Serena Williams’ 23 Major Titles Ranked, Including Six US Opens

Serena Williams is a champion, mother and cultural icon, and it all started on the tennis courts in Compton, California.

The tennis leg of his ever-expanding career portfolio, which includes Serena Ventures, a fashion label and a jewelry line, likely ended at New York’s Arthur Ashe Stadium, where Williams lifted six US trophies Open and Friday night saw her long-shot seventh-end chances in a three-set loss to Ajla Tomljanovic.

Williams holds the Open Era record for Grand Slam championships with 23. Each is memorable, but USA TODAY Sports ranks these titles in order of importance:

1. 1999 US Open – def. Martina Hingis, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).

Speaking of which… the first. A bubbly, beady 17-year-old Williams announced herself to the world – and not just to the world of tennis.

2. Australian Open 2017 – def. Venus Williams, 6-4, 6-4.

The 23rd major title of Williams’ career, passing Steffi Graf on the all-time list – and setting the Open era record. It was to be the last match of 2017 for Williams, who revealed in April, inadvertently early on, that she was pregnant…meaning she won in Melbourne early in her pregnancy.

3. Australian Open 2007 – def. Maria Sharapova, 6-1, 6-2.

Williams entered unseeded, ranked No. 81 and a 34-to-1 long shot. She was coming off back-to-back seasons in which she struggled with ankle and knee injuries (28 games in 2005, 16 in 2006). And there were the usual questions about her wardrobe — a lime-green dress that critics said might have distracted her opponent — and her weight. None of that mattered. She defeated Sharapova in the final for her eighth major title.

4. 2015 Wimbledon — def. Garbine Muguruza, 6-4, 6-4.

The 33-year-old Williams has seemingly turned back the clock, winning her fourth straight major to complete the second “Serena Slam” of her career. Williams became the oldest women’s Grand Slam singles champion in the Open era – a mark she continues to set and reset.

5. 2010 Wimbledon — def. Vera Zvonareva, 6-3, 6-2.

A scintillating performance that earned Williams the cover of Sports Illustrated with the headline “Love her, hate her, she’s the greatest ever.” Williams’ 13th major title passed Billie Jean King’s total. It was also his last game of the season – not to mention an exhibition in Brussels against Kim Clijsters in front of 35,000 fans. Before this exhibition, she mysteriously stepped on a piece of glass, cutting her foot. The injury ended his season and led to a series of health problems, including a blood clot attack…which would be repeated during childbirth.

6. Australian Open 2003 – def. Venus Williams, 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-4.

Williams, 22, won four majors in a row for the first time. The first “Serena Slam”. He also completed a Grand Slam career.

7. 2013 French Open — def. Maria Sharapova, 6-4, 6-4.

A year after losing in the first round at Roland Garros — her first and only first-round loss at a major tournament — Williams has gone all the way to the championship, her second French Open crown.

8. 2012 Wimbledon — def. Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2.

Williams’ first major title in two years marked the start of a spectacular summer.

9. 2012 US Open – def. Victoria Azarenka, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.

The first of her back-to-back dramatic finals against Azarenka in New York. That US Open title came halfway through a scintillating streak that started at Wimbledon, included a dominating performance at the 2012 London Olympics (at Wimbledon) and ended in the final championships. of the season.

10. 2002 French Open — def. Venus Williams, 7-5, 6-3.

Williams’ first French Open title, beginning her streak of four consecutive Major crowns…and it came against her greatest rival, her beloved sister.

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11. 2008 US Open — def. Jelena Jankovic, 6-4, 7-5.

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12. Australian Open 2015 – def. Maria Sharapova, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5).

Williams’ 16th straight win over Sharapova was eventful – she threw up during the match – and ended with an ace. This was after the previous ace, following which Williams began a premature celebration, was called a let.

13. 2016 Wimbledon — def. Angelique Kerber, 7-5, 6-3.

The 22nd major title of Williams’ career, tying Graf and No. 2 on the all-time list. It was Williams’ seventh Wimbledon crown.

14. 2013 US Open — def. Victoria Azarenka, 7-5, 6-7 (7-6), 6-1.

The middle title in her three-straight New York streak, and the second in a row against Azarenka, who at the time was perhaps the best hard-court player in the game.

15. Australian Open 2005 – def. Lindsay Davenport, 2-6, 6-3, 6-0.

Williams’ first major title since Wimbledon in 2003, the seventh major of her career.

16. 2003 Wimbledon — def. Venus Williams, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Williams beat her sister again, though Venus won the first set, for her second straight Wimbledon title.

17. 2015 French Open — def. Lucia Safarova, 6-3, 6-7 (7-2), 6-2.

Williams completed her third career Grand Slam.

18. 2014 US Open — def. Caroline Wozniacki, 6-3, 6-3.

Williams’ third straight title in New York, beating friend and rival Wozniacki, and his sixth US Open crown to tie Chris Evert for most of the Open era.

19. Australian Open 2010 – def. Justine Henin, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.

Williams’ last career game against one of his biggest rivals.

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20. Australian Open 2009 – def. Dinara Safina, 6-0, 6-3.

Williams hit double digits in the majors of her career with her fourth title in Melbourne.

21. 2009 Wimbledon — def. Venus Williams, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.

Williams’ third Wimbledon title. She beat her sister, against whom she had lost in the final the previous year.

22. 2002 Wimbledon — def. Venus Williams, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.

Stage 2 on her way to her first “Serena Slam”, again victimizing her sister.

23. 2002 US Open – def. Venus Williams, 6-4, 6-3.

Stage 3 en route to the first “Serena Slam”.

Luz W. German