantian at the tournament in Beijing. She failed to qualify for the year-end championship for the first time since 1998 and she finished the year 2005 ranked No. 11, her first time finishing the season outside the top 10 since 1998.

Williams in 2006

Williams made her 2006 debut at the Australian Open. Defending the title, Williams lost to Daniela Hantuchová
Daniela Hantuchová
in the third round.[103] After the tournament, she told the press that she was injured, blaming a lack of fitness and a knee injury for keeping her off the court.[104] However, in her biography, Williams claims that she was actually suffering from depression. She stayed away from pro tennis for six months during the 2006 season. After she had shut herself off from the world for a period, Williams saw a therapist daily.[105] After a chance meeting with a young girl who idolized Williams and believed that she could still win, Williams signed up to play in Cincinnati,[106] her first tournament since Melbourne. Williams had slipped to No. 139, the lowest ranking she had held since 1997. On her return, Williams defeated Myskina and Bethanie Mattek,[107][108] before losing in the semifinals to Vera Zvonareva.[109] She also reached the semifinals in Los Angeles, losing to Janković in straight sets. At the US Open, Williams needed a wildcard to enter the tournament, as her ranking at the cut-off time was No. 139, outside the automatic 102. However her ranking had improved to 79th by the time the tournament came around.[110] She lost to top-seeded Mauresmo in the fourth round.[111] Following the US Open, she did not play again in 2006, ending the year ranked No. 95, her lowest year-end ranking since 1997. Williams began 2007 with renewed confidence, stating her intention to return to the top of the rankings,[112] a comment 1987 Wimbledon men's singles champion and commentator Pat Cash
Pat Cash
branded "deluded".[113] Williams lost in the quarterfinals of the Hobart International, a warm-up for the Australian Open
Australian Open
where Williams was unseeded because of her No. 81 ranking and was widely regarded as "out of shape".[114] She experienced a huge amount of pressure on herself prior to the tournament, coming from her fans and the press as well as Williams herself about her weight, focus and needing a good showing. Shortly before her first match, a representative from Nike paid her a visit in the players' lounge, informing her that if she did not perform to her accustomed level, the company might drop her. Williams claimed that Nike's ultimatum meant that she would have to reach the quarterfinals at least.[115] The distraction from Nike did not distract Williams, as she lost just three games to Mara Santangelo and defeated Anne Kremer in straight sets.[116] By this point, a blister had developed on Williams's foot and she had contracted a cold. In the third round, Williams found herself two points away from going home against Nadia Petrova, but fought back to win in three sets, which was her first win over a top-10 player since defeating Lindsay Davenport
Lindsay Davenport
in the 2005 Australian Open final. Williams then made it all the way to the final, defeating Janković, Pe'er and Vaidišová. Williams described them as "good players. Strong players. Players who certainly didn't expect an overweight, out-of-shape, has been champion like me to give them a game."[117] Williams also found herself two points from going out against Peer before turning it around.[118] By the time Williams had reached the final, the cold and blister had both left. Previewing the finals, Tracy Austin
Tracy Austin
stated that, although Williams had a great tournament, she believed that the ride was over and that Sharapova would have no trouble with Williams. Williams thought it was mean and unnecessary and used it as motivation along with other criticism.[119] In the final, Williams lost just three games against Maria Sharapova winning her first title at any tournament since winning the 2005 Australian Open
Australian Open
24 months prior.[118] Williams became the first player since Chris O'Neil to win the title while not being seeded, and claimed her third Australian Open
Australian Open
and eighth Grand Slam singles title overall. The win elevated Williams to 14th in the rankings. Williams dedicated the title to her deceased half-sister Yetunde.[120] Her performance in the final was described in the press as "one of the best performances of her career" and "arguably the most powerful display ever seen in women's tennis".[114][121] In her post match interview, Williams took a swipe at her critics, stating that she had proved them wrong.[122] Williams won the Sony Ericsson Open
Ericsson Open
in Miami for the fourth time by defeating Justine Henin. Williams had to record a come-from-behind win after being whitewashed in the first set and saving two match points in the second.[123] She played for her country in the Fed Cup
Fed Cup
for the first time since 2003 in a tie against Belgium, and won her opening match[124] but withdrew from her second, because of a knee injury.[125] At the French Open, Williams lost in the quarterfinals to Henin.[126] During her fourth round match against Hantuchová at Wimbledon, Williams collapsed from an acute muscle spasm at 5–5 in the second set. After a medical timeout and holding serve to force a tiebreak, rain forced play to be suspended for nearly two hours. When the players returned, Williams won the match in three sets.[127] Williams then lost her quarterfinal match with Henin, whilst suffering from the injuries sustained in the previous round.[128] At the US Open, Williams lost her third consecutive Grand Slam singles quarterfinal to Henin.[129] Williams reached the final of Kremlin Cup, losing to Elena Dementieva. Williams qualified for the WTA Championships, but retired from her first match with Anna Chakvetadze
Anna Chakvetadze
with a knee injury and subsequently withdrew from the event.[130][131] Williams finished 2007 as No. 7 and the top-ranked American for the first time since 2003.[126] 2008–10: Back to No. 1 and injuries[edit] Main articles: 2008, 2009, and 2010 Serena Williams
Serena Williams
tennis season Williams started 2008 by participating on the U.S. team that won the Hopman Cup
Hopman Cup
with Mardy Fish.[132] At the Australian Open
Australian Open
she lost in the quarterfinals to Jelena Janković,[126] her fourth straight loss in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam singles tournament. In the women's doubles event, she and Venus were defeated in the quarterfinals. Williams withdrew from her next three scheduled tournaments because of an urgent need for dental surgery.[133] Williams then won three consecutive singles titles at Bangalore and her fifth Miami title, tying Steffi Graf
Steffi Graf
for the most singles titles at this tournament.

At the 2009 Australian Open

Williams won at the Family Circle Cup, her first clay-court title since the 2002 French Open. Her 17-match winning streak was ended by Dinara Safina
Dinara Safina
in the quarterfinals of Berlin.[126] Williams withdrew in Rome in the quarterfinals against Alizé Cornet
Alizé Cornet
due to a back injury. Williams was the only former winner of the French Open
French Open
in the draw, but lost in the third round to Katarina Srebotnik. At Wimbledon, Williams reached the finals for the first time in four years but lost to her older sister Venus in straight sets, in their first Slam final since 2003. Serena and Venus teamed to win the women's doubles title in their first Grand Slam women's doubles title since 2003. Williams played at Stanford, but retired 6–2, 3–1 down with a left knee injury from her semifinal match against qualifier Aleksandra Wozniak. The injury forced her to withdraw from Los Angeles. At the Olympics in Beijing, Williams lost to Dementieva in the quarterfinals. Serena and Venus won the gold medal in doubles, beating Anabel Medina Garrigues
Anabel Medina Garrigues
and Virginia Ruano Pascual
Virginia Ruano Pascual
in the final. At the US Open, Williams defeated sister Venus, Safina and Jelena Janković
Jelena Janković
in the final. This was her third US Open and ninth Grand Slam singles title. The victory returned her to the No. 1 ranking for the first time since 2003.[134] At the year-end championships she defeated Safina and lost to Venus in her round-robin matches, but withdrew from her match against Dementieva, citing a stomach muscle injury. She ended 2008 ranked No. 2 and with four singles titles, her strongest performance in both respects since 2003. Williams began 2009 at the Medibank International
Medibank International
losing in the semifinals to Elena Dementieva. At the Australian Open, she claimed her tenth Grand Slam singles title by defeating Dinara Safina
Dinara Safina
in the final in 59 minutes. This win returned her to the No. 1 ranking and resulted in her becoming the all-time career prize money leader in women's sports, overtaking golfer Annika Sörenstam. In women's doubles, with Venus, they captured the title for the third time. At the Open GdF Suez, Williams withdrew before her semifinal with Dementieva because of a knee injury. Serena then played at Dubai, losing to Venus in the last 4. At the Sony Ericsson Open
Ericsson Open
Williams, hampered with ankle and quad injuries, was upset in the final by Victoria Azarenka. This was the first of four consecutive losses for her, the longest losing streak of her career.[135] She was defeated in her opening matches at Barcelona, Rome, and Madrid. Despite not having won a match on clay in 2009 before the French Open, she lost in the quarterfinals to the eventual champion Svetlana Kuznetsova. This ended her 18-match Grand Slam tournament winning streak. She rebounded at Wimbledon, saving a match point in defeating fourth seeded Dementieva in the semifinals. In the final, Serena defeated her sister Venus to win her third Wimbledon title and her 11th Grand Slam singles title.[136] Serena and Venus teamed to win the women's doubles title at Wimbledon for the second consecutive year, their ninth Grand Slam title in women's doubles. As a US Open preparation, Williams played at Cincinnati losing in the third round, followed by a semifinal defeat at the Rogers Cup. At the US Open, she lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Kim Clijsters amid controversy involving shouting at a line judge when defending match point, an offense which cost Williams the point and consequently the match. She continued in the doubles competition, teaming up with Venus to win their third Grand Slam doubles title of the year and tenth of their career.[137] Williams won all three of her round-robin matches at the year-end WTA Tour Championships, defeating Venus, Dementieva, and Kuznetsova, saving a match point against Venus. She then advanced to the final, when Wozniacki retired from their semifinal match. In the final, Williams defeated Venus for her second singles title at this event.[138]

Williams on her way to the singles and doubles title at the 2010 Australian Open

Williams finished the year ranked No. 1 for the second time in her career, having played in 16 tournaments, more than any other year. She also broke the record previously set by Justine Henin
Justine Henin
for the most prize money earned by a female tennis player in one year, with Williams earning $6,545,586. For doubles that year, the Williams sisters finished the year ranked No. 2, despite playing only six tournaments together as a pair. Williams had won five Grand Slam tournament titles, putting her total of Grand Slam titles won thus far at 23, and she was consequently named Female Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press
Associated Press
for 2009.[139] Williams was also the ITF World Champion in both the singles and doubles events.[140] In 2010, Williams's first scheduled tournament was in Sydney, losing in the final to Elena Dementieva. At the Australian Open, Williams was the defending champion in both singles and doubles. She reached the final and defeated Justine Henin, who had just recently come out of retirement, for her twelfth Grand Slam singles title. In doubles, Williams and her sister, Venus, successfully defended their title by defeating Cara Black
Cara Black
and Liezel Huber
Liezel Huber
in the final. Williams withdrew with a leg injury from her next few events,[citation needed] and returned at the Rome Masters, losing to Jelena Janković in the semifinals. At Madrid, she fell to Nadia Petrova
Nadia Petrova
in the third round but partnered Venus to win the doubles title. At the French Open, Williams was defeated by Samantha Stosur
Samantha Stosur
in the quarterfinals. She and Venus were the top seeds in the doubles event and won the title, defeating Květa Peschke
Květa Peschke
and Katarina Srebotnik
Katarina Srebotnik
in the final to win their fourth consecutive Grand Slam doubles title and improving their doubles ranking to No. 1. Williams' next tournament was Wimbledon, where she defeated Russian Vera Zvonareva
Vera Zvonareva
in the final without facing a break point and breaking the serve of Zvonareva three times.[141][142] She did not lose a set in the tournament.[143] After the match, Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
said that Williams is in the top five of all the women's tennis players in all of history, which she said that "it's not just about how many Slams you win or how many tournaments you win—it's just your game overall. And she's definitely got all the goods."[142] Serena was the defending champion in doubles with her sister Venus, winning the last two years. They lost in the quarterfinals to Elena Vesnina
Elena Vesnina
and Zvonareva. In Munich on July 7, Williams stepped on broken glass while in a restaurant, and the injury caused her to miss the rest of the year. Williams ended the year ranked No. 4 in singles, despite having played only six tournaments, and No. 11 in doubles after four tournaments. On March 2, 2011, she confirmed that she had suffered a hematoma and a pulmonary embolism.[144][145][146] 2011–13: Return to dominance, career golden slam[edit] Main articles: 2011, 2012, and 2013 Serena Williams
Serena Williams
tennis season Williams finally made a return to the practice court in March 2011.[147] She made her first appearance on the WTA tour in almost a year in Eastbourne.[148] Williams lost in round two to Vera Zvonareva, in a match that lasted over three hours.[149] Her next tournament was Wimbledon, where she was the defending champion. She reached the round of 16, where she lost to Marion Bartoli. After the loss her ranking dropped to 169. Williams won her first titles since her return to tennis triumphing in Stanford and Toronto. At the Western & Southern Open, Williams defeated Lucie Hradecká, only to withdraw the next day, citing a right toe injury. She then played at the US Open going all the way to the final losing to Samantha Stosur, during a match which featured her verbally abusing the chair umpire. The US Open final turned out to be Williams's last match in 2011, and she ended the year ranked No. 12 with two titles and with a 22–3 record for the season. She only participated in six tournaments throughout the season.

Williams won the singles gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Williams started the 2012 season at the Brisbane International, however, during her match against Bojana Jovanovski, she injured her left ankle when serving for the match. As a result, Williams was forced to withdraw from the tournament.[150] Next she participated at the Australian Open
Australian Open
where she was upset by Ekaterina Makarova
Ekaterina Makarova
in the fourth round. After a month layoff, Williams returned to competition in Miami losing in the quarterfinals to Caroline Wozniacki. Williams then won consecutive titles at Charleston and Madrid beating Lucie Šafářová and Victoria Azarenka, but withdrew from her semifinal match against Li Na
Li Na
in Rome citing a lower back injury. Williams suffered her first ever loss in the opening round of a Grand Slam tournament at the French Open
French Open
against Virginie Razzano. Williams notched up a 33–1 record for the second half of the season winning five titles in the process.[151] Williams won her fifth Wimbledon singles title, her fourteenth Grand Slam title;[152][153] setting a serving record of 24 aces by a female in a match as well as having the most aces, male or female, during the tournament (102).[154] Williams returned to America to successfully defend her title in Stanford beating CoCo Vandeweghe
CoCo Vandeweghe
in the final.[155][156] Williams then returned to Wimbledon to represent her country at the Olympic Games where she won gold, defeating rival Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
in a dominating performance. Williams failed to drop more than three games per set en route to winning the medal.[156] Williams undefeated streak ended with a loss in Cincinnati to Angelique Kerber. In New York City, Williams went on to win her fourth US Open singles title and her 15th career Grand Slam title overall beating Azarenka in the final.[151][157] Williams ended the season by competing at the WTA Championships and went undefeated throughout the tournament to win the event for her third title.[151] Williams was voted WTA Player of the Year for the fourth time.[158] Based on her brilliant show in 2012, Williams was also named International Tennis Federation
International Tennis Federation
World Champion.[159] Williams also returned to doubles competitions with Venus; in the pair's first tournament since 2010 Wimbledon, they claimed their fifth Wimbledon doubles title and the 13th grand slam doubles title.[160] The pair successfully defended their Olympic doubles title which meant that they became the only tennis players to win four gold medals.[23] Williams's first tournament of the 2013 season was in Brisbane, where she won the title without dropping a set. Williams was upset in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open
Australian Open
by fellow American player Sloane Stephens. By virtue of defeating Petra Kvitová
Petra Kvitová
in Doha, Williams returned to the No. 1 position for the sixth time in her career and became the oldest woman in the Open Era
Open Era
to hold the ranking.[161] Williams went on to lose to Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka
in the final. In the Miami final, Williams lost a set to Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
for the first time since 2008. However, this setback did not stop Williams who recorded her seventieth come-from-behind win. The win made Williams a six-time champion in Miami breaking the record she held with Steffi Graf
Steffi Graf
and became only the fourth woman in the Open Era
Open Era
to have won a tournament at least six times.[162] Williams successfully defended her Charleston title, winning it for the third time overall.[163] Williams won her fiftieth career singles title in Madrid, defeating Sharapova in the final. Williams then played Rome, where she won the title without dropping a set, defeating Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka
in the final to take her second title. Williams only dropped ten games in reaching the quarterfinals at Roland Garros. There, she played Svetlana Kuznetsova and lost her first set of the tournament. In the semi final Williams only lost one game when she defeated Sara Errani, something seven-time French Open
French Open
champion Chris Evert
Chris Evert
described as the finest female performance on clay she had ever seen.[164] Williams defeated Sharapova to claim her second Roland Garros title, her sixteenth grand slam tournament title overall. She became the fourth woman in the Open Era after Navratilova, Evert and Graf to win each Grand Slam tournament title on at least two occasions. At Wimbledon, she advanced easily to the fourth round before being upset by eventual finalist Sabine Lisicki
Sabine Lisicki
in three sets. After Wimbledon, Williams won the Swedish Open by defeating Johanna Larsson in the final, the tournament win marked the first occasion that she had won an International level title. By winning the tournament this meant that Williams had managed to be undefeated on clay during the season.[165]

Williams winning her fifth US Open title

Williams won her 3rd Rogers Cup title in Toronto beating Sorana Cîrstea in the final.[166] Williams reached the final of the Western & Southern Open for the first time but lost to Azarenka.[167] At the US Open, Williams began as top seed and defending champion. She reached the final—rematch of the 2012 final against Azarenka—and won in three sets, capturing her 17th Grand Slam singles title.[168] Williams became the oldest US Open champion in the Open Era
Open Era
and pushed her career prize money past $50 million.[168] After the US Open, Williams beat Jelena Janković
Jelena Janković
to win the China
China
Open in Beijing for her 10th title of 2013.[169][170] Williams went through the WTA Championships undefeated winning the final against Li Na, to become the first person to defend the title since Justine Henin
Justine Henin
in 2007. Williams won her 11th title of 2013 becoming the 8th player to win 11 titles or more in a year and the first since Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
in 1997.[171] Also, she became the oldest person to win the WTA Championships and 4th player to win it 4 times or more. By winning the championship, Williams became the first woman to win more than $10 million in a season and with her total of $12,385,572, only Rafael Nadal, in 2013, and Novak Djokovic, in 2011, 2012 and 2013, have earned more money in one season.[172] Williams finished as the year end No. 1 for the third time, becoming the oldest No. 1 player in WTA history.[173] She was also named the 2013 ITF World Champion, the fourth time that she has been given the World Champion's crown.[174] Williams received two prizes at the 2013 ESPY Awards. Williams won Best Female Athlete and Best Female Tennis Player. Williams is just the fourth person to win Best Female Athlete on two occasions and she won Best Female Tennis
Tennis
player for a record sixth time.[175] In late December 2013, Williams capped off her year by receiving the Associated Press
Associated Press
2013 Female Athlete of the Year award, her third AP award after 2002 and 2009. Only two women, Chris Evert and Babe Didrikson, have been chosen more often as AP Athlete of the Year since the annual awards were first handed out in 1931.[176] 2014–15: Second "Serena slam"[edit] Main articles: 2014 and 2015 Serena Williams
Serena Williams
tennis season Williams defended her title at the Brisbane International by defeating No. 2, Victoria Azarenka, in the final.[177] At the Australian Open she ended up losing to former No. 1, Ana Ivanovic, in the fourth round. At Dubai, Williams lost her semi-final match to Alizé Cornet in straight sets. Williams next headed to the Miami Open where she won her record seventh title with a straight-sets victory over No. 2 Li Na.[178] Williams lost to Jana Čepelová
Jana Čepelová
in the second round of the Family Circle Cup. She made it to the quarterfinals at the Madrid Open before withdrawing with a left thigh injury. Williams won her third title of the season at the Rome. She was then handed the worst loss of her Grand Slam tournament career by Garbiñe Muguruza
Garbiñe Muguruza
at the second round of the French Open, who defeated Serena losing just four games in two sets.[179] Alizé Cornet
Alizé Cornet
defeated Williams for the second time in the year in the third round of Wimbledon, thus handing Williams her earliest Wimbledon exit since 2005. Serena was then forced to withdraw from the doubles event alongside sister Venus while trailing 0–3 in the second round. A disoriented Serena hit 4 consecutive doubles faults and was having trouble with both her ball toss and movement before being removed from what has been described as one of the most unusual scenes ever seen in tennis.[180][181][182] Williams rebounded by winning 19 out of her next 20 matches (losing only to sister Venus in the semifinals of the Rogers Cup). This streak include titles at the Bank of the West Classic
Bank of the West Classic
as well as her first Western & Southern Open title and her third consecutive and sixth overall US Open singles title which she won without having dropped a set.[183][184] With this victory Williams tied Chris Evert
Chris Evert
for most singles titles won by a woman at the US Open in the Open Era. Williams also tied Evert and Navratilova's 18 Grand Slam singles titles won in the Open Era. By virtue of having won both the US Open and the US Open Series, Williams collected $4,000,000 – the biggest payday in tennis history. At the Wuhan Open a viral illness forced her to retire while up a break in the first set against Alizé Cornet. Cornet thus became the first woman since Justine Henin
Justine Henin
in 2007 to record three victories over Williams in one year. At the China
China
Open Williams retired prior to her quarterfinal match versus Samantha Stosur. At the 2014 WTA Finals in Singapore Williams advanced to the final for the third consecutive year despite having equaled her career worst loss in her second round robin match versus Simona Halep.[185] Williams won her fifth WTA Finals title by avenging her loss to Halep in the championship match for her seventh title of the year.[186] Williams finished the year ranked No. 1 for the fourth time in her career. She held the No. 1 ranking for the entire calendar year, a feat not accomplished since Steffi Graf
Steffi Graf
in 1996. She was also voted WTA Player of the Year and ITF World Champion for a third consecutive year (sixth overall). Williams began the 2015 season by representing the United States alongside John Isner
John Isner
at the Hopman Cup. The American pair lost the final to the Poland.[187] At the Australian Open
Australian Open
Williams defeated Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
for the 16th consecutive time to claim her 6th Australian Open
Australian Open
singles title and 19th career Grand Slam singles title, winning the title on her third match point in the second set.[188][189][190][191][192] With this victory Williams surpassed both, Evert and Navratilova, for second most Grand Slam singles titles won in the Open Era. The title was also her sixth Grand Slam singles title since turning 30 years of age, three more than the next closest to do so (Margaret Court, Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
with three each). She is the only player in history to win all four Grand Slams at least once after having turned 30. The following weekend, Serena and sister Venus traveled to Buenos Aires to face Argentina
Argentina
in a World Group II tie for Fed Cup. She played and won her only match against María Irigoyen
María Irigoyen
to help Team USA to a 4–1 win over Argentina.[193] Williams announced that she would be competing at the Indian Wells Masters ending her 14-year boycott of the event.[194][195] Upon her return Williams received a standing ovation from the crowd and won her first match in straight sets.[196] She reached the semifinals, where she was due to face No. 3, Simona Halep, for a place in the final, but was forced to withdraw because of a knee injury. By virtue of having defeated Sabine Lisicki in the quarterfinals of the Miami Open, Williams became only the eighth woman in the Open Era
Open Era
to record 700 match wins in her career.[197] This also made her one of only three active players to have won 700 or more matches in singles, others being Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.[198] In the semifinals she won against Halep to advance to her tenth final at the event[199] where she won a record eighth title and extended her winning streak to 21 by beating Carla Suárez Navarro.[200][201][202]

Williams celebrating her third French Open
French Open
title

As preparation for the clay court season (and to ensure her eligibility for the 2016 Summer Olympics), Williams travelled to Brindisi, Italy, to face Italy's team for a place in the Fed Cup's World Group. Williams lost the decisive doubles match alongside Alison Riske to Sara Errani
Sara Errani
and Flavia Pennetta, and as a result the United States team were relegated to World Group II. It was Williams's first loss in the Fed Cup.[203] However, she maintained her perfect record in singles by defeating Camila Giorgi
Camila Giorgi
and Errani. The week of April 20 marked Williams's 114th consecutive week ranked No. 1, the third-longest run in WTA history, behind Steffi Graf's 186 weeks and Navratilova's 156.[citation needed] Williams suffered her first defeat of the season in the semifinals of the Mutua Madrid Open to No. 4, Petra Kvitová.[204][205] This loss ended a 27-match winning streak for Williams as well as a 50-match winning streak at Premier-Mandatory events, and also a 19-match winning streak at the particular event.[206] Williams played one match at the 2015 Internazionali BNL d'Italia before withdrawing from the tournament with an elbow injury.[207] By virtue of having defeated Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka
in the third round of the French Open, Williams became the first woman in the Open Era
Open Era
to win 50 matches at all four of the Grand Slams.[208] Williams then defeated Sloane Stephens
Sloane Stephens
to reach her 40th Grand Slam singles quarterfinal.[209] Williams won her next match easily, but had to come back from a set down in the semifinals versus Timea Bacsinszky
Timea Bacsinszky
for the fourth time in five matches to reach the final.[210][211] She would go on to defeat Lucie Šafářová
Lucie Šafářová
from the Czech Republic
Czech Republic
in three sets to win her third French Open
French Open
and 20th Grand Slam singles title.[212][213][214] The win made Williams only the third person in history to win each Grand Slam at least three times, joining Margaret Court
Margaret Court
and Steffi Graf. She is the first player to win three straight Grand Slams since she did it herself during the Serena Slam. She also became the first player to win the Australian- French Open
French Open
double since Jennifer Capriati in 2001.[215] Williams completed her second "Serena Slam" (winning all four Grand Slams in a row) by winning the 2015 Wimbledon Championships
2015 Wimbledon Championships
– her 6th Wimbledon and 21st Grand Slam singles title overall.[216][217][218] Her path to victory at Wimbledon was particularly challenging. She was down a double break in the third round versus Heather Watson
Heather Watson
and two points from defeat twice before rallying for the win[219] and becoming the first player to qualify for the WTA Finals[220] (the earliest that a player had qualified since the event switched to the round-robin format in 2003). Williams then defeated three former No. 1 players–Venus Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova—in succession to advance to the final.[221] Awaiting her there was 21-year-old Garbiñe Muguruza, who had previously handed Williams the worst Grand Slam tournament defeat of her career at the 2014 French Open.[222] Williams defeated Muguruza in a tight two-setter. The victory made Williams the oldest woman in the Open Era
Open Era
to win a grand slam singles title, in addition to having the distinction of being the oldest ladies' grand slam singles champion of all time.[223] It also was her eighth consecutive victory in Grand Slam singles finals appearances, breaking Steffi Graf's Open Era
Open Era
record of seven from 1995 through 1999 and, on the men's side, tying Pete Sampras's Open Era
Open Era
record of eight from 1995 through 2000. Her 21st Grand Slam singles titles equaled the tally of the rest of the women's tour, combined.[224] The week of July 13 marked the first time in WTA history that the No. 1 player had more than twice as many points as No. 2.[225] Following her win at Wimbledon, Williams was awarded her 7th ESPY for Best Female Tennis
Tennis
Player.[226] Williams played one match at the Swedish Open in Båstad
Båstad
before withdrawing with an elbow injury.[227] She was the defending champion at the Bank of the West Classic
Bank of the West Classic
but withdrew from the tournament in order for her elbow to get better.[228] Williams had her 19 match winning streak ended by 18-year-old Swiss Belinda Bencic, the No. 20, in three tight sets in the semifinals of the Canadian Open.[229][230] It was her second defeat of the year and first on hard courts since the 2014 WTA Finals. The next week Williams defended her title at the Western & Southern Open with a straight sets victory over No. 3 Simona Halep
Simona Halep
for her 69th WTA title, breaking a tie with Evonne Goolagong for standalone fifth-most WTA titles won.[231][232] Williams's attempt at capturing the "Grand Slam" (winning all four Grand Slams in a calendar year) came to an end in the semifinals of the US Open, where she lost to Roberta Vinci
Roberta Vinci
in three sets.[233][234][235] The loss has been described by some as one of the biggest upsets in tennis history.[236][237][238] Nonetheless, Williams secured the year-end No. 1 ranking with her results at the tournament.[239] On October 1, Williams called an end to her season, stating that she had been injured for most of the year and wanted to address her fitness issues.[240] Prior to the announcement, coach Patrick Mouratoglou
Patrick Mouratoglou
hinted that Williams might not play again in 2015 due to a lack of motivation and disappointment following her loss at the Open.[241] On October 5, Williams surpassed Chris Evert
Chris Evert
for third-most weeks ranked world No. 1.[242] Williams held the No. 1 ranking the entire season for the second consecutive year, finishing there for the fifth time in her career. She was voted WTA Player of the Year for the seventh time in her career.[243] On December 14, Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated
announced Williams as their Sportsperson of the Year.[244] She thus became the third solo woman, and first since 1983, to receive the award.[245] Williams was also named ITF World Champion for the sixth time in her career.[246] Soon after, it was announced that she was voted Female Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press for the fourth time.[247] 2016: Open Era
Open Era
Grand Slam record[edit]

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Main article: 2016 Serena Williams
Serena Williams
tennis season Williams withdrew from the Hopman Cup
Hopman Cup
after retiring from her singles match against Australia
Australia
Gold with inflammation of her left knee.[248] Her next tournament was the Australian Open, where she was the No. 1 seed and defending champion. She reached the final without dropping a set, including wins over No. 5, Maria Sharapova, and No. 4, Agnieszka Radwańska, and faced first time Grand Slam finalist Angelique Kerber. She was considered the heavy favorite to win the title, as she had never lost an Australian Open
Australian Open
final or semi-final. She also dominated the head-to-head against Kerber, having lost only once in six meetings and having not lost a set to her in four years. However, Williams lost the final in three sets and Kerber won her first Grand Slam title. This marked Williams's first-ever loss in the final of the Australian Open, as well as her first three-set loss in the final of a Grand Slam. She had previously been 6–0 and 8–0 respectively.

Serena at the 2016 Wimbledon, winning her 22nd Grand Slam title

The week of February 15 marked Williams's 157th consecutive week ranked No. 1, passing Navratilova's mark of 156 to have the second-longest run in WTA history behind Steffi Graf's 186. She competed in Indian Wells as the No. 1 seed. She reached her first final here since winning in 2001 and before boycotting the event, by defeating Simona Halep
Simona Halep
in the quarterfinals and Agnieszka Radwańska in the semifinals. She did not drop a set en route to the final. However, Williams was upset by No. 13 seed Victoria Azarenka, whom she had defeated the last five times the pair had met, in straight sets. This marked the first time since 2004 where Williams lost two consecutive finals. She next played the Miami Open as the defending champion. She lost in the fourth round to Svetlana Kuznetsova. This marked her first loss here since 2012 and ended her 20 match winning streak in Miami. This was also her earliest exit here since 2000, where she lost in the same round. During the clay court swing, Williams withdrew from Madrid but entered Rome. She beat Anna-Lena Friedsam and Christina McHale
Christina McHale
to progress to the quarterfinals where she defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova
Svetlana Kuznetsova
to avenge her loss in Miami. She then went on to beat Irina-Camelia Begu
Irina-Camelia Begu
and Madison Keys
Madison Keys
to win her 70th career WTA title and to win her first title of the year. This was her third Rome title in four years and fourth overall. At the French Open, Williams dropped only one set en route to the final. She defeated Yulia Putintseva
Yulia Putintseva
in the quarter-finals despite being five points away from losing. She then beat surprise semi-finalist Kiki Bertens
Kiki Bertens
to reach her fourth French Open
French Open
final where she faced Garbiñe Muguruza
Garbiñe Muguruza
in a repeat of last year's Wimbledon final where Williams was victorious. However, the result was not the same as that Wimbledon final as Williams lost to Muguruza in straight sets. With this loss, Williams had lost two consecutive Grand Slam finals for the first time in her career. On top of failing to equal Steffi Graf's Open Era
Open Era
record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles, Williams also completed the Career Grand Slam runner-up set with this loss. At Wimbledon, Williams only lost one set en route to the final where she faced Angelique Kerber
Angelique Kerber
in a rematch of their Australian Open
Australian Open
final earlier in the year. This time, Williams defeated Kerber in straight sets to finally equal Steffi Graf's record of 22 Grand Slams in the Open Era. This was Williams's first Grand Slam title of the year, as well as her 71st career WTA title overall. In what was a brilliant serving performance, Williams only faced one break point in the whole match against Kerber which she saved with an ace. Later that day, Williams partnered with sister Venus to win their sixth Wimbledon doubles title and 14th doubles Grand Slam title overall, keeping their perfect record at Grand Slam doubles finals intact. On July 24, 2016, Williams withdrew from Rogers Cup citing a shoulder inflammation injury.[249] She next participated in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where she was the defending gold medalist in both singles and doubles and was the heavy favourite to retain those titles. Partnering with her sister Venus in the doubles, they suffered a shock exit in the first round, losing to the Czech duo of Lucie Šafářová
Lucie Šafářová
and Barbora Strýcová, which ended their career record of 15–0 dating back to the 2000 Olympics.[250] In singles, after defeating Daria Gavrilova and Alizé Cornet
Alizé Cornet
in the first two rounds, Williams faced Ukraine's Elina Svitolina
Elina Svitolina
in the third round in what was a rematch of this year's French Open
French Open
fourth round, but lost to the Ukrainian, bringing an end to her Olympics campaign.[251] Days after the Olympics, Williams took a late wildcard for the Western & Southern Open, where she was the defending champion, but then decided to withdraw due to concerns from the same shoulder injury/inflammation from earlier in the summer.[252] The week of September 5, 2016, marked Williams's 186th consecutive week ranked No. 1, equalling Steffi Graf's record for longest run in WTA history. However, in the semifinals of the US Open, Williams lost to Karolína Plíšková. Having won the US Open, Angelique Kerber became the No. 1, ending Williams's No. 1 streak. Williams also pulled out of the WTA Finals due to a shoulder injury. 2017: Australian Open
Australian Open
victory and pregnancy[edit] Main article: 2017 Serena Williams
Serena Williams
tennis season Williams started her 2017 season by participating in the WTA Auckland Open for the first time in her career. She defeated Pauline Parmentier to win her first match played since the US Open. In the second round however, Williams surprisingly lost to Madison Brengle. Williams displayed her top form from the outset of the Australian Open. Williams beat former and present top 10 players Belinda Bencic, Lucie Šafářová, Johanna Konta
Johanna Konta
among others to reach her 8th Australian Open Final. On January 28, 2017, Williams won the Australian Open
Australian Open
for an Open Era
Open Era
record seventh time, defeating her sister, Venus.[253] This was her 23rd Grand Slam singles title, surpassing Steffi Graf's Open Era
Open Era
record of 22. It was the first time in the Open Era
Open Era
that two players aged 35 or older competed in the final of a Grand Slam tournament. The win ensured her return to the No. 1 ranking.[254][255] Williams subsequently withdrew from the Indian Wells and Miami Opens, citing a knee injury.[256] However, on April 19, 2017, she revealed that she was 20 weeks pregnant and would miss the remainder of the season.[257] The timing means that she would have been roughly eight-weeks pregnant when she won the Australian Open.[258] In interviews, she maintained that she intended to return to tennis after her pregnancy,[259] including setting the (in her own words) "outrageous plan" of competing in the 2018 Australian Open.[259] On September 1, 2017, Williams gave birth to a daughter named Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.[260] Despite being absent from the game, she ended the season ranked No. 22. On December 30, 2017 Williams played an exhibition match at the World Tennis
Tennis
Championship in Abu Dhabi, losing to reigning Roland Garros Champion Jeļena Ostapenko
Jeļena Ostapenko
2–6, 6–3, [5–10]. This was her first match since giving birth. However, on January 5, 2018 Williams withdrew from the upcoming Australian Open, citing a lack of sufficient preparation in the wake of her pregnancy.[261] Shortly after her announcement an interview with Vogue was published in which Williams revealed that she had suffered another pulmonary embolism after giving birth, leaving her bedridden for six weeks and delaying her return to training.[262] 2018: Return to tennis[edit] After overcoming her pregnancy induced problems, Williams returned to the tennis court with her sister. They lost 6–2 6–3 to Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs (Netherlands) in the Fed Cup's first round on February 11.[263] Rivalries[edit] Serena vs. Venus[edit] Main article: Williams sisters
Williams sisters
rivalry

Serena Williams
Serena Williams
and Venus Williams, Australian Open
Australian Open
2009

Williams has played older sister Venus in 29 professional matches since 1998.[68] Overall, Serena is 17–12 against her sister.[68] Serena has played Venus 15 times in Grand Slam singles and 13 times in other tournaments (including 11 finals).[264] They have met in nine Grand Slam tournament finals, with Serena winning seven times.[68] Beginning with the 2002 French Open, they played each other in four consecutive Grand Slam finals, which was the first time in the Open Era that the same two players had contested consecutive finals in Grand Slam singles.[citation needed] Williams vs. Hingis[edit] Main article: Hingis–S. Williams rivalry Williams leads series 7–6.[265] One of Williams's first rivalries was with Martina Hingis, who turned pro less than one year before her (Hingis in October 1994, Williams in 1995). They first played each other at the 1998 Miami Open where Hingis won in three sets. All but one of their matches was played on a hard court with the exception being a contest on clay in Rome 1999, which Hingis won in straight sets. Their last match took place at the 2002 Miami Open with Williams winning in a loss of just four games.[266] Hingis was forced to briefly retire citing ankle injuries.[267] Williams vs. Capriati[edit] Williams leads series 10–7.[268] Once considered one of the best rivalries in women's tennis,[269] the competition between Williams and Capriati was stiff with 12 out of their 17 meetings going to 3 sets. The rivalry, starting in 1999, began one sided with Capriati winning 4 of their first 5 matches. Williams would then go on to win the next 8.[268] Williams and Capriati played with similar styles, both known for using their power and athleticism to gain quick advantages in points.[270][271] Williams vs. Henin[edit] Main article: Henin–S. Williams rivalry Williams leads series 8–6. Henin and Williams met 14 times, five of which were in tournament finals. In grand slams they have faced each other seven times with Henin leading 4–3.[272] Opposite personalities and styles of play are often cited as what made their rivalry entertaining.[273][274] In the semifinals of the 2003 French Open, when at 4–2, 30–0 on Williams's serve in the third set, Henin raised her hand to indicate she was not ready to receive; Williams then put her serve into the net. The umpire did not see Henin raise her hand, and thus did not allow Williams a first serve. Williams lost the game and would go on to lose the match. Their last match took place in the final of the 2010 Australian Open
Australian Open
where Williams won in three sets, earning her 12th Grand Slam title.[272] Match controversies[edit] Accusations of match fixing[edit] When both the Williams sisters
Williams sisters
entered the top ten and started meeting in tournaments, unsubstantiated rumors of match fixing started to circulate. John McEnroe, while commenting on the 2000 Wimbledon semifinal between the two sisters, said that "Serena may not be allowed to win. Richard may have something to say about this."[275] Elena Dementieva, a fellow professional player, said during a post match interview after losing to Venus at the Indian Wells quarterfinals in 2001, that Richard Williams decided the results between the two sisters.[276] Venus pulling out at the last minute garnered much speculation in the press, with fans demanding their money back.[277][278][279] 2001 Indian Wells[edit] After injuring herself in the quarterfinal match against Dementieva, her sister, Venus Williams, defaulted to Serena in the semifinals. Although Venus told the tournament official hours beforehand that she would have to default, the official word was not given until 10 minutes before the scheduled start (in the hopes that Venus would change her mind), angering fans who had come to see the match. Consequently, during the final against Kim Clijsters
Kim Clijsters
two days later, the spectators jeered Serena from when she first took the court for warm-up through the final trophy presentation including cheering double faults and errors with no intervention from the tournament officials. Despite these attacks, Williams went on to win the tournament. At the Ericsson Open
Ericsson Open
the following week, Richard Williams said racist comments were made to him in the stands,[280] and the tournament director refused to offer Williams an apology for how she was treated. As a result, neither sister played the tournament even though it had become a mandatory stop on the WTA tour since 2009. In 2015, Williams decided to end her 14-year boycott and played.[281] 2004 US Open[edit] In her US Open quarterfinal match against Jennifer Capriati, an incorrect overrule was made by chair umpire Mariana Alves, the video review showed this to be an error (as Williams's shot was inside the court. This quarter-final match (did test the new technology – during the match) was testing the new technology. There were incorrect lines calls made late in the third set of the match. Williams argued with the chair over a couple of calls during the match, but was not successful. Capriati won the match, but tournament officials dismissed Alves from the tournament, and she was suspended. The controversy renewed calls and widely given credit for the adoption of technology such as the MacCAM and Hawk-Eye
Hawk-Eye
systems.[282] 2009 US Open[edit] In the US Open semifinal round against Kim Clijsters, Williams slammed her racquet on the court after losing the first set. She was given a warning, with a potential second violation carrying a one-point penalty. While trailing 4–6, 5–6, 15–30, Williams's second serve was called a foot fault, resulting in two match points for Clijsters. Williams gestured with her racquet to the lineswoman who had made the call and yelled at her, with profanities and a threat to shove a tennis ball down the lineswoman's throat.[283] During the subsequent on-court conference between the chair umpire, the lineswoman, US Open officials, and Williams, a television microphone picked up Williams saying to the lineswoman, "I didn't say I would kill you! Are you serious?"[284] The incident resulted in Williams being penalized a point for unsportsmanlike conduct‍—‌necessitated by the earlier warning for racquet abuse‍—‌meaning Clijsters won the match 6–4, 7–5. The following day, Williams was issued the maximum permissible on-site fine of $10,000 (plus $500 for racquet abuse). After further investigation, the Grand Slam Committee in November 2009 fined her $175,000 in lieu of suspending her from the 2010 US Open or other Grand Slam events.[285] They also placed her on a two-year probation, so if Williams committed another offense in the following two years at Grand Slams, she would be suspended from participating in the following US Open. If she committed no offenses in the next two years, her fine would be reduced to $82,500.[285] Williams initially refused to apologize for her outburst, both in her post-match press conference[286] and in an official statement released the following day.[137] She eventually did, stating "I just really wanted to apologize sincerely because I'm a very prideful person, and I'm a very intense person and a very emotional person", and "I wanted to offer my sincere apologies to anyone that I may have offended." She said she was humbled by the experience.[287] 2011 US Open[edit] In the final of the 2011 US Open against Samantha Stosur, Williams shouted "Come on!" as the Australian attempted to return a forehand Williams believed to be a winner. The chair umpire Eva Asderaki awarded the point to Stosur based on the USTA's deliberate hindrance rule, which states, "If a player commits any act which hinders his opponent in making a stroke, then, if this is deliberate, he shall lose the point or if involuntary, the point shall be replayed."[288] As the point was 30–40 on Williams's serve, the penalty gave the break of serve to Stosur. Williams became angry with the chair umpire and made several gestures and unflattering comments toward her during the next changeover, including telling Asderaki that if she ever saw the umpire coming toward her, she should "look the other way".[289] Williams initially gained momentum in the set following the penalty, breaking back in the next game, but eventually flagged and lost the match, 2–6, 3–6. At the end of the match, she declined to offer the customary handshake to Asderaki.[290][291] Williams mentioned the incident in her post-match speech as the tournament runner-up, asserting, "I hit a winner, but I guess it didn't count", but added, "It wouldn't have mattered in the end. Sam played really well."[292] A writer for ESPN
ESPN
suggested that Williams could avoid being found to have violated the terms of the "probation" on which she was placed following her 2009 outburst, as she did not appear to have used profanity in addressing Asderaki during the match.[293] In the end, Williams was fined $2,000 and was not barred from competing in the 2012 US Open because "Williams's conduct, while verbally abusive, [did] not rise to the level of a major offence under the Grand Slam code of conduct."[294] Legacy[edit] Williams is hailed by many coaches, players and sportscasters to be the best female tennis player in the Open Era.[295] Her numerous victories on court and strong character have largely been a positive influence on young African American girls and boys who see Williams as a role model and an ambassador of tennis.[296][297] Personal life[edit] Aside from her other siblings, Williams has three half-brothers and three half-sisters from her father's first marriage.[298] Williams announced her engagement to Reddit
Reddit
co-founder Alexis Ohanian on December 29, 2016.[299] On April 19, 2017, Williams posted a sideways picture of herself on Snapchat
Snapchat
focused on her mid-section. It had the caption "20 weeks", sparking speculation that Williams was pregnant.[300] Later that evening, her spokesperson confirmed that the couple was expecting.[301] The fact that she was 20 weeks pregnant when announcing her pregnancy meant that she was 8 weeks pregnant when she won the Australian Open
Australian Open
in January.[302] On September 1, 2017, Williams gave birth to a girl named Alexis Olympia Ohanian[303] She plans to move to San Francisco with Ohanian after the wedding.[259] Williams and Ohanian were married on November 16, 2017, in New Orleans. Guests at the wedding included Beyoncé, Anna Wintour
Anna Wintour
and Kim Kardashian West.[304] Williams was raised a Jehovah's Witness, but says she has "never really practiced it".[259] She often thanks Jehovah
Jehovah
after winning matches.[305] Off-court activities[edit] Equipment and endorsements[edit] In the early 2000s, Williams wore Puma apparel and footwear on court.[306] She used the Wilson Hammer 6.4 Stretch Power Holes racquet.[307] Today, she is endorsed by Nike and uses the Wilson Blade 104. Williams also has endorsement deals with Gatorade, Delta Air Lines, Audemars Piguet, Aston Martin, Pepsi, Beats by Dre
Beats by Dre
headphones, Mission Athletecare, Berlei
Berlei
bras, OPI Products, OnePiece, IBM, Mini, Intel, Tempur and Chase Bank. Williams is the current CSO (Chief Sporting Officer) for British luxury automobile manufacturer Aston Martin. She accepted the contract in June 2015. Williams then posted her first experience on social media service Twitter, and said: "I'm loving my first day on the job as Chief Sporting Officer and Director of Fun!", stating her optimism on the job as the CSO.[308][309] Fashion[edit] Williams has been noted for her unusual and colorful outfits on court. In 2002, there was much talk when she wore a black lycra catsuit at the US Open.[310] At the 2004 US Open, Williams wore denim skirts and knee-high boots—tournament officials, however, did not allow her to wear the boots during matches.[311] At the 2008 Wimbledon, white trench coat she wore during warm-up for her opening match was the subject of much discussion since it was worn despite sunny weather.[312] Williams formerly had a special line with Puma.[313] In April 2004, she signed a deal worth US$40 million for a line with Nike.[314] Since 2004, she has also run her own line of designer apparel, "Aneres"—her first name spelled backward. In 2009, she launched a signature collection of handbags and jewelry.[315] The collection, Signature Statement, is sold mainly on the Home Shopping Network (HSN). In early 2010, Williams became a certified nail technician in preparation for her upcoming nail collection with a company called HairTech.[316] In 2015, she became the first black female athlete to have a picture by herself on the cover of Vogue, which she did for the April 2015 issue.[317] In 2015, she also presented her HSN Signature Statement collection for the second time at the New York Fashion Week Show‍—‌a clothing line exclusively made for the retailer HSN. Activism[edit] Williams has become more involved in social change as her career has progressed, primarily using social media as a medium of expressing her views. In 2016 she posted her support of Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter
on her Facebook
Facebook
page, voicing her concern about her young nephew being in danger from police officers due to his skin color.[318] During American tennis player Tennys Sandgren's breakthrough run to the quarterfinals of the 2018 Australian Open, it was revealed that he tweeted insensitive words about the LGBT
LGBT
community, followed members of the alt-right, and referred to an article describing Williams' on-court behavior as "disgusting". Williams responded by tweeting her displeasure, saying, "@TennysSandgren I don't need or want one. But there is a entire group of people that deserves an apology. I cant look at my daughter and tell her I sat back and was quiet. No! she will know how to stand up for herself and others- through my example." Additionally, she attached an image that read, "Maturity is being able to apologize and admit when you're wrong because you know that your mistakes don't define you".[319] Entertainment[edit] Williams has appeared on television and also provided voice work on animated shows: in a 2001 episode of The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Serena joined the animation along with sister Venus, Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras
and Andre Agassi.[320] She has also provided guest voice work in a 2005 episode of Playhouse Disney's animated kids show Higglytown Heroes
Higglytown Heroes
and a 2007 episode of the Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon
cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender,[321] which she has described as her "favorite show".[322] Williams has posed for the 2003 and 2004 editions of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.[323] In April 2005, MTV announced plans to broadcast a reality show around the lives of Serena and Venus, which was eventually aired on ABC Family. Williams has appeared twice on MTV's Punk'd
Punk'd
and in 2007, appeared in the ABC reality television series Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race. In 2002, she played Miss Wiggins in the season 3 episode "Crouching Mother, Hidden Father" of My Wife and Kids;[324] she has also guest-starred in episodes of The Bernie Mac Show, ER and Law & Order: Special
Special
Victims Unit.[325] In 2007, Williams appeared in the music video of "I Want You" by the American rapper Common, alongside performers Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys
and Kanye West.[326] In late 2009, Williams became the first active female professional athlete to appear in a feminine hygiene product advertising campaign. A series of online videos and print advertisements for Tampax
Tampax
Pearl tampons showed her hitting balls at Mother Nature, played by Catherine Lloyd Burns, to prevent Mother Nature
Mother Nature
giving her a red-wrapped gift, representing her menstrual period. In the online videos, the two have dueling press conferences over the "bad blood" between them. "A lot of celebrities are not open to working with our brand, and we're thrilled that Serena is", said a brand manager for Tampax
Tampax
at Procter & Gamble.[327] In July 2012, she appeared in the ABC comedic improv television series Trust Us with Your Life and as a lawyer on the Lifetime television series Drop Dead Diva. To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Pac-Man, Williams made a cameo appearance in the movie Pixels, which starred Adam Sandler and Kevin James, and premiered on July 24, 2015.[328] Williams is known to be close to Beyoncé
Beyoncé
and made a cameo appearance dancing in Beyoncé's music video for the song Sorry in the hit album Lemonade. Williams said the director told her, "We would love for you to be in this particular song. It's about strength and it's about courage and that's what we see you as."[329] Language fluency[edit] In addition to English as her native language, Williams also speaks conversational French, and knows some Spanish and Italian. At the 2013, 2015, and 2016 French Open
French Open
she gave her on-court interviews in French, much to the crowd's delight.[330][331] Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
venture[edit] In August 2009, Williams and her sister Venus became minority owners of the Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
after purchasing a small stake in the team. They live near each other in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida,[259] which is about an hour's drive from the Dolphins' stadium. They are the first African-American women to hold any amount of ownership in an NFL franchise.[332] Charity work[edit] In 2008, as part of the Serena Williams
Serena Williams
Foundation's work, Williams helped to fund the construction of the Serena Williams
Serena Williams
Secondary School in Matooni, Kenya.[333][334][335] The Serena Williams Foundation also provides university scholarships for underprivileged students in the United States. In 2016, the Serena Williams
Serena Williams
Fund partnered with Helping Hands Jamaica to build the Salt Marsh Primary School for Jamaican youth in Trelawny Parish.[336][337] She received a Celebrity Role Model Award from Avon Foundation in 2003 for work in breast cancer.[338] Williams has also been involved in a number of clinics at schools and community centers, particularly those which have programs focusing on at-risk youth.[1] She has also won the "Young Heroes Award" from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater L.A. and Inland (2003) and the "Family Circle and Prudential Financial Player Who Makes a Difference Award" (2004).[1] In response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Williams, along with other ATP and WTA stars, decided to forgo their final day of preparation for the 2010 Australian Open
Australian Open
to form a charity event in which all proceeds will go to the Haiti earthquake victims.[339] Serena, along with her sister Venus, is a supporter and contributor of First Serve Miami, a foundation for youth who want to learn tennis but are socially and economically challenged.[340][341][342][343] She has been an International Goodwill Ambassador with UNICEF
UNICEF
since 2011 and has helped launch UNICEF's Schools for Asia campaign.[344][345][346][347] In addition to the Serena Williams
Serena Williams
Fund in 2016, Serena and Venus collaborated on the Williams Sisters Fund to work on philanthropic projects together.[348] Also in 2016, in their childhood home of Compton, California
Compton, California
Serena and Venus teamed up to found the Yetunde Price Resource Center, in honor of their late sister. The Resource Center provides services to families affected by community violence.[348] Williams's return to Indian Wells in 2015 was done in partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit organization that provides legal representation to those who might have been denied a fair trial.[349] EJI executive director Bryan Stevenson
Bryan Stevenson
lauded her courage in supporting his organization. "It's so rare when athletes at the top of their game are willing to embrace a set of issues that, for a lot of people, are edgier", he said. "This is not aid to orphans ... She was standing when a lot of her contemporaries remain seated, speaking up when others are being quiet."[350] In 2014, Williams began hosting an annual charity run named "The Serena Williams
Serena Williams
Ultimate Fun Run". The event is in support of the Serena Williams
Serena Williams
Fund, which helps underprivileged individuals and communities that are affected by senseless violence and to ensure equal access to education of youth.[351][348][352] In 2017, Williams became Ambassador for the Allstate
Allstate
Foundation's Purple Purse project, an initiative to provide financial empowerment to domestic abuse victims.[353][354] In a press release, Vicky Dinges, Allstate's senior vice president of corporate responsibility, said, "we are thrilled to welcome Serena, a longtime advocate and role model for so many, to the Purple Purse family. Her voice will bring new audiences into this critical conversation."[354] Other charitable organizations Williams supports include the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Hearts of Gold, the Common Ground Foundation, the Small Steps Project, the HollyRod Foundation, Beyond the Boroughs National Scholarship Fund, World Education, the Eva Longoria Foundation, the Caliber Foundation and the Cure for MND Foundation.[355][356] Writing[edit] The Williams sisters, with author Hilary Beard, wrote a book titled Venus & Serena: Serving From The Hip: 10 Rules For Living, Loving and Winning, which was published in 2005.[357][358] During the 2009 Wimbledon Championships, Williams said that she is in the process of writing a TV show storyline, which will be converted into script form by her agency. She stated that the show will represent subject matter from a mix of popular American television shows such as Desperate Housewives, and Family Guy.[359] Williams released her first solo autobiography entitled On the Line, following the 2009 US Open. Career statistics[edit] Main article: Serena Williams
Serena Williams
career statistics Grand Slam tournament performance timeline[edit]

Key

W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Tournament 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 SR W–L

Australian Open 2R 3R 4R QF A W A W 3R W QF W W A 4R QF 4R W F W A 7 / 17 81–10

French Open 4R 3R A QF W SF QF A A QF 3R QF QF A 1R W 2R W F A

3 / 15 60–12

Wimbledon 3R A SF QF W W F 3R A QF F W W 4R W 4R 3R W W A

7 / 17 86–10

US Open 3R W QF F W A QF 4R 4R QF W SF A F W W W SF SF A

6 / 17 89–11

Win–Loss 8–4 11–2 12–3 18–4 21–0 19–1 14–3 12–2 5–2 19–3 19–3 23–2 18–1 9–2 17–2 21–2 13–3 26–1 24–3 7–0 0–0 23 / 66 316–43

Grand Slam tournament finals[edit] Singles: 29 (23 titles, 6 runner-ups)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponents Score

Winner 1999 US Open Hard Martina Hingis 6–3, 7–6(7–4)

Runner-up 2001 US Open Hard Venus Williams 2–6, 4–6

Winner 2002 French Open Clay Venus Williams 7–5, 6–3

Winner 2002 Wimbledon Grass Venus Williams 7–6(7–4), 6–3

Winner 2002 US Open (2) Hard Venus Williams 6–4, 6–3

Winner 2003 Australian Open Hard Venus Williams 7–6(7–4), 3–6, 6–4

Winner 2003 Wimbledon (2) Grass Venus Williams 4–6, 6–4, 6–2

Runner-up 2004 Wimbledon Grass Maria Sharapova 1–6, 4–6

Winner 2005 Australian Open
Australian Open
(2) Hard Lindsay Davenport 2–6, 6–3, 6–0

Winner 2007 Australian Open
Australian Open
(3) Hard Maria Sharapova 6–1, 6–2

Runner-up 2008 Wimbledon Grass Venus Williams 5–7, 4–6

Winner 2008 US Open (3) Hard Jelena Janković 6–4, 7–5

Winner 2009 Australian Open
Australian Open
(4) Hard Dinara Safina 6–0, 6–3

Winner 2009 Wimbledon (3) Grass Venus Williams 7–6(7–3), 6–2

Winner 2010 Australian Open
Australian Open
(5) Hard Justine Henin 6–4, 3–6, 6–2

Winner 2010 Wimbledon (4) Grass Vera Zvonareva 6–3, 6–2

Runner-up 2011 US Open Hard Samantha Stosur 2–6, 3–6

Winner 2012 Wimbledon (5) Grass Agnieszka Radwańska 6–1, 5–7, 6–2

Winner 2012 US Open (4) Hard Victoria Azarenka 6–2, 2–6, 7–5

Winner 2013 French Open
French Open
(2) Clay Maria Sharapova 6–4, 6–4

Winner 2013 US Open (5) Hard Victoria Azarenka 7–5, 6–7(6–8), 6–1

Winner 2014 US Open (6) Hard Caroline Wozniacki 6–3, 6–3

Winner 2015 Australian Open
Australian Open
(6) Hard Maria Sharapova 6–3, 7–6(7–5)

Winner 2015 French Open
French Open
(3) Clay Lucie Šafářová 6–3, 6–7(2–7), 6–2

Winner 2015 Wimbledon (6) Grass Garbiñe Muguruza 6–4, 6–4

Runner-up 2016 Australian Open Hard Angelique Kerber 4–6, 6–3, 4–6

Runner-up 2016 French Open Clay Garbiñe Muguruza 5–7, 4–6

Winner 2016 Wimbledon (7) Grass Angelique Kerber 7–5, 6–3

Winner 2017 Australian Open
Australian Open
(7) Hard Venus Williams 6–4, 6–4

Women's doubles: 14 (14–0)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score

Winner 1999 French Open Clay Venus Williams Martina Hingis Anna Kournikova 6–3, 6–7(2–7), 8–6

Winner 1999 US Open Hard Venus Williams Chanda Rubin Sandrine Testud 4–6, 6–1, 6–4

Winner 2000 Wimbledon Grass Venus Williams Julie Halard-Decugis Ai Sugiyama 6–3, 6–2

Winner 2001 Australian Open Hard Venus Williams Lindsay Davenport Corina Morariu 6–2, 2–6, 6–4

Winner 2002 Wimbledon (2) Grass Venus Williams Virginia Ruano Pascual Paola Suárez 6–2, 7–5

Winner 2003 Australian Open
Australian Open
(2) Hard Venus Williams Virginia Ruano Pascual Paola Suárez 4–6, 6–4, 6–3

Winner 2008 Wimbledon (3) Grass Venus Williams Lisa Raymond Samantha Stosur 6–2, 6–2

Winner 2009 Australian Open
Australian Open
(3) Hard Venus Williams Daniela Hantuchová Ai Sugiyama 6–3, 6–3

Winner 2009 Wimbledon (4) Grass Venus Williams Samantha Stosur Rennae Stubbs 7–6(7–4), 6–4

Winner 2009 US Open (2) Hard Venus Williams Cara Black Liezel Huber 6–2, 6–2

Winner 2010 Australian Open
Australian Open
(4) Hard Venus Williams Cara Black Liezel Huber 6–4, 6–3

Winner 2010 French Open
French Open
(2) Clay Venus Williams Květa Peschke Katarina Srebotnik 6–2, 6–3

Winner 2012 Wimbledon (5) Grass Venus Williams Andrea Hlaváčková Lucie Hradecká 7–5, 6–4

Winner 2016 Wimbledon (6) Grass Venus Williams Timea Babos Yaroslava Shvedova 6–3, 6–4

Mixed doubles: 4 (2–2)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score

Runner-up 1998 French Open Clay Luis Lobo Justin Gimelstob Venus Williams 3–6, 4–6

Winner 1998 Wimbledon Grass Max Mirnyi Mahesh Bhupathi Mirjana Lučić 6–4, 6–4

Winner 1998 US Open Hard Max Mirnyi Patrick Galbraith Lisa Raymond 6–2, 6–2

Runner-up 1999 Australian Open Hard Max Mirnyi David Adams Mariaan de Swardt 4–6, 6–4, 6–7(5–7)

Records and achievements[edit] Main article: List of career achievements by Serena Williams

Records in bold indicate peer-less achievements. Records in italics are currently active streaks.

Time span Selected Grand Slam tournament records Players matched

1999 US Open — 2003 Australian Open Career Grand Slam in singles Doris Hart Maureen Connolly Shirley Fry Margaret Court Billie Jean King Chris Evert Martina Navratilova Steffi Graf Maria Sharapova

2012 Wimbledon — 2015 Australian Open Career Grand Slam in singles after age 30 Stands alone

2012 Wimbledon — 2017 Australian Open Double Career Grand Slam in singles after age 30 Stands alone

1999 US Open — 2012 Olympics Career Golden Slam in singles Steffi Graf

2012 Wimbledon — 2015 Australian Open Career Golden Slam in singles after age 30 Stands alone

1999 French Open
French Open
— 2003 Australian Open Career Grand Slam in both singles and doubles Doris Hart Shirley Fry Margaret Court Martina Navratilova

1999 French Open
French Open
— 2012 Olympics Career Golden Slam in both singles and doubles Stands alone

2012 Wimbledon — 2017 Australian Open Ten Grand Slam singles titles after age 30 Stands alone

1999 US Open — 2017 Australian Open 23 Grand Slam singles titles Stands alone

2002 Wimbledon — 2017 Australian Open 6 titles won without losing a set Martina Navratilova

2002 Wimbledon — 2017 Australian Open 3 different Grand Slam titles won without losing a set Chris Evert Steffi Graf Lindsay Davenport

1999 US Open — 2017 Australian Open Thirteen hardcourt Grand Slam singles titles Stands alone

2012 Olympics — 2015 Wimbledon Simultaneous holder of Olympic singles gold and all four Grand Slams in singles Steffi Graf

2008 Olympics — 2010 French Open Simultaneous holder of Olympic doubles gold and all four Grand Slams in doubles (with Venus Williams) Venus Williams

1999 French Open
French Open
— 2012 Olympics Double Career Golden Slam (2+ titles at all four Grand Slams & Olympic golds) in doubles (with Venus Williams) Venus Williams

2002 French Open
French Open
— 2002 US Open 100% (21–0) match winning percentage in 1 season Helen Wills Maureen Connolly Shirley Fry Margaret Court Billie Jean King Chris Evert Steffi Graf Monica Seles

2002 French Open
French Open
— 2003 Australian Open Winner of non-calendar year Grand Slam Maureen Connolly Margaret Court Martina Navratilova Steffi Graf

2002 French Open
French Open
— 2015 Wimbledon Winner of two non-calendar year Grand Slams Steffi Graf

2002 French Open
French Open
— 2016 Wimbledon Winner of 10 Grand Slam singles titles in two separate decades (10 from 2000 to 2009 and 12 from 2010 to 2017) Stands alone

2002 French Open
French Open
— 2013 French Open Winner of all four Grand Slam singles titles in two separate decades Margaret Court Steffi Graf

1999 US Open — 2013 French Open Winner of Grand Slam singles titles in three decades Blanche Bingley Martina Navratilova

1999 French Open
French Open
— 2016 Wimbledon First 14 Grand Slam doubles finals won (with Venus Williams) Venus Williams

1999 US Open — 2015 French Open Triple Career Grand Slam (3+ titles at all four Grand Slams) in singles Margaret Court Steffi Graf

1999 US Open — 2013 French Open Double Career Grand Slam in both singles and doubles Margaret Court Martina Navratilova

1999 US Open — 2015 Wimbledon 6+ titles at three different Grand Slams (Australian Open, Wimbledon, and US Open) Stands alone

2002 Wimbledon — 2017 Australian Open 7 titles at two different Grand Slams ( Australian Open
Australian Open
and Wimbledon) Stands alone

1998 Australian Open
Australian Open
— 2016 French Open 60+ wins at all four Grand Slams Stands alone

2012 Australian Open— 2017 Australian Open 3 finals at each of the four Grand Slams since turning 30 Stands alone

Grand Slam tournaments Time span Records at each Grand Slam tournament Players matched

Australian Open 2007 Unseeded winner of singles title Chris O'Neil

Australian Open 2003–2017 7 women's singles titles ( Open Era
Open Era
record) Stands alone

Australian Open 2003–2017 8 finals overall Stands alone

French Open 2002–2015 13 years between first and last title Stands alone

French Open 2002–2016 14 years between first and last final Stands alone

Wimbledon 2012–2016 3 women's singles titles after age 30 Stands alone

US Open 1999–2012 Winner of singles titles in three decades Stands alone

US Open 1999–2014 6 women's singles titles ( Open Era
Open Era
record) Chris Evert

US Open 1999–2014 15 years between first and last title Stands alone

US Open 2011, 2013–2014 Won as US Open Series Champion multiple times Stands alone

US Open 2012–2014 3 women's singles titles after age 30 Stands alone

Time span Other selected records Players matched

1999–2016 23 Tier I
Tier I
/ Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 singles titles overall Stands alone

1999–2016 32 Tier I
Tier I
/ Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 singles finals overall Stands alone

1999–2015 16 Hard court
Hard court
Tier I
Tier I
/ Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 singles titles overall Stands alone

2001 Won WTA Tour Championships on debut Maria Sharapova Petra Kvitová

2010 Ranked No. 1 in singles and doubles simultaneously Martina Navratilova Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Martina Hingis Lindsay Davenport Kim Clijsters

2013–2016 186 consecutive weeks at No. 1 Steffi Graf

2003–2008 2 Hopman Cup
Hopman Cup
titles Dominik Hrbatý Tommy Robredo James Blake Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

2002–2015 8 Miami Masters
Miami Masters
singles titles overall Stands alone

2000–2012 4 Olympic Gold Medals overall Venus Williams

2000–2012 3 Olympic Gold Medals in Doubles (with Venus Williams) Venus Williams

2000–2016 93.75% (15–1) Olympic match winning record in doubles (with Venus Williams) Venus Williams

2001, 2012 Two Year-End Championships won without losing a set Martina Navratilova

2001–2015 Winning percentage of 82.86% at Year-End Championships Stands alone

1995–2017 $84,463,131 prize money overall Stands alone

Filmography[edit]

Film and television

Year Title Role Notes

2001 The Simpsons Herself (voice) Episode: " Tennis
Tennis
the Menace"

2002 My Wife and Kids Miss Wiggins Episode: "Crouching Mother, Hidden Father"

2003 Street Time Meeka Hayes Episode: "Fly Girl"

2004 Law & Order: Special
Special
Victims Unit Chloe Spiers Episode: "Brotherhood"

2004 The Division Jennifer Davis Episode: "Lost and Found"

2004 Hair Show Agent Ross

2005 Higglytown Heroes Snowplow Driver Hero (voice) Episode: "Higgly Hoedown/Eubie's Turbo Sled"

2005 ER Alice Watson Episode: "Two Ships "

2005 All of Us Herself Episode: "Not So Wonderful News"

2005 America's Next Top Model Herself Episode: "The Girl with the Worst Photo in History"

2005–2007 Punk'd Herself 3 episodes

2007 Loonatics Unleashed Queen Athena (voice) Episode: "Apocalypso"

2007 Avatar: The Last Airbender Ming (voice) Episode: "The Day of Black Sun: Part 1 – The Invasion"

2006 The Bernie Mac Show Herself Episode: "Spinning Wheels"

2008 The Game Herself Episode: "The List Episode"

2008 MADtv Herself / Black Racket Episode: "Episode 7"

2011 Keeping Up with the Kardashians Herself Episode: "Kim's Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event – Part 2"

2012 Drop Dead Diva Kelly Stevens Episode: "Rigged"

2012 Venus and Serena Herself

2013 The Legend of Korra Female Sage (voice) Episode: "Beginnings, Part 1"

2015 7 Days in Hell Herself

2015 Pixels Herself Cameo Appearance[328]

2016 Lemonade Herself Cameo Appearance: "Sorry"

2016 Serena: The Other Side of Greatness Herself Documentary

See also[edit]

Biography portal Books portal Film portal Olympics portal Television in the United States
United States
portal Tennis
Tennis
portal

List of Grand Slam women's singles champions List of Grand Slam women's doubles champions List of Grand Slam mixed doubles champions Henin–S. Williams rivalry Hingis–S. Williams rivalry Williams sisters
Williams sisters
rivalry

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Morgan, Terri (2001). Venus and Serena Williams: Grand Slam Sisters. Sports Achievers Biographies. Lerner Publishing. 64pp. ISBN 978-0-8225-3684-0.  Williams, Venus; Williams, Serena; Beard, Hilary (2005). Venus and Serena: Serving from the Hip: 10 Rules For Living, Loving and Winning. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 133pp. ISBN 978-0-618-57653-1.  Williams, Serena; Paisner, Daniel (2009a). On the Line. Hachette Digital. 214pp. ISBN 978-0-446-56402-1.  Williams, Serena; Paisner, Daniel (2009b). My Life: Queen of the Court. Simon & Schuster. 257pp. ISBN 978-1-84737-544-5. 

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Serena Williams

Entourage

Oracene Price
Oracene Price
(mother/coach) Richard Williams (father/coach) Venus Williams
Venus Williams
(sister/doubles partner) Patrick Mouratoglou
Patrick Mouratoglou
(coach)

Career

Achievements Statistics World No. 1 ranking United States
United States
Fed Cup
Fed Cup
team Williams sisters

Rivalries

Rivalry with Justine Henin Rivalry with Martina Hingis Rivalry with Venus Williams

Seasons

Early career 1999 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Australian Open
Australian Open
titles

Singles 2003 2005 2007 2009 2010 2015 2017

Doubles 2001 2003 2009 2010

Mixed Doubles None

French Open
French Open
titles

Singles 2002 2013 2015

Doubles 1999 2010

Mixed Doubles None

Wimbledon Championships titles

Singles 2002 2003 2009 2010 2012 2015 2016

Doubles 2000 2002 2008 2009 2012 2016

Mixed Doubles 1998

US Open titles

Singles 1999 2002 2008 2012 2013 2014

Doubles 1999 2009

Mixed Doubles 1998

Olympics Gold

Singles 2012

Doubles 2000 2008 2012

Mixed Doubles None

Fed Cup
Fed Cup
titles

1999

Serena Williams
Serena Williams
(Achievement predecessor & successor)

Sporting positions

Preceded by Venus Williams Ana Ivanovic Jelena Janković Dinara Safina Dinara Safina Victoria Azarenka Angelique Kerber World No. 1 July 8, 2002 – August 10, 2003 September 8, 2008 – October 5, 2008 February 2, 2009 – April 19, 2009 October 12, 2009 – October 25, 2009 November 2, 2009 – October 10, 2010 February 18, 2013 – September 11, 2016 January 30, 2017 – March 19, 2017 April 24, 2017 – May 14, 2017 Succeeded by Kim Clijsters Jelena Janković Dinara Safina Dinara Safina Caroline Wozniacki Angelique Kerber Angelique Kerber

Preceded by Caroline Wozniacki Petra Kvitová US Open Series Champion 2011 2013, 2014 Succeeded by Petra Kvitová Karolína Plíšková

Awards and achievements

Preceded by Venus Williams WTA Newcomer of the Year 1998 Succeeded by Kim Clijsters

Preceded by Patty Schnyder WTA Most Improved Player 1999 Succeeded by Elena Dementieva

Preceded by Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
& Anna Kournikova Cara Black
Cara Black
& Liezel Huber WTA Doubles Team of the Year 2000 (with Venus Williams) 2009 (with Venus Williams) Succeeded by Lisa Raymond
Lisa Raymond
& Rennae Stubbs Gisela Dulko
Gisela Dulko
& Flavia Pennetta

Preceded by Jennifer Capriati Justine Henin Petra Kvitová WTA Player of The Year 2002 2008, 2009 2012 – 2015 Succeeded by Justine Henin Kim Clijsters Angelique Kerber

Preceded by Jennifer Capriati Jelena Janković Petra Kvitová ITF Women's Singles World Champion 2002 2009 2012 – 2015 Succeeded by Justine Henin Caroline Wozniacki Angelique Kerber

Preceded by Jennifer Capriati Candace Parker Gabby Douglas Mo'ne Davis Associated Press
Associated Press
Female Athlete of the Year 2002 2009 2013 2015 Succeeded by Annika Sörenstam Lindsey Vonn Mo'ne Davis Simone Biles

Preceded by Inge de Bruijn Lindsey Vonn Gazzetta dello Sport Sportswoman of the Year 2002 2013 Succeeded by Paula Radcliffe Tina Maze

Preceded by Jennifer Capriati Yelena Isinbayeva Genzebe Dibaba Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year 2003 2010 2016 Succeeded by Annika Sörenstam Lindsey Vonn Simone Biles

Preceded by Madison Bumgarner Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated
Sportsman of the Year 2015 Succeeded by LeBron James

Preceded by Venus Williams Maria Sharapova Maria Sharapova Maria Sharapova Best Female Tennis
Tennis
Player ESPY Award 2003, 2004 2009–2011 2013 2015, 2016 Succeeded by Maria Sharapova Maria Sharapova Maria Sharapova Incumbent

Preceded by Venus Williams Brittney Griner Best Female Athlete ESPY Award 2003 2013 Succeeded by Diana Taurasi Ronda Rousey

Preceded by Amélie Mauresmo WTA Comeback Player of the Year 2004 Succeeded by Kim Clijsters

Preceded by Martina Hingis Laureus Comeback of the Year 2007 Succeeded by Paula Radcliffe

Preceded by Cara Black
Cara Black
& Liezel Huber ITF Women's Doubles World Champion 2009 (with Venus Williams) Succeeded by Gisela Dulko
Gisela Dulko
& Flavia Pennetta

Preceded by First Award Maria Kirilenko
Maria Kirilenko
& Victoria Azarenka WTA Fan Favorite Doubles Team of the Year 2009, 2010 (with Venus Williams) 2012 (with Venus Williams) Succeeded by Maria Kirilenko
Maria Kirilenko
& Victoria Azarenka Ekaterina Makarova
Ekaterina Makarova
& Elena Vesnina

Preceded by Lionel Messi Katie Ledecky L'Équipe Champion of Champions 2012, 2013 2015 Succeeded by Katie Ledecky Simone Biles

Preceded by Yani Tseng Maria Sharapova United States
United States
Sports Academy Female Ahtlete of the Year 2012 2015 Succeeded by Yuna Kim Incumbent

Records

Preceded by Lindsay Davenport WTA Prize money leader February 2, 2009 – Incumbent

Preceded by Steffi Graf Most Career Grand Slam Singles Titles (Open Era) January 30, 2017 – Incumbent

Serena Williams
Serena Williams
in the Grand Slam Tournaments

Women's singles

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Australian Open
Australian Open
women's singles champions

(1969) Margaret Court (1970) Margaret Court (1971) Margaret Court (1972) Virginia Wade (1973) Margaret Court (1974) Evonne Goolagong (1975) Evonne Goolagong (1976) Evonne Goolagong (1977 (Jan)) Kerry Reid (1977 (Dec)) Evonne Goolagong (1978) Chris O'Neil (1979) Barbara Jordan (1980) Hana Mandlíková (1981) Martina Navratilova (1982) Chris Evert (1983) Martina Navratilova (1984) Chris Evert (1985) Martina Navratilova (1987) Hana Mandlíková (1988) Steffi Graf (1989) Steffi Graf (1990) Steffi Graf (1991) Monica Seles (1992) Monica Seles (1993) Monica Seles (1994) Steffi Graf (1995) Mary Pierce (1996) Monica Seles (1997) Martina Hingis (1998) Martina Hingis (1999) Martina Hingis (2000) Lindsay Davenport (2001) Jennifer Capriati (2002) Jennifer Capriati (2003) Serena Williams (2004) Justine Henin (2005) Serena Williams (2006) Amélie Mauresmo (2007) Serena Williams (2008) Maria Sharapova (2009) Serena Williams (2010) Serena Williams (2011) Kim Clijsters (2012) Victoria Azarenka (2013) Victoria Azarenka (2014) Li Na (2015) Serena Williams (2016) Angelique Kerber (2017) Serena Williams (2018) Caroline Wozniacki

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French Open
French Open
women's singles champions

(1968) Nancy Richey (1969) Margaret Court (1970) Margaret Court (1971) Evonne Goolagong (1972) Billie Jean King (1973) Margaret Court (1974) Chris Evert (1975) Chris Evert (1976) Sue Barker (1977) Mima Jaušovec (1978) Virginia Ruzici (1979) Chris Evert (1980) Chris Evert (1981) Hana Mandlíková (1982) Martina Navratilova (1983) Chris Evert (1984) Martina Navratilova (1985) Chris Evert (1986) Chris Evert (1987) Steffi Graf (1988) Steffi Graf (1989) Arantxa Sánchez (1990) Monica Seles (1991) Monica Seles (1992) Monica Seles (1993) Steffi Graf (1994) Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (1995) Steffi Graf (1996) Steffi Graf (1997) Iva Majoli (1998) Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (1999) Steffi Graf (2000) Mary Pierce (2001) Jennifer Capriati (2002) Serena Williams (2003) Justine Henin (2004) Anastasia Myskina (2005) Justine Henin (2006) Justine Henin (2007) Justine Henin (2008) Ana Ivanovic (2009) Svetlana Kuznetsova (2010) Francesca Schiavone (2011) Li Na (2012) Maria Sharapova (2013) Serena Williams (2014) Maria Sharapova (2015) Serena Williams (2016) Garbiñe Muguruza (2017) Jeļena Ostapenko

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Wimbledon (Open era) ladies' singles champions

(1968) Billie Jean King (1969) Ann Haydon-Jones (1970) Margaret Court (1971) Evonne Goolagong (1972) Billie Jean King (1973) Billie Jean King (1974) Chris Evert (1975) Billie Jean King (1976) Chris Evert (1977) Virginia Wade (1978) Martina Navratilova (1979) Martina Navratilova (1980) Evonne Goolagong (1981) Chris Evert (1982) Martina Navratilova (1983) Martina Navratilova (1984) Martina Navratilova (1985) Martina Navratilova (1986) Martina Navratilova (1987) Martina Navratilova (1988) Steffi Graf (1989) Steffi Graf (1990) Martina Navratilova (1991) Steffi Graf (1992) Steffi Graf (1993) Steffi Graf (1994) Conchita Martínez (1995) Steffi Graf (1996) Steffi Graf (1997) Martina Hingis (1998) Jana Novotná (1999) Lindsay Davenport (2000) Venus Williams (2001) Venus Williams (2002) Serena Williams (2003) Serena Williams (2004) Maria Sharapova (2005) Venus Williams (2006) Amélie Mauresmo (2007) Venus Williams (2008) Venus Williams (2009) Serena Williams (2010) Serena Williams (2011) Petra Kvitová (2012) Serena Williams (2013) Marion Bartoli (2014) Petra Kvitová (2015) Serena Williams (2016) Serena Williams (2017) Garbiñe Muguruza

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US Open women's singles champions

(1968) Virginia Wade (1969) Margaret Court (1970) Margaret Court (1971) Billie Jean King (1972) Billie Jean King (1973) Margaret Court (1974) Billie Jean King (1975) Chris Evert (1976) Chris Evert (1977) Chris Evert (1978) Chris Evert (1979) Tracy Austin (1980) Chris Evert (1981) Tracy Austin (1982) Chris Evert (1983) Martina Navratilova (1984) Martina Navratilova (1985) Hana Mandlíková (1986) Martina Navratilova (1987) Martina Navratilova (1988) Steffi Graf (1989) Steffi Graf (1990) Gabriela Sabatini (1991) Monica Seles (1992) Monica Seles (1993) Steffi Graf (1994) Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (1995) Steffi Graf (1996) Steffi Graf (1997) Martina Hingis (1998) Lindsay Davenport (1999) Serena Williams (2000) Venus Williams (2001) Venus Williams (2002) Serena Williams (2003) Justine Henin (2004) Svetlana Kuznetsova (2005) Kim Clijsters (2006) Maria Sharapova (2007) Justine Henin (2008) Serena Williams (2009) Kim Clijsters (2010) Kim Clijsters (2011) Samantha Stosur (2012) Serena Williams (2013) Serena Williams (2014) Serena Williams (2015) Flavia Pennetta (2016) Angelique Kerber (2017) Sloane Stephens

Women's doubles

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Australian Open
Australian Open
women's doubles champions

(1969) Margaret Court
Margaret Court
/ Judy Tegart Dalton (1970) Margaret Court
Margaret Court
/ Judy Tegart Dalton (1971) Evonne Goolagong
Evonne Goolagong
/ Margaret Court (1972) Kerry Harris / Helen Gourlay Cawley (1973) Margaret Court
Margaret Court
/ Virginia Wade (1974) Evonne Goolagong
Evonne Goolagong
Cawley / Peggy Michel (1975) Evonne Goolagong
Evonne Goolagong
Cawley / Peggy Michel (1976) Evonne Goolagong
Evonne Goolagong
Cawley / Helen Gourlay Cawley (1977 (Jan)) Dianne Fromholtz
Dianne Fromholtz
Balestrat / Helen Gourlay Cawley (1977 (Dec)) Evonne Goolagong
Evonne Goolagong
Cawley / Helen Gourlay Cawley & Mona Schallau Guerrant / Kerry Melville Reid (1978) Betsy Nagelsen / Renáta Tomanová (1979) Judy Connor Chaloner / Diane Evers
Diane Evers
Brown (1980) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Betsy Nagelsen (1981) Kathy Jordan / Anne Smith (1982) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1983) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1984) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1985) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1987) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1988) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1989) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1990) Jana Novotná
Jana Novotná
/ Helena Suková (1991) Patty Fendick / Mary Joe Fernández (1992) Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
/ Helena Suková (1993) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Natalia Zvereva (1994) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Natalia Zvereva (1995) Jana Novotná
Jana Novotná
/ Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (1996) Chanda Rubin
Chanda Rubin
/ Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (1997) Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
/ Natalia Zvereva (1998) Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
/ Mirjana Lučić (1999) Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
/ Anna Kournikova (2000) Lisa Raymond
Lisa Raymond
/ Rennae Stubbs (2001) Serena Williams
Serena Williams
/ Venus Williams (2002) Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
/ Anna Kournikova (2003) Serena Williams
Serena Williams
/ Venus Williams (2004) Virginia Ruano Pascual
Virginia Ruano Pascual
/ Paola Suárez (2005) Svetlana Kuznetsova
Svetlana Kuznetsova
/ Alicia Molik (2006) Yan Zi / Zheng Jie (2007) Cara Black
Cara Black
/ Liezel Huber (2008) Alona Bondarenko
Alona Bondarenko
/ Kateryna Bondarenko (2009) Serena Williams
Serena Williams
/ Venus Williams (2010) Serena Williams
Serena Williams
/ Venus Williams (2011) Gisela Dulko
Gisela Dulko
/ Flavia Pennetta (2012) Svetlana Kuznetsova
Svetlana Kuznetsova
/ Vera Zvonareva (2013) Sara Errani
Sara Errani
/ Roberta Vinci (2014) Sara Errani
Sara Errani
/ Roberta Vinci (2015) Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
/ Lucie Šafářová (2016) Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
/ Sania Mirza (2017) Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
/ Lucie Šafářová (2018) Tímea Babos
Tímea Babos
/ Kristina Mladenovic

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French Open
French Open
women's doubles champions

(1968) Françoise Dürr
Françoise Dürr
/ Ann Haydon-Jones (1969) Françoise Dürr
Françoise Dürr
/ Ann Haydon-Jones (1970) Gail Chanfreau / Françoise Dürr (1971) Gail Chanfreau / Françoise Dürr (1972) Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King
/ Betty Stöve (1973) Margaret Court
Margaret Court
/ Virginia Wade (1974) Chris Evert
Chris Evert
/ Olga Morozova (1975) Chris Evert
Chris Evert
/ Martina Navratilova (1976) Fiorella Bonicelli / Gail Chanfreau (1977) Regina Maršíková / Pam Teeguarden (1978) Mima Jaušovec / Virginia Ruzici (1979) Betty Stöve
Betty Stöve
/ Wendy Turnbull (1980) Kathy Jordan / Anne Smith (1981) Rosalyn Fairbank Nideffer / Tanya Harford (1982) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Anne Smith (1983) Rosalyn Fairbank Nideffer / Candy Reynolds (1984) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1985) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1986) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Andrea Temesvári (1987) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1988) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1989) Larisa Savchenko Neiland / Natalia Zvereva (1990) Jana Novotná
Jana Novotná
/ Helena Suková (1991) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Jana Novotná (1992) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Natalia Zvereva (1993) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Natalia Zvereva (1994) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Natalia Zvereva (1995) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Natalia Zvereva (1996) Lindsay Davenport
Lindsay Davenport
/ Mary Joe Fernández (1997) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Natalia Zvereva (1998) Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
/ Jana Novotná (1999) Serena Williams
Serena Williams
/ Venus Williams (2000) Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
/ Mary Pierce (2001) Virginia Ruano Pascual
Virginia Ruano Pascual
/ Paola Suárez (2002) Virginia Ruano Pascual
Virginia Ruano Pascual
/ Paola Suárez (2003) Kim Clijsters
Kim Clijsters
/ Ai Sugiyama (2004) Virginia Ruano Pascual
Virginia Ruano Pascual
/ Paola Suárez (2005) Virginia Ruano Pascual
Virginia Ruano Pascual
/ Paola Suárez (2006) Lisa Raymond
Lisa Raymond
/ Samantha Stosur (2007) Alicia Molik
Alicia Molik
/ Mara Santangelo (2008) Anabel Medina Garrigues
Anabel Medina Garrigues
/ Virginia Ruano Pascual (2009) Anabel Medina Garrigues
Anabel Medina Garrigues
/ Virginia Ruano Pascual (2010) Serena Williams
Serena Williams
/ Venus Williams (2011) Andrea Hlaváčková
Andrea Hlaváčková
/ Lucie Hradecká (2012) Sara Errani
Sara Errani
/ Roberta Vinci (2013) Ekaterina Makarova
Ekaterina Makarova
/ Elena Vesnina (2014) Hsieh Su-wei
Hsieh Su-wei
/ Peng Shuai (2015) Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
/ Lucie Šafářová (2016) Caroline Garcia
Caroline Garcia
/ Kristina Mladenovic (2017) Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
/ Lucie Šafářová

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Wimbledon (Open Era) ladies' doubles champions

(1968) Rosemary Casals / Billie Jean King (1969) Margaret Court
Margaret Court
/ Judy Tegart Dalton (1970) Rosemary Casals / Billie Jean King (1971) Rosemary Casals / Billie Jean King (1972) Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King
/ Betty Stöve (1973) Rosemary Casals / Billie Jean King (1974) Evonne Goolagong
Evonne Goolagong
Cawley / Peggy Michel (1975) Ann Kiyomura / Kazuko Sawamatsu (1976) Chris Evert
Chris Evert
/ Martina Navratilova (1977) Helen Gourlay Cawley / JoAnne Russell (1978) Kerry Melville Reid / Wendy Turnbull (1979) Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King
/ Martina Navratilova (1980) Kathy Jordan / Anne Smith (1981) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1982) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1983) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1984) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1985) Kathy Jordan / Elizabeth Sayers Smylie (1986) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1987) Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
/ Helena Suková (1988) Steffi Graf
Steffi Graf
/ Gabriela Sabatini (1989) Jana Novotná
Jana Novotná
/ Helena Suková (1990) Jana Novotná
Jana Novotná
/ Helena Suková (1991) Larisa Savchenko Neiland / Natalia Zvereva (1992) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Natalia Zvereva (1993) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Natalia Zvereva (1994) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Natalia Zvereva (1995) Jana Novotná
Jana Novotná
/ Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (1996) Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
/ Helena Suková (1997) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Natasha Zvereva (1998) Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
/ Jana Novotná (1999) Lindsay Davenport
Lindsay Davenport
/ Corina Morariu (2000) Serena Williams
Serena Williams
/ Venus Williams (2001) Lisa Raymond
Lisa Raymond
/ Rennae Stubbs (2002) Serena Williams
Serena Williams
/ Venus Williams (2003) Kim Clijsters
Kim Clijsters
/ Ai Sugiyama (2004) Cara Black
Cara Black
/ Rennae Stubbs (2005) Cara Black
Cara Black
/ Liezel Huber (2006) Yan Zi / Zheng Jie (2007) Cara Black
Cara Black
/ Liezel Huber (2008) Serena Williams
Serena Williams
/ Venus Williams (2009) Serena Williams
Serena Williams
/ Venus Williams (2010) Vania King
Vania King
/ Yaroslava Shvedova (2011) Květa Peschke
Květa Peschke
/ Katarina Srebotnik (2012) Serena Williams
Serena Williams
/ Venus Williams (2013) Hsieh Su-wei
Hsieh Su-wei
/ Peng Shuai (2014) Sara Errani
Sara Errani
/ Roberta Vinci (2015) Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
/ Sania Mirza (2016) Serena Williams
Serena Williams
/ Venus Williams (2017) Ekaterina Makarova
Ekaterina Makarova
/ Elena Vesnina

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US Open women's doubles champions

(1968) Maria Bueno
Maria Bueno
/ Margaret Court (1969) Françoise Dürr
Françoise Dürr
/ Darlene Hard (1970) Margaret Court
Margaret Court
/ Judy Tegart Dalton (1971) Rosemary Casals / Judy Tegart Dalton (1972) Françoise Dürr
Françoise Dürr
/ Betty Stöve (1973) Margaret Court
Margaret Court
/ Virginia Wade (1974) Rosemary Casals / Billie Jean King (1975) Margaret Court
Margaret Court
/ Virginia Wade (1976) Delina Boshoff / Ilana Kloss (1977) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Betty Stöve (1978) Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King
/ Martina Navratilova (1979) Betty Stöve
Betty Stöve
/ Wendy Turnbull (1980) Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King
/ Martina Navratilova (1981) Kathy Jordan / Anne Smith (1982) Rosemary Casals / Wendy Turnbull (1983) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1984) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1985) Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
/ Helena Suková (1986) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1987) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1988) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Robin White (1989) Hana Mandlíková
Hana Mandlíková
/ Martina Navratilova (1990) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Martina Navratilova (1991) Pam Shriver / Natalia Zvereva (1992) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Natalia Zvereva (1993) Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
/ Helena Suková (1994) Jana Novotná
Jana Novotná
/ Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (1995) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Natalia Zvereva (1996) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Natalia Zvereva (1997) Lindsay Davenport
Lindsay Davenport
/ Jana Novotná (1998) Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
/ Jana Novotná (1999) Serena Williams
Serena Williams
/ Venus Williams (2000) Julie Halard-Decugis / Ai Sugiyama (2001) Lisa Raymond
Lisa Raymond
/ Rennae Stubbs (2002) Virginia Ruano Pascual
Virginia Ruano Pascual
/ Paola Suárez (2003) Virginia Ruano Pascual
Virginia Ruano Pascual
/ Paola Suárez (2004) Virginia Ruano Pascual
Virginia Ruano Pascual
/ Paola Suárez (2005) Lisa Raymond
Lisa Raymond
/ Samantha Stosur (2006) Nathalie Dechy
Nathalie Dechy
/ Vera Zvonareva (2007) Nathalie Dechy
Nathalie Dechy
/ Dinara Safina (2008) Cara Black
Cara Black
/ Liezel Huber (2009) Serena Williams
Serena Williams
/ Venus Williams (2010) Vania King
Vania King
/ Yaroslava Shvedova (2011) Liezel Huber
Liezel Huber
/ Lisa Raymond (2012) Sara Errani
Sara Errani
/ Roberta Vinci (2013) Andrea Hlaváčková
Andrea Hlaváčková
/ Lucie Hradecká (2014) Ekaterina Makarova
Ekaterina Makarova
/ Elena Vesnina (2015) Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
/ Sania Mirza (2016) Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
/ Lucie Šafářová

Mixed doubles

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Wimbledon (Open Era) mixed doubles champions

(1968) Ken Fletcher
Ken Fletcher
/ Margaret Court (1969) Fred Stolle / Ann Haydon-Jones (1970) Ilie Năstase
Ilie Năstase
/ Rosemary Casals (1971) Owen Davidson
Owen Davidson
/ Billie Jean King (1972) Ilie Năstase
Ilie Năstase
/ Rosemary Casals (1973) Owen Davidson
Owen Davidson
/ Billie Jean King (1974) Owen Davidson
Owen Davidson
/ Billie Jean King (1975) Marty Riessen
Marty Riessen
/ Margaret Court (1976) Tony Roche
Tony Roche
/ Françoise Dürr (1977) Bob Hewitt
Bob Hewitt
/ Greer Stevens (1978) Frew McMillan
Frew McMillan
/ Betty Stöve (1979) Bob Hewitt
Bob Hewitt
/ Greer Stevens (1980) John Austin / Tracy Austin (1981) Frew McMillan
Frew McMillan
/ Betty Stöve (1982) Kevin Curren
Kevin Curren
/ Anne Smith (1983) John Lloyd / Wendy Turnbull (1984) John Lloyd / Wendy Turnbull (1985) Paul McNamee
Paul McNamee
/ Martina Navratilova (1986) Ken Flach / Kathy Jordan (1987) Jeremy Bates / Jo Durie (1988) Sherwood Stewart / Zina Garrison (1989) Jim Pugh / Jana Novotná (1990) Rick Leach
Rick Leach
/ Zina Garrison (1991) John Fitzgerald / Elizabeth Sayers Smylie (1992) Cyril Suk / Larisa Savchenko Neiland (1993) Mark Woodforde
Mark Woodforde
/ Martina Navratilova (1994) Todd Woodbridge
Todd Woodbridge
/ Helena Suková (1995) Jonathan Stark / Martina Navratilova (1996) Cyril Suk / Helena Suková (1997) Cyril Suk / Helena Suková (1998) Max Mirnyi
Max Mirnyi
/ Serena Williams (1999) Leander Paes
Leander Paes
/ Lisa Raymond (2000) Donald Johnson / Kimberly Po (2001) Leoš Friedl
Leoš Friedl
/ Daniela Hantuchová (2002) Mahesh Bhupathi
Mahesh Bhupathi
/ Elena Likhovtseva (2003) Leander Paes
Leander Paes
/ Martina Navratilova (2004) Wayne Black / Cara Black (2005) Mahesh Bhupathi
Mahesh Bhupathi
/ Mary Pierce (2006) Andy Ram
Andy Ram
/ Vera Zvonareva (2007) Jamie Murray
Jamie Murray
/ Jelena Janković (2008) Bob Bryan
Bob Bryan
/ Samantha Stosur (2009) Mark Knowles
Mark Knowles
/ Anna-Lena Grönefeld (2010) Leander Paes
Leander Paes
/ Cara Black (2011) Jürgen Melzer
Jürgen Melzer
/ Iveta Benešová (2012) Mike Bryan
Mike Bryan
/ Lisa Raymond (2013) Daniel Nestor
Daniel Nestor
/ Kristina Mladenovic (2014) Nenad Zimonjić
Nenad Zimonjić
/ Samantha Stosur (2015) Leander Paes
Leander Paes
/ Martina Hingis (2016) Henri Kontinen
Henri Kontinen
/ Heather Watson (2017) Jamie Murray
Jamie Murray
/ Martina Hingis

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US Open mixed doubles champions

(1968) Mary Ann Eisel / Peter Curtis (1969) Margaret Court
Margaret Court
/ Marty Riessen (1970) Margaret Court
Margaret Court
/ Marty Riessen (1971) Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King
/ Owen Davidson (1972) Margaret Court
Margaret Court
/ Marty Riessen (1973) Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King
/ Owen Davidson (1974) Pam Teeguarden / Geoff Masters (1975) Rosemary Casals / Dick Stockton (1976) Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King
/ Phil Dent (1977) Betty Stöve
Betty Stöve
/ Frew McMillan (1978) Betty Stöve
Betty Stöve
/ Frew McMillan (1979) Greer Stevens / Bob Hewitt (1980) Wendy Turnbull
Wendy Turnbull
/ Marty Riessen (1981) Anne Smith / Kevin Curren (1982) Anne Smith / Kevin Curren (1983) Elizabeth Sayers Smylie / John Fitzgerald (1984) Manuela Maleeva
Manuela Maleeva
/ Tom Gullikson (1985) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Heinz Günthardt (1986) Raffaella Reggi
Raffaella Reggi
/ Sergio Casal (1987) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Emilio Sánchez
Emilio Sánchez
Vicario (1988) Jana Novotná
Jana Novotná
/ Jim Pugh (1989) Robin White / Shelby Cannon (1990) Elizabeth Sayers Smylie / Todd Woodbridge (1991) Manon Bollegraf / Tom Nijssen (1992) Nicole Provis / Mark Woodforde (1993) Helena Suková
Helena Suková
/ Todd Woodbridge (1994) Elna Reinach / Patrick Galbraith (1995) Meredith McGrath / Matt Lucena (1996) Lisa Raymond
Lisa Raymond
/ Patrick Galbraith (1997) Manon Bollegraf / Rick Leach (1998) Serena Williams
Serena Williams
/ Max Mirnyi (1999) Ai Sugiyama
Ai Sugiyama
/ Mahesh Bhupathi (2000) Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
/ Jared Palmer (2001) Rennae Stubbs
Rennae Stubbs
/ Todd Woodbridge (2002) Lisa Raymond
Lisa Raymond
/ Mike Bryan (2003) Katarina Srebotnik
Katarina Srebotnik
/ Bob Bryan (2004) Vera Zvonareva
Vera Zvonareva
/ Bob Bryan (2005) Daniela Hantuchová
Daniela Hantuchová
/ Mahesh Bhupathi (2006) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Bob Bryan (2007) Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka
/ Max Mirnyi (2008) Cara Black
Cara Black
/ Leander Paes (2009) Carly Gullickson
Carly Gullickson
/ Travis Parrott (2010) Liezel Huber
Liezel Huber
/ Bob Bryan (2011) Melanie Oudin
Melanie Oudin
/ Jack Sock (2012) Ekaterina Makarova
Ekaterina Makarova
/ Bruno Soares (2013) Andrea Hlaváčková
Andrea Hlaváčková
/ Max Mirnyi (2014) Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza
/ Bruno Soares (2015) Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
/ Leander Paes (2016) Laura Siegemund
Laura Siegemund
/ Mate Pavić (2017) Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
/ Jamie Murray

Others

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Grand Slam / non-calendar year / career Grand Slam-winning singles/doubles tennis players

Grand Slam

Men's singles

1938: Don Budge 1962: Rod Laver 1969: Rod Laver

Women's singles

1953: Maureen Connolly 1970: Margaret Court 1988: Steffi Graf

Men's doubles

1951: Ken McGregor/ Frank Sedgman

Women's doubles

1960: Maria Bueno 1984: Martina Navratilova/ Pam Shriver 1998: Martina Hingis

Mixed doubles

1963: Margaret Court/ Ken Fletcher 1965: Margaret Court 1967: Owen Davidson

Non-calendar year Grand Slam

Men's singles

2015–16: Novak Djokovic

Women's singles

1983–84: Martina Navratilova 1993–94: Steffi Graf 2002–03: Serena Williams 2014–15: Serena Williams

Men's doubles

2012–13: Bob Bryan/ Mike Bryan

Women's doubles

1949–50: Louise Brough 1986–87: Martina Navratilova/ Pam Shriver 1992–93: Gigi Fernández/ Natasha Zvereva 1996–97: Natasha Zvereva 2009–10: Serena Williams/ Venus Williams

Mixed doubles

1967–68 Billie Jean King

Career Grand Slam

Men's singles

1933-34-35: Fred Perry 1937-38: Don Budge 1960-61-62: Rod Laver 1961-63-64: Roy Emerson 1992-94-95-99: Andre Agassi 2003-04-09: Roger Federer 2005-08-09-10: Rafael Nadal 2008-11-16: Novak Djokovic

Women's singles

1951-52-53: Maureen Connolly 1949-50-51-54: Doris Hart 1951-56-57: Shirley Fry
Shirley Fry
Irvin 1960-62-63: Margaret Court 1966-67-68-72: Billie Jean King 1974-75-82: Chris Evert 1978-81-82-83: Martina Navratilova 1987-88: Steffi Graf 1999-2002-03: Serena Williams 2004-06-08-12: Maria Sharapova

Men's doubles

1935-36-39: Adrian Quist 1948-50-51 Frank Sedgman 1951: Ken McGregor 1953–56: Lew Hoad/ Ken Rosewall 1957-58-59: Neale Fraser 1959-60-62: Roy Emerson 1965–67: John Newcombe/ Tony Roche 1962-64-67-77: Bob Hewitt 1982-84-86-89: John Fitzgerald 1983-87-89: Anders Järryd 1994-95-98: Jacco Eltingh/ Paul Haarhuis 1989-92–93-2000: Mark Woodforde 1992–93-95-2000: Todd Woodbridge 1998-2002-03-05: Jonas Björkman 2003-05-06: Bob Bryan/ Mike Bryan 2002-04-07-08: Daniel Nestor 1999-2006-12: Leander Paes

Women's doubles

1942-46-50: Louise Brough
Louise Brough
Clapp 1947-48-50-51: Doris Hart 1950-51-57: Shirley Fry
Shirley Fry
Irvin 1956–1957: Althea Gibson 1958–60: Maria Bueno 1961–64: Lesley Turner Bowrey 1961-63-64: Margaret Court 1964-66-69-70: Judy Tegart Dalton 1980–81: Kathy Jordan/ Anne Smith 1975-76-77-80: / Martina Navratilova 1981-82-83-84: Pam Shriver 1989-90-93: Helena Suková 1988–90-91-92: Gigi Fernández 1989-90-91-93: / Natasha Zvereva 1989-90-94: Jana Novotná 1996-97-98: Martina Hingis 1999-2000-01: Serena Williams/ Venus Williams 2000-01-06: Lisa Raymond 2012-13-14: Sara Errani/ Roberta Vinci

Mixed doubles

1925-26-27-28 Jean Borotra 1949–51: Doris Hart/ Frank Sedgman 1961-1963: Margaret Court 1962-1963: Ken Fletcher 1965-66-67: Owen Davidson 1967–68: Billie Jean King 1969–75: Marty Riessen 1961-70-77-79: Bob Hewitt 1992–93-95: Mark Woodforde 1990-93-94-95: Todd Woodbridge 1974-85-2003: Martina Navratilova 2001-02-05: Daniela Hantuchová 1997-99-2005-06: Mahesh Bhupathi 2002-04-08-10: Cara Black 1999-2003-08-16: Leander Paes 2006-15-16: Martina Hingis

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Women's tennis players who won two or more Grand Slam singles titles in one calendar year

Four wins

1953: Maureen Connolly
Maureen Connolly
Brinker 1970: Margaret Court 1988: Steffi Graf

Three wins

1928: Helen Wills
Helen Wills
Moody (FO&WI&US) 1929: Helen Wills
Helen Wills
Moody (FO&WI&US) 1962: Margaret Court
Margaret Court
(AO&FO&US) 1965: Margaret Court
Margaret Court
(AO&WI&US) 1969: Margaret Court
Margaret Court
(AO&FO&US) 1972: Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King
(FO&WI&US) 1973: Margaret Court
Margaret Court
(AO&FO&US) 1983: Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
(AO&WI&US) 1984: Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
(FO&WI&US) 1989: Steffi Graf
Steffi Graf
(AO&WI&US) 1991: Monica Seles
Monica Seles
(AO&FO&US) 1992: Monica Seles
Monica Seles
(AO&FO&US) 1993: Steffi Graf
Steffi Graf
(FO&WI&US) 1995: Steffi Graf
Steffi Graf
(FO&WI&US) 1996: Steffi Graf
Steffi Graf
(FO&WI&US) 1997: Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
(AO&WI&US) 2002: Serena Williams
Serena Williams
(FO&WI&US) 2015: Serena Williams
Serena Williams
(AO&FO&WI)

Two wins

1925: Suzanne Lenglen
Suzanne Lenglen
(FO&WI) 1927: Helen Wills
Helen Wills
Moody (WI&US) 1930: Helen Wills
Helen Wills
Moody (FO&WI) 1931: Cilly Aussem
Cilly Aussem
(FO&WI) 1932: Helen Wills
Helen Wills
Moody (FO&WI) 1939: Alice Marble
Alice Marble
(WI&US) 1946: Pauline Betz
Pauline Betz
Addie (WI&US) 1949: Margaret Osborne duPont
Margaret Osborne duPont
(FO&US) 1950: Louise Bough Clapp (AO&WI) 1952: Maureen Connolly Brinker
Maureen Connolly Brinker
(WI&US) 1954: Maureen Connolly Brinker
Maureen Connolly Brinker
(FO&WI) 1956: Shirley Fry Irvin
Shirley Fry Irvin
(WI&US) 1957: Althea Gibson
Althea Gibson
(WI&US) 1958: Althea Gibson
Althea Gibson
(WI&US) 1959: Maria Bueno
Maria Bueno
(WI&US) 1960: Darlene Hard (FO&US) 1963: Margaret Court
Margaret Court
(AO&WI) 1964: Margaret Court
Margaret Court
(AO&FO) 1964: Maria Bueno
Maria Bueno
(WI&US) 1967: Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King
(WI&US) 1968: Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King
(AO&WI) 1971: Evonne Goolagong
Evonne Goolagong
Cawley (FO&WI) 1974: Chris Evert
Chris Evert
(FO&WI) 1975: Chris Evert
Chris Evert
(FO&US) 1976: Chris Evert
Chris Evert
(WI&US) 1980: Chris Evert
Chris Evert
(FO&US) 1982: Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
(FO&WI) 1982: Chris Evert
Chris Evert
(AO&US) 1985: Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
(AO&WI) 1986: Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
(WI&US) 1987: Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
(WI&US) 1994: Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
(FO&US) 2000: Venus Williams
Venus Williams
(WI&US) 2001: Jennifer Capriati
Jennifer Capriati
(AO&FO) 2001: Venus Williams
Venus Williams
(WI&US) 2003: Serena Williams
Serena Williams
(AO&WI) 2003: Justine Henin
Justine Henin
(FO&US) 2006: Amélie Mauresmo
Amélie Mauresmo
(AO&WI) 2007: Justine Henin
Justine Henin
(FO&US) 2009: Serena Williams
Serena Williams
(AO&WI) 2010: Serena Williams
Serena Williams
(AO&WI) 2012: Serena Williams
Serena Williams
(WI&US) 2013: Serena Williams
Serena Williams
(FO&US) 2016: Angelique Kerber
Angelique Kerber
(AO&US)

AO=Australian Open, FO=French Open, WI=Wimbledon, US=US Open

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Female tennis players who have won 3 or more Grand Slam singles titles in one year

1928–29: Helen Wills
Helen Wills
Moody (3) 1953: Maureen Connolly Brinker
Maureen Connolly Brinker
(4) 1962–65–69–70–73: Margaret Court
Margaret Court
(3–3–3–4–3) 1972: Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King
(3) 1983–84: Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
(3) 1988–89–93–95–96: Steffi Graf
Steffi Graf
(4–3–3–3–3) 1991–92: Monica Seles
Monica Seles
(3) 1997: Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
(3) 2002–15: Serena Williams
Serena Williams
(3)

Serena Williams's achievements

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Women's Tennis
Tennis
Association: Top American female singles tennis players as of 2 April 2018

1. Venus Williams
Venus Williams
(8 ) 2. Sloane Stephens
Sloane Stephens
(9 3) 3. Madison Keys
Madison Keys
(14 1) 4. CoCo Vandeweghe
CoCo Vandeweghe
(15 1) 5. CiCi Bellis
CiCi Bellis
(43 1)

6. Danielle Collins
Danielle Collins
(53 40) 7. Varvara Lepchenko
Varvara Lepchenko
(72 3) 8. Madison Brengle
Madison Brengle
(80 3) 9. Jennifer Brady (82 1) 10. Sofia Kenin
Sofia Kenin
(85 9)

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Women's Tennis
Tennis
Association: Top American female doubles tennis players as of 30 October 2017

1. Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
(8 1) 2. Abigail Spears
Abigail Spears
(27 1) 3. Raquel Atawo
Raquel Atawo
(34 ) 4. Nicole Melichar
Nicole Melichar
(39 ) 5. Coco Vandeweghe
Coco Vandeweghe
(64 )

6. Vania King
Vania King
(91 1) 7. Jacqueline Cako
Jacqueline Cako
(96 1) 8. Caroline Dolehide (100 1) 9. Asia Muhammad
Asia Muhammad
(116 11) 10. Kaitlyn Christian (119 36)

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Women's Tennis Association
Women's Tennis Association
(WTA) world No. 1 doubles players

Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
(1984/1990 – 237 w) Pam Shriver (1985/1986 – 48 w) Helena Suková
Helena Suková
(1990/1993 – 68 w) Jana Novotná
Jana Novotná
(1990/1999 – 67 w) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
(1991/1995 – 80 w) Natasha Zvereva
Natasha Zvereva
(1991/1999 – 124 w) Larisa Neiland (1992 – 4 w) Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
(1992/1997 – 111 w) Lindsay Davenport
Lindsay Davenport
(1997/2000 – 32 w) Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
(1998/2018 – 90 w) Anna Kournikova
Anna Kournikova
(1999/2000 – 10 w) Corina Morariu
Corina Morariu
(2000 – 7 w) Lisa Raymond
Lisa Raymond
(2000/2012 – 137 w) Rennae Stubbs
Rennae Stubbs
(2000 – 3 w) Julie Halard-Decugis (2000 – 14 w) Ai Sugiyama
Ai Sugiyama
(2000/2003 – 45 w) Paola Suárez
Paola Suárez
(2002/2004 – 87 w) Kim Clijsters
Kim Clijsters
(2003 – 4 w) Virginia Ruano Pascual
Virginia Ruano Pascual
(2003/2005 – 65 w) Cara Black
Cara Black
(2005/2010 – 163 w) Samantha Stosur
Samantha Stosur
(2006/2007 – 61 w) Liezel Huber
Liezel Huber
(2007/2012 – 199 w) Serena Williams
Serena Williams
(2010 – 8 w) Venus Williams
Venus Williams
(2010 – 8 w) Gisela Dulko
Gisela Dulko
(2010/2011 – 24 w) Flavia Pennetta
Flavia Pennetta
(2011 – 18 w) Květa Peschke
Květa Peschke
(2011 – 10 w) Katarina Srebotnik
Katarina Srebotnik
(2011 – 10 w) Sara Errani
Sara Errani
(2012/2015 – 87 w) Roberta Vinci
Roberta Vinci
(2012/2015 – 110 w) Peng Shuai
Peng Shuai
(2014 – 20 w) Hsieh Su-wei
Hsieh Su-wei
(2014 – 5 w) Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza
(2015/2017 – 91 w) Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
(2017 – 32 w) Lucie Šafářová
Lucie Šafářová
(2017 – 6 w) Latisha Chan
Latisha Chan
(2017/2018 – 24 w)

WTA rankings incepted on September 4, 1984 (year first held/year last held – number of weeks (w)) current No. 1 in bold, as of week of April 2, 2018[update]

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Women's Tennis Association
Women's Tennis Association
(WTA) world No. 1 singles players

Chris Evert
Chris Evert
(1975/1985 – 260 w) Evonne Goolagong
Evonne Goolagong
(1976 – 2 w) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
(1978/1987 – 331 w) Tracy Austin
Tracy Austin
(1980 – 22 w) Steffi Graf
Steffi Graf
(1987/1997 – 377 w) // Monica Seles
Monica Seles
(1991/1996 – 178 w) Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
(1995 – 12 w) Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
(1997/2001 – 209 w) Lindsay Davenport
Lindsay Davenport
(1998/2006 – 98 w) Jennifer Capriati
Jennifer Capriati
(2001/2002 – 17 w) Venus Williams
Venus Williams
(2002 – 11 w) Serena Williams
Serena Williams
(2002/2017 – 319 w) Kim Clijsters
Kim Clijsters
(2003/2011 – 20 w) Justine Henin
Justine Henin
(2003/2008 – 117 w) Amélie Mauresmo
Amélie Mauresmo
(2004/2006 – 39 w) Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
(2005/2012 – 21 w) Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic
(2008 – 12 w) Jelena Janković
Jelena Janković
(2008/2009 – 18 w) Dinara Safina
Dinara Safina
(2009 – 26 w) Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki
(2010/2018 – 71 w) Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka
(2012/2013 – 51 w) Angelique Kerber
Angelique Kerber
(2016/2017 – 34 w) Karolína Plíšková
Karolína Plíšková
(2017 – 8 w) Garbiñe Muguruza
Garbiñe Muguruza
(2017 – 4 w) Simona Halep
Simona Halep
(2017/2018 – 22 w)

WTA rankings incepted on November 3, 1975 (year first held/year last held – number of weeks (w)) current No. 1 in bold, as of week of April 2, 2018[update]

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Tennis at the Summer Olympics
Tennis at the Summer Olympics
• Olympic champions in women's singles

Demonstration

1968:  Helga Niessen (FRG) 1984:  Steffi Graf (FRG)

Indoor

1908:  Gwendoline Eastlake-Smith (GBR) 1912:  Edith Hannam (GBR)

Outdoor

1900:  Charlotte Cooper (GBR) 1908:  Dorothea Chambers (GBR) 1912:  Marguerite Broquedis (FRA) 1920:  Suzanne Lenglen (FRA) 1924:  Helen Wills (USA) 1988:  Steffi Graf (FRG) 1992:  Jennifer Capriati (USA) 1996:  Lindsay Davenport (USA) 2000:  Venus Williams (USA) 2004:  Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL) 2008:  Elena Dementieva (RUS) 2012:  Serena Williams (USA) 2016:  Monica Puig (PUR)

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Tennis at the Summer Olympics
Tennis at the Summer Olympics
• Olympic champions in women's doubles

Demonstration

1968:   Edda Buding
Edda Buding
& Helga Niessen (FRG)

Women's Doubles

1920:  Kathleen McKane & Winifred McNair (GBR) 1924:  Hazel Wightman & Helen Wills (USA) 1988:   Zina Garrison
Zina Garrison
& Pam Shriver (USA) 1992:   Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
& Mary Joe Fernández (USA) 1996:   Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
& Mary Joe Fernández (USA) 2000:   Serena Williams
Serena Williams
& Venus Williams (USA) 2004:   Sun Tiantian & Li Ting (CHN) 2008:   Serena Williams
Serena Williams
& Venus Williams (USA) 2012:   Serena Williams
Serena Williams
& Venus Williams (USA) 2016:   Ekaterina Makarova
Ekaterina Makarova
& Elena Vesnina (RUS)

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WTA Year-end championships winners singles

(1972) Chris Evert (1973) Chris Evert (1974) Evonne Goolagong (1975) Chris Evert (1976) Evonne Goolagong (1977) Chris Evert (1978) Martina Navratilova (1979) Martina Navratilova (1980) Tracy Austin (1981) Martina Navratilova (1982) Sylvia Hanika (1983) Martina Navratilova (1984) Martina Navratilova (1985) Martina Navratilova (1986-1) Martina Navratilova (1986-2) Martina Navratilova (1987) Steffi Graf (1988) Gabriela Sabatini (1989) Steffi Graf (1990) Monica Seles (1991) Monica Seles (1992) Monica Seles (1993) Steffi Graf (1994) Gabriela Sabatini (1995) Steffi Graf (1996) Steffi Graf (1997) Jana Novotná (1998) Martina Hingis (1999) Lindsay Davenport (2000) Martina Hingis (2001) Serena Williams (2002) Kim Clijsters (2003) Kim Clijsters (2004) Maria Sharapova (2005) Amélie Mauresmo (2006) Justine Henin (2007) Justine Henin (2008) Venus Williams (2009) Serena Williams (2010) Kim Clijsters (2011) Petra Kvitová (2012) Serena Williams (2013) Serena Williams (2014) Serena Williams (2015) Agnieszka Radwańska (2016) Dominika Cibulková (2017) Caroline Wozniacki

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Laureus World Sports Award for Sportswoman of the Year

2000: Marion Jones* 2001: Cathy Freeman 2002: Jennifer Capriati 2003: Serena Williams 2004: Annika Sörenstam 2005: Kelly Holmes 2006: Janica Kostelić 2007: Yelena Isinbayeva 2008: Justine Henin 2009: Yelena Isinbayeva 2010: Serena Williams 2011: Lindsey Vonn 2012: Vivian Cheruiyot 2013: Jessica Ennis 2014: Missy Franklin 2015: Genzebe Dibaba 2016: Serena Williams 2017: Simone Biles 2018: Serena Williams

* Since this award, Jones has admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs. Her award has been rescinded.

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Laureus World Sports Award for Comeback of the Year

2000: Lance Armstrong* 2001: Jennifer Capriati 2002: Goran Ivanišević 2003: Ronaldo 2004: Hermann Maier 2005: Alex Zanardi 2006: Martina Hingis 2007: Serena Williams 2008: Paula Radcliffe 2009: Vitali Klitschko 2010: Kim Clijsters 2011: Valentino Rossi 2012: Darren Clarke 2013: Félix Sánchez 2014: Rafael Nadal 2015: Schalk Burger 2016: Dan Carter 2017: Michael Phelps 2018: Roger Federer

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Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated
Sportsperson of the Year

1954: Roger Bannister 1955: Johnny Podres 1956: Bobby Morrow 1957: Stan Musial 1958: Rafer Johnson 1959: Ingemar Johansson 1960: Arnold Palmer 1961: Jerry Lucas 1962: Terry Baker 1963: Pete Rozelle 1964: Ken Venturi 1965: Sandy Koufax 1966: Jim Ryun 1967: Carl Yastrzemski 1968: Bill Russell 1969: Tom Seaver 1970: Bobby Orr 1971: Lee Trevino 1972: Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King
& John Wooden 1973: Jackie Stewart 1974: Muhammad Ali 1975: Pete Rose 1976: Chris Evert 1977: Steve Cauthen 1978: Jack Nicklaus 1979: Terry Bradshaw
Terry Bradshaw
& Willie Stargell 1980: U.S. Olympic Hockey Team 1981: Sugar Ray Leonard 1982: Wayne Gretzky 1983: Mary Decker 1984: Edwin Moses
Edwin Moses
& Mary Lou Retton 1985: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1986: Joe Paterno 1987: Bob Bourne, Judi Brown King, Kipchoge Keino, Dale Murphy, Chip Rives, Patty Sheehan, Rory Sparrow, & Reggie Williams 1988: Orel Hershiser 1989: Greg LeMond 1990: Joe Montana 1991: Michael Jordan 1992: Arthur Ashe 1993: Don Shula 1994: Bonnie Blair
Bonnie Blair
& Johann Olav Koss 1995: Cal Ripken Jr. 1996: Tiger Woods 1997: Dean Smith 1998: Mark McGwire
Mark McGwire
& Sammy Sosa 1999: U.S. Women's Soccer Team 2000: Tiger Woods 2001: Curt Schilling
Curt Schilling
& Randy Johnson 2002: Lance Armstrong 2003: David Robinson & Tim Duncan 2004: Boston Red Sox 2005: Tom Brady 2006: Dwyane Wade 2007: Brett Favre 2008: Michael Phelps 2009: Derek Jeter 2010: Drew Brees 2011: Mike Krzyzewski
Mike Krzyzewski
& Pat Summitt 2012: LeBron James 2013: Peyton Manning 2014: Madison Bumgarner 2015: Serena Williams 2016: LeBron James 2017: José Altuve
José Altuve
& J. J. Watt

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Michigan Women's Hall of Fame

1980–1989

1983

Harriette Simpson Arnow N. Lorraine Beebe Mamie Geraldine Neale Bledsoe Elizabeth Margaret Chandler Mary Stallings Coleman Wilma T. Donahue Grace Eldering Josephine Gomon Martha W. Griffiths Dorothy Haener Laura Smith Haviland Mildred Jeffrey Pearl Kendrick Helen W. Milliken Rosa L. Parks Anna Howard Shaw Lucinda Hinsdale Stone Sojourner Truth

1984

Helen J. Claytor Caroline Bartlett Crane Marguerite De Angeli Emma Genevieve Gillette Icie Macy Hoobler Magdelaine Laframboise Martha Longstreet Elly M. Peterson Jessie Pharr Slaton Mary C. Spencer Bertha Van Hoosen

1986

Patricia Boyle Elizabeth C. Crosby Gwen Frostic Elmina R. Lucke Marjorie Swank Matthews Marjorie Peebles-Meyers Mary Chase Perry Stratton Helen Thomas

1987

Marion Isabel Barnhart Patricia Hill Burnett Ethel Calhoun Georgia Emery Betty Ford Rosa Slade Gragg Clara Raven

1988

Louise L. Brown Ethelene Crockett Marcia J. Federbush Fran Harris M. Jane Kay Nugent Agnes Mary Mansour Helen Martin Sarah Goddard Power

1989

Clara B. Arthur Anna Sutherland Bissell Alexa Canady Anne R. Davidow Bernadine Newsom Denning Isabella Karle Jean Ledwith King Olga Madar Mary Anne Mayo

1990–1999

1990

Emily Helen Butterfield Erma Henderson Dorothy Leonard Judd Elba Lila Morse Fannie M. Richards Emelia Christine Schaub Mary P. Sinclair Merze Tate Delia Villegas Vorhauer

1991

Rachel Andresen Mary Beck Jan BenDor Janet K. Good Jo Jacobs Virginia Cecile Blomer Nordby Dorothy Comstock Riley Edith Mays Swanson

1992

Cora Brown Mary Lou Butcher Sarah Emma Edmonds Violet Temple Lewis Luise Ruth Leismer Mahon Gilda Radner Martha Romayne Seger Ann M. Shafer Sylvia M. Stoesser Lucy Thurman Charleszetta Waddles

1993

Edith Vosburgh Alvord Catherine Carter Blackwell Jean W. Campbell Katherine Hill Campbell Lenna Frances Cooper Roberta A. Griffith Bina West Miller Jeanne Omelenchuk Sippie Wallace Edna Noble White Irene Clark Woodman

1994

Virginia Allan Marie-Therese Guyon Cadillac Ruth Carlton Flossie Cohen Bertha A. Daubendiek Genora Johnson Dollinger Flora Hommel Sarah Van Hoosen Jones Aleda E. Lutz Helen Walker McAndrew

1995

Yolanda Alvarado-Ortega Irene Auberlin Hilda R. Gage Lucia Voorhees Grimes R. Louise Grooms Odessa Komer Laura Freele Osborn Jacquelin E. Washington

1996

Carrie Frazier Rogers-Brown Anna Clemenc Waunetta McClellan Dominic Margaret Muth Laurence Claudia House Morcom Betsy Graves Reyneau Shirley E. Schwartz Joan Luedders Wolfe

1997

Ellen Burstyn Marion Corwell-Shertzer Four Sisters of Charity Della Goodwin Alice Hamilton Nancy Harkness Love Maryann Mahaffey Sharon E. Sutton Matilda Dodge Wilson

1998

Connie Binsfeld Hilda Patricia Curran Marie Dye Eleanor Josaitis Dorrie Ellen Rosenblatt Ella Merriman Sharp Martha Jean Steinberg Ruth Thompson Lily Tomlin

1999

Patricia L. Beeman Olympia Brown Doris DeDeckere Margaret Drake Elliott Elizabeth Homer Eleonore Hutzel Ella Eaton Kellogg Emily Burton Ketcham Ardeth Platte

2000–2009

2000

Lillian Mellen Genser Loney Clinton Gordon Katherine G. Heideman Dauris Gwendolyn Jackson Cornelia Groefsema Kennedy Marjorie J. Lansing Chaun-Pu Lee Marilyn Fisher Lundy Katharine Dexter McCormick Kathleen N. Straus Clarissa M. Young

2001

Cora Reynolds Anderson Lucile E. Belen Theresa Maxis Duchemin Aretha Franklin Francie Kraker Goodridge Marian Bayoff Ilitch Mary Ellen Riordan Joesphine Stern Weiner

2002

Hortense Golden Canady Julia Wheelock Freeman May Stocking Knaggs Naomi Long Madgett Lucille Hanna McCollough Lana Pollack Martha Louise Rayne Muriel Dorothy Ross

2003

Mary Agnes Blair Verne Burbridge Nellie Cuellar Alice Scanlan Kocel Joyce Lewis Kornbluh Eliza Seaman Leggett Ida Lippman Marion 'Babe' Ruth Bernice "B" Steadman Pamela Withrow Ruth Zweifler

2004

Geraldine Bledsoe Ford Jennifer Mulhern Granholm Lystra Gretter Florine Mark Cathy McClelland Constance Mayfield Rourke

2005

Margaret M. Chiara Eva Lois Evans Georgia A. Lewis Johnson Lida Holmes Mattman Olivia Maynard Deborah Stabenow Caroline Thrun Margaret Sellers Walker Elizabeth Weaver

2006

Cynthia Yao Mary Esther Daddazio Margery Feliksa Nancy Hammond Viola Liuzzo Marge Piercy Dora Hall Stockman Martha Strickland Clark Helen Hornbeck Tanner

2007

Mary Brown Gertrude Buck Emma Cole Haifa Fakhouri Carolyn Geisel Jane Briggs Hart Abigail Rogers Kathleen Wilbur Woman's Hospital Association (charter members)

2008

Carol Atkins Patricia Cuza Carol King Vicki Neiberg James Johnston Schoolcraft Leta Snow Mary Francilene Van de Vyver

2009

Carol Atkins Grace Lee Boggs Margaret Chandler Ruth Ellis Edna Ferber Glenda Lappan Kay Givens McGowan Elizabeth Phillips Jessica Rickert Betty Tableman Marlo Thomas

2010–2019

2010

Mary Aikey Laura Carter Callow Augusta Jane Chapin Sandra Laser Draggoo Annie Etheridge Sherrill Freeborough Dorean Marguerite Hurley Koenig Terry McMillan Edith Munger Cynthia J. Pasky

2011

Lois A. Bader Jumana Judeh Marilyn Kelly Valeria Lipczynski Edelmira Lopez Kary Moss Rose Mary C. Robinson Patricia Saunders

2012

Gladys Beckwith Patricia Caruso Mary Jane Dockeray Judith Karandjeff Les Meres et Debutantes Club of Greater Lansing Serena Williams L. Anna Ballard Eva McCall Hamilton Mary E. McCoy

2013

Elizabeth W. Bauer Judith Levin Cantor Paula Cunningham Joan Jackson Johnson Gladys McKenney Marina von Neumann Whitman Con-Con Eleven Elizabeth Eaglesfield Harriet Quimby

2014

Elizabeth Lehman Belen MaryLee Davis Jeanne Findlater Dorothy A. Johnson Julie Krone Mary Carmelita Manning Barbara Roberts Mason Marylou Olivarez Mason Andra M. Rush Mary Ellen Sheets Lucille Farrier Stickel

2015

Jocelyn Benson Maxine Berman Sue Carter Janet C. Cooper Mabel White Holmes Candice Miller Esther K. Shapiro Maggie Walz Myra Wolfgang Linda M. Woods

2016

Elizabeth Sparks Adams Anan Ameri Daisy Elliott Faith Fowler Evelyn Golden Olivia Letts Mary Free Bed Guild Diana Ross Lou Anna Kimsey Simon Charlotte Wilson

2017

American Legion NUWARINE Post 535 Ella Mae Backus Clara Bryant Ford Elizabeth Denison Forth Mary Kay Henry Curtis Hertel Jr. Verna Grahek Mize Bernice Morton Rosie the Riveter Rosemary C. Sarri Elizabeth Wetzel

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Associated Press
Associated Press
Female Athlete of the Year

1931: Helene Madison 1932: Babe Didrikson
Babe Didrikson
Zaharias 1933: Helen Jacobs 1934: Virginia Van Wie 1935: Helen Wills 1936: Helen Stephens 1937: Katherine Rawls 1938: Patty Berg 1939: Alice Marble 1940: Alice Marble 1941: Betty Hicks 1942: Gloria Callen 1943: Patty Berg 1944: Ann Curtis 1945: Babe Didrikson
Babe Didrikson
Zaharias 1946: Babe Didrikson
Babe Didrikson
Zaharias 1947: Babe Didrikson
Babe Didrikson
Zaharias 1948: Fanny Blankers-Koen 1949: Marlene Hagge 1950: Babe Didrikson
Babe Didrikson
Zaharias 1951: Maureen Connolly 1952: Maureen Connolly 1953: Maureen Connolly 1954: Babe Didrikson
Babe Didrikson
Zaharias 1955: Patty Berg 1956: Pat McCormick 1957: Althea Gibson 1958: Althea Gibson 1959: Maria Bueno 1960: Wilma Rudolph 1961: Wilma Rudolph 1962: Dawn Fraser 1963: Mickey Wright 1964: Mickey Wright 1965: Kathy Whitworth 1966: Kathy Whitworth 1967: Billie Jean King 1968: Peggy Fleming 1969: Debbie Meyer 1970: Chi Cheng 1971: Evonne Goolagong 1972: Olga Korbut 1973: Billie Jean King 1974: Chris Evert 1975: Chris Evert 1976: Nadia Comăneci 1977: Chris Evert 1978: Nancy Lopez 1979: Tracy Austin 1980: Chris Evert 1981: Tracy Austin 1982: Mary Decker 1983: Martina Navratilova 1984: Mary Lou Retton 1985: Nancy Lopez 1986: Martina Navratilova 1987: Jackie Joyner-Kersee 1988: Florence Griffith Joyner 1989: Steffi Graf 1990: Beth Daniel 1991: Monica Seles 1992: Monica Seles 1993: Sheryl Swoopes 1994: Bonnie Blair 1995: Rebecca Lobo 1996: Amy Van Dyken 1997: Martina Hingis 1998: Pak Se-ri 1999: United States
United States
women's national soccer team 2000: Marion Jones 2001: Jennifer Capriati 2002: Serena Williams 2003: Annika Sörenstam 2004: Annika Sörenstam 2005: Annika Sörenstam 2006: Lorena Ochoa 2007: Lorena Ochoa 2008: Candace Parker 2009: Serena Williams 2010: Lindsey Vonn 2011: Abby Wambach 2012: Gabby Douglas 2013: Serena Williams 2014: Mo'ne Davis 2015: Serena Williams 2016: Simone Biles 2017: Katie Ledecky

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Best Female Athlete ESPY Award
ESPY Award
winners

1993: Seles 1994: Krone 1995: Blair 1996: Lobo 1997: Van Dyken 1998: Hamm 1999: Holdsclaw 2000: Graf 2001: Jones 2002: V. Williams 2003: S. Williams 2004: Taurasi 2005: Sörenstam 2006: Sörenstam 2007: Mowatt 2008: Parker 2009: Liukin 2010: Vonn 2011: Vonn 2012: Griner 2013: S. Williams 2014: Rousey 2015: Rousey 2016: Stewart 2017: Biles

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