Serena: 23 Stats for Her 23rd Slam

Serena Williams showed she’s still the woman to beat by winning her 23rd career Grand Slam title at the Australian Open this year - here are 23 different things she achieved with that run Down Under:

1. She now has more Grand Slam titles than anyone in the Open Era. With 23, Serena now has the most majors of anyone in the Open Era, male or female - she was previously tied with Graf at 22.

2. She’s also now just one Grand Slam title short of the all-time record. Only Margaret Court - who has 24 - stands in between Serena and the all-time record for most majors, male or female.

3. She’s got the most Australian Opens in the Open Era. With seven, Serena now has the most Australian Opens of anyone in the Open Era, male or female - she’d been tied with Djokovic at six.

4. She returned to No.1. Having been at No.2 behind Kerber for the 20 weeks since the US Open, Serena returned to the top spot after winning in Australia. This week is her 311th week at No.1.

5. She’s the first 35-year-old, male or female, to be World No.1. Serena lost the top spot last September when she was still 34, which was already the all-time age record, male or female, and she’s taken it back at 35. Agassi has the record for oldest man to be No.1, last holding it at 33.

6. She’s the only player in the Open Era to win two majors seven times. With seven Australian Opens (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017) and seven Wimbledons (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016), Serena is the only player in the Open Era, male or female, to win two majors seven times. She could make it a trifecta this summer as she chases her seventh US Open title…

7. She maintained her dominance of Venus in major finals. Serena is now 7-2 against her big sister in major finals, the only losses coming at the US Open in 2001 and at Wimbledon in 2008.

8. She also maintained her overall dominance of Venus in recent years. After Venus beat Serena at Dubai in 2009, Venus led their head-to-head, 10-9 - but since then Serena has totally taken over and she’s now won eight of their last nine meetings to surge ahead in their head-to-head, 17-11.

9. She’s still flawless in Grand Slam finals when she wins the first set. There’s no frontrunner like Serena - she’s now 21-0 in Grand Slam finals when she wins the first set (2-6 when she loses it).

10. She won the Australian Open without losing a set for the first time. Serena had reached the final without losing a set once before, in 2016, but ended up losing the championship to Kerber.

11. She tied the record for winning majors without losing a set in the Open Era. This was the sixth major she’s won without losing a set (2002 Wimbledon, 2002 US Open, 2008 US Open, 2010 Wimbledon, 2014 US Open, 2017 Australian Open). That ties Navratilova for the Open Era record.

12. She’s reached the semifinals or better at the last 10 majors. Since a shock third round loss to Cornet at Wimbledon in 2014, Serena has six titles, two more finals and two more semifinals.

13. She won her 13th major on hardcourts. Serena has more Grand Slam titles on hardcourts than any other player in the Open Era, male or female, with Federer (10) and Graf (9) next on the list.

14. She raised her own bar for oldest woman to win a major in the Open Era. She already had the record by winning Wimbledon last year at age 34 - she won the Aussie Open this year at age 35.

15. She won a record 10th major since turning 30. It’s by far more than any other 30-something in the Open Era, male or female, with Laver and Rosewall tied for the next-most (they won four each).

16. She took a step closer to becoming the first 100 Million Dollar Woman in tennis history. Her $2,701,370 paycheck brought her career prize money total to $84,463,131, which is more than twice the next-highest career prize money for a female tennis player (Sharapova is next with $36,484,486).

17. She raised her own bar for most career match wins at majors. Serena left Australia with 316 career match wins at majors, the most of any player, male or female. Federer is next with 314.

18. She raised her own record for most career match wins at the Australian Open. Serena left Australia with 81 career match wins there, the all-time record by a long way - Court is next with 60.

19. She’s the second-oldest woman to reach the Australian Open final in the Open Era. Venus, who did it at 36 this year, is the oldest. Next-oldest is Li Na, who was 31 when she won here in 2014.

20. She set the new record for most Australian Open finals in the Open Era. Serena was playing her eighth Australian Open final, a new record - she was previously tied with Goolagong at seven.

21. She’s closing in on the record for most Grand Slam finals. Serena was playing in her 29th Grand Slam final, which is the fourth-most in the Open Era, male or female - and the three players ahead of her are all women (Evert reached 34, Navratilova reached 32 and Graf reached 31).

22. She kept growing her record span for winning majors. Serena won her first major at the 1999 US Open, and now her most recent at the 2017 Australian Open - a span of 17 years and 5 months. The next-longest span for a woman in tennis history was Helen Wills Moody (15 years and 9 months).

23. She’s now won seven majors alongside Federer - the most for a pair in the Open Era. Serena and Federer have been the respective women’s and men’s champions at the same Grand Slam seven times now, more than any pair in the Open Era (2003 Wimbledon, 2007 Australian Open, 2008 US Open, 2009 Wimbledon, 2010 Australian Open, 2012 Wimbledon, 2017 Australian Open).

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