Serena Williams ended 2016 by reaching a major milestone. Will happiness off the court help bring the 35-year-old closer to more records on it?
WTA Staff

Serena Williams

2016 Quick Hits
Week 1 Ranking: No.1
Year-End Ranking: No.2
Season Highlights: Title at Rome, Wimbledon
Best Major Result: Winner (Wimbledon), RU (Australian Open, Roland Garros)

2017 Outlook

Serena Williams ended 2016 by reaching a major milestone. Will happiness off the court help the 35-year-old achieve more records on it?

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."

The quest for the next begins in Auckland, where Williams will make her first appearance since a shock US Open semifinal defeat to Pliskova. After that, Melbourne, where history could well await.