Williams is attempting to win her seventh Australian Open championship. Since winning the Australian Open in 2017, she has won 23 Grand Slam events, one less than Margaret Court's record. ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes will broadcast the game. It is available to watch on ESPN+ and the ESPN apps.
Serena Williams, 39, is participating in the Australian Open, hoping to complete one of the final puzzle pieces of her long career.... Williams hasn't found her way back in Slam defeats.
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Serena Williams is one step closer to winning her eighth US Open crown. The 38-year-old 23-time Grand Slam winner triumphed easily (2-6, 6-2, 6-2) over his fellow American tennis player, 27, with straight wins in the second and third sets. Get push notifications with the latest news, features, and other information.
The first set was a close battle with both players serving for the first three games before Williams took control of the match with a string of victories in a row. She broke Stephens' serve twice in the opening game of the second set to go up 2-0 and didn't look back from there as she won six consecutive games to take a commanding lead. Stephens did manage to break Serena's serve once in the next game but it wasn't enough to come back into the match as Williams closed out the match in style.
Williams has now moved onto the quarterfinals where she will face world number one Angelique Kerber on Monday night. If Serena manages to defeat Kerber, she will meet Canadian star Bianca Andreescu in the semifinal stage. Andreescu beat Karolina Pliskova in the other quarterfinal match today.
Stephens ended the match rather quickly as she had to leave the court due to a stomach virus that she suffered from earlier this week. The American player lost 3-0 in the first round match against Jessica Pegula but came back strong to reach the quarterfinals for the first time at the US Open.
Williams turned professional in 1995 and went on to win the French Open, US Open, and Wimbledon in 2002, all of which she defeated Venus in the finals. She won the Australian Open for the first time in 2003, becoming one of just six women in the open era to complete a career grand slam. In 2004, she became only the second woman in history to defend all four major titles at once when she beat Venus again in the final of the Olympic Games in Athens.
Williams began her career when she was hired as a full-time player by the legendary Vic Bradshaw. She initially failed to make an impact on the tour, but came into her own in 1997, when she started winning more matches than she lost for the first time. That same year, she also became the first black female athlete to be given the cover of Sports Illustrated. Since then, she has continued to appear on the magazine's cover many times over.
She is the most successful female American tennis player of all time, with a record 17 Grand Slam singles titles. Her other achievements include being the only player to have reached the top of the rankings without losing a single match (1996), having the most consecutive major title appearances ever (nine), and having the most consecutive years ranked #1 (1997-2003).
Williams' success on the court has helped bring about changes on the tour, with more black players being given opportunities to succeed.
At this month's Australian Open, Serena Williams, a famous athlete and tennis star, sought for a record-tying 24th career major singles championship. In a semifinal match Thursday in Melbourne, she met youthful competitor Naomi Osaka, one of the youngsters she supported while growing up in the sport. The winner will face Angelique Kerber in Sunday's final.
Serena Williams was born on February 23rd, 1981 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. She is an American tennis player who has won five Wimbledon Championships and two Olympic gold medals with her teammate Venus Williams. The sisters are considered by many to be the greatest female tennis duo of all time. They have won over 100 matches together and only been defeated once during their professional career. Their success has helped make the U.S. women's team extremely competitive at the Olympics. Serena Williams has won three gold medals and one silver at the Olympics, while her sister Venus has won two gold medals.
She started playing tennis at the age of 3 because of her father who was a sports agent who also managed Michael Jordan at the time. The family moved often because of her father's job so she had little opportunity to play in schools with other children. When she was 10 years old, her father died of a heart attack while watching her play tennis. At that moment, she decided to take her life in hands and focus solely on her sport.
Serena Williams, the six-time winner, made her debut appearance at the US Open (who would go on to win her first Grand Slam title at the US Open the following year). In the third round, she was beaten by Irina Spirlea. It is still the only occasion Williams has failed to get past the fourth round of the US Open as of 2020.
Williams had a successful career, winning 11 Grand Slam singles titles (seven with the Williamses twins Venus and Serena). She retired from tennis in 2019 after losing in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open to Alison Riske.
During her career, Williams won three Olympic gold medals, two at the Atlanta Games and one at the Rio de Janeiro Games, and four World Tennis Championships (three with Venus and one with Serena). She is also the only female player to have achieved the "Golden Slam" - winning all four major tennis tournaments in one year (1996).
Besides being an outstanding tennis player, Williams is also famous for her activism against gender discrimination. From the age of seven, when she started playing tennis, until the end of her career, she never missed any game because of injury. This makes her the most durable player in tennis history.
She has been named the greatest female tennis player of all time by several publications including The New York Times, CNN, and ESPN.
Williams has three children: Alexis Jr., Alexis and Zoe.
Williams is largely recognized as one of the all-time great tennis players. Serena Williams is the active player with the most Grand Slam championships in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles.
|Career record||27–4 (87.1%)|
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|Australian Open||F (1999)|