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Serena Williams: Her Place In History

Serena Williams' triumph at the French Open didn't just represent a World No.1 solidifying her status at the top of the sport, it represented one of the all-time greats getting greater.

Published June 10, 2013 12:01

Serena Williams: Her Place In History
Serena Williams

PARIS, France - Serena Williams' triumph at the French Open didn't just represent the No.1 player in the world solidifying her status at the top of the sport, it represented one of the all-time greats getting greater. So what did the American accomplish in Paris the last two weeks? Here's a rundown...

Historically...

~ She now has 16 Grand Slam titles, the fourth-most in the Open Era (after Graf, who has 22, and Evert and Navratilova, who are tied at 18)

~ Her 16 Grand Slam titles are almost as many as all other active players combined (20)

~ She is one of four women in the Open Era to have won multiple titles at each of the four Grand Slams (Graf won each four or more times, while Evert, Navratilova and Williams have two or more of each)

~ She now has 236 Grand Slam match wins, the fourth-most in the Open Era (after Navratilova, Evert and Graf, who have 306, 299 and 278, respectively)

~ She is the fourth woman in the Open Era to reach 20 Grand Slam finals (after Evert, Navratilova and Graf, who reached 34, 32 and 31 respectively)

~ At 31 years and 256 days, she is the oldest French Open champion in the Open Era (the previous-oldest was Evert at 31 years and 169 days)

~ She is the third woman in the Open Era to win three Grand Slam titles in her 30s, after Court and Navratilova (no woman in the Open Era has won four or more Grand Slam titles in their 30s)

~ She is the eighth woman in the Open Era to have won multiple French Open titles (after Evert-7, Graf-6, Henin-4, Seles-3, Sánchez-Vicario-3, Court-3 and Navratilova-2)

~ She has now won nine WTA clay court titles, tied for second among active players with Venus (Medina Garrigues leads all active players with 10 WTA clay court titles)

~ She has now won 31 straight matches, not only her career-best winning streak but also the third-longest winning streak of the millennium (after Venus' 35 from 2000 and Henin's 32 from 2007-2008)

~ She lost just 29 games in seven matches en route to the title, the equal-fewest she has ever dropped en route to a Grand Slam title (she lost 29 to win the 2002 US Open too)

Also...

~ She is now 40-1 on clay since the start of the 2012 clay court season (the only loss coming in the first round of last year's French Open to Razzano)

~ She is now 91-4 since the start of April 2012 (the only losses coming to Razzano at the French Open, Kerber in Cincinnati, Stephens at the Australian Open and Azarenka in Doha)

~ She now has a WTA-leading 43 match wins on the year (Sharapova and Errani are next with 36)

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