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KoOlMaNsEaN
Mar 14th, 2002, 05:03 PM
Serena hasnt won a grand slam tournament since the 1999 us open! I know she has had alot of success since then but should she really be concentrating on gettin a grand slam? and does it really matter if she hasnt won a grand slam since 1999?

supremeross
Mar 14th, 2002, 05:05 PM
you just noticed that? You don't really follow tennis do you? Because I just noticed that.

apoet29
Mar 14th, 2002, 05:12 PM
It depends on how you look at things. Serena did appear to go into a slump of sorts after her first grand slam win. Ironically, the US Open was Serena's fourth career title. Yet she has continued to win tournaments winning seven titles between 2000 and 2002. Last year, Serena seemed to pull herself together after having subpar (for her) results. She is the only player from last year, besides Jelena Dokic to win two tier 1 events, plus she was declared the champion at the Chase. I think Serena like most other players really found success so quickly that she had to learn to cope with it. It seems midway through last year that she found a way and winning Scottsdale defeating two former world no. 1's seems like a good bet that Serena has the potential to win a slam this year.


Serena Williams


SANEX WTA RANKING (SEASON-ENDING, SINGLES)
2001-6; 2000-6; 1999-4; 1998-20; 1997-99

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HIGHEST SINGLES RANKING
No. 4 (September 13, 1999-March 19, 2000)

HIGHEST DOUBLES RANKING
No. 5 (October 11-17, 1999)

GRAND SLAM (SINGLES) HISTORY
W-L 02 01 00 99 98 97
AUSTRALIAN 10-4 -- QF 4r 3r 2r --
ROLAND GARROS 9-3 -- QF -- 3r 4r --
WIMBLEDON 11-3 -- QF SF -- 3r --
UNITED STATES 19-3 -- F QF W 3r --




SANEX CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY
W-L 01 00 99 98 97
SINGLES 3-0 W DNP DNP -- --
DOUBLES 0-0 -- -- -- -- --



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - SINGLES
WINNER (12): 2002 - Scottsdale; 2001 Season-Ending Championships; Indian Wells, Canadian Open; 2000 - Hannover, Los Angeles, Tokyo [Princess Cup]; 1999 - US Open, Paris Indoors, Indian Wells, Los Angeles, Grand Slam Cup
FINALIST (4): 2001 - US Open; 2000 - Paris Indoors, Canadian Open; 1999 - Miami
SEMIFINALIST (4): 2002 - Sydney; 2000 - Wimbledon; 1998 - Sydney; 1997 - Chicago

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - DOUBLES
WINNER (8): 2001 - Australian Open (w/V. Williams); 2000 - Wimbledon (w/V. Williams), Olympics (w/V. Williams); 1999 - Roland Garros (w/V. Williams), US Open (w/V. Williams), Hannover (w/V. Williams); 1998 - Oklahoma City (w/V. Williams), Zurich (w/V. Williams)
FINALIST (1): 1999 - San Diego (w/V. Williams)

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - MIXED DOUBLES
WINNER (2): 1998 - Wimbledon (w/Mirnyi), US Open (w/Mirnyi) FINALIST (2): 1999 - Australian Open (w/Mirnyi); 1998 - Roland Garros (w/Lobo)

ADDITIONAL
United States Fed Cup Team 1999. United States Olympic Team 2000.

2002 IN DETAIL
* January - Leading 2-1, twisted ankle chasing down a drop shot in fourth game of SF against Meghann Shaughnessy at Sydney and was forced to retire at 4-5; withdrew from the Australian Open due to Sydney injury
* February - Withdrew from Antwerp due to an ongoing right ankle injury suffered at Sydney; ranked No. 9, won Scottsdale (her first tournament since being forced to retire at Sydney due to an ankle injury) by defeating two former No. 1-ranked players - Martina Hingis in a SF (6-1, 3-6, 6-4) and Jennifer Capriati in the final (6-2, 4-6, 6-4)

CAREER IN REVIEW:
2001
* Began at Sydney reaching QF before falling to Hingis 6-4, 7-5 after holding a 5-2 second set lead; in doubles with her sister Venus fell to Hingis/Seles in 1r 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 snapping their 22-match win streak dating back to August 1999; reached first QF at Australian Open falling to Hingis 6-2, 3-6, 8-6 after leading 4-1 and 5-4 deuce in third set; won doubles title with her sister, completing a career Grand Slam - only the fifth pair in tennis history to accomplish that feat after Navratilova/Shriver (4 times), Fernandez/Zvereva (2 times), Jordan/Smith and Court/Dalton
* Withdrew from Paris Indoors (fatigue) and Scottsdale (flu)
* At Indian Wells won her ninth career singles title d. No. 2 Davenport in QF 6-1, 6-2 and Clijsters in final; at Miami reached QF d. Clijsters 60, 62 before a left thigh strain hampered her in her loss to Capriati
* Withdrew from Charleston, Rome and Madrid due to knee injury
* First-time QF at Roland Garros extending eventual winner Capriati to three sets
* At Wimbledon, held 7-6, 5-3 lead on Capriati in QF and was two points from winning before falling in three sets; tied for the second-fastest serve of 2001 with a 119 mph (191 km/h) serve at Wimbledon
* Lost her two-year grip on Los Angeles title when she fell 7-6 final set to Seles in QF after holding six match points (three on serve at 5-3 40-0, and three break points at 6-5, 0-40); at Canadian Open the next week, d. Majoli, Schett, Testud, No. 8 Seles and No. 3 Capriati (snapping four-match losing streak to her) to win title
* At US Open, d. No. 6 Henin, No. 3 Davenport and No. 1 Hingis in consecutive matches before falling to her older sister, Venus, in the final, marking second time ever and first since 1884 that sisters met in a Grand Slam singles final; withdrew from Tokyo Princess Cup due to terrorist attacks on United States
* First player to win the Tour's season-ending championships on her debut, receiving a walkover in the final when Davenport withdrew due to injury; seeded 7th, is lowest seed to win the title (unseeded champions are Hanika-1982 and Sabatini-1994); dropped a total of 14 games in her three match wins over Farina Elia, Henin and Testud; earned $750,000 for the title played in Olympiahalle, the same Munich arena where she won the 1999 Grand Slam Cup earning $900,000
* One of only two players (the other is her sister, Venus) to d. both Davenport and Capriati in 2001
2000
* Best result was defending her Los Angeles title with wins over No. 6 Martinez, No. 1 Hingis and No. 2 Davenport (saving a match point at 5-4 on Davenport's serve) - the same three players she defeated en route to the 1999 US Open; Also won titles at Hannover and Tokyo Princess Cup
* Finalist at Canadian Open where she led No. 1 Hingis 60 20 before retiring in the third set with inflammation of small bone in base of left foot, which also caused withdrawals from US Open doubles SF a few weeks later and season-ending championships; also finalist Paris Indoors, falling to Tauziat 7-5, 6-2 after suffering a ligament injury in her right knee
* Retired during first match at Amelia Island in April with a meniscus tear in her left knee; did not play again until June at Wimbledon, where she lost just 13 games in five matches en route to the SF, the least games lost since Evert dropped 10 games in 1976; lost to her sister Venus in the SF, the first time at Wimbledon and eighth time at any Grand Slam in the Open Era that sisters have played each other in singles, with the older one winning each time
* In doubles, won Wimbledon and Olympic Gold titles with her sister, Venus
1999
* Won first five singles titles of her career, including first Grand Slam: Paris Indoors (d. Mauresmo in third set tiebreaker - the same day her sister, Venus, won Oklahoma City, marking the first time in professional tennis history that two sisters won titles in the same week), Indian Wells (first unseeded winner of a Tier I event ranked No. 21 d. No. 2 Davenport in 2r, No. 8 Pierce in QF and No. 7 Graf in 3s final), Los Angeles (d. No. 8 Sanchez-Vicario for first time in five career meetings and No. 1 Hingis in SF), US Open (d. No. 4 Seles, No. 2 Davenport and No. 1 Hingis to become lowest seed (7) to win in the Open Era and second black woman ever to win a GS after Althea Gibson won five, her last coming at the 1958 U.S. Championships), and Grand Slam Cup (d. her sister Venus in final for first pro win over her); earlier in March, Venus had halted her 16-match win streak in Miami F - first all-sister final in Open Era - after Serena had upset No. 3 Seles, No. 9 Coetzer and No. 1 Hingis in straight sets
* Entered Top 10 at No. 9 for first time on April 5; her sister, Venus, was No. 6 the same week, marking the first time two sisters appeared in the Top 10 simultaneously since April 22, 1991 (Manuela and Katerina Maleeva)
* Did not have a losing record against any player ranked in Top 5; won three doubles titles with her sister including Roland Garros and US Open; Helped the U.S. win the Fed Cup championship
* Withdrew from Hilton Head with right knee patella tendinitis; retired during her QF match at German Open with a strained right elbow; withdrew from Wimbledon with severe influenza; withdrew from season-ending championships with a back injury sustained in practice
1998
* Began the year in Sydney, as a qualifier ranked No. 96, fought her way through to SF with 1-6, 7-5, 7-5 QF win over No. 3 Davenport saving match points and fighting off 6-1, 5-2 deficit, improving her ranking to No. 53; at Australian Open upset No. 9 Spirlea in 1r before falling to sister Venus; at Miami d. No. 10 Spirlea again en route to QF where she held match points on No. 1 Hingis before falling 6-3, 1-6, 7-6; her Miami win over Spirlea came in only her 16th career Tour main-draw singles match - the fastest ever in professional women's tennis history to record five Top 10 victories, breaking the previous record set by Seles in 1989 who did it in her 33rd main-draw match; at Italian Open d. No. 12 Tauziat and No. 8 (former 4-time champ) Martinez before losing to sister Venus in QF; at Roland Garros held 6-4, 5-2 lead on eventual winner Sanchez- Vicario in 4r; Won the mixed doubles titles at Wimbledon and US Open with Max Mirnyi, completing a Williams family 1998 mixed doubles Grand Slam as sister Venus won the Australian Open and Roland Garros titles with Justin Gimelstob
* Won first pro title in doubles at Oklahoma City with sister, Venus, becoming the third pair of sisters to win a tour doubles title
1997
* First Tour main-draw appearance came as a qualifier at Moscow, where she lost to No. 22 Po; In just her second career main-draw event at Chicago as a WC, d. No. 7 Pierce in 2r and No. 4 Seles in QF before losing to Davenport in SF; ranked No. 304, became the lowest-ranked player to defeat a player in the Top 5 since unranked Stephanie Rehe defeated No. 3 Sabatini at 1990 Los Angeles, and the lowest-ranked player to defeat two Top 10 players in one tournament; ranking vaulted from No. 304 to 102
1996 (did not play)
1995
* Played first professional match as a WC in Quebec City qualifying losing to Annie Miller 6-1, 6-1

AWARDS/ACCOMPLISHMENTS
* Selected as one of the 12 Coolest Girls in Sports in the November 2001 issue of Sports Illustrated Women
* She and her sister Venus are the first sisters in tennis history to have each won a Grand Slam singles title; first sisters to meet in a Sanex WTA Tour final (1999 Miami, won by Venus); first sisters to win Olympic Gold Medal in doubles (2000); only sisters in 20th century to win a Grand Slam doubles title together (won three)
* 2000 Sanex WTA Tour Doubles Team of the Year with sister Venus Williams; in 1999, named the TENNIS Magazine Player of the Year and the Sanex WTA Tour Most Improved Player; recipient of the 1998 Sanex WTA Tour Most Impressive Newcomer Award, won by her sister Venus in 1997; named 1998 TENNIS Magazine/Rolex Rookie of the Year; along with sister Venus received the 2000 Achievement Award at the Teen Awards; named one of People magazine's 25 Most Intriguing People of 1999
* In 2000, one of five female tennis players named to the Forbes magazine Power 100 in Fame and Fortune list at No. 68; no other female athletes made the list
* Named the United States Olympic Committee's Female Athlete of the Month for September 1999; along with male winner Andre Agassi, it marked the first time tennis players swept the monthly awards
* Sanex WTA Tour mentor is Zina Garrison in the Partners for Success Alumni program

PERSONAL
Father, Richard, coaches her; trainer is Kerrie Brooks-Mother's name is Oracene; is youngest of five girls: Lyndrea, Isha, Yetunde and Venus...Sister Venus plays on the tour...Has participated in a number of tennis clinics for minorities and spoken at schools...Enrolled in classes at the Art Institute of Florida...With her sister Venus, was a guest voice on a Feb. 11, 2001, episode of The Simpsons animated television show-Appeared in rapper Memphis Bleek's 'Do My' video featuring Jay-Z, and is slated to make a cameo in Martin Lawrence's movie 'Black Knight' in the fall of 2001-Favorite author is Maya Angelou...Hobbies are watching movies, playing football and basketball, reading, acting, talking on the phone, and spending time with family and friends...Is opening her own clothing line and often wears her own designs-Most memorable experience was receiving an 'A' in geometry...Self-described as very humorous with a great personality (says she's allergic to peanuts and crazy people, and in another life wants to be a synchronized swimmer or an actress)...Does not like music from the '80s but admires Vanilla Ice...Biggest goal in life is to win Wimbledon...Favorite place to visit is the mirror in her house...Likes to listen to Jay-Z, Ja Rule, Ray-J, Brandy, J. Lo and many others-Sends prayers to all those lost in the September 11, 2001, tragedies-Began playing tennis at age 5 1/2 at neighborhood courts in Compton, California, USA...Previously coached by Rick Macci for 1 1/2 years.

HAIL-VENUS
Mar 14th, 2002, 05:18 PM
Well, I say that Martina AND Serena need to concentrate on winning a GS title, and soon! Since none of these players have won since 1999, they have some serious catching up to do. I'm quite sure that it botheres Serena that her first GS has yet to be followed up, and her sister has had such incredible GS success. Yes, she'd love to win more, and yes, I think she should be concentrating on winning more slams.:wavey:

KoOlMaNsEaN
Mar 14th, 2002, 05:22 PM
And i have noticed this before supremoss but not as much! and i do follow tennis. im just sayin shouldnt she be worried at least a bit on winning another slam?

Ntosake
Mar 14th, 2002, 05:56 PM
Imo I don't think that Serena is necessarily "worried" about winning more slams. In time they will come.


If she can remain injury free, healthy, and strengthen her mental game, I would say that the rest of the ladies, including Venus might be the ones who start getting "worried";)