Seventeen Stats For Seventeen Slams
Published September 09, 2013 12:03
NEW YORK, NY, USA - Serena Williams only becomes more and more of a WTA legend as she adds title after title to her résumé. And in honor of Grand Slam title No.17, here are 17 facts, nuggets, accomplishments - whatever you want to call them - about the World No.1 after her latest triumph.
1. Serena won her fifth US Open, tying her for second-most in the Open Era (Evert has 6, Graf also 5)
2. Serena won her 17th Grand Slam title, still fourth-most in the Open Era but creeping closer and closer to the others (Graf leads with 22, Evert and Navratilova are tied for second with 18 each)
3. Serena's $3.6-million payout was the biggest prize money payout in tennis history ($2.6 million for winning the US Open and a $1 million bonus for winning the Emirates Airline US Open Series); Rafael Nadal matched the feat on the men's side after winning the US Open men's final on Monday
4. Serena now has $9,077,322 prize money on the season, shattering Azarenka's single season record from 2012 ($7,923,920) - there are still two months left in the season, too; only three male players have even surpassed $9 million in single season prize money (Federer, Nadal and Djokovic twice)
5. Serena passes $50 million in career prize money earnings now (Venus is next with $28,828,060)
8. Serena now has 55 WTA titles to her name, tying her with Wade and Davenport for seventh-most all-time (after Navratilova-167, Evert-154, Graf-107, Court-92, Goolagong Cawley-68 and King-67)
9. Serena has now won nine WTA titles so far this year, already the most she has ever won in a single season in her career (before this year her personal best was eight WTA titles in 2002)
10. Serena is now 17-4 in Grand Slam finals, the only losses coming at the 2001 US Open (to Venus), 2004 Wimbledon (to Sharapova), 2008 Wimbledon (to Venus) and 2011 US Open (to Stosur); it's the second-best winning percentage in Grand Slam finals in the Open Era (.810 - Court was 11-1/.971)
11. Serena now has 10 Grand Slam titles on hardcourts - five Australian Opens and five US Opens - more Grand Slam titles on hardcourts than anyone in the Open Era (she was tied with Graf at nine)
15. Serena is now 13-3 head-to-head against Azarenka, currently her chief rival on the tour (and her next rivals: 14-2 against Sharapova, 6-0 against Radwanska, 9-1 against Li and 6-0 against Errani)
16. Serena is now 67-4 this year and 115-6 since the start of the 2012 clay court season; only one player in that 17-month stretch has beaten her in straight sets (Kerber at Cincinnati last summer)
Last but not least, a special one for No.17...
17. Serena and Rafael Nadal have now won each Grand Slam together - the Australian Open (2009), the French Open (2013), Wimbledon (2010) and the US Open (2013) - they are the first male-female pair in the entire history of tennis, not just in the Open Era, to win all four Grand Slams together!