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Seventeen Stats For Seventeen Slams

To celebrate Serena Williams' 17th Grand Slam title, here are 17 fresh stats about her. What historic feat did she and Rafael Nadal achieve in New York? It's not just the record $3.6-million payout...

Published September 09, 2013 12:03

Seventeen Stats For Seventeen Slams
Victoria Azarenka, Serena Williams

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)

6. Serena is just the second woman to win the Emirates Airline US Open Series and then go on to win the US Open (Clijsters in 2005); the Emirates Airline US Open Series began back in 2004

7. Serena is the first player in the Open Era to win four Grand Slam titles as a 30-something (2012 Wimbledon, 2012 US Open, 2013 French Open, 2013 US Open); Court and Navratilova have three

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)

12. Serena had never won back-to-back US Open titles before (she had defended Grand Slams three times before - 2002/2003 Wimbledon, 2009/2010 Australian Open and 2009/2010 Wimbledon)

13. Serena has won 7 of her 10 Grand Slams as No.1 (2002 US Open, 2003 Australian Open, 2003 Wimbledon, 2010 Australian Open, 2010 Wimbledon, 2013 French Open and 2013 US Open)

14. With exactly 14 years between the 1999 US Open and the 2013 US Open, Serena has the longest Grand Slam winning span for any player in the Open Era (Evert, Navratilova and Graf had 12 years)

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!

Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal

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