The 5 best moments of Serena Williams’ career

Serena Williams Retirement: Serena Williams’ checkered career is coming to an end as she is set to retire…

Serena Williams Retirement: Serena Williams’ checkered career is coming to an end as she is set to retire from the game after the US Open. Since winning her first Grand Slam title at the US Open in 1999, Williams has been the torch-bearer of women’s tennis in the Open era for the past two decades, and her retirement will leave a void in women’s tennis. Follow US Open live updates on InsideSport.IN

Serena Williams Retirement: Top 5 Moments From Serena Williams’ Illustrious Career – Check Out

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Serena Williams will face Danka Kovinic in the first round of the US Open and if the American loses the contest, it will be the last match of her illustrious career. While fans around the world want Serena to make a deep run at the US Open and finish on a career high ahead of the tournament, InsideSport takes you down memory lane and revisits the top 5 moments of Serena’s illustrious career. .

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First Grand Slam singles title in 1999

Just a year after she began competing on the professional tour, 17-year-old Serena Williams came into the limelight after winning her first Grand Slam title at the 1999 US Open. She was seeded seventh in the tournament and defeated former Grand Slam champion Kim Clijsters in three sets in the third round. She then won another tough match against Conchita Martin to advance to the quarterfinals. She knocked off fourth seed Monica Seles and defending champion Lindsey Davenport in the quarterfinals and semifinals respectively before clashing with top seed Martina Hingis in the final. He won the summit clash comfortably in straight sets to complete his dream run and win his first Grand Slam title. She is also the second black woman to win a Grand Slam title since Althea Gibson in 1958.

Serena Williams Retirement: Top 5 Moments From Serena Williams' Stunning Career - Check Out
Serena Williams Retirement: Top 5 Moments From Serena Williams’ Bottomless Career – Check Out

Serena boycotts Indian Wells Masters for 14 years

At the beginning of the 21st century, Serena Williams was already a big name in tennis. In 2001, 19-year-old Serena played at the Indian Wells Masters. The teenager showed her dominance in the tournament as she entered the semifinals without dropping a set. She was scheduled to play her older sister Venus Williams in the final four. But just 20 minutes before the contest, Venus Williams withdrew due to a knee injury. This did not go down well with the crowd and there were theories that the Williams sister’s father, Richard Williams, had fixed the match in advance and wanted Serena to play the final. When Serena met Kim Clijsters in the final the following day, a crowd of around 16,000 cheered the 19-year-old as well as Venus and Richard Williams as they took their seats to watch the contest. Although Serena was able to win the final, the experience was painful for her and the sisters vowed never to play the tournament again. Serena did not appear in Indian Wells for 14 years and finally returned in 2015.

Serena Slam

Since Steffi Graf in 1994, no woman has won four consecutive Grand Slam titles on the WTA Tour, and Serena accomplished the feat in 2002–2003. In 2002, she won the French Open title, Wimbledon and the US Open. He started the 2003 Australian Open as the top seed. Apart from dropping a set in the opening round, she won all other matches until the quarterfinals and met Kim Clijsters in the semifinals, winning the contest in three sets. She was then up against her elder sister Venus Williams in the final. The younger Williams won the final 7–6, 3–6, 6–4 to win her fourth consecutive Grand Slam title. With this win, she became the fifth woman to hold four major titles simultaneously. She achieved the feat again in 2014–15 and since then it has been known as the Serena Slam.

Serena Williams Retirement: Top 5 Moments From Serena Williams' Stunning Career - Check Out
Serena Williams Retirement: Top 5 Moments From Serena Williams’ Bottomless Career – Check Out

The infamous catsuit at the 2002 US Open

At the 2002 US Open, Serena Williams won her fourth Grand Slam title but it was her outfit that caught everyone’s attention at that tournament. Her clothing sponsor Puma designed a black sleeveless catsuit and she took to the court in the outfit which received mixed reactions from the tennis community. Some called her outfit ‘outrageous’. This isn’t the first time a woman has stepped onto the tennis court in a catsuit though, as Anne White wore her first catsuit two decades ago at Wimbledon in 1985. In 2002, Serena’s catsuit became a hot topic as she won the title, but she decided not to wear it at any other tournament. However, in 2018, she returned with a full-body catsuit for the 2018 French Open. But the offite was soon banned by the organizers of Roland Garros.

Serena Williams Retirement: Top 5 Moments From Serena Williams' Stunning Career - Check Out
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Serena won her 23rd Grand Slam title while pregnant

By 2017, Serena was a force to be reckoned with and was looking to win her 23rd Grand Slam title after surpassing Steffi Graf earlier in the year. She entered the Australian Open that year and did not drop a set to win the title, winning the final against her sister Venus Williams. But what made this win special was that Serena was pregnant at the time. It was later revealed that she was nine weeks pregnant when she won the title at the age of 35. While doctors were skeptical about her participation, Serena was confident of her chances and went ahead with the tournament. Serena admitted in her own words that it was the best win of her career and further enhanced her status as the greatest female tennis player of all time.

Serena Williams Retirement: Top 5 Moments From Serena Williams’ Illustrious Career – Check Out

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