The last decade has been one of the best in Women’s tennis. Many new players have won Grand Slam title and raised the ranking to World Number. However among all the female players on the tour one Woman has been the benchmark of dominance. The powerful American player Serena Williams is beyond doubt the most successful female tennis player of the last decade. We look back at the extraordinary achievements in the last 10 years of this extremely talented and greatly successful younger Williams sibling.
Grand Slam Dominance
Serena now has a total slam count of 23. She is closer than ever to Margaret Court’s record to 24. In the last 10 years Serena has won 12 of her 23 Slams. This is by far more than any female player in the last 10 years. Serena has won 168 Grand Slam matches in last 10 years at the cost of just 20 defeats. This shows a display of sheer brilliance and dominance of the powerful American in most important tournaments of the tennis circuit.
Of her 12 Slams in the last decade Serena has won 4 at Wimbledon, 3 each at the US and Australian Open and 2 at Roland Garros Championships. In addition to her great singles success, Serena has won 4 doubles Grand Slam titles in the last 10 years making her a truly all round dominant Grand Slam player.
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Dominant In Other Big Tournaments
It is not just the Grand Slam events where Serena showed dominance in the last decade. She has been the most successful WTA star in nearly all aspects. Serena has won 2 Gold medals this decade, both coming at the 2012 London Olympics. She won the Gold medal in singles beating Russia’s Maria Sharapova and also won the doubles Gold medal alongside her elder sister Venus Williams.
Serena has also won 3 WTA year end titles this decade which came in 2012, 2013 and 2014. The American star also won 13 Premier WTA titles in the last 10 years. A total of 37 titles and 64 million US dollars as prize money makes Serena the undisputed greatest female player of the past decade.
In the last decade Serena has been the World Number 1 for a total of 236 Weeks. This is by far the most weeks by any WTA player in last 10 years. Another milestone is that off these 236 weeks, 186 have come at a succession, another standalone record for the American great.
Model Of Longevity
Serena now aged more than 38 and still going strong is a shining example of longevity in a sport as physically demanding as tennis. She turned pro almost 25 years ago in 1995 and still is showing no signs of slowing down. Serena has held many records making age sound just a number.
The American great is the oldest female player to become the World Number 1 at 35 years and 6 months which she did in April 2017. She is also the oldest female player to hold to the Number 1 rankings. In addition to this the junior Williams is the oldest ever female player to win a Grand Slam, which she did at the Australian Open of 2017 beating her sister Venus Williams in the final.
At 38 still going strong Serena even reached the 4 finals in the last 6 Grand Slam events she played even after becoming a mother. Serena might not have had the desired success to add to her Slam count in those 4 finals but she remains within a striking distance of Margaret Court’s Slam record of 24. The season 2020 could finally bring the long elusive dream of this arguably greatest ever female tennis player to a reality. Serena Williams is our female tennis player of the decade.