Dominance, thy name is Serena. Two Majors; Roland Garros and the United States Open. 11 singles titles, including Miami, Madrid and Rome. She probably would have won Indian Wells too, except that she doesn’t play that event. A WTA record $12,385,572 in prize money this year. Her 4th WTA Tour Championship, joining the Hall of Fame tennis trinity of Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert as the only four to accomplish that feat. It’s been said before but bears saying again; Serena has long stopped competing with her contemporaries. She is now, and has been for some time, competing with history. Every time she walks on a court, particularly in a Major, a “mini-Major” (like Miami) or the Tour Championship, it might be Maria Sharapova or Victoria Azarenka or Li Na standing across the net. But it’s also Navratilova, Graf, Evert, Margaret Court and the all-time greats playing against her as well. And with each victory, each Major and each milestone achievement, Serena catches and passes another legend. If she continues her ascent up the mountain of tennis immortality, she will one day find herself looking back at every woman who has ever picked up a racket as the greatest of all time. Some might say, and have said, that she is already there. I’m not quite ready to say that yet. Maybe I should be.
WTA – TEB BNP PARIBAS WTA Championships