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Serena Williams by the numbers: A take a look at the statistical dominance of one of many biggest tennis gamers ever

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Serena Williams has introduced her plans to step away from tennis by way of a first-person essay in Vogue. One of many biggest tennis gamers within the historical past of the game, Williams has dominated all through her profession, and even a few of her biggest friends have struggled to maintain up.

Williams, who plans to play within the U.S. Open later this yr, will retire with a formidable resume. Her 23 Grand Slam titles are essentially the most within the Open Period, and her 73 whole singles titles rank eighth all time, however even these numbers do not inform the entire story.

The Grand Slam tournaments characterize tennis’ largest stage, and Williams appears to like the highlight they supply. For instance, as soon as Williams reaches the semifinal of a Grand Slam, she not often misses the chance to advance to the ultimate. All through her illustrious profession, Williams has reached the semifinals of a Grand Slam 40 completely different instances. In these matches, she boasts an extremely spectacular document of 33-7.

Then, there’s how nicely Williams has carried out towards different nice tennis gamers of her period. The rival Williams is most well-acquainted with, her sister Venus, owns seven Grand Slam titles and 49 singles titles all through her profession. Nonetheless, Serena Williams has regularly gotten the higher of that matchup with a 19-12 document towards Venus.

Maybe essentially the most spectacular and lop-sided rivalry of Williams’ profession was towards Maria Sharapova. These two met 22 instances all through their careers, and Williams gained a whopping 20 of them. At one level, Williams owned a 19-match successful streak towards Sharapova. Throughout that span, Sharapova gained simply two units towards Williams. Sharapova gained 5 main titles, and he or she could not beat Williams within the final 14 years of her profession.

Williams additionally owns successful data towards many different legendary tennis gamers like Victoria Azarenka (18-5), Jennifer Capriati (10-7), and Justine Henin (8-6). Between Venus Williams, Sharapova, Azarenka, Capriati, and Henin, there are a complete of 24 Grand Slam titles. That is only one greater than Serena Williams has gained on her personal.

When going through off towards one of the best gamers on this planet, Williams has taken her sport to a different stage. In 555 profession matches towards top-10 opponents, Williams owns a document of 435-120, which comes out to a jaw-dropping 78.0% win proportion.

There are many different accomplishments that display Williams’ greatness. She proved time and time once more that she might win on any floor and is the final lady to win the Floor Slam — successful a significant on every of the three surfaces in a calendar yr — doing so in 2015.

Williams can be one in all simply two girls’s singles gamers to earn a Profession Tremendous Slam, which consists of championships in any respect 4 Grand Slam tournaments, a gold medal on the Olympics, and a year-end championship. Steffi Graf is the one different lady to perform that feat.

When Williams does stroll away from her enjoying profession, she’s going to go down as essentially the most completed participant of her period, and one of many biggest athletes in American sports activities historical past.

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