So if you haven’t heard of Serena Williams by now, you would either be living under a rock or avoided Tennis like it was the plague. And if you have heard of her, then you’ve probably heard that she is the best. And there really is no denying the fact that she is the best athlete alive right now. Serena has won four Olympic Gold and countless other awards (trust me, we tried). She won her first tennis tournament when she was four and a half years old, and it only went up hill from there. Before she was 10 years she participated in 49 tournaments and won 46 of them.
And now last Saturday, Serena won her second consecutive championship at Wimbledon, but the importance of her victory stretches far beyond the trophy she was awarded.
She now ties Steffi Graf for the most Grand Slam wins all-time.
Serena’s triumph was her 22nd in a major singles competition, which ties her with Steffi Graf for the most Grand Slam wins all-time in tennis’ Open Era. This means Serena Williams has a chance to break Graf’s record in about two months when she competes for the US Open in New York City later this summer.
She can take the overall Grand Slam singles record.
If she wins the US Open, Serena will have one spot further to go in 2017 to become the champion in tennis history point-blank.
Margaret Court won 24 singles championships during her career, which technically gives her the most wins of all-time. The reason a distinction is made with Court’s record, however, is many of Court’s titles came before the Open Era began, a period after which tennis changed significantly by allowing both amateurs and professionals to compete in major tournaments.
And seeing how there is only women mentioned in these records, you might assume that we’re talking about the women’s record, which that would be a mistake. The men’s record is held by Roger Federer with “only” 17 wins, and would get him a 7th place, if the list were of both men and women.
All in all, we hope Serena wins the record and possibly the presidency some day. She’s one though cookie that one, and we’re rooting for her and her amazing ways.