Pure Dominance: Serena’s Reign
“Serena”. In the sports world, that first name has become synonymous with greatness. But for Serena Williams, every day for her is just that—another day. Listen to Serena talk, however, and it’s immediately apparent that, while us mere mortals are in awe of her achievements, she’s not particularly impressed by herself. In fact, she often downplays everything she’s accomplished on the court, instead opting to focus on what few things she could improve on instead of all the things she’s doing perfectly.
If there’s one weakness in Serena’s game, it’s that she tends to fall behind early in matches. But this is Serena Williams, and even her weaknesses play into her strengths. How could this be? Well, as prone as Serena is to not starting off strongly, she consistently shows that she’s more than capable of storming back and winning. She’s done it time and time again, particularly in the last few years.
So what does this dominance of Serena’s add up to? Try 20 major championships. However, there are those who will debate whether she’s truly as dominant as someone like Steffi Graf, who won 22 majors by the time she retired at 30. But Serena is 33, she’s been through more than her fair share of injuries, but she’s still just as good, if not better, now than when she first began showing that she was destined for greatness.
Everyone knows that Serena is really good, but people might not understand just how good she really is. A little-known fact about Serena is that she began her professional career when she was just 14 years old, so she’s been active in the professional circuit for nearly 20 years. So considering that she’s won 20 majors, that means that she’s won an average of one major per year for the last two decades. That is an insanely impressive record.
What’s more is that if Serena wins tomorrow’s final at Wimbledon and at the U.S. Open next month, she will be the first person—male or female—to win a Grand Slam (all 4 major tournaments in a calendar year) in over 25 years. Serena could do this at the age of 33. When Steffi Graf did it, she was 21.
The best part about Serena Williams and her dominance is that she shows no signs of letting up anytime soon. Many opponents have been able to challenge her, but no one can beat her, certainly not in majors.