Following another Williams-only final, Serena clenched her fourth major in a row, winning what is now dubbed the Serena Slam. She wouldn’t stop there, she had records to break, history to rewrite and a long way to go.
Serena wanted back on top, but her journey would be a bumpy one. After an injury threatened to keep her out, she needed a dramatic turnaround to take this title. Determined and resilient, Serena won the slam and proved to the world nothing could keep her down.
As her critics shook their heads, she shook up the tournament. Unseeded and ranked 81st, she fought back to win her eighth Grand Slam in one of the most dominant matches ever. Without falter and without a doubt, it was the return of the queen.
6-0, 6-3. The only battle here was with the heat. Peaking at 107 degrees, this was the warmest tournament to date. Focused and determined, Serena kept her cool and went on to beat the heat and her competition. She was back on top of the world and now part of the double-digit club for slam titles.
Strength is never settling for less than you want and what Serena wanted was to tie an all-time tennis great with 12 Grand Slam victories. Storming back from the brink of defeat, the difference maker Down Under was Serena’s serve.
Simply Unstoppable. Nothing was going to stop Serena. With a cry of “C’mon,” Serena climbed her way to third all-time in Grand Slam victories. Next stop: No. 20.
Serena would go toe-to-toe with her friend, teammate and sister. It was a sister-sister final and the title was on the line. But no one could deny her this slam; it was Serena’s turn in the spotlight.
For Serena, nothing is ever out of reach. Eleven years had passed since her previous victory on the clay courts, but doubt has never been Serena’s downfall. Peaking at 123 mph, she served her way to 31 victories in a row, the longest single-season streak in 13 years, and to yet another Grand Slam victory.
Serena's next opponent? The flu. Fever, cough and fatigue sought to take Serena down, but she doesn’t go down easily. She rehydrated, regrouped and became relentlessness to win a landmark 20th major. She was closing in on the record with her sights set on London.
Her year began with a goal … a goal to cross the pond and win in white. With her target on the title, she didn’t drop a set. As she hoisted the dish and claimed her crown, she took her spot as World No. 1 for the first time.
Dropping the first set, Serena made the decision to pick it up and power back. Taking back break after break, she held serve to send the match into a deciding set. Winning a fifth major in a row, her second in a row wearing white, Serena had defended her title.
Eyes closed, arms raised, she fell to her knees. After six years it was Serena’s turn to hold up the dish again. With 12 aces in two sets, she had secured her place in history with her 11th Grand Slam title.
Beating two former No. 1s to reach the final, Serena did not drop a set over two dominant weeks on the grass courts. At age 28, accumulating championships had become second nature, but with unparalleled determination, there was no end in sight.
It was time to make up for lost time. A comeback from injury and illness. A comeback to clinch a hard-fought victory. A comeback to serve a record 102 aces. Serena had come back to lift the dish and become a Grand Slam champion yet again.
With her hands raised high, Serena not only held up the title, but all four major titles once again. She had swept in straight sets clenching her 21st title and earning a second Serena Slam. The work wasn’t over, one more test for the ultimate tennis achievement awaited.
At 17 years old, Serena Williams captured her first Grand Slam title. It was the start of something no one could have dreamed; no one except Serena. It was the title that turned into a legacy.
While the world had their eyes on her catsuit, Serena had her eyes on the prize. Once again defeating her sister, the two-time defending champion, she was now one slam away from securing a spot in tennis history.
It’d been six years since her last win in New York, so this was Grand Slam redemption. Seven victories later Serena stood alone on the court, arms raised, hoisting the trophy. She had regained the World No. 1 and won her ninth Grand Slam. But nine would not be enough.
Set one was her opponent’s. Set two was Serena’s. Set three was one for the ages. It was time to put the pressure on. Serena worked, fought and rallied until the only thing left was to take the title. Thirteen years after her first major on this same court, she would take home her 15th major title.
No. 1 versus No. 2. It was a match of tennis powerhouses. The only thing more powerful was the wind that whipped through the stadium. Two sets later, the battle raged on, but Serena was far from finished. With fire in her eyes, she found a rhythm, regained control and proved victorious.
Every game, same game plan: rewrite history. And this match would be no different as Serena showed why she is one of the greatest players of all time. Winning all 14 sets she played, Serena won her third consecutive title and her 18th major overall, joining tennis’ most elite super stars.