Serena and Venus Williams out from Melbourne: it’s the end of an Era

Serena Williams has won 73 WTA singles titles: 23 of these are Grand Slam events (absolute record in the Open Era, men included), making her the second player ever to have won more Majors in this specialty behind only Margaret Smith Court, with 24 .

She completed the virtual Grand Slam, which consists in winning four consecutive Slams not in the same calendar year, twice (in the two years 2002-2003 and 2014-2015). She has also won five year-end Master Cups and 19 Premier category tournaments (6 Premier Mandatory, 6 Premier 5 and 7 Premier), as well as 21 Tier I and Tier II titles and a gold medal from the London Olympics in 2012 against Maria Sharapova.

Not only in singles Serena Williams can boast numerous victories, but also in women’s doubles and mixed doubles, where there are 16 other Grand Slam tournaments: 14 won with her older sister Venus and two in mixed doubles, both obtained with Maks Mirny in 1998.

To these successes must be added three other gold medals at the Olympics, all won together with Venus, a Federation Cup and two Hopman Cups. In 2021, Serena missed the US Open due to a hamstring injury which she got at Wimbledon.

Serena and Venus Williams out form Melbourne: it’s the end of an Era

For the first time in 24 years, neither Serena nor Venus Williams will not play the Australian Open. Venus has not played since August due to a leg injury. News Corp revealed on Friday that Venus will not make the trip to Melbourne.

Considering that a few weeks ago Serena also announced that she would not be in Australia due to recovering from an injury, it will be the first time since 1997 that none of the Williams sisters will be in action at the Australian Open.

Serena and Venus Williams, in more than twenty years, they have won 121 singles tournaments, 4 mixed doubles tournaments and have occupied a total of more than 300 weeks at number one in singles and for eight weeks also in the doubles rankings.

After the 2002 French Open, Venus and Serena were number one and two in the singles rankings respectively. Both are part of the small group of tennis players who have won more titles than ever. In the women’s doubles, the Williams sisters have won 14 Grand Slam events and on one occasion they have won 4 in a row (from Wimbledon 2009 to Paris 2010), but not in the same calendar year.

The results are not lacking even at the Olympics: they have won a total of four gold medals each, three of which together in the women’s doubles and one each in singles. Venus is also the tennis player, including men, with the most Olympic medals won, five.

They have clashed 31 times, including 9 times in a Grand Slam final. It is, therefore, the second couple that have faced each other several times in the women’s singles finals behind Chris Evert-Martina Navratilova, who have competed 14 times.

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