‘Just Serena’: Williams’ upset win at US Open keeps the legend advancing in final days of her storied career
By Robert Klemko
With 17 championship titles to her name, Serena Williams has been one of the Grand Slams’ most prolific players for nearly two decades.
From her debut in 1993 to her final win this March, the 37-year-old has accumulated 10 singles titles, seven doubles titles, eight triples and 16 of her 35 career major singles tournament victories at the All England Club.
That streak is set to end this week.
However, she may be able to extend it a step further, as Williams takes the women’s singles final on Wednesday against Naomi Osaka of Japan.
On Sunday, as Williams was closing in on her historic women’s singles final against Naomi Osaka of Japan, her coach Patrick Mouratoglou was talking about the legacy and his belief that Williams could do — and would do — whatever she wants.
“She’ll continue to play at an elite level for another decade,” Mouratoglou said.
As much as he and Williams would like to think it’s possible, it isn’t. The only reason Williams, who is still playing after being sidelined with a wrist injury in the final of last year’s French Open, is still able to do it is that she’s already done it a bunch of times.
“There isn’t a person alive that hasn’t been through a Serena Williams injury,” Mouratoglou said. “She is not invincible.”
As Williams closed in on her 100th career major title, that doesn’t sound like much of a stretch.
“There is no question. I don’t think there’s a person in this sport that has been as good as Serena,” Mouratoglou said. “The fact that she has been around for 17 years is, in my opinion, unprecedented. I don’t think there’s another player with that many majors.”
As much as he would like to think it’s possible, it isn’t