WTA Odds N' Ends... Serena Stats Galore
Published September 10, 2012 10:19
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Serena Caps Sensational Summer
It is hard to imagine how Serena Williams' summer could have gone better. After securing her fifth Wimbledon singles title and fifth Wimbledon doubles title alongside sister Venus, she netted her first Olympic singles gold medal and third doubles gold with Venus, and captured her fourth US Open with a stirring third set comeback in Sunday's final against Victoria Azarenka. There are a lot of numbers to crunch in light of Williams' latest triumph.
- She now has 15 Grand Slam singles titles and has inched closer to having the second-most of the Open Era:
1. Steffi Graf:22
2t. Chris Evert: 18
2t. Martina Navratilova: 18
4. Serena Williams: 15
5. Margaret Court: 11
- She became the second-oldest US Open champion in the Open Era and sixth-oldest of any Grand Slam:
1. Martina Navratilova: '90 Wimbledon: 33 yrs, 263 days
2. Virginia Wade: '77 Wimbledon: 31 yrs, 357 days
3. Billie Jean King: '75 Wimbledon: 31 yrs, 225 days
4. Chris Evert: '86 French Open: 31 yrs, 169 days
5. Margaret Court: '73 US Open: 31 yrs, 155 days
6. Serena Williams: '12 US Open: 30 yrs, 348 days
- The 13 year gap between her 1999 US Open title and this one marks the longest span between any player's first and most recent Grand Slam titles in the Open Era, surpassing the record she already set at Wimbledon this year.
- Her 62 26 75 victory was the first three set US Open final since Steffi Graf's 76(6) 06 63 defeat of Monica Seles in 1995.
- Her 45th career singles title was her WTA-leading sixth of the year. This is the second-most titles she has won in a season behind 2002, when she won eight.
- Graf in 1988, Venus Williams in 2000 and now Serena Williams in 2012 are the only players to secure titles at Wimbledon, the Olympics and the US Open in the same year.
- She has now won 14 matches in a row against Top 5 players, 10 matches in a row against Top 2 players and five matches in a row against No.1s. She has 15 career wins over World No.1s, tied with Lindsay Davenport for second place behind Martina Navratilova, who has 18.
- Now up to $40,047,909 in career prize money, she became the WTA's first player to surpass $40 million. Venus Williams is in second place with $28,460,747.
- She improved her record to 53-4 on the year, including 43-2 in her past 45 matches.
- She became the third qualifier for the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships - Istanbul 2012 after Azarenka and Maria Sharapova.
Italians' Super Season Continues
With a defeat of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in Sunday's US Open final, Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci netted their second major together after picking up their first at this year's French Open.
- It was their 13th title as a duo and their eighth this year. That is the most titles by a team in one season since Cara Black and Liezel Huber won 10 in 2008.
- They now have a WTA-leading 52 match wins on the year.
- They became the first team to book a berth in the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships - Istanbul 2012. Hlavackova and Hradecka and Huber and Lisa Raymond have since secured spots in the field.
- Errani made the semifinals in singles and Vinci reached the quarterfinals, where she lost to Errani.
- US Open semifinalist Sara Errani climbed to a career-high No.7, three spots short of Francesca Schiavone's Italian record of No.4. She also became the new doubles No.1, the second Italian to achieve that feat after Flavia Pennetta.
- US Open quarterfinalist Roberta Vinci ascended to a career-high No.15. She also reached a career-high of No.2 on the doubles rankings.
- Varvara Lepchenko rose 10 spots to a career-high No.22, her Top 30 debut, and became the second-highest ranked American after Serena Williams.
- The WTA's highest-ranked teen, Sloane Stephens, went from No.44 to a career-high No.38 - her Top 40 debut.
- Urszula Radwanska went up three spots to a career-high No.40 in making her Top 40 debut.
- Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino soared from No.115 to a career-high No.91, her Top 100 debut.