Timeline: Highs and lows of Serena Williams’s tennis career

by | Sep 3, 2022 | World

Former women’s world number one Serena Williams has likely played the last tennis match of her professional career following her loss to Ajla Tomljanovic at the US Open.The 7-5, 6-7, 6-1 loss to the 46th ranked Australian on Friday seems to have ended a professional career that spanned 26 years and consisted of 23 singles grand slam titles, just one behind record holder Australia’s Margaret Court.
Serena’s glorious career saw her sit atop the WTA rankings for 319 weeks (third on all-time list) of which she held the top position for 186 consecutive weeks (joint record with Steffi Graf).
Her journey, however, has not been free of controversies, ranging from match-fixing accusations against her father to being disqualified over on-court behaviour.
Here is a timeline of Serena’s career, from turning professional to bowing out on XXX night at Flushing Meadows.
1995 – Makes professional debut aged 14 at the Bell Challenge in Quebec City. Loses in straight sets to Annie Miller.
1998 – Makes grand slam main draw debut at Australian Open aged 16. Beats sixth-seed Irina Spirlea but loses in second round to sister Venus Williams.
Venus (l) and Serena smile during a press conference following their match at the Australian Open Tennis Championships in Melbourne in 1998. [Steve Holland/AP Photo]
1998 – Wins first grand slam doubles title at Wimbledon in mixed doubles with Croatia’s Max Mirnyi.
1999 – Beats Swiss legend Martina Hingis in straight sets to win her first grand slam singles title at the US Open. On her way to the final, Seren …

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