When you hear the name Serena Williams you automatically associate the name with legendary status. She’s already confirmed her place in tennis history and is continuing to rewrite the record books.
Arguably the greatest women tennis player of all is looking to cement her place in Australia once and for all. A prime example of her incredible athletic abilities was shown in 2017 when she won the Australian Open title while eight weeks pregnant. She is currently the Open Era Grand slam holder but is still one title away from equalling Margaret Court’s all-time grand Slam record of 24 major singles titles.
Serena Williams vs World No. 1
Many never expected Williams to cope with the World Number 1 Simona Halep because of her recent poor form, but that was not the case on Monday. Williams has dropped to the World Number 16 but played as if she should be the World Number 1 again. There were some key statistics in their fourth-round clash:
Players: Halep Williams
Aces: 2 9
Double Faults: 2 2
Break Points: 3/7 5/10
Net points won: 1/1 12/14
Winners: 24 44
Unforced errors: 12 31
Total points won: 77 86
As seen above it is clear that Williams was the better player on the day. Williams took the first set in dominant fashion winning it 6-1. But the World Number One would not relinquish and showed why she is currently the top ranking player in the world, winning the second set 6-4. That seemed to have intensified the third and final set, despite the odds Williams prevailed and managed to win the set 6-4 and the match.
Career of Williams
Serena has had an incredible career and is close to overcoming the legendary Steffi Graf. In terms of Open Era titles, she is second with 21 Grand Slam titles while Graf has 22. She is third on the all-time Grand Slam list with 21 titles while Graf has 22 and Court has the most with 24 Grand Slams. Serena is currently aiming to win her seventh Australian Open, she won titles in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2015. She currently holds the record for the most Australian Open titles whether it be male or female. After defeating Halep, Williams has qualified for the quarter finals and if she makes the final she is assured to win. She has an incredible finals record and is second in Grand Slam finals with a record of 21-4.
Without a doubt Serena Williams is an incredible athlete and possibly even the greatest woman athlete in world. She has the abilities and experience to help her get to the final and to win the 2019 Australian open. She knocked out the World Number One, so won’t come as surprise if Serena goes all the way and wins the tournament. But as we all know tennis is a funny game where anyone could win on the day should things go their way.