Serena eyes historic win

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.

39-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 the 2019 US Open when she lost to Canadian Bianca Andreescu.

Rank Player Total Grand Slams Australian Open French Open Wimbledon US Open
1st Margaret Court 24 11 5 3 5
2nd Serena Williams 23 7 3 7 6
3rd Steffi Graf 22 4 6 7 5
4th Roger Federer 20 6 1 8 5
5th Helen Wills Moody 19 0 4 8 7
6th Chris Evert 18 2 7 3 6
7th Martina Navratilova 18 3 2 9 4
8th Rafael Nadal 18 1 12 2 3
9th Novak Djokovic 17 8 1 5 3
10th Pete Sampras 14 2 0 7 5

A Williams win would also see her become the oldest player ever to win a Grand Slam – as she looks to overcome Ken Rosewall who was 37 years and two months of age when he won the Australian Open in 1972.

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 33 years and eleven months French Open – 2020
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 an outsider for the title at 12/1.

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 39, 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 although she’s no longer the favourite for every title you can never write her off in the slams.”

Selected Australian Open odds:

Men’s Title Novak Djokovic – 11/8 Daniil Medvedev – 5/1 Rafael Nadal – 11/2 Dominic Thiem – 5/1 Stefanos Tsitsipas – 12/1 Alexander Zverev – 16/1

Women’s Title Naomi Osaka – 11/2 Aryna Sabalenka – 9/1 Ashleigh Barty – 9/1 Simona Halep – 10/1 Serenea Williams – 12/1 Garbine Muguruza – 14/1

*Odds correct at time of writing

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