How Serena has ruled the world of Grand slam

By Editor on 11/07/2015

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Serena Williams is just one win away from completing the ‘Serena Slam’ for a second time, and ahead of the Saturday’s Wimbledon final we take a look back at the first time the American held all four Grand Slam titles at one time.
Very few players can boast holding all four Grand Slam titles at one time, but Williams has the opportunity to do it for the second time when she takes on Garbine Muguruza in Saturday’s Wimbledon final.
The bookmakers are predicting victory for the world number one, and if she lifts the winner’s trophy it will mean the 33-year-old holds a complete set of US Open, Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon titles… just like she did in early 2003…
French Open 2002 – Serena Williams beatt Venus Williams 7-5 6-3
Serena had endured a disappointing start to 2002 as injury forced her to withdraw from the Australian Open, but she put that disappointment firmly behind her when she travelled to Roland Garros for the French Open. Williams bounced back from dropping the first set to dethrone defending champion Jennifer Capriati in the semi-finals, and she then got the better of her sister, Venus, in straight sets to claim the title and improve to a career-high second in the world rankings.
Wimbledon 2002 – Serena Williams beat Venus Williams 7-6 (7-4) 6-3

With the French Open crown in the bag, Williams’ next step on her road to the ‘Serena Slam’ came when she won the Wimbledon ladies’ singles title for the first time. Serena was utterly dominant on en route to the final, with only Maureen Drake taking her to three sets at the All England Club, and just like the French Open all that stood between her and the crown was her sister, Venus. Serena once again took the honours, in straight sets, and she also dethroned Venus in the women’s rankings to hit the summit for the first time.

US Open 2002 – Serena Williams beat Venus Williams 6-4 6-3
Williams was barely active between the Wimbledon and the US Open, competing in just one tournament, but she remained the woman to beat on the women’s tour… and no-one was going to beat her at Flushing Meadows. Serena stormed through to the final, losing just 22 games, and once again sister Venus was waiting for her in the final. And once again, it was Serena who claimed the bragging rights with another straight sets win to claim her third Grand Slam title of 2002.
Australian Open 2003 – Serena Williams bt Venus Williams 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 6-4

 

Injury had kept Williams out of the 2002 instalment of this season-opening Grand Slam, and her participation in the 2003 Australian Open almost came to a swift end in Melbourne. Serena dropped the first set of her first-round clash with Emilie Loit and needed to win a tiebreak to force a deciding set, which she took 7-5. Williams enjoyed a smooth run to the semi-finals after that, but Kim Clijsters ensured she would earn her place in the final. Serena bounced back from losing the opening set to book another final meeting with Venus, and on this occasion she needed three sets to see off her sister. 
And Serena's road to a potential second 'Serena Slam' ... US Open 2014, Serena Williams bt Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3

Serena after the US Open final in 2014, flanked by Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert, whose record of 18 Grand Slams she tied in New York

2014 was a bleak year for Serena Williams where Grand Slams were concerned - at least, until she arrived in New York. 
After failing to go beyond the quarterfinals at the first three Grand Slams of the year, five-time US Open champion Serena was determined not to slip up again in New York and she was on devastating form.
Not one of the seven opponents Serena faced, including Flavia Pennetta, Ekaterina Makarova and BFF Caroline Wozniacki in the final, would take a set from her and Williams conceded just 32 games on her way to an eighteenth Grand Slam title. 
2015 Australian Open - Serena Williams bt Maria Sharapova, 6-3, 7-6(5)

Serena jumps for joy after beating Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open final in January 2014 

 

There were a few adventures on the way to Serena's 19th Grand Slam title and sixth Australian Open, as she went to three sets with two of the rising stars of the WTA Tour, Elina Svitolina and Garbine Muguruza, in the first four rounds.
But as we have so often seen with Serena, she became unstoppable in the second week, defeating 2014 runner-up Dominika Cibulkova, rising compatriot Madison Keys and finally Maria Sharapova in the final - all in straight sets, with her 6-3, 7-6(5) victory over Sharapova in the final setting a high bar for the best-quality ball-striking we would see in 2015. 
2015 French Open - Serena Williams beat Lucie Safarova, 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-2

Serena with the 2015 French Open trophy 

Suffering from a flu-like illness which afflicted several other players and proved difficult to sha
ke off, as well as the memory of her second-round exit in Paris in 2014, Williams had to win a total of five three-set matches on her way to the title. Serena came from a set down against Anna-Lena Friedsam, former world no. 1 Victoria Azarenka, Sloane Stephens and Timea Bacsinszky before surviving an inspired fightback from Lucie Safarova in the final, but once again reigned supreme on Court Philippe Chatrier as she claimed her third French Open title.
2015 Wimbledon ....?

Serena reacts during her semifinal victory over Maria Sharapova

Williams is now on a 27-match winning streak at Grand Slams and is just one match away from a second 'Serena Slam'.

The world no. 1, who has lost just one match in 2015, dropped sets to Heather Watson and Victoria Azarenka over the fortnight but battled back each time to end the match in dominant fashion.
She will face Garbine Muguruza of Spain, who has played Williams in three Grand Slams before and has won one and lost two, in the latter's first Wimbledon final.

 

 

Posted on July, 11 2015

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