Of course they are the modern bechmarks for this era, just like Navratilova and Graf were the benchmarks for their respective eras. Now in almost every statement I make I support it with facts, so let's take a look shall we:
Let's Look At Serena First
Serena Jameka Williams- 14 Grand Slam Titles (6 Singles (
4 in a row (an accomplishment in itself),
also the only person besides Venus and Jenny C. to defend Grand Slam titles (Serena- Wimbledon '02-'03, Venus- Wimbledon and US Open '00-'01, and Jenny C. '01-'02 Oz Open) owns a 6-1 record in Grand Slam finals, 6 Doubles (
which includes a doubles career grand slam, meaning she has a career grand slam in singles and doubles), and 2 Mixed Doubles
, spent over 52 consecutive weeks as the undisputed #1 player in the world before falling to injury
, ranked in the Top Ten of all time win/loss rankings overall, and on every surface except clay (ranked #22
, earned nearly 13 million in career earnings
, has not lost a match on hardcourt since the SUMMER OF 2002
, undefeated in Fed Cup play
, the only other player besides Steffi Graf to complete a three-peat of Miami Tier I titles
, has spent 6 + uninterrupted years in the Top 10
, owns seven Tier I titles
, only the fifth woman in tennis history to hold all four Grand Slam titles at once
, ranked in the top two from June 2002- November 2003
, in 2002 won Wimbledon and US Open without losing a set (in fact, she won 18 consecutive sets in Grand Slam matches)
, Olympic Gold Medalist, the highest paid female athlete EVER
...... the list goes on!
Now let's take a look at Venus
Venus Ebone Starr Williams- 12 Grand Slams (4 Singles (back to back titles at US Open and Wimbledon, and reached the final of 4 straight Wimbledon finals
(only the third woman in history to do that) 4 straight Grand Slam finals
), 6 Doubles (see Serena Williams GS doubles record), 2 Mixed Doubles)
, 13 million + in career earnings
, 2x Olympic Gold Medalist (one of only a few women in history to win both singles and doubles @ the same Olympic games)
.....the list goes on!
Now let's look at some of their accomplishments together
Williams Sisters- 36 Grand Slam titles
, the only sisters to face-off in multiple Grand Slam finals
, the only players to face-off in 4 consecutive Grand Slam finals (inc. 2 consecutive US Open and Wimbledon finals)
, the only family in tennis to have two sisters to both win Grand Slams and be ranked #1
, ranked #1 and #2 for 10 consecutive months
.....the list goes on!
So in other words, YES, they definately are the benchmark for this era of women's tennis, not to mention the fact that in 90% of WTA events, if the Williams Sisters aren't there, attendance heavily dwindles (compare 2002 WTA Tour Champs to 2003 WTA Tour Champs). Not to mention the fact that neither of them are even in their mid-20s. If there are any doubts...check the stats, they don't lie.
THE WILLIAMS SISTERS!
A TWO-FOR-ONE ORDER OF GREATNESS