Alex de Minaur says Serena Williams being able to achieve success in pretty much every stage of her career is the most impressive part of her career. Williams, who became pro in 1995, clinched her first Grand Slam title at 1999 US Open.
23 years later, Williams is a 23-time Grand Slam champion. In the January of 2017, Williams earned her 23rd Grand Slam title. Even though Williams hasn't won a Grand Slam title since, she has been to four Grand Slam finals since.
When 23-year-old de Minaur was growing up, he remembers only one player regularly playing Grand Slam finals in the women's game.
De Minaur: Williams' success and journey is amazing
"Well, just growing up, I mean, it just felt like, what, when I was four, five, six, basically all my childhood, that it was just the same Grand Slam winner every slam.
That was Serena," de Minaur said. "It's amazing, her story, how she's become what she's become, the success she's had throughout all the different stages in her life. I think that's probably the most impressive part.
When she was young, just bursting out on tour, even in the later stages of her career, she still had that fighting, winning mentality. Has been a pretty amazing competitor for the sport." On Monday, both de Minaur and Williams made successful starts at the US Open.
De Minaur defeated Filip Krajinovic 7-5 6-2 6-3, while Williams saw off Danka Kovinic 6-3 6-3. In the US Open second round, de Minaur plays Cristian Garin. Garin has been struggling with his game this season and de Minaur enters that match as the favorite, especially since hard is the surface that suits him better than the Chilean.
Two years ago, de Minaur reached the US Open quarterfinal. To this day, that is de Minaur's lone Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance.