“I love the game, it’s done so much for me, and through the game, I’ve been able to do a lot for others, which surpassed my original dreams to be a tennis champion! I’ve won a few tournaments along the way, and I’ve lost a few as well. Whether it was a win or a loss, I’m proud of my efforts, I’ve always given it my all. The amazing part is that over 20 years of playing this sport professionally, I still get to play at a championship level.
How lucky is that?”
Williams turned professional on October 31, 1994, at the age of fourteen.
Debut Grand Slam singles final
1st WTA singles title, entering the top 10 and first Grand Slam doubles titles
Three Tier I titles
Olympic gold medals and 1st & 2nd Grand Slam titles
3rd & 4th Grand Slam titles
World No. 1 ranking and 4 consecutive Grand Slam singles finals
Australian Open & Wimbledon finals
Credit One Charleston Open
Third Wimbledon title
Fourth Wimbledon title
Fifth Wimbledon title, Tour Championships title and Olympic gold in doubles
Wimbledon runner-up and 4 consecutive Grand Slam doubles titles
No. 2 singles ranking and No. 1 doubles ranking
Comeback and Olympic gold record
Ending title drought
Improvement at the Grand Slams and re-entering the top 10
Wimbledon semifinal, highest ranking since 2011 and record Olympic medal tally
Australian Open, Wimbledon & Tour Championships finalist, return to the top 5
Played her 1000th career match in the 2018 Fed Cup
Fifth in the all-time list of women players with the most match wins at Grand Slam events
Extended her record as the all-time leader, male or female, in Grand Slams played, with 90.