? WTA (@WTA) December 30, 2016
On Wimbledon's hallowed lawns, Serena drew level with Steffi Graf's long-standing Open Era record of 22 Grand Slam victories. It was an emotional occasion and one that proved to be the highlight of an injury-affected campaign. "Wimbledon was good for me," she told BeIN Sports during the off-season. "Obviously, I was really excited to win that this year. I had a lot of tough matches, but I went in there and played the best I could."
At two of the season's other showpiece events, Williams found herself in the unusual position of giving runner-up speeches, after losing out to Angelique Kerber and Garbiñe Muguruza at the Australian and French Opens.
The competitive fire still burns brightly, though, and despite the toll on her body, few would back against the American creating more history in 2017. And while she is hesitant to talk of numbers, there can be no doubting their significance.
"30 [major titles] is a lot, but my goal is just to go out there, do the best I can and be happy," she said to BeIN. "The only way for me to do that is to win every single match; that doesn't always happen and that's something you have to understand and learn to deal with over the course of your career."