In 1999, the 17-year-old Serena Williams won the Indian Wells title and reached the Miami final to crack the top-10 in April! Twenty-two years later, the American is still ranked among the world's best players, achieving almost everything and still battling hard to lift that 24th Major crown.
Serena earned the 23rd Major title at the Australian Open 2017 before taking a break and giving birth to a daughter later that year. Serena returned to the court in March 2018 and reached four Major finals at Wimbledon and the US Open within the next two years, giving her best to earn that elusive 24th Major but suffering four losses.
Following an injury at last year's Roland Garros, Williams did her best to recover in time for the Australian Open and chase the eighth Melbourne crown. Delivering her best tennis since returning in 2018, Serena defeated five rivals to reach the semis, including victories over Aryna Sabalenka and Simona Halep!
Setting eyes on the trophy, Williams faced Naomi Osaka in a blockbuster clash and suffered a 6-3, 6-4 defeat. Serena made too many unforced errors against the young Japanese, wasted an early lead in the opener and fell short after reaching 4-4 in set number two.
Serena Williams is back inside the top-7 for the first time since July 2017.
With those points, Williams returned into the top-10 for the first time since November, playing on the highest level since giving birth to a daughter and hoping for more chances at Majors in the rest of the season.
At 39, Serena is currently the third-oldest player on the WTA ranking list behind the Hungarian Greta Arn and her sister Venus. Serena turns 40 in August and she still competes with the same desire as always, giving her 100% in every match and standing as a role model for the upcoming youngsters.
With the Australian Open points, Serena is back inside the top-7 for the first time since July 2017, hoping to finish the season in the elite group for the 17th time. Serena is back on the practice court in Miami, training with Grigor Dimitrov and shaping her game ahead of one of her favorite tournaments that she won eight times in the past between 2002-215.