Analyzing Serena Williams and Her Career
Serena Williams has earned her right to be the female tennis reference for many years; even with some scandals and injuries throughout her career, she's managed to coordinate physical ability and quality like no other to stay on top.
Serena Williams is a professional tennis player from the United States. She’s held the first place of the ATP Ranking for over 300 weeks.
You could say that tennis is in her DNA. Her younger sister, Venus Williams, is another one of the best professional tennis players. They’ve won eight Olympic medals combined.
The game style and titles of Serena Williams
Her game style, characterized by a great mental and physical strength, and powerful hits, has turned her into one of the best tennis players in all history.
“I believe me and my sister changed women’s tennis based on power and style.”
This superiority regarding her physique and game style has reflected throughout her whole career. The proof is in the attainment of 39 Grand Slam titles; of which 23 were individual, 14 in women doubles (all of them won along with her sister Venus) and the last two in mixed doubles with Max Mirnyi.
It’s no wonder that she’s considered one of the best tennis players in history and even the actual best, since she holds the record of Grand Slam titles in the current era, for both women and men.
In addition to all of these incredibly important titles, she also won 23 WTA titles. Despite her unarguable athletic career and all of the championships she’s won, Serena recently gave these declarations:
“I’m never bored in a tennis court; playing tennis gives me pleasure, and I don’t think about the titles I’ve won. I always want to win and keep winning; my plans for next year already include another four Grand Slam titles as my highest goals.”
Brilliant career despite injuries
In 1999 she had issues with the accumulation of matches. She retired from a tournament with tendonitis in both of her knees, and she was forced to do the same thing during the German Open due to a sprain in her right elbow. In that same year, she had to abandon Wimbledon due to a cold.
In the year 2000, it got even worse; she became injured during the finals of the second tournament she was playing in Paris. The worst injury of the season was at Amelia Island when she had to quit in the second round because she broke her left foot meniscus. She took three months to recover after this injury.
In August, she suffered an injury again, this time for a whole month, during the finals on the Canadian Open. When she was dominating the match, one of the bones in the base of her left foot became inflamed, making her lose the second set and forcing her to retire on the third set.
In 2001 she had to quit the Paris tournament due to fatigue and the Scottsdale tournament because she had the flu. After almost two months, she returned to win Indian Wells and get to the Miami quarters. But she had to quit Charleston, Rome, and Madrid due to knee injuries.
In 2002 she wasn’t able to play the Australian Open due to an ankle injury. She got that playing on the Sydney tournament, which she had to abandon during the semifinals.
Unfortunately, she injured her knee again in 2003 during the Wimbledon doubles match and she had to abandon the rest of the season.
In August 2004, she injured her left knee playing the San Diego tournament, which caused her withdrawal from the tournament and the consequent abandonment of Canada and the Olympics; although she was able to play the rest of Grand Slams.
At the end of the season, some stomach issues caused her to lose any possibility to win the WTA Tour Championships.
In 2005 she played Wimbledon with some discomfort and an ankle stress fracture; she would get that last injury again at the end of the year along with other knee problems. Therefore, she had to stop playing for the end of the season.
In 2006 she withdrew again from some of the most important tournaments of the year, some of them being Roland Garros and Wimbledon, due to a chronic knee injury that would cause her to only play in a few tournaments.
On October 2007 she played the Zurich tournament and abandoned on the first round as a consequence of an injury in her right thigh.
Lastly, we should add that Serena Williams is the only tennis player to have completed the “Golden Slam” in both singles and doubles. The Golden Slam is how they call players who conquer the four Grand Slam titles and win gold in the Olympics in both disciplines.