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11 Sep 1999: Serena Williams of the USA kisses her trophy after winning a match against Martina Hingis of Switzerland during the US Open at the USTA National Tennis Courts in Flushing Meadows, New York. Serena Williams defeated Martina Hingis 6-3, 7-6, 7-4. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Squire /Allsport

Serena Williams Has Now Been a Grand Slam Champion for Half of Her Life

She may not be in New York going for her seventh US Open - and 24th Grand Slam title - as she is off the tour expecting her first child, but the numbers just keep piling up for Serena Williams anyway.

As of today - August 26, 2017 - Serena has spent half her life as a Grand Slam champion.

A 17-year-old Serena powered through four Grand Slam champions in a row - Conchita Martinez, Monica Seles, Lindsay Davenport and Martina Hingis - to win the first Grand Slam title of her career at the US Open on September 11, 1999. She was exactly 6,599 days old when she won that title:

And today, just two days away from the start of the 2017 US Open, she’s exactly 13,118 days young, which is exactly twice 6,599 - which means she’s been a Grand Slam champion exactly half her life.

But it’s not like she’s been slowing down. On the contrary - she won that first major as a teenager, then 12 more in her 20s, and she’s already won 10 in her 30s - she’s barely halfway through those.

Here are highlights from her most recent Grand Slam title earlier this year at the Australian Open:

Serena’s expected to return to competition at the start of the 2018 season. She’ll try to become the fourth woman in the Open Era to win majors as a mom (after Margaret Court, Evonne Goolagong and Kim Clijsters). Only one mom has ever been ranked No.1 in the world (that would be Clijsters).

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