Serena Williams Career Achievements, Records and Stats

Williams, who has won 23 grand slam titles and is considered by many to be the greatest tennis player of all time, will retire after the 2022 US Open.

Serena Williams will retire from professional tennis after competing in the final grand slam of the year, the 2022 US Open.

The 40-year-old Williams, who turned pro in 1995, has made the decision in order to “expand” her family.

The American is married to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, with the couple having a daughter, Alexis Olympia, in September 2017.

Williams will end her career having won more grand slams than Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Her remarkable achievements in the game means she is considered by many to be the greatest tennis player of all time.

Serena Williams’ grand slam records

  • Williams has won 23 grand slam singles titles, the most of any tennis player in the Open Era.
  • Williams won the Australian Open seven times, the French Open three times, Wimbledon seven times and the US Open seven times.
  • The only tennis player to have won more grand slam titles than Williams is Margaret Court, who won 13 of her 24 grand slams in the Amateur Era.
  • Williams is the only player in the history of women’s tennis to have held all four grand slam titles simultaneously, also known as the ‘Serena Slam’. The first time was 2002-03, when she won the French Open, Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open titles in succession. The second time was 2014-15, when she won the US Open, Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon titles in succession. 
  • Williams won the first grand slam of her career at the 1999 US Open at the age of 17. In doing so, she became the first African American woman in the Open Era to win a singles major.
  • Williams won the 23rd and final grand slam of her career at the 2017 Australian Open, when she was roughly eight weeks’ pregnant with her daughter, Alexis Olympia.
  • Williams is the oldest women’s player to ever win a grand slam, doing so at the age of 35 years and four months at the 2017 Australian Open. Williams occupies seven of the top 10 places on the list of the oldest women to win majors.
  • Williams has won more matches at the Australian Open and US Open than any other women’s player in history, while only Martina Navratilova has won more matches than Williams at Wimbledon.
  • Williams won six grand slams without dropping a set, the most of any player in the history of women’s tennis.

Serena Williams’ doubles records

  • Williams won 14 grand slam doubles titles with her sister, Venus Williams, with the pair never losing a final.
  • The Williams sisters won the Australian Open four times, the French Open two times, Wimbledon six times and the US Open twice.
  • The Williams sisters held all four grand slam doubles titles in 2009-10, winning Wimbledon, the US Open, Australian Open and French Open.
  • Williams also won two mixed doubles grand slam titles, Wimbledon and the US Open, in 1998 alongside the Belarusian Maxi Mirnyi. 

Serena Williams’ Olympic records

  • Williams has won four Olympic gold medals – one in singles, three in doubles – an all-time record that she shares with her sister Venus.
  • Williams won her gold medals at the Olympics in Sydney (2000), Beijing (2008) and London (2012).
  • Alongside Steffi Graf, Williams is the only women’s tennis player to have won all four grand slam titles and the Olympic singles gold medal over the course of their careers.

Serena Williams’ other records

  • Williams spent a total of 319 weeks ranked as the No. 1 singles player in the world, with only Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova spending longer at the summit of the women’s game.
  • Williams spent 186 consecutive weeks ranked as the No. 1 singles player in the world, a record she holds jointly with Steffi Graf.  
  • Williams has played and won more singles matches than any other women’s tennis player in history.
  • Williams won more than $94million in prize money, the most of player in WTA history. The second player on the list is Williams’ sister, Venus, with more than $42million.
  • Williams made $12,385,572 in 2013, the most prize money ever won by a WTA player in a single year. She appears in the top 10 list four more times, in third, fifth, seventh and ninth place respectively.
  • Williams is the richest female athlete of all time and, as of 2022, is listed by Forbes as having a net worth of $260m.
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