great fight from Garbine... but Serena was just tougher and mentally more stable and focused. routine, you gotta give it to Serena.
21GS Titles since her first win in 1999 (-2015). Fourteen years of greatness..
I loved the way Serena cheere for Garbine when she was a little sad at the ceremony. Great moment for both players.
Alltime leaders Open Era 1968-
01 - 1987-1999 - 22 - Steffi Graf (GER)
02 - 1999-2015 - 21 - Serena Wiliams (USA)
03 - 1978-1990 - 18 - Martina Navratilova (CZ/USA)
04 - 1974-1986 - 18 - Chris Evert (USA)
05 - 1968-1973 - 11 - Margaret Court (AUS)
06 - 1990-1996 - 9 - Monica Seles (Yug/USA)
07 - 1968-1975 - 8 - Billie Jean King (USA)
08 - 2000-2008 - 7 - Venus Williams (USA)
09 - 2003-2007 - 7 - Justine Henin (BEL)
10 - 1971-1980 - 7 - Evonne Goolagong (AUS)
Looks like Serena directly followed Graf to become the next greatest champion.. as if she is Steffi's heir. More importantly, Serena overshadowing everybody else from her ERA.. i mean in 1997 Hingis almost won the Grand Slam... in 1998 she still dominated and everyone was going to say that Hingis would become the alltime greatest due to her being still a teenager then. After the French Open 1999 and after having won 5 GS singles titles.. she wouldnt win another GS in her lifetime.
Apart from the Seles stabbing, Serena and Steffi had almost the same type of career... Graf was injured for 1 year (1997-1998), Serena was injured/ill for round about the same time during her peak...the only difference is.. Graf retired weeks after her 30th birthday while Serena is playing her best tennis and is physically strong and healthy long into her 30's. Serena is the new Navratilova.. only better...and way more charismatic. IMO Navratilova came across as a major dick, especially towards my beloved queen Graf. (Evert the same btw..why they became so bitter i cannot say nor understand).
the worst, however, are Shriver & Tracy Austin.
Even Graf & Hingis made amends in the end and played show-matches together...but Navratilova, Evert, Shriver & Austin remained super bitter.
So my wish for the future...Serena beat that old hag Graf's record.. hehe & find urself a hot men's tennis icon and live happily ever after. <3 but dont u ever become a bitter champion like Navratilova, Evert, Shriver and Austin.
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