Looking Back at Serena Williams' 30-Year Reign as the 'Queen of Tennis'

Looking Back at Serena Williams' 30-Year Reign as the 'Queen of Tennis'

Serena Williams - the greatest female tennis player to ever dominate singles, doubles, and mixed doubles - has decided to retire from her tennis career. Let's review the milestones that have made the name of the "black panther warrior."

The history of tennis will certainly remember the name Serena Williams, like an unbeatable fighting machine on all fronts she participated in. Serena is the owner of an impressive Grand Slam collection, with a total of 39 titles, including 23 individual Grand Slam victories, 14 wins in doubles, and 2 mixed doubles championships.

Serena has won a staggering 349 matches at Grand Slam tournaments, surpassing the legend Martina Navratilova (306 wins). She once held the world No. 1 ranking for 186 consecutive weeks, on par with the legendary Steffi Graf.

Serena has changed a part of tennis history. Her success, along with her sister Venus, opened a new door for players of color, breaking the stereotype that tennis is a sport for white people.

According to Mouratoglou, Serena pioneered a weapon called "tennis intimidation," where just her presence alone was enough to instill fear in opponents.

In her first professional season, 16-year-old Serena Williams was given a wildcard entry into the 1997 Ameritech Cup. She defeated Mary Pierce and Monica Seles, ranked 10th at the time, but lost to Lindsay Davenport in the semifinals while playing with an injured ankle. Photo: The Guardian

Serena (left) participates with her sister Venus Williams at Wimbledon in 1997. Photo: The Guardian

In her first Grand Slam event, Serena lost to her sister in the second round of the 1998 Australian Open. Photo: The Guardian

In 1999, Williams defeated four former champions, reaching the US Open final, where she dethroned world No. 1 Martina Hingis to become the only African-American woman to win a major title. Photo: The Guardian

In a injury-stricken season in 2000, Serena lost to her sister Venus in the Wimbledon semifinals. The two sisters continued to elevate their doubles title count. Photo: The Guardian

The two sisters faced each other again in the Wimbledon final in 2002... Photo: The Guardian

...Serena emerged victorious for the first time, in consecutive sets, to claim her first world No. 1 ranking. Photo: The Guardian

Venus poses with her younger sister after they met again in the Wimbledon final in 2003. Photo: The Guardian

Williams competes against Victoria Azarenka at Wimbledon Centre Court in 2009. Photo: The Guardian

Serena continued to defeat her sister in another Wimbledon final in 2009. Photo: The Guardian

Williams expresses her disappointment after losing to Marion Bartoli in the Wimbledon 2011 tournament due to injury. Photo: The Guardian

Williams regained her form the following year by defeating Agnieszka Radwańska in the 2012 final. Photo: The Guardian

Williams returns to action against Victoria Azarenka on Centre Court on the eighth day of Wimbledon 2015. She continues to pursue another title. Photo: The Guardian

Williams leaves the court with the Venus Rosewater Dish after defeating Garbiñe Muguruza in the Wimbledon 2015 final. Photo: The Guardian

Williams celebrates victory over Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon 2016 final - her seventh Wimbledon title and 22nd Grand Slam title. Photo: The Guardian

...that same year, she also won the women's doubles title with her sister Venus. Photo: The Guardian

Williams in action against Nicole Gibbs at the 2017 Australian Open... Photo: The Guardian

Where she continued to defeat her sister once again in the final. Photo: The Guardian

Williams celebrates after scoring a point in the mixed doubles match with Andy Murray on the eighth day of the Wimbledon Championships 2019. Photo: The Guardian

Williams disappointed after a defeat to Simona Halep in the Wimbledon 2019 final. Photo: The Guardian

Williams celebrates with her daughter Alexis Olympia after winning the ASB Classic final in New Zealand in 2020. Photo: The Guardian

Williams defeats Naomi Osaka in the 2021 Australian Open semifinal. Photo: The Guardian

Serena Williams attends the Met Gala 2021 in New York. Photo: The Guardian

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