Serena Jameka Williams an American professional tennis player, who ranked no.1 position at the world level, in singles by the Women’s Tennis Association, has finally announced her retirement, or rather her “evolution”, as she prefers it to be called.
However, Serena has decided to go out with both the style that is on and off the court. Thereafter, she shared her news of retirement after gracing the cover of Vogue’s September 2022. Just before her retirement, she extended two of her world records following victories over Danka Kovinić and Anett Kontaveit at the US Open: the most single tennis match at the US Open is:108, and the most tennis Grand Slam singles matches won (female): 367.
Serene shared the story of her career – how she started out on the public courts of Compton, California, and since turning pro at age 14, she has dominated every other court on the world stage for over 25 years. Moreover, she also holds 25 Guinness World Records titles. In the open era, Serena won the most Grand Slam singles titles, at the 2017 Australian Open, defeating her older sister Venus Williams in the final to move past Steffi Graf’s (Germany) record of 22 titles.
The gap between this victory and her first ever Grand Slam title at the 1999 US Open was 17 years 139 days, which is the longest span of Grand Slam singles titles by a tennis player (open era).
She won and break the record of Grand Slam Title at the age of 35 years 124 days making the 1st record for her oldest tennis Grand Slam Tennis single winner in the female category. As is already mentioned that Serena faced Venus in the final therefore they set a record as the oldest tennis Grand Slam singles finalists with an aggregate age of 71 years 349 days. Finally, after achieving this height of success, she got the title of the oldest person ranked world tennis number one (female), leapfrogging Angelique Kerber (Germany), who crashed out in Round 4 of the tournament.
In the final of the 2019 US Open Serena lost to Bianca Andreescu, and this match saw the greatest age difference for a Grand Slam singles final (open era). At 19 years 83 days old, Andreescu (b. 16 June 2000) was 18 years 264 days younger than Serena (b. 26 September 1981). Andreescu wasn’t even born when Serena won her first Grand Slam title in 1999! The young Canadian became the first player born in the 21st century to win a Grand Slam singles title and the first teenager to win a Grand Slam singles title since Maria Sharapova in 2006.
Credits: Guinness World Records
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