A dominant player from the start of her career, Serena Williams won her first Grand Slam title against Martina Hingis at the U.S. Open in 1999 at age 17. Now 33-years-old, an age when most elite athletes have passed their peak performance and retired, Williams is the oldest women’s tennis player ever to win a Grand Slam title, redefining what it means to be a tennis champion – the Grand Slam is now being called the Serena Slam.
On Saturday Williams not only clinched her sixth Wimbledon title against Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 6-4, it also marked her 28th consecutive win in a Grand Slam match. It’s also interesting to note that Muguruza was only five-years-old when Williams won her first Grand Slam.
To win a Grand Slam title, a player must win four annual events: the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. With the beginning of the Open Era which began in 1968, Serena’s record of 21 Grand Slam wins is second only to Steffi Graf who, during the 1980s and 1990s won 22.
Following older sister Venus onto the tennis circuit, Serena was considered a teen tennis prodigy. The 16-year span between her first and most recent win is the biggest in the history of women’s tennis. With such an amazing combination of dominance and longevity, many are regarding Serena Williams as potentially the greatest American athlete of her era, saying that she hasn’t lost any of her strength, agility, poise and skill.
Evidently, her body hasn’t gotten the memo that it was supposed to start the aging process. So the odds are we may be witnessing her matching or even surpassing Graff’s 22 Grand oops, Serena Slam wins in the near future.
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