WTA Odds N' Ends... Serena's Super Start
Published January 09, 2013 05:37
Serena Williams picked up right where she left off in 2012 by kicking off 2013 with a smooth road to another title. She won Brisbane without dropping a set, her first time capturing one of the pre-Australian Open events, and she has now won 52 of her last 54 matches. And that's just a couple of the statistics she has achieved or has a chance to achieve.
- She now has 47 WTA titles to her name, the most amongst active players, and is inching closer to Monica Seles for ninth-most of the Open Era:
1. Martina Navratilova: 167
2. Chris Evert: 154
3. Steffi Graf: 107
4. Margaret Court: 92
5. Evonne Goolagong Cawley: 68
6. Billie Jean King: 67
7t. Virginia Wade: 55
7t. Lindsay Davenport: 55
9. Monica Seles: 53
10. Serena Williams: 47
- She is riding a 16-match unbeaten streak, tied for the eighth-best of her career:
1t. 21 wins: '02 Rome-'02 Los Angeles
1t: 21 wins: '03 Australian Open-'03 Charleston
3. 19 wins: '12 Wimbledon-'12 Cincinnati
4t. 18 wins: '02 Open-'02 WTA Championships
4t. 18 wins: '11 Stanford-'11 US Open
6t. 17 wins: '08 Bangalore-'08 Berlin
6t. 17 wins: '12 Charleston-'12 French Open
8t. 16 wins: '99 Paris [Indoors]-'99 Miami
8t. 16 wins: '99 Fed Cup World Group-'99 Filderstadt
8t. 16 wins: '12 US Open-'13 Brisbane
- The 2013 Australian Open will be the first time since Wimbledon in 2002 in which she will come into a major having won her most recent event. In that case, she had won the French Open coming into Wimbledon, which she also won.
- She can attain the World No.1 ranking by reaching the Australian Open final or if Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova lose early. That would make her, at age 31, the oldest No.1 in history.
Radwanska & Li Victorious
Along with No.3 Serena Williams, two other Top 10 players also were triumphant last week - the first time in WTA history three Top 10 players secured titles the same week. Agnieszka Radwanska did not lose a set en route to the 11th title of her career in Auckland, while Li Na netted her seventh at the inaugural Shenzhen Longgang Gemdale Open. It was Li's second title in her home country, having won her maiden title at Guangzhou in 2004.
- Sloane Stephens made her Top 30 debut at No.29 after her quarterfinal showing in Brisbane. The 19-year-old is the WTA's highest-ranked teen.
- Laura Robson made her Top 50 debut at No.50, making this the first time since July 1987 that two Brits rank in the Top 50, as Heather Watson is No.47. Robson, who turns 19 in two weeks, is the youngest player in the Top 50 and the only teen besides Stephens.