Serena Williams has won everything the game of tennis has to offer but victory at this year’s Australian Open will hand her two new records.
Williams is currently ranked as the second most successful player of all time, with 23 Grand Slams – just one short of Australian legend Margaret Court.
And a win on Court’s home soil in September would push Williams up to joint first and a place in history.
38-year-old Williams has been stuck on 23 Grand Slam wins for three years, with her last major final win coming in the Australian Open in 2017, which she won whilst pregnant.
Since returning to the sport following the birth of her daughter, she has reached four Grand Slam finals but failed at the final hurdle each time, most recently in September’s US Open when she lost to Canadian Bianca Andreescu.
|Rank||Player||Total Grand Slams||Australian Open||French Open||Wimbledon||US Open|
|5th||Helen Wills Moody||19||0||4||8||7|
A Williams win would also see her become the oldest player ever to win a Grand Slam…although victory for Roger Federer in the men’s final would see him take the record – as they both look to overcome Ken Rosewall who was 37 years and two months of age when he won the Australian Open in 1972.
Federer and Williams are already second and third in the oldest players ever to win a Grand Slam.
|Oldest Players to win Grand Slams||Player||Age at last Grand Slam||Grand Slam won|
|1st||Ken Rosewall||37 years and two months||Australian Open – 1972|
|2nd||Roger Federer||36 years and five months||Australian Open – 2018|
|3rd||Serena Williams||35 years and four months||Australian Open – 2017|
|4th||Andres Gimeno||34 years and ten months||French Open – 1972-|
|5th||Martina Navratilova||33 years and eight months||Wimbledon – 1990|
|6th||Flavia Pennetta||33 years and seven months||US Open – 2015|
|7th||Rafa Nadal||32 years and eleven months||French Open – 2019|
|8th||Andre Agassi||32 years and eight months||Australian Open – 2003|
|9th||Arthur Ashe||31 years and eleven months||Wimbledon – 1975|
|10th||Virginia Wade||31 years and eleven months||Wimbledon 1977|
Ahead of the opening Slam of the year in Melbourne, Williams finds herself favourite for the title at 7/2, whilst Federer is 9/1 and fourth favourite.
OddsMonkey spokesman Peter Watton commented: “Serena is a true legend of sport, let alone Tennis, but if she could land this Australian Open title and add these two records to her CV it would only cement her legacy.
“At 38, she does not appear to have too long left at the top so if she is going to win she needs to strike soon, and as favourite surely she will never get a better chance.”
Selected Australian Open odds:
Serena Williams – 7/2
Ashleigh Barty – 7/1
Naomi Osaka – 7/1
Simona Halep – 10/1
Karolina Pliskova – 10/1
Aryna Sabalenka – 14/1
Petra Kvitova – 20/1
Madison Keys – 20/1
Elina Svitolina – 28/1
Belinda Bencic – 28/1
Novak Djokovic – 11/10
Rafael Nadal – 9/2
Daniil Medvedev – 7/1
Roger Federer – 9/1
Stefanos Tsitsipas – 16/1
Dominic Thiem – 25/1
Nick Kyrgios – 33/1
Alexander Zverev – 50/1
Denis Shapovalov – 50/1
Stan Wawrinka – 66/1
*Odds correct at time of writing
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