Serena Jameka Williams is an American tennis player born September 26, 1981 in Saginaw. Considered one of the greatest players of all time, she has won 39 Grand Slam titles in singles and doubles to date, including 7 Australian Open, 3 Roland Garros, 7 Wimbledon and 6 US Open in singles; 4 Australian Open, 2 Roland Garros, 6 Wimbledon and 2 US Open in ladies’ doubles with her sister Venus Williams and 1 Wimbledon and 1 US Open in mixed doubles.
By winning her seventh Australian Open on January 28, 2017, Serena Williams became with 23 successes the only record holder for the number of singles titles won in Grand Slam tournaments during the Open era. She thus surpasses Steffi Graf (22 victories) and is only one success away from the record of Margaret Smith Court in the global history of women’s tennis. She also won four Olympic gold medals: three in women’s doubles with her older sister Venus (2000, 2008 and 2012) and one in singles won on August 4, 2012 at Wimbledon, during the London Olympics. All of these results make her the first player in history to have won everything in her career, Grand Slam tournaments and the Olympics, in both singles and doubles.
Over two years in 2002-2003, she won four Grand Slam tournaments in a row, unprecedented performance since Steffi Graf nine years earlier which earned her the world number 1 place in the WTA rankings for 57 consecutive weeks. Relatively more irregular from 2004 to 2007 due to injuries and lack of motivation, it regained this rank on three other occasions thereafter, in September 2008 and February 2009, each time benefiting from a new Grand Slam success. (at the US Open then at the Australian Open), then from February 2013 in the wake of her treble Wimbledon-Olympics-US Open in 2012, a rank that she kept until September 11 2016.
By winning at Wimbledon in 2016, Serena Williams brought her total Grand Slam singles titles to 22 and equaled Steffi Graf’s record in the Open era. She also achieved for the second time, twelve years apart, the feat of winning the four Majors in a row over two seasons, series called “Serena Slam”.
Serena Williams is the younger sister of Venus Williams, also world number 1 in 2002. Serena has won in nineteen of their thirty-one encounters on the circuit since the start of 1998. The match between them in the final of the US Open 2001 is the first Grand Slam final of the Open era to see two sisters face off against each other. They are also the only players to have met in four consecutive Grand Slam finals.
While Serena Williams is at 309 cumulative weeks including 186 consecutive weeks (record co-held by the German Steffi Graf) in first place in the WTA ranking, she was dethroned in September 2016 by the German Angelique Kerber. She returned to the top of the rankings in January 2017 after her seventh victory at the Australian Open, and increased her cumulative total to 319 weeks before ending her season in April, to give birth to the child she was expecting with her fiancé Alexis Ohanian, a girl born on September 1, 2017. Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian get married on November 16, 2017.
His game is based on very powerful serve and groundstrokes. Serena and her sister were among the first players to use the powerful and risky hitting from the baseline. They also surprised with very early preparations for forehand and backhand. Serena likes to take control of the rally after a good first ball and tries to take stock with a few strokes of the rackets. Her serve is considered one of the best in the world as she can hit it hard on the first ball and play a big topspin in the second, resulting in a ball with a lot of bite. His backhand is powerful and often hit flat with great consistency. Her forehand is also very powerful, however, she tends to make a lot of forehand fouls early in a match or when under pressure. His volley is surely his weak point, although it has improved a lot in recent years. When necessary, Serena is now able to come and finish the points at the net.
This type of game is expressed wonderfully on hard surface, but has some difficulties on clay even if, regardless of the surface, it is feared by all players.
His mind allowed him to get out of complicated situations, as evidenced by the fact of having won 3 grand slams while saving match points (record).
Coming with her older sister Venus Williams from a poor family in Los Angeles, she was trained by their father, who wanted them out of their social condition. He personally trains them on a dilapidated tennis court from childhood and they begin to win their first tournaments2. Serena was born in Saginaw, Michigan, to Richard Williams and Oracene Price, and she is the youngest of five siblings: her half-sisters Yetunde, Lindrea and Isha Price, and her sister Venus. When they were young, the family moved to Compton, California, where they started playing tennis at age three. In the American Under-10, she had a record of 46 wins and 3 losses and was number 1.
Debut on the WTA circuit and first Grand Slam title
Serena Williams began on the professional circuit at the age of 14, in September 1995 at the Quebec tournament. However, she failed in qualifying, beaten by compatriot Annie Miller with a 1-6 double.
She made her return to the circuit in October 1997 when she entered for the first time in the final draw of a WTA tournament in Moscow. She was eliminated in the first round by recent Australian Open quarter-finalist Kimberly Po, in two rounds. Nonetheless, she subsequently managed the first stroke of her career at the Chicago tournament. Benefiting from a wild card, she faced Elena Likhovtseva in the first round and defeated her in straight sets 6-3, 7-5. This is his first victory on the WTA circuit. In the second round, she eliminated Mary Pierce, seeded No. 5 and 7th player in the world, again in two sets 6-3, 7-6. She continues her journey by eliminating Monica Seles, world No. 4 in the quarterfinals (4-6, 6-1, 6-1). Then 304th in the WTA, Serena Williams beat two top 10s and qualified for the semi-final of the tournament to face Lindsay Davenport, world No.54. Her journey ends there, beaten 4-6, 4-6 by her opponent who will win the tournament. She finished the year for the first time in the top 100, in 99th place.
She began the 1998 season on the same basis. In Sydney she qualified for the quarter-finals where she found Lindsay Davenport. This time around, Serena Williams gets her revenge and qualifies 1-6, 7-5, 7-5 for her second semi-final. She is dominated by the future winner Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (2-6, 1-6). She then participated in her first Grand Slam tournament, at the Australian Open. She was eliminated in the second round by her sister Venus 64-7, 1-6 after eliminating the No. 6 seed Irina Spîrlea in three sets. She confirmed by reaching the quarter-finals in Miami before logically losing to world No. 1 Martina Hingis by pushing her to the tie-break in the third round. She qualifies again for the quarter-finals in Rome, beaten again by her sister (4-6, 2-6). She reached the knockout stages at Roland Garros, beaten by Arantxa Sánchez (6-4, 5-7, 3-6) who won the title. She lost in the 3rd round at Wimbledon to Virginia Ruano Pascual. But she won her first Grand Slam title in mixed doubles with Max Mirnyi. The pair went on to win the US Open. She achieved impressive progress and finished the year No. 20 in the world at 17.
The 1999 season marked the beginning of a harvest of titles over the years. After reaching the third round at the Australian Open, eliminated by Sandrine Testud (2-6, 6-2, 7-9), she won her first WTA title at the Open Gaz de France by eliminating no less than 4 French women, Nathalie Tauziat, Julie Halard-Decugis, Nathalie Dechy then Amélie Mauresmo in the final 6-2, 3-6, 7-6. Then she went to Indian Wells where she eliminated Lindsay Davenport (6-4, 6-2), seeded No. 2 and Mary Pierce (7-5, 7-6), seeded No. 6 before facing Steffi Graf seeded no.5 in the final 5. Broken in the third set, Serena manages to take the match on her own and wins in three sets (6-3, 3-6, 7-5), which remains as one of the rare confrontations between the two most titled in Grand Slam of the Open era. She continued her unbeaten streak by reaching the final in Miami by pushing aside No. 3 Seles (6-2, 6-3) and No. 1 Hingis (6-4, 7-6). After 16 games won in a row, she lost again to Venus 1-6, 6-4, 4-6.
In Grand Slam, she disappoints at Roland Garros where she is eliminated in the third round by Mary Joe Fernández. Injured, she does not participate in Wimbledon. She nevertheless returned to form as she won the Los Angeles tournament, beating Arantxa Sánchez, Hingis and Julie Halard-Decugis in the final all in two sets. She then found herself in good shape for the US Open which she started as the No. 7 seed. She beat Kimberly Po in the first place easily, before starting to experience difficulties on her course losing each time a set against Kim Clijsters in the third round, Conchita Martínez and the No. 4 seed, Monica Seles in the quarter. She faces and once again defeats No. 2 seed Lindsay Davenport (6-4, 1-6, 6-4) to advance to her first Grand Slam final. During this final, she endured the pressure at home, and managed to beat the world No. 1, Martina Hingis (6-3, 7-6) thus winning the first Grand Slam tournament of her career.
Grand Slam victories
She began her Grand Slam victories at the US Open, which she won in 1999 against Martina Hingis, who had beaten Venus in the semifinals and had therefore deprived them of a first 100% Williams final. Then she won Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open consecutively in 2002. Subsequently, she won in Melbourne in January 2003. This is how she completed the Serena Slam. She becomes the ninth woman in history to conquer the four Grand Slam tournaments, but also the fifth only to have won the four prestigious tournaments consecutively. That same year, in 2003, she pocketed the Wimbledon tournament.
It was at the Australian Open that Serena distinguished herself during the following seasons, as she won in 2005 against Lindsay Davenport and 2007 against Maria Sharapova. She won her 9th Grand Slam title at the US Open against the Serbian Jelena Janković in 2008. From 2007-2008 her career benefited from the early withdrawals from the competition of Martina Hingis and especially of Justine Henin (player at that time as titled as she although younger). She continues at the Australian Open 2009 her 10th Grand Slam title and her second in a row against the Russian Dinara Safina. Then she won her eleventh title in early July against her sister at Wimbledon. In 2010, she managed to keep her crown at the Australian Open, beating Justine Henin (briefly out of retirement and returning to injury). A few months later at Wimbledon, she won the tournament without conceding a single set, beating Vera Zvonareva in the final. This is his 13th Grand Slam singles consecration.
In 2012, Serena Williams won her 14th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, beating Poland’s Agnieszka Radwańska and her 15th title at Flushing Meadows against Belarusian Victoria Azarenka. In 2013, Serena Williams, world No. 1, won in the Roland-Garros final against Maria Sharapova for her 16th Grand Slam title and at the US Open for her 17th title against Victoria Azarenka. In 2014, for her 18th victory, she retained her title at the US Open by beating Caroline Wozniacki. In 2015, she won her 19th Grand Slam title by winning against Maria Sharapova in straight sets at the Australian Open, then her 20th at Roland Garros with Lucie Šafářová and finally her 21st at Wimbledon against the Spaniard Garbiñe Muguruzaet equalizes Steffi Graff by winning Wimbledon 2016.
Victories against (and with) his sister
When she wins all four Grand Slam tournaments consecutively, she had to beat her sister Venus Williams in all four finals.
But their story isn’t all about rivalry. In doubles, the two sisters won fourteen Grand Slam titles: Roland-Garros in 1999 and 2010, the US Open in 1999 and 2009, Wimbledon in 2000, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2016 and the Australian Open. in 2001, 2003, 2009 and 2010. They therefore succeeded in the Grand Slam by winning the four tournaments in a row from Wimbledon 2009 to Roland-Garros 2010.
So when Serena won Wimbledon in 2002 and the Australian Open in 2003, she had to beat her sister in the singles final on Saturday after winning the doubles with her on Friday.
In 2008, five years after her last Grand Slam victory (in doubles), Serena won her third Wimbledon with her sister, while a few hours later she would lose the women’s singles final to Venus by a score of 7-5, 6-4. At the same time, in August 2008, she won her second Olympic crown in Beijing (eight years after that of Sydney).
In 2009, six years after her last victory at the Australian Open, the Williams sisters flew over the women’s doubles table and won their third Australian Open against the pair Ai Sugiyama – Daniela Hantuchová in straight sets: 6-3, 6-3. The next day, Serena won the singles title. On July 4, 2009, she won her third Wimbledon 7-6, 6-2 against Venus.
2000 to 2001 – Confirmation in Grand Slam and ramping up
2002 to 2003 – At the top of tennis, Grand Slam over two years and world number 1.
Serena Williams begins the 2002 season after a somewhat disappointing 2001 season, despite being 6th in the world. Serena makes the final at the Scottsdale tournament, having beaten No.2 seed Martina Hingis in three innings, then also overcoming No.1 seed Jennifer Capriati in three innings, building confidence for the future.
Towards the end of March, she won the Miami tournament as the No. 8 seed, easily beating (6-4, 6-0) the Swiss Martina Hingis in quarter, then her sister Venus (6-2, 6-2 ) in half8, and finally again Jennifer Capriati (7-5, 7-64), not losing any set of the tournament and confirming her good form.
The American begins her clay-court season in Charleston, where she lost in the quarterfinals to Patty Schnyder, when she was down by one set. Serena then took part in the Berlin tournament where she took advantage of Amélie Mauresmo’s withdrawal in the quarter to easily reach the final, where she lost (2-6, 6-1, 65-7) against Justine Henin. She continued by aligning herself in Rome where she managed to take her revenge in the final against Henin (7-66, 6-4), having previously beaten Anastasia Myskina in the quarter, and Jennifer Capriati (6-2, 3-6 , 7-5) in the semi-finals in a complicated match.
Serena therefore presents herself at Roland-Garros as one of the favorites for final victory after her good preparation tournaments and as the No. 3 seed. She plays in her first three matches, before meeting in the round of 16 the Russian Vera Zvonareva, whom she beats despite losing the first set (4-6, 6-0, 6-1). In the quarter, she dominated (6-1, 6-1) the French Mary Pierce, then struggled in the semifinals again against the defending champion and seeded No. 1, Jennifer Capriati. She finally won her match (3-6, 7-62, 6-2) and qualified for her first final at the French Open. She faces her no.2 seeded sister Venus Williams, whom she manages to beat (7-5, 6-3) in 1:31 despite a tight first set, winning the 2nd Grand Slam tournament of her career and the first at Roland-Garros9.
She won in the wake of the Wimbledon tournament by beating in the final again Venus Williams, seeded No. 1, (7-64, 6-3). Having dominated her part of the table, in the quarter against Daniela Hantuchová (6-3, 6-2) and in the semi-final, Amélie Mauresmo seeded no 9, (6-2, 6-1) 10.
For the last Grand Slam tournament at the US Open, she continued as the No. 1 seed. She qualified easily until the semi-final where she faced Lindsay Davenport seeded No. 4, whom she beats (6-3, 7-5) and qualifies for the final without losing a set. She once again defeats her seeded sister Venus (6-4, 6-3). She thus won her third Grand Slam title of the season, and the second at Flushing Meadows after the 1999 edition.
Subsequently, she won in quick succession in two weeks two tournaments in Tokyo by beating in the final (2-6, 6-3, 6-3) Kim Clijsters, then in Leipzig by beating Justine Henin in the semi-final (6- 4, 6-2) and finally (6-3, 6-2) in the final the Russian Anastasia Myskina.
For the last tournament of her rich season, she participates in the Masters. As the big favorite, she beats Jennifer Capriati in the semi-final in three sets but loses (5-7, 3-6) against Kim Clijsters.
She finished the year for the first time in 1st place in the world, which marked the beginning of the reign of the Williams sisters.
She began the 2003 season with the Australian Open as the No. 1 seed. She struggled in the first round against Frenchwoman Émilie Loit but ended up winning in three sets (3-6, 7- 65, 7-5). This difficult victory allows him to play serenely thereafter. She dominates her opponents until the semifinals. At this point, she faces the Belgian Kim Clijsters who beat her at the Masters. The American overcame it (4-6, 6-3, 7-5) with great difficulty and qualified for the final where she faced the No. 2 seed Venus Williams. She beats her (7-64, 3-6, 6-4) in an equally complicated match, showing her strength of character and thirst for the title. She won the title for the first time in Melbourne, and offered a Grand Slam over two years.
In February for the Open Gaz de France, she quietly invites herself to the final, and beats the French Amélie Mauresmo in two dry sets. Towards the end of March, she managed to retain her title at the Miami tournament by losing only one set in the final (4-6, 6-4, 6-1) against her compatriot, Jennifer Capriati in a rather close match, while during all the Serena tournament took place against her opponents.
The American begins her clay-court season in Charleston like the previous year, advancing to the final by knocking out Lindsay Davenport, but losing in two sets to Justine Henin. She does not participate in Berlin, but registers in Rome where she reaches the semifinals and loses against Amélie Mauresmo in three sets.
Then defending champion at Roland Garros, she easily won her first matches, taking her revenge against Rome against Mauresmo in the quarter, but loses (2-6, 6-4, 5-7) in the semi-final in a complicated match against the Belgian Justine Henin, future winner.
Finally for her last tournament of the year due to an injury that forced her to forfeit the rest of the season, she participated in the defense of her title at Wimbledon as the No. 1 seed. ‘first Elena Dementieva in eighth, then again Jennifer Capriati (2-6, 6-2, 6-3) and in the semifinals No. 3 seed Justine Henin, (6-3, 6-2) easily enough to get to the final13. There, she again faces her sister Venus Williams seeded No. 2, whom she beats (4-6, 6-4, 6-2) in a fierce fight especially in the first two innings, thus winning his second title at Wimbledon14.
Decline on the circuit 2004 to 2006
Serena, operated on on her left knee in 2003, gradually changed her priority, going from a life totally dedicated to tennis to a much more fashion or show-biz attitude that has never ceased to be talked about15.
She will start the 2004 season, winning the Miami tournament rather easily, ousting Maria Sharapova and pulverizing (6-1, 6-1) in the final Elena Dementieva16.
At Roland Garros, then seeded number 2, she lost in the quarter-finals (3-6, 6-2, 3-6) against her compatriot Jennifer Capriati17.
She reached the final at Wimbledon by crushing all the competition, taking her revenge in the quarter (6-1, 6-1) against Capriati, then having more difficulties since she lost her first set of the tournament (64-7, 7- 5, 6-4) but manages to win against Amélie Mauresmo18. She will lose sharply (1-6, 4-6) against the new tennis super star, the Russian Maria Sharapova of just 17 years old19.
During this period, she remained despite everything an essential player in the tennis world. We note his quarter-final played at the US Open in 2004 against Jennifer Capriati (6-2, 4-6, 4-6), during which the arbitration decisions against him are legion. Three gross refereeing fouls occur in the last game alone as Jennifer Capriati serves at 5-4 for the game. Obviously Serena should have tied at 5 everywhere, which would have restarted the game completely. Jennifer Capriati will recognize the half-word forfeit when the final interview. Serena will feel stolen, and the match chair umpire will be banned from the New York fortnight. This match also greatly contributed to the establishment of video refereeing in tennis20.
She won the Beijing tournament in September, beating Svetlana Kuznetsova in three sets21. Finally at the Los Angeles Masters, she only lost a group match against Lindsay Davenport (6-3, 5-7, 1-6), which will not prevent her from qualifying for the semi-finals, where she will beat the French Amélie Mauresmo (4-6, 7-62, 6-4) in a very close match. She will be defeated in three sets (6-4, 2-6, 4-6) again by Maria Sharapova who had beaten her at Wimbledon.
However, her media gaps did not prevent her from winning an improbable title in Melbourne in 2005 against Lindsay Davenport, seeded number 1 (2-6, 6-3, 6-0) in the final23. By having beaten on her way the number 2 seed Amélie Mauresmo (6-2, 6-2) in the quarter-finals24, then in the semi-final in a titanic match of 159 minutes against Maria Sharapova, the number 4 seed, finished at the end of the suspense (2-6, 7-5, 8-6) which will mark its comeback in Grand Slam, while it was led 2-6.
But she then accumulates the packages, the fines (400,000 dollars for the moment) and the extra pounds. “I need extra time to play at my best,” she asserts to those who question her ambitions on the circuit.
In 2006, she came to defend her title at the Australian Open without any preparation match and fell in the third round against Daniela Hantuchová (1-6, 65-7). Her ranking then plummeted beyond 50th place in the world, and she forfeited the tournaments in Antwerp, Dubai and Miami. After retiring from the Charleston tournament (Tier I), she came out of the top 100 for the first time in almost nine years26. She announced shortly after that she would not compete at Roland Garros or Wimbledon due to a chronic knee injury. She announces her return for the end of the summer, citing the orders of the doctors.
Back to the circuit (July 2006)
Serena competed at the Cincinnati Open in July, which represented her return to the circuit. She won her first three games quite easily, (6-2, 6-2) against Anastasia Myskina (seeded number 2 and 10th in the world) in the first round27, then (6-3, 6-1) against Bethanie Mattek in the second round; (6-2, 6-2) against Amy Frazier in the quarter-finals, before falling (2-6, 3-6) against Vera Zvonareva in the semi-final, future winner. This winning comeback bodes well for Serena, who despite losing in the semi-finals, proved to the tennis world that she can still win matches, including one against a top 1028 player.
These results allow him to jump 31 places in the WTA rankings. From 139th place, it climbs to 108th place worldwide. Then she once again reached the semi-finals at the Los Angeles tournament, where she ran into Jelena Janković. At the US Open, Serena got a wild card and was eliminated in the 4th round by Amélie Mauresmo (world no.1) (4-6, 6-0, 2-6), after beating Daniela Hantuchová 7-5 , 6-3 and Ana Ivanović 6-4, 6-2 in the 2nd and 3rd rounds29. Note that in the first round of her match against Hantuchová, Serena was down 5-2 before winning the next 5 games and the round. It is now 87th in the world. She decides not to play at the end of the season to heal some injuries.
2007 – Return to the highest level
Untitled since her victory in Melbourne in 2005, Serena is more assiduous in the task and participates in the Hobart tournament, in preparation for the Australian Open. She was eliminated from the quarters by the modest Sybille Bammer (6-3, 5-7, 3-6).
In January 2007, Serena Williams therefore participated in the Australian Open, and on this occasion won the 8th Grand Slam title of her career in singles, the 3rd in Melbourne. During the fortnight, she practices a dream tennis by beating in eighth Jelena Janković (6-3, 6-2), passing close to elimination (3-6, 6-2, 8-6) in quarter against Shahar Peer30 , then seed number 10 Nicole Vaidišová (7-65, 6-4) 31. Finally, she won the final against Maria Sharapova, seed number 1, whom she beats sharply in 63 minutes (6-1, 6-2). She thus marks her return to the highest level, reaching after her success the 14th place in the world, and shows that she is not yet a “finished” player as many claimed32.
Likewise, on April 1, she won the Miami tournament by saving two match points against Justine Henin in the final (0-6, 7-5, 6-3), not without having previously swept Maria Sharapova in the eighth (6- 1, 6-1): she won her 4th title on the island of Key Biscayne and the 28th of her career33.
The American began her clay-court season in Charleston, where she was forced to retire in her first game against Chan Yung-jan, when she was down 3-5 in the first set following a adductor injury.
Serena appears to be recovered to play the Fed Cup first round against Belgium alongside her sister Venus Williams. The younger sister gives the United States a point by beating Caroline Maes in straight sets 6-1, 6-4. Serena will not be able to play her second game because she is injured.
Serena also gives up playing in the Berlin tournament because of her groin injury but lines up in Rome where she stops in the quarter-finals, beaten in three sets by Patty Schnyder (3-6, 6-2, 65-7).
Serena therefore presents herself at Roland Garros as one of the favorites for the final victory. From the first round, the American struggles against the young Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova, however, coming out in 3 sets 5-7, 6-1, 6-1. The second round will be more convincing against Milagros Sequera, since she will win in straight sets 6-0, 7-63 despite a great resistance from the Venezuelan. In the third round, Serena experienced some difficulties but finally came out in 2 sets against the Dutch Michaëlla Krajicek 6-3, 6-4. She played in the round of 16 against the Russian Dinara Safina, whom she beat in two dry sets 6-2, 6-334, but lost in the quarter-finals against the Belgian Justine Henin in two sets (4-6, 3-6), the Belgian who will have taken place without difficulty during the Parisian fortnight35. Serena will say she has never performed so poorly in a Grand Slam quarterfinal.
She will also be beaten in the quarterfinals by the same Justine Henin at Wimbledon (4-6, 6-3, 3-6) and at the US Open (63-7, 1-6), but being injured and arriving without preparation, she could not play the tennis that we know her, while not accepting these defeats.
At the Moscow tournament, she reached the final after beating Kuznetsova but lost (7-5, 1-6, 1-6) against Elena Dementieva.
In November: Masters in Madrid: Serena gives up on injury in the middle of the 1st match. She is replaced by the 10th in the world, the French Marion Bartoli, who will be beaten 6-0, 6-0 by Justine Henin.
2008 – A return to the foreground and the number 1 position regained
During the Australian Open, she reached the quarter-finals where she lost 3-6, 4-6 against the Serbian Jelena Janković, world number 437.
She then won in quick succession the Bangalore tournament against Patty Schnyder and the Miami tournament by beating Janković in the final (6-1, 5-7, 6-3), after beating Justine Henin in the quarter and Svetlana in the semi-final. Kuznetsova in three sets38, thus equaling the record of five trophies so far held by the German Steffi Graf in the same tournament.
She continued her momentum and won the Charleston tournament for the first time in her career, beating the Russian Vera Zvonareva in the final in 3 sets (6-4, 3-6, 6-3) and therefore announced herself as an important outsider. for the title Porte d’Auteuil. After thirteen consecutive victories, she lost in the quarter-final in Berlin, beaten in the tie-break of the third set against Dinara Safina (6-2, 1-6, 65-7), future winner of the tournament40. Then in Rome, she forfeited before her quarterfinal match against the qualifier Alizé Cornet. In Paris, she disappointed enormously by losing in the third round against the Slovenian Katarina Srebotnik with the score of (4-6, 4-6) 41.
At Wimbledon, Serena failed in the final against her sister Venus by a score of (5-7, 4-6), but had not lost a single set before reaching the final42. On the same day, she won the doubles title with her sister43.
Returning to the circuit for the Stanford tournament, Serena retired in her semi-final match against Aleksandra Wozniak due to a knee injury. She runs out of preparation for the Olympics, the only event she has never won in singles. After two convincing first laps, she suffered against the French Alizé Cornet (3-6, 6-4, 6-4), then lost in the quarter-finals against the future Olympic gold medalist, Elena Dementieva (6 -3, 4-6, 3-6). On the other hand, she gleaned a new gold medal in doubles alongside her sister, as in Sydney in 200044.
The US Open begins with an unprecedented fact: 6 players can become world No. 1 at the end of this tournament, including Serena, ranked 3rd. Already double winner in New York, she qualified easily for the quarter-finals, where she found Venus for their 18th confrontation. Serena wins in 2 hotly contested sets (7-66, 7-67) in a match of great level and great intensity. Serena will have saved 10 set points against her sister45. In the semifinals, Serena easily beats Dinara Safina (6-3, 6-2). In the final, she won the title by winning (6-4, 7-5) against Jelena Janković, against whom she had lost in the quarterfinals at the Australian Open. This victory allows him to become world number 1 again on September 8, five years after leaving this place. With this 9th Major, she also becomes the 8th most successful Grand Slam player in history, tied with Maureen Connolly and Monica Seles46. She announced after this title that she wanted to reach a double-digit number in Grand Slam from 200947.
She made her return to competition at the Stuttgart tournament where she lost in the first round to everyone’s surprise against Li Na with a score of 6-0, 1-6, 4-6. She thus lost her place of world number 1 to the benefit of Jelena Jankovic, future winner of the event.
Following a minor knee injury, Serena will only return to competition at the Doha Masters. She won her first match easily against Dinara Safina (6-4, 6-1) but was then beaten by her sister 7-5, 1-6, 0-6. Following this loss, she forfeited due to an abdominal injury, ending the year on a forfeit like the previous year. She finished the 2008 season in place of world number.
2009 – Best season since 2002-2003 and richest player in history
Serena Williams starts the year in Sydney. She lost in the semi-finals against future winner Elena Dementieva (3-6, 1-6) after saving match points in the first round against Samantha Stosur (6-3, 64-7, 7-5) and in quarter against Caroline Wozniacki (65-7, 6-3, 7-63) 48. She then won the Australian Open for the fourth time in her career. After three laps passed easily, she was jostled by Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, who won the first set 6-3 but had to give up in the second set, affected by strong sunstroke. In the quarter, it borders on elimination as it is led 5-7, 3-5 by Svetlana Kuznetsova, but it ultimately wins 5-7, 7-5, 6-149. In the semifinals, she found Dementieva and this time, Serena took her revenge by winning (6-3, 6-4) 50. In the final, she found Dinara Safina in search of her first Grand Slam success, but the match was cut short as Serena won 6-0, 6-3 in less than an hour. In addition to winning her 10th Grand Slam tournament, she again became world number 1 at the end of this tournament51.
She follows with two semi-finals at the Open Gaz de France (package) then in Dubai (defeat against her sister Venus): 1-6, 6-2, 63-7, future winner52. Absent in Indian Wells, a tournament she has boycotted since 2001, she is making her return to Miami, a tournament she has already won five times. After a difficult course with notably victories in three sets against Zheng Jie (7-5, 5-7, 6-3), Li Na (4-6, 7-61, 6-2) and his sister Venus (6- 4, 3-6, 6-3), she lost in the final to Victoria Azarenka in a match where Serena was injured in the left thigh.
Her season on European clay is disastrous since she does not win a single match in three tournaments. At Roland Garros, she managed despite everything in the quarter, but lost to the future winner Svetlana Kuznetsova after a very close match (63-7, 7-5, 5-7) .
At Wimbledon, she easily passed the first rounds then took revenge on Azarenka in the quarterfinals (6-2, 6-3). In the semifinals, she had to save match points against Elena Dementieva but she won at the finish and mentally 64-7, 7-5, 8-655. In the final, she finds her sister, who is double defending champion. She takes her revenge on last year’s final (7-63, 6-2), thus winning her third title at Wimbledon56. She completed this success with a doubles victory alongside her sister.
After an average American tour for her status, she arrives at the US Open, where she easily qualifies for the semi-finals. She meets Kim Clijsters, who made her return to competition during the summer after an absence due to maternity. The latter wins in two sets (4-6, 5-7) against a Serena at her best, even if this match will be marked by an incident which earned Serena to be eliminated after a point penalty.
At the Beijing tournament, she lost in the third round against Nadia Petrova. She then won the Masters for the second time in her career after beating Venus Williams (6-2, 7-64) in the final, having won all her previous matches59. Thanks to this success, the younger of the Williams sisters became the tenniswoman who pocketed the highest amount of career earnings. She also reclaims the world number 1 place from Dinara Safina and thus ends the year at the top of the rankings for the first time since 2002. Thanks to two Grand Slam titles in singles and three in doubles, Serena Williams becomes the first player since Martina Hingis in 1999 to be named world champion in both singles and doubles.
2010 – The Williams sisters at the top
Like the previous season, Serena Williams started with the Sydney tournament, where she lost clearly to Elena Dementieva (3-6, 2-6) in the final, after coming close to defeat in the semi-final against to the French Aravane Rezaï whom she beat 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 while being led 3-6, 2-5.
At the Australian Open, she runs until quarter, where she finds Victoria Azarenka. After being dominated for a set and a half (4-6, 0-4 for the Belarusian), she turns the tide and ends up winning 4-6, 7-64, 6-262. In the semifinals, she passed the obstacle Li Na after two tie-breaks. She finds in the final the revenge Justine Henin, for a fourteenth confrontation against the Belgian player, but the first in the final of a Grand Slam. By emerging victorious from her duel against Henin (6-4, 3-6, 6-2), Serena won her twelfth major title, equaling Billie Jean King63. Alongside her sister Venus, she also retains her doubles title, beating world number 1 pair Black-Huber in straight sets (6-4, 6-3). She also becomes the first player since Martina Navrátilová to win at least one Grand Slam title in three different decades, in both singles and doubles.
Wounded in the knee, she was absent from the circuit for nearly three months. It is indeed forfeiting the tournaments in Paris, Dubai, Miami, Charleston and Marbella.
Serena Williams returns to the circuit in Rome, where she reached the semi-finals. However, she loses at this stage against Jelena Janković on the score of 4-6, 6-3, 7-65 in favor of the Serbian, who had to erase match points in the process. In Madrid, Serena Williams played, in the second round, the longest match of her career, eliminating the Russian Vera Dushevina (62-7, 7-65, 7-65) after 3:2665. However, she gave in in the eighth against Nadia Petrova, 6-4, 2-6, 3-6. She also took part in this doubles tournament with her sister in order to prepare for Roland-Garros. The pair triumphed without losing a single set and as a result ranked No. 2 in the world, their ultimate opponents being the number 8 seeded team of Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta.
At Roland Garros, Serena Williams came out in the quarter-finals by Samantha Stosur, scorer of Justine Henin in the previous round, with the score of 2-6, 7-62, 6-866. In addition, thanks to the victory obtained in the final of the ladies’ doubles, she occupied jointly with her sister Venus the first place in the world in doubles at the end of the second round of the Grand Slam.
On July 4, she won the Wimbledon tournament for the fourth time by beating (6-3, 6-2) the Russian Vera Zvonareva, and after beating the Chinese Li Na seeded number 9 in the quarter (7-5, 6-3) then Petra Kvitová in the semi-final also in two sets.
Following a foot injury in early July (broken glass in a restaurant), Serena Williams was forced to forfeit the entire American tour as well as the last Grand Slam of the season71. However, Caroline Wozniacki’s loss in the US Open semi-finals allows her to retain her rank as world number 1. She lost her number 1 place during the Beijing tournament to Caroline Wozniacki and finished the year in 4th place in the world.
2011 – Medical complications and winning return
Serena Williams is having a tough start to the 2011 season on the WTA Tour. Having still not recovered from her injury that occurred in July 2010, she was forced to forfeit the Hopman Cup and the Australian Open, and fell from 4th to 12th place in the WTA rankings for lack of n ‘have been able to defend his title.
On March 2, Serena Williams was hospitalized urgently because of a hematoma following treatment for a pulmonary embolism diagnosed a few days before.
It was in June that she announced her return. Just like his sister Venus, the two former stars of the WTA circuit finally find their way back to the courts during the Eastbourne tournament, in preparation for Wimbledon. She fell in the second round against Vera Zvonareva, then third player in the world, after a match of more than three hours.
At Wimbledon, Serena, then defending champion, lost in the round of 16 against Marion Bartoli (3-6, 66-7). The American then fell to 175th place in the WTA rankings in July.
At the Stanford tournament (Premier Event) at the end of July 2011, Serena returned to her usual form. She won her first title there since Wimbledon 2010 after having notably dominated Maria Sharapova (6-1, 6-3), Sabine Lisicki (6-1, 6-2) and Marion Bartoli (7-5, 6-1) in not loser than a tournament set.
She confirms her winning comeback by winning the Canada Open (Premier Event 5) in Toronto a fortnight later against Samantha Stosur (6-4, 6-2), the only player in the top 10 with Azarenka (in the half 6-3 , 6-3) that she will have had to face during this edition. This is only his second title in the most important Canadian tournament, ten years after her victory against Jennifer Capriati.
At the US Open, Serena eliminated No. 1 seed Caroline Wozniacki in the semifinals (6-2, 6-4), after beating 5th Victoria Azarenka in the third round (6-1, 7-65) and once again finds Australian Samantha Stosur 10th in the world, in the final77. But unlike Toronto two weeks earlier, the American failed to set her game up and quickly lost her temper, cursing the referee several times. She lost her 17th Grand Slam final in straight sets (2-6, 3-6), but progressed to 14th in the world in September 2011.
2012 – Wimbledon, Olympics, US Open and Masters Singles Quadruple
She was rather convincing during the first three games she played at the Australian Open, but suffered a cruel defeat in the round of 16 (2-6, 3-6), against Russian Ekaterina Makarova, 56th player. global.
She then participated in the Miami tournament, where she lost in the quarterfinals (4-6, 4-6) against Caroline Wozniacki.
In Charleston, she easily won the tournament, beating Lucie Šafářová (6-0, 6-1) in the final. This is his fortieth title on the WTA circuit.
In Madrid, on blue clay, she had an impressive week, ousting Caroline Wozniacki (1-6, 6-3, 6-2) and Maria Sharapova (6-1, 6-3) in the quarter, and won the title against world number 1 Victoria Azarenka (6-1, 6-3) 82.
In Rome, she continues to impress but withdraws shortly before her semi-final against China’s Li Na, suffering in the lower back.
At Roland Garros, she lost after more than 3 hours of confrontation against the Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano in the first round of the tournament (6-4, 65-7, 3-6). This is his first defeat in a first round of a Grand Slam tournament83. Two days after this defeat, she decided to train with the French Patrick Mouratoglou.
At the Wimbledon tournament, she won her 14th Grand Slam title in 3 sets, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, against the Polish Agnieszka Radwańska 3rd in the world85. After eliminating world 4th Petra Kvitová in quarterback and world no.2 Victoria Azarenka (6-3, 7-66) 86. On the same day, she won her 5th Wimbledon in doubles with her sister Venus87. This is his 13th doubles Grand Slam. During the tournament, she broke the record for the number of aces for women in one match (24 in the semi-final against Azarenka) and during the tournament (102 in total).
Serena Williams won the Stanford tournament just after winning Wimbledon, beating the American Coco Vandeweghe (7-5, 6-3), a Lucky Loser in the final. This is his forty-third victory on the WTA Tour. She thus joins her sister Venus.
She participated in the London Summer Olympics and achieved an exceptional career. In a single tournament, she beats in the first round Jelena Janković, number 1 in 2008, (6-3, 6-1). She then beats in the second round Urszula Radwańska (6-2, 6-3). In the third round, she faced Vera Zvonareva and won 6-1, 6-0. In the quarterfinals, she meets the former number 1 Caroline Wozniacki whom she easily defeats (6-0, 6-3). In the semifinals, she played against the world number 1, Victoria Azarenka but left her no chance and won the match (6-1, 6-2) 89. She then finds herself in the final against Maria Sharapova whom she beats (6-0, 6-1). She won the gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games.90 Serena also had a clear round in ladies’ doubles that she played with her sister Venus Williams. They climb to the final by eliminating Romania (Sorana Cîrstea and Simona Halep), Germany (Angelique Kerber and Sabine Lisicki), Italy (Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci) seed number 2 and Russia (Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova) to reach their third Olympic Games women’s doubles final in three appearances. The sisters retain their Olympic title in the women’s doubles at the London Games, beating Czechs Andrea Hlaváčková and Lucie Hradecká in straight sets 6-4, 6-4, at Wimbledon. This is the third title for the Williams sisters who were crowned in Sydney in 2000 and in Beijing in 200891,92. In addition, she also becomes the first tennis player to win the 4 grand slam tournaments in singles, doubles as well as Olympic gold in singles and doubles.
At the US Open tournament, Serena Williams defeated all her opponents, without losing a single set and losing only 19 games in 6 games (almost 3 games per game on average), before facing the number 1 in the final. world Victoria Azarenka. It is the revenge of the last semi-finals of the Wimbledon tournament and the London Olympic Games, during which Serena Williams easily beat the Belarusian player93. In the first set, Serena takes her opponent’s service from the start to quickly lead 3-0. She then resumed a second serve from Azarenka to finally win this set 6-2. Abused in the second set, which she lost 6-2, she found herself very close to defeat when V. Azarenka led 5 games to 3 in the final set. Serena Williams finally manages to win (7-5), she won her 4th US Open and her 15th Grand Slam title. In addition, she becomes the third player of the Open era to achieve the Wimbledon-JO-US Open treble after Steffi Graf in 1988 and her sister Venus in 2000.
At the Istanbul Masters, she arrives as a big favorite. She wins her three group matches, against Angelique Kerber (6-4, 6-1), Li Na (7-62, 6-3) then world number 1 Victoria Azarenka (6-4, 6-4), despite a fairly disappointing game, with a service less efficient than usual in 2012. In the semi-finals, she easily eliminated Agnieszka Radwańska 6-2, 6-1 in just one hour, before winning her third Masters in the final by beating Maria Sharapova (6-4, 6-3) in an hour and a half who is still struggling to beat the American.
2013 – Return to first place in the world and treble Roland Garros, Us Open and Masters in singles.
Williams begins his season with the Brisbane tournament. She successively sweeps Varvara Lepchenko (6-2, 6-1), Alizé Cornet (6-2, 6-2), Sloane Stephens (6-4, 6-3) before benefiting from the package of Victoria Azarenka in the semi-final . She won the tournament by beating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (6-2, 6-1) and without conceding a single set of the week.
She therefore arrives as a favorite at the Australian Open. In her first round, she eliminated Edina Gallovits (6-0, 6-0) but violently twisted her ankle in the first set97. In the next round, she ousted Garbiñe Muguruza (injuring her lip in passing while hitting herself with her racket). She then crushes Ayumi Morita (6-1, 6-3) and Maria Kirilenko (6-2, 6-0) and advances to the quarter-finals. For the first time in her career, Williams lost to an American player younger than herself, in the person of Sloane Stephens (6-3, 5-7, 4-6) in 2:17, after having a new time injured, back this time98.99. Azarenka’s victory in the final prevents her from becoming world number 1.
Williams then participates in the Doha tournament. Despite a defeat in the final against the defending champion and world number 1 Victoria Azarenka (66-7, 6-2, 3-6), she resumed her place at the top of the women’s tennis hierarchy100. Then, from March 19 to 30, she participated in the Miami Open, which she won for the sixth time in her career after a long final against Maria Sharapova (4-6, 6-3, 6-0) in 2:08 , thus consolidating its position as world number 1. During this week, she will beat Dominika Cibulková in three sets, the number 5 seed Li Na (6-3, 7-65) in 1h50 and Agnieszka Radwańska the number 4 seed. This victory for Serena Williams is a new record that the player posts on her hunting board. In fact, she is the first player to win the Miami tournament six times, thus surpassing the record of five victories she held with Steffi Graf101.
She then goes on to the green clay of the Charleston tournament where she is the title holder. A tournament marked by two games in one day for Serena as well as for Venus. The two sisters find themselves in the semi-finals Serena wins very easily, leaving only 3 small games to her elder. In the final, she beats Jankovic in three sets (3-6, 6-0, 6-2) in 1h55. She won for the second time in a row in Charleston.
Serena Williams is back on the ocher clay of Madrid with her world No. 1 spot in danger. The American shows a satisfactory level of play beating Yulia Putintseva with a tie-break, Lourdes Domínguez Lino and Maria Kirilenko before facing Spain’s Anabel Medina Garrigues. A game of great intensity where Williams cashed a 6-0 in the second set but won 7-5 in the third set, falling two points behind the loss at 4-5, 30-30102. In the semi-final, she beats Sara Errani (7-5, 6-2) and meets Maria Sharapova in the final with the number 1 place up for grabs. This is the third confrontation of the year between the two players which turns a new both to the benefit of Williams. She won in two sets 6-1, 6-4 in 1h18, and consolidated her place as world number 1.
She then won the tournament in Rome against Victoria Azarenka (6-1, 6-3) in 1:33, 11 years after her one and only victory in Rome.
She participates in the French Open, which she won only once, in 2002, against her sister Venus Williams. She easily passed the first round by eliminating Georgian Anna Tatishvili by 6-0, 6-1, in 51 minutes. In the second round, she beats the French Caroline Garcia, wins in the third round against the Romanian Sorana Cîrstea and oust the Italian Roberta Vinci in the round of 16. In the quarter-finals, she beats Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova (6-1, 3-6, 6-3) in three sets, offering her for the first time in the resistance tournament104. In the semifinals, she faces the Italian and fifth player in the world, Sara Errani, whom she dominates 6-0, 6-1 in 46 minutes. For the first time in eleven years, she thus reached the final of the Parisian tournament105, where she found the Russian and second player in the world, Maria Sharapova, whom she beat (6-4, 6-4) in 1 hour and 46 minutes by concluding by an ace at 198 km / h on the match ball106. She thus won her second title at Roland Garros and her 16th Grand Slam title in singles, at the age of 31107. Serena Williams now has 31 consecutive wins106.
While she seemed promised to a sixth coronation on the London turf, she was eliminated to everyone’s surprise in the round of 16 by the No. 23 seed, the German Sabine Lisicki, future finalist, by the score of (2- 6, 6-1, 4-6) which will have produced an excellent match. She thus stopped a series of 34 consecutive victories108.
Subsequently, she won two new tournaments. First, in Båstad in mid-July, on clay, she did not lose a set and beat Johanna Larsson in the final109. Then, on August 11, she won the Rogers Cup110, also without conceding a single set of the tournament; benefiting from this 54th success, she surpassed Monica Seles in the number of titles won on the WTA111 circuit.
At the ESPY Awards, Serena Williams was voted best female athlete of the year112 as well as best tennis player of the year.
She then goes on to the Cincinnati tournament where she climbs again to the final where she must lose against her runner-up, Azarenka, in the final (6-2, 2-6, 66-7) in two and a half hours of play113.
She therefore won the US Open Series, notably ahead of Azarenka and Radwanska.
At the US Open, Williams easily defeats Schiavone, Voskoboeva and Shvedova. In the round of 16, she took revenge on her compatriot Sloane Stephens (6-4, 6-1), before crushing Carla Suárez Navarro (6-0, 6-0) then the 6th in the world, Li Na (6- 0, 6-3). She once again found Victoria Azarenka in the final, for a remake of the 2012 final114. She won in three sets (7-5, 66-7, 6-1) after 2h45 of a tense and fierce fight, winning thus his 17th Grand Slam and his 5th US Open. At the same time, she pocketed a record check for $ 3.6 million. It should be noted that Williams bars the road to the title for the third time in a row at Flushing Meadows at Azarenka115,116.
She won her 10th title of the season by dominating in the final of the WTA tournament in Beijing the Serbian Jelena Janković, 6-2, 6-2. This is the 56th tournament won in singles by the younger Williams sisters and her third consecutive Premier Mandatory of the season.
Serena Williams ends her season with a Masters coronation, her fourth. In pool she quietly beats her opponents who are: Angelique Kerber, Agnieszka Radwańska and Petra Kvitová. In the semi-final, she experiences more difficulty, since she loses a set (6-4, 2-6, 6-4) against Jelena Janković in more than two hours, and in the final against Li Na in also two hours ( 2-6, 6-3, 6-0) and losing a second set. She breaks her own record, being the oldest player to win the Masters in singles, at 32 years old117,118. This is the best season of his career, with a total of eleven titles gleaned, logically ending the year at the top of the world hierarchy. This season, she has won 78 of her 82 games, for a winning percentage of 95.1%.
2014 – 200 weeks in place of number 1 and 18th Grand Slam.
Serena Williams starts the year with the Brisbane tournament, where she is the title holder. She won the trophy for the second year in a row after victories over Maria Sharapova in the semi-finals (6-2, 7-67) 119 and world no.2 Victoria Azarenka in the final (6-4, 7-5) 120 . At 32, the American added a 58th title to her record. At the Australian Open, she lost in the round of 16 to Serbian Ana Ivanović, seeded No. 14, in three sets 6-4, 3-6, 3-6121.
She then forfeited the Doha tournament due to a back injury at the Australian Open.
A week after Doha, Serena Williams takes advantage of a wild card to participate in the Dubai tournament. She successively eliminated Ekaterina Makarova and Jelena Janković, but failed in the semi-final against Alizé Cornet (4-6, 4-6). At a press conference, Serena Williams will say that she regrets her participation in the tournament, her back injury not being completely healed122.
Serena Williams then begins the Miami tournament of which she is the titleholder and wins her 7th title on the island of Key Biscayne (absolute record men / women combined) by successively eliminating Yaroslava Shvedova, Caroline Garcia (6-4, 4-6 , 6-4) 20-year-old, qualifier Coco Vandeweghe, Angelique Kerber (6-2, 6-2) number 5 seed and number 4 seed Maria Sharapova as she was down 4-1 at first set (6-4, 6-3) in 1h37. In the final, she meets world no.2 Li Na. Serena Williams started the game very badly, trailing 5-2 in the first set but eventually winning in straight sets 7-5, 6-1 and two hours of play123.
Serena Williams started the clay-court season with a stinging loss in the second round of the Charleston tournament where she held the title. Injured in the thigh, she can do nothing against the young Jana Čepelová who wins the match by a score of (4-6, 4-6). Serena Williams declares at a press conference that she is withdrawing from the circuit for a few weeks to take stock of her physical and mental health. Indeed, for the past two years, Serena Williams has gone on to tournaments and says she is mentally and physically tired124.
She is making her return to the Madrid tournament where she is double title holder. Serena Williams walks around in the opening rounds, but forfeits the quarter-finals that were to pit her against Petra Kvitová, following a thigh injury.
The world No. 1 returns to service in Rome to defend her title. She won her 60th title and became triple champion of the tournament after her victories in 2002, 2013 and 2014. To achieve this, she defeated Andrea Petkovic, Varvara Lepchenko and Zhang Shuai before finding Ana Ivanović in the semi-final who had released it in January at the Australian Open. Williams takes his revenge in three sets (6-1, 3-6, 6-1) in 1h36. In the final, she meets Sara Errani whom she easily beats in two sets 6-3, 6-0 and 1h11125.
At Roland Garros, where she is favorite and defending champion, she lost in the second round against the young Spaniard Garbiñe Muguruza in two dry heats (2-6, 2-6), which was a big surprise.
At Wimbledon, where she is eagerly awaited after her two premature defeats at the Australian Open and Roland Garros, she easily beats Anna Tatishvili in the first round and Chanelle Scheepers in the second, but falls in the third round against Alizé Cornet (6 -1, 3-6, 4-6). This is the first time since 2006 that Serena Williams has been eliminated three times in a row before the quarter-finals in the Grand Slam127. And in doubles with her sister Venus, in their doubles match in the second round, Serena suffered a strange unease that forced her to retire.
Serena then won the Stanford tournament by beating the German Angelique Kerber (7-61, 6-3) then very badly embarked in the first set, after losing a set (2-6, 6-3, 7-5) and difficulties against Ana Ivanović in the quarterfinal. In Montreal, she failed in the semifinals against her sister Venus in three sets: 7-62, 2-6, 3-6 in just over two hours129, struggling to put her game in place this week. Serena regains her best level in Cincinnati by winning her 62nd title against Ana Ivanović (6-4, 6-1) in just an hour. Led 3-1 in the first set, she won 7 consecutive games to win the first set and completely overwhelmed Ivanović to finish 6-1 in the second. In this tournament, she will still find it difficult to beat Caroline Wozniacki again in three sets and from her first match against Samantha Stosur concluded in two tie-breaks130. Serena therefore wins the US Open Series for the third time and will receive a bonus of one million dollars if she wins at Flushing Meadows. Tournament that she actually won on September 7 (6-3, 6-3 in the final between her friend Caroline Wozniacki 11th in the world) without losing a single set and experiencing no difficulty in crushing the competition.
As a result, Serena Williams won her sixth US Open (record initially held by Chris Evert), the third in a row and especially her 18th Grand Slam, which made her the equal of Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert. She pocketed a record check of $ 4 million, 3 for the title at Flushing Meadows plus 1 million US Open Series bonuses.
In Wuhan, she gave up in her second round against Alizé Cornet when she led with a 6-5 break. Fever and nauseous, she fell for the third time (on abandonment this time) under Cornet. This is the first time since Justine Hénin in 2007 that Serena has lost three games against the same player in the same season134.
A few days later in Beijing, she withdrew before her quarter-final against Samantha Stosur due to a knee injury135.
She then began the WTA season-ending Masters in Singapore with a great victory over Serbian Ana Ivanović (6-4, 6-4). But she was surprised in her second group match where Simona Halep left her only two games (0-6, 2-6). Thus, Serena loses a match for the first time at the Masters since 2008, but it is especially the first time since 1998 that she has not scored more than two games in a match that has ended136. The next day, it regains its usual form and clearly beats Eugenie Bouchard in 57 minutes (6-1, 6-1). Combined with the results of the other players in her pool, Serena finally manages to qualify for the semi-finals of the Masters. There she met Caroline Wozniacki, who came first in the other pool: after a catastrophic start to the match (only 3 of the first 15 points won), the world No. 1 gradually rectified the situation against an excellent opponent and concluded the match on its third opportunity (2-6, 6-3, 7-66) after more than 2 hours of play.
Williams found Halep in the final on October 26 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, and took revenge on their meeting in the first round, winning (6-3, 6-0) in 1h11. She is the first to win the Masters for the third time in a row since Monica Seles (1990-1992).
Serena has been voted WTA Player of the Year for the sixth time in her career. In singles, she totaled 64 titles and ended her season with $ 9 million in tournament earnings.
2015 – A “Serena Slam” at two tennis Grand Slam matches
In 2015, Serena Williams began her season not with a preparation tournament as in the previous three years, but with an exhibition, the Hopman Cup, with a victory over Flavia Pennetta but taking a 6-0, a straight loss against Eugenie Bouchard and a snatch victory against Lucie Šafářová, showing her complicated and a little worrying start to the year. In doubles with his teammate John Isner, they won their three games. They still qualify for the final but lose 2-1 against the Poles.
She participates in the Australian Open which she has not won since 2010. She successively eliminates Alison Van Uytvanck, Vera Zvonareva (7-5, 6-0) and Elina Svitolina before finding in the round of 16 the Spanish Garbiñe Muguruza. Serena Williams takes her revenge on her defeat the previous year at Roland Garros in three sets (2-6, 6-3, 6-2). She then beats Dominika Cibulková (6-2, 6-2) in the quarterfinals and then takes out the young American Madison Keys (7-65, 6-2) in the semi-final under the patronage139. She found world number two Maria Sharapova in the final, which she beat for the 16th time in a row in straight sets (6-3, 7-65). She won her nineteenth Grand Slam tournament and her sixth in Melbourne (Open era record), overtaking Martina Navrátilová and Chris Evert in terms of Grand Slam victories (18 each) 140,141.
She then participated in the Fed Cup in Argentina but was forced to give up after her first match, weakened by a virus contracted in Australia and from which she has still not recovered.
In March, Serena Williams disputes Indian Wells, after fourteen years of boycott following the whistles of the public during the final which reproached her for the package of her sister Venus against whom she should have played in the half. She therefore tries to turn the page and declares: “I am impatient to be back on this exchange to show the whole world that one should not worry about the hostility that one can meet or arouse” 142,143,144. She left the tournament in the semi-final, forfeiting due to a painful knee145.
During the Miami tournament, she eliminated in the third round (6-1, 6-1) in less than an hour the young American Catherine Bellis of only 15 years old146, then Svetlana Kuznetsova in the next round and in the quarter-finals l ‘German Sabine Lisicki (7-64, 1-6, 6-3) in two hours of play and there signs her 700th victory on the professional circuit147. She then found world number three Simona Halep in the semifinals, and won the match in three sets (6-2, 4-6, 7-5) with great difficulty in just over two hours148. During her tenth final in Key Biscayne, she completely dominated Spain’s Carla Suárez Navarro (6-2, 6-0) in less than an hour, to win her third title in a row and her eighth overall.
In order to prepare for the clay-court season, she decides to participate in the Fed Cup, but this time without her sister (Venus Williams withdraws a week before the match for personal problem). Serena won her two matches against Camila Giorgi and Sara Errani but failed in doubles, leaving Italy to qualify for the world group.
On April 27, she begins her 115th consecutive week at the top of the world hierarchy. She thus exceeds her compatriot Chris Evert, who had occupied this rank for 113 consecutive weeks between May 1976 and July 1978.
It was in Madrid that she lost her first match of the season against Petra Kvitová, in straight sets (2-6, 3-6) in the semi-final and 1h13 of play150. She had eliminated in the second round the young Madison Brengle (6-0, 6-1) and Victoria Azarenka after having erased 3 match points (7-65, 3-6, 7-61) in a match of pure madness , where to find any trace of Serena Williams’ success after saving match points, you have to go back to Sydney 2009151.
In Rome, while she is double title holder, she is forced to forfeit just after her second round winner against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (6-1, 6-3) because of an elbow injury contracted in Madrid the previous week.
On June 6, she won the Roland-Garros tournament for the third time and her 20th Grand Slam against the Czech Lucie Šafářová after more than 2 hours of fierce struggle (6-3, 62-7, 6-2) 152. To do this, she battled most of the fortnight: in the second round against the German Anna-Lena Friedsam (5-7, 6-3, 6-3), in the third round against Victoria Azarenka (3-6, 6-4, 6-2) by really playing with the fire153, and in the fourth round with three points of defeat she defeated young Sloane Stephens with some difficulty (1-6, 7-5, 6-3) 154 . Then in the semifinals, while she was sick, won over the Swiss Timea Bacsinszky 24th in the world, (4-6, 6-3, 6-0) in almost two hours155. In the final she turns the tide at 0-2 in the third set for win (6-3, 62-7, 6-2). She is the first player to win the first two majors of the season since Jennifer Capriati in 2001 156.157.
She then won the third Grand Slam tournament of the season at Wimbledon, defeating Spain’s Garbiñe Muguruza, 20th in the world, (6-4, 6-4) in an hour and a half, who played her first grand final158,159. She previously lost a set to Heather Watson (6-2, 4-6, 7-5) in the third round passing near the exit 160, then dismissed her sister Venus in the round of 16 in two sets. From the quarters, she faces Victoria Azarenka slowly returning to a good level (3-6, 6-2, 6-3) but will win against her, despite many more difficulties and more than two hours, and the Russian Maria Sharapova in the half (6-2, 6-4) in just 1:19, showing his supremacy. This is his 6th Wimbledon title and his 21st Grand Slam title. She also achieved the Grand Slam over two years, being the titleholder of the four major tournaments. These two series, twelve years apart (she had achieved the same feat in 2002-2003) earned the name Serena Slam161,162.
At Båstad, she was forced to forfeit after her first round and to ignore Stanford because of an elbow injury which embarrassed her from Madrid. On July 20, she reached the 250th week at the top of the world hierarchy, the fourth best total behind Graf, Navratilova and Evert163.
In Toronto, she lost only her second game of the season, advancing to the semifinals despite an average serve against young Belinda Bencic by the score of: 6-3, 5-7, 4-6164.
She won her fifth title of the season in Cincinnati by eliminating world number three Simona Halep in the final: 6-3, 7-65, where the only player to have taken a set from her this week is Ana Ivanović in the quarterfinals. By defending her title, she became the first player to win this tournament twice.
At the US Open, three-time defending champion Serena Williams has the chance to achieve the first tennis Grand Slam in one year since Steffi Graf in 1988 and join her with 22 Grand Slam singles titles in the Open era. . After a difficult third round against Bethanie Mattek-Sands passing not far from going out, then having eliminated her sister Venus in the quarter-final in three sets (6-2, 1-6, 6-3) in 1h40 in a beautiful match166 . She fell to everyone’s surprise in the half on September 11, against the Italian Roberta Vinci, then 43rd player in the world (6-2, 4-6, 4-6) in just two hours of play167,168. Between 2011 and 2015, Serena Williams’ eight Grand Slam defeats were all against players ranked above the top 10 in the WTA169 rankings.
To everyone’s surprise, she ended her season by withdrawing from the Beijing tournament and the Masters, where she was the three-time defending champion. However, she had an exceptional season with 5 titles including three grand slams and ended the season once again at the top of the WTA rankings.
2016 – Two finals lost in Grand Slam, 22nd Grand Slam title and 14th in doubles.
Serena Williams begins her 2016 season by defending her title at the Australian Open. She reached the final without a hitch, notably beating Maria Sharapova in the quarter-finals for the 18th time in a row171, and in the semi-final the Polish Agnieszka Radwańska, inflicting a good correction. She faced Angelique Kerber 6th in the world, who won the title after a disputed match (4-6, 6-3, 4-6) in more than two hours, where Williams made a lot of mistakes with a gesture strained by the event172 , 173. And signifying his disappointment and his incomprehension at a press conference174.
Feverish, she was forced to forfeit the tournaments in Dubai and Doha. On February 8, Serena Williams dominated the WTA rankings for the 280th week in her career but especially the 157th consecutive, a mark that exceeds that of Martina Navrátilová (156) and which brings her closer to Steffi Graf (180).
A year after returning to the California desert, Serena Williams returns to serve in an attempt to become the first player to win the Indian Wells tournament for the third time. She won all her matches in straight sets (after beating in particular Simona Halep in the quarter and Agnieszka Radwańska in the semifinals which showed a good level) to reach the final against Victoria Azarenka, but lost (4-6, 4 -6) in 1h28175. In Miami the following week, she struggles to find her footwork as well as her serve and mentality. She came out in the round of 16 by the 19th world player Svetlana Kuznetsova (7-63, 1-6, 2-6) and ended a series of 20 consecutive victories in Miami.
Sick, she skipped the Madrid tournament and began the season on clay in Rome. She then won her 70th title and 4th in Rome against her compatriot Madison Keys (7-65, 6-3) without losing a single set, having beaten and taken her revenge in the quarter against Svetlana Kuznetsova.
During the Roland-Garros tournament, she qualified for the final without any real surprise. But having experienced difficulties in beating Kristina Mladenovic in the third round, then the first surprise Yulia Putintseva 60th in the world, losing a set in the quarters177, and the Dutch Kiki Bertens in the semi-final, the other surprise (7-67, 6-4) in 1h38 in an equally tense match178. She lost (5-7, 4-6) in 1 h 43 against the 4th world Garbiñe Muguruza, losing two consecutive Grand Slam finals179,180. However, the same year she became the best paid female sportswoman in the world ahead of Maria Sharapova and Ronda Rousey with 25.4 million euros in cumulative earnings over the last twelve months (from May 2015 to May 2016) 181.
The grass season comes down to defending his title at Wimbledon. She easily passed the qualifier Amra Sadiković in the first round, before being a little jostled by Christina McHale (67-7, 6-2, 6-4) in the second round. She then qualifies easily for the round of 16, and at the same time signs her 300th career victory in a Grand Slam tournament182. The next day (July 4), she begins her 300th week at the top of the world hierarchy. On the next three games, she faced three Russians, Svetlana Kuznetsova seeded No. 13 (7-5, 6-0) inflicting a severe score in the second set, then Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova seeded No. 21 in the quarter, which she beats (6-4, 6-4) in 1:13 without being worried. Before inflicting a surprise correction in the semi-final tournament Elena Vesnina (6-2, 6-0), completed in 48 minutes (17 minutes just for the last set). She thus reached the final for the third time in a row in a Grand Slam this season, where she faced world No.4 Angelique Kerber, for the revenge of the final of the Australian Open183. She won the final (7-5, 6-3) in 1 h 21 and entered a little more into the legend by equaling on this occasion the mark of Steffi Graf with a 22nd major title184,185,186. A few hours later, she won with her sister Venus the double for the 6th time in their career, beating (6-3, 6-4) in 1 h 27 the pair Tímea Babos / Yaroslava Shvedova. They total 14 Grand Slam victories in as many finals contested (no defeat) 187.
She then forfeited the Montreal tournament following an inflammation of the right shoulder. She will therefore start the Rio Olympics without any preparation tournament.
She returns for the Olympics in both singles and doubles with her sister Venus. In doubles, they lost to everyone’s surprise then seeded No. 1 in the first round (3-6, 4-6) against the Czech pair Lucie Šafářová / Barbora Strýcová when they were three-time Olympic champions and undefeated at the Olympics together188 . In singles, she easily beats Daria Gavrilova in two sets then experiences more difficulties especially in the first set against Alizé Cornet beating her (7-65, 6-2) in almost two hours. Finally, she faces the 20th world Elina Svitolina in the third round, and loses in two sets (4-6, 3-6) by committing too many unforced errors (37 in total) and making five double faults in the same game at 3 -4 in the second round 189. Then two-time defending champion at the Cincinnati tournament, Serena forfeited due to an inflammation in her right shoulder contracted before the Olympics190.
At the US Open, the last Grand Slam tournament of the year, she quite easily beats the Russian Ekaterina Makarova (6-3, 6-3), the American Vania King by the same score, Johanna Larsson (6-2 , 6-1) and Yaroslava Shvedova (6-2, 6-3) to qualify for the quarter-finals. There she faces Simona Halep whom she beats with much more difficulty losing the second set (6-2, 4-6, 6-3), which will tire her a lot thereafter. She arrives in the semi-final against Karolína Plíšková 11th in the world, to qualify for a new final and perhaps win a 23rd Grand Slam tournament to overtake Steffi Graf. But she lost this half final, losing sharply in the first set (2-6, 65-7) in 1h25 in total191. The victory of the German Angelique Kerber in the semi-final also made her lose at the end of the tournament her place of world number 1 which she had occupied without interruption since February 2013192.
For the Asian tour, because of her injuries, she withdrew for Wuhan and Beijing, hoping to return for the Singapore Masters193. She ended up giving up the Singapore Masters, still injured in the shoulder194.
2017 – Record Grand Slam victories in singles (23) and maternity.
After four months without competition, Serena Williams begins 2017 with the Auckland tournament. She won in the first round against the French Pauline Parmentier (6-3, 6-4) 195, but was defeated in the next by her compatriot Madison Brengle then 72nd in the world (4-6, 7-6, 4-6 ) 196.
She continues her season with the Australian Open. She did not lose a round in her career in Melbourne where she reached the final, beating Belinda Bencic, Lucie Šafářová, Nicole Gibbs, Barbora Strýcová, then the 9th world Johanna Konta in 1:15 and finally, the revenge Mirjana Lučić-Baroni in only 50 minutes197. She meets her sister Venus Williams there for the 28th time on the WTA circuit since 1998198, for the eighth time in the final of a Grand Slam tournament, and for the first time since that of Wimbledon 2009199. Serena wins (6- 4, 6-4) in 1 h 22 at the end of a match which she completely dominates200. Thus, Serena Williams wins her seventh Australian Open and the twenty-third Grand Slam singles tournament of her career, which makes her the record holder of Open era titles ahead of Steffi Graf and a record success. overall in the history of women’s tennis held by Margaret Smith Court200. The American player won in Melbourne on January 28, 2017 at 35 years and 4 months, also becoming the oldest player to win this trophy during the Open200 era. Moreover, this success allows it to regain the position of world No. 1200. She said on this occasion: “I congratulate Venus, she is an incredible person. I would never have made it to 23 without her, she inspires me, she is the main reason I’m here. So thank you Venus. Every time I saw you win during the fortnight, I told myself that I had to win too. I’m sure she’ll be there next year. “201,202.
Serena Williams was subsequently forced to forfeit the Indian Wells and Miami tournaments due to knee pain, which resulted in the loss of her first place in the world.
Without playing any tournament, on April 24, she will return to the top of the WTA rankings. This is because the Stuttgart tournament is being held a week later compared to last year. Angelique Kerber, currently world No. 1, also loses the 470 points earned from her victory last year204. The following week, on May 1, she still retained the 1st place in the world due to the hasty elimination of Angelique Kerber as soon as she entered the tournament at Stuttgart 205.
On April 19, she announced through her agent that she was expecting a child with her fiancé Alexis Ohanian, thus ending her season206,207. She also ensures that she absolutely intends to return to the courts after her pregnancy208. On September 1, at the maternity hospital in West Palm Beach (Florida), Serena Williams gave birth to a baby girl209 named Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr210. Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian tie the knot in New Orleans on November 16, 2017.
2018: return to competition, finals at Wimbledon and US Open.
In preparation for the 2018 season, Serena returns on December 30 at the Abu Dhabi Exhibition Tournament. She lost to the young Jeļena Ostapenko, world No. 7 and winner of the 2017 French Open in three sets (2-6, 6-3, [5-10]) 212. Not considering herself well enough physically, she then gave up participating and defending her title at the Australian Open213. She then decides to return to the circuit for the Fed Cup on February 10 against the Netherlands. She plays with her sister the double without a stake that they lose.
At the Indian Wells tournament, she passed the first and second rounds without losing a set against Zarina Diyas and Kiki Bertens before finding her sister Venus in the third round. 17 years after the fiasco around a semi-final that had not been played, the confrontation with his elder sister ended in a defeat in two sets (3-6, 4-6). In Miami, she was severely beaten in the first round 6-3, 6-2 by the young Japanese Naomi Osaka, just winner of the Indian Wells tournament.
She made her return to Grand Slam at the 2018 French Open where she qualified for the round of 16. Unfortunately, she was forced to forfeit due to pain in her right pectoral, preventing her from serving. This is the first time in her career that the former world number 1 has to withdraw from a competition214.
She made a resounding return to Wimbledon by reaching the final losing only one set (against the Italian Camila Giorgi). However, she lost to Angelique Kerber in straight sets (3-6, 3-6) 215. She jumped 153 places the following week in the WTA rankings, dropping from 183rd to 28th place216.
At the San José tournament, she was beaten in the first round by Briton Johanna Konta in quick sets (1-6, 0-6), the worst defeat of her career217.
She forfeited two days before the start of the Montreal tournament (Canada tournament) for “personal reasons” 218.
Then qualified for the second round of the Cincinnati tournament, she lost to the Czech Petra Kvitová in three sets (3-6, 6-2, 3-6) 219.
At the US Open, the same scenario presents itself to her as at Wimbledon; She loses only one set in the round of 16 against Estonian Kaia Kanepi (6-0, 4-6, 6-3) and qualifies for her 31st final at the US Open against Japanese Naomi Osaka . This final was marked by several controversies: following three warnings from the chair umpire, the American was sanctioned with a 3-4 penalty play in the second set, thus giving a possibility of concluding the match. to his opponent at 5-3. She was finally beaten in straight sets (6-2, 6-4) and again missed the opportunity to equalize Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles220,221.
She finished the year in 16th place in the world in singles.
On October 19, 2018, she received the WTA Comeback of the Year award.
2019: back in the top 10, finals at Wimbledon and US Open.
Serena Williams begins her year with the 31st edition of the Hopman Cup. She won her three singles matches223 beating Greece’s María Sákkari (7-63, 6-2), Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic (4-6, 6-4, 6-3) and Briton Katie Boulter (6-1, 7-62) but, with her partner Frances Tiafoe, she did not win any of her three doubles matches. They finish last in their group. On January 1, 2019, she met in mixed doubles, for the first time since the start of her career, her male alter-ego, the Swiss Roger Federer. The Swiss take the advantage over the Americans (4-2, 4-33) but their meeting marks this edition of the Hopman Cup224.
She made her return to the Australian Open after her victory in 2017. She climbed to the quarterfinals after beating the German Tatjana Maria (6-0, 6-2) 225, the Canadian Eugenie Bouchard ( 6-2, 6-2) 226, the Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska (6-2, 6-1) 227 then finally the world No. 1, the Romanian Simona Halep, in three sets (6-1, 4-6, 6 -4) 228. This is the first time since 2012 that she has beaten the world number 1. She was finally beaten by the Czech Karolína Plíšková in three very tight sets (4-6, 6-4, 5-7) and where four match points were presented to her that she could not convert (at 5- 1, then three times at 5-4) 229, due among other things to a sprained ankle that appeared during the third set230.
Taking advantage of the Danish Caroline Wozniacki’s withdrawal from the Doha tournament, Serena Williams is back in the top 10 in tenth place, just eleven months after her return to competition231.
She then took part in the Indian Wells tournament. Taking advantage of her seeded status, she played her first match in the second round. She performs it against the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka. The match is very intense, recalling the best games of two players against each other, and is finally won by the American (7-5, 6-3) 232. She then faces the Spanish Garbine Muguruza. Led 1 set to 0 and 1-0 in the second set, she was forced to give up. The tournament confirms that the player was ill a few hours after her withdrawal from the court233. His return to Mimai was further cut short by a left knee injury234. However, she won her first match against Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson with difficulty (6-3, 1-6, 6-1) 235.
His knee injury compromises his clay court season. However, in preparation for Roland Garros, she entered the tournament in Rome. She won her first match without too much difficulty against the Swedish Rebecca Peterson (6-4, 6-2) 236 but had to withdraw again due to her knee. She was to meet her sister Venus.
His return to the courts takes place at Roland-Garros. Her first match was chaotic but victory awaited her, against Russian Vitalia Diatchenko (2-6, 6-1, 6-0) 238. She then beats the Japanese Kurumi Nara (6-3, 6-2) 239 but is finally eliminated in the 3rd round by her compatriot Sofia Kenin (2-6, 5-7) 240. She then said she wanted to rest and heal herself before returning to Wimbledon241.
Wanting to play more games, Serena decides to line up in singles and mixed doubles with Andy Murray242. In mixed doubles, she reached the eighth finals. His debut match against Alexa Guarachi and Andreas Mies made history by becoming the earliest scheduled doubles match in the competition on center court. With Andy Murray, they win (6-4, 6-1) 243 and repeat in the second round against Raquel Atawo and Fabrice Martin (7-5, 6-3) 244. They finally lost in their third game against the No. 1 seeds Nicole Melichar and Bruno Soares (3-6, 6-4, 2-6) 245. In singles, she reached the final again after dismissing the Italian Giulia Gatto-Monticone (6-2, 7-5) 246, the Slovenian Kaja Juvan (2-6, 6-2, 6-4) 247, l ‘German Julia Görges (6-3, 6-4) 248, Spain’s Carla Suárez Navarro (6-2, 6-2) 249, American Alison Riske (6-4, 4-6, 6-3) 250 and Czech Barbora Strýcová (6-1, 6-2) 251. She again misses the opportunity to win her 24th Major by losing to the Romanian Simona Halep (2-6, 2-6).
In preparation for the US Open, she takes part in the Rogers Cup. Taking advantage of Petra Kvitová’s forfeit, she is one of the eight seeds with a bye in the first round253. She thus begins the competition at the stage of the second round. She first won against the Belgian Elise Mertens (6-3, 6-3) 254 then against the Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova (7-5, 6-4) 255. Meeting Japan’s Naomi Osaka in the quarter-finals, she took her revenge from the previous US Open and won the match (6-3, 6-4) 256. She then meets the surprise Czech of the tournament, Marie Bouzková, who surprises her by winning the first set 6-1 but which she finally masters (1-6, 6-3, 6-3) 257 to qualify for her 96th final in his career, his fifth in the tournament. She faces local Bianca Andreescu. Taken by spasms in the back, she gave up in the first set, led 3-1258. She then forfeited the Cincinnati tournament.
At the US Open, the same scenario presents itself to her as the previous edition: she qualifies for the final. For this, she passes the Russian Maria Sharapova (6-1, 6-1) 260, the American Catherine McNally (5-7, 6-3, 6-1) 261, the Czech Karolína Muchová (6-3, 6 -2) 262, Croatia’s Petra Martić (6-3, 6-4) 263, Chinese Wang Qiang (6-1, 6-0) 264 and Ukrainian Elina Svitolina (6-3, 6-1) 265 . She fell again in the final, this time against Canadian Bianca Andreescu (3-6, 5-7) 266. She thus puts an end to her season not participating in the Masters bis while she is qualified there.
She finished the season in 10th place in singles.
At the end of the year, she was voted best athlete of the decade by the Associated Press.
2020: title in Auckland
To start the season, Serena lines up for the Auckland tournament. Seeded No. 1, she eliminated the Italian Camila Giorgi (6-3, 6-2) 269, the American Christina McHale (3-6, 6-2, 6-3) 270, the German Laura Siegemund ( 6-4, 6-3) 271 and American Amanda Anisimova (6-1, 6-1) 272. Qualified for the final, she was mistreated from the first game by her compatriot Jessica Pegula (1-3) but finally emerged victorious, thus winning her 73rd title and her first title since 2017 (6-3, 6-4) 273. She takes advantage of the presence of her friend at the tournament, the Danish Caroline Wozniacki, to also line up in the doubles table274. Together, they reached the final but were beaten by the pair Muhammad-Townsend (4-6, 4-6) 275. Her victory allows her to make history even more: she becomes the only player to have won a singles title over 4 different decades 276. At the end of the tournament, she announces that she will donate all of her prize money to the victims of the fires in Australia.
At the Australian Open, she began the conquest of her 24th Grand Slam as the No. 8 seed. She began with a victory in less than an hour over Russian Anastasia Potapova (6-0, 6-3 ) 278. She then eliminated Slovenian Tamara Zidanšek (6-2, 6-3) 279. She was finally surprised by the Chinese Wang Qiang who eliminated her in the third round, during a match in 3 sets (4-6, 7-62, 5-7).
On January 15, 2020, she was officially selected for the Fed Cup qualifying phase281, 2 years after her last appearance. Facing Latvia, on February 7 and 8, she is aligned by captain Kathy Rinaldi on the single. She beats Jeļena Ostapenko (7-64, 7-63) 282 but loses to Anastasija Sevastova (65-7, 6-2, 64-7) 283. However, the United States qualify for the finals.