26 Sep 1981
Serena Williams has the most Grand Slam singles titles in the Open Era. At 2017 Australian Open, she became the oldest woman to win a major in the Open Era. She was also the oldest to have held the No.1 in WTA history and had the longest winning span between majors of any woman Open Era at 15 years and 10 months between 1999 US Open and 2015 Wimbledon (Evert, Navratilova and Graf had 12-year spans). In 2015 In 2015, she came within two matches of becoming the third woman to complete the calendar year Grand Slam after Court (1970) and Graf (1988). She won the Australian Open (d.Sharapova in F), Roland Garros (d. Safarova in F) and Wimbledon (d. Muguruza in F), lost to Vinci in the semifinals at US Open. However, she was twice in possession all four majors for a “Serena Slam” (2002 Roland Garros to 2003 Australian Open and 2014 US Open to 2015 Wimbledon). Serena posted a fifth consecutive Top 3 season in 2016, No.2 finish coming after three consecutive years at No.1 (2013-15). That year, she celebrated her 750th match win and was the only player to reach semifinals or better at all four Grand Slams.
Five-time champion at WTA Finals (2001, 2009, 2012-14), at 2016 Us Open she lost the top ranking after 186 consecutive weeks which equaled the record held by Graf (August 17, 1986 through March 10, 1991).
In 2017, at Australian Open, she claimed her 72nd title that made her the fifth on the Open Era list of most titles, after Martina Navratilova (167), Chris Evert (154), Steffi Graf (107) and Margaret Court (92). Serena was also a singles gold medalist at London 2012 Olympics, and doubles gold medalist at 2000 Sydney, 2008 Beijing and 2012 London, all with her sister Venus.
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