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Old Nov 1st, 2012, 11:12 PM   #1
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Legendary Serena Williams 2012 successes add to her legacy

At age 31 and after playing in three decades of professional tennis over nearly a fifteen years span on the WTA tour, the great Serena Williams finishes the 2012 tennis season (which is one of her best, if not her very best year) still the very best player on the tour, and with more corroboration that she is best player of her generation, and much so to the keen delight of those of us who already believe firmly that she is actually the GOAT. This is an examination of the impact of Serena’s 2012 results upon her career stats and also a close consideration as to why at her age she produces what seems to be her best tennis ever. All in all it is the legendary Serena Williams adding to her legacy.

From the 2012 tennis season Serena’s Win/Loss percentage for the year is 58 - 4 = 93.5% success; winning 7 titles from the 13 tournaments she played = 54% (53.8) year’s title success for the year; earning $7,045,975.00 and 9400 ranking points for the year. But, it is the dominance by which Serena (who is notorious for dominating the upper echelon of the sport ever since her initial main draw on the tour in October 1997) dominates the tour, beginning at Charlestown to the tour Championship in Istanbul, which makes her year even more remarkable. Versus Top 10 ranked players Serena was 18 – 2 = 90% in 2012, in which she was 14 - 0 = 100% vs. Top 5 ranked players as follows:
She was 4 – 0 against # 1; 3 – 0 against # 2; 2 – 0 against # 3; 2 – 0 against #4; and 3 – 0 against #5.

After beating the #1, #2, #4, #5, and #8 ranked players in the world for the 2012 Tour Championship title with drop a set, Serena Williams wins 18 straight matches against Top 5 ranked players going back to 2011 East Bourne tournament where she lost to Vera Zvonareva in her second match after a year-long lay-off due to injury and illness. The Fabulous One wins 7 of the 10 tournaments she contested between Charlestown and Istanbul, losing at the French Open and Cincinnati, and giving a walk-over in Rome. Among those 7 titles are two Grand Slams (taking her career GS titles count to 15) and the very last missing items from her otherwise illustrious career-the Olympic Gold Medal in Singles competition, to become only the second women in the history of professional tennis to complete a Career Gold Slam in Singles competition, having previously done so in Doubles competition in the 2000 Olympics.

Throughout her tennis career Serena Williams has more wins against more different World No. 1 ranked players than any other women in the history of the rankings system. Her four wins against the World NO. 1 ranked player in 2012 has given her an accumulated total of 16 career wins against 7 different World No. 1 ranked players as follows:
Versus- Hingis………………………5 times.
Davenport…………………1 time.
Capriati………………………2 times.
Venus………………………1 time.
Henin…………………………2 times.
Wozniaki……………………1 time.
Azarenka…………………4 times.

NB: Navratilova had 18 wins over a World No. 1, but her 18 wins came against just three different players (Evert, Austin, and Graf).


Something else of the Serena Williams’s game that is most noteworthy in respect to her 2012 season is that which is deemed to be the most effective shot in all of professional tennis:-The Serena Serve. At Wimbledon this year Serena became the first and only woman in tennis history to serve over 100 Aces in a single tournament. Throughout the 2012 season Serena racked up a total of 484 Aces from 58 matches. Moreover, her Serve helps her to win 87.5% of her service games.

http://www.wtatennis.com/SEWTATour-A...atch_stats.pdf

So, with the 2012 season behind us Serena Williams career stats are mainly as follows:
Career matches……………………………………...............649 matches (main draw only)
Career Win/Loss (Main Draw matches only)…...545 – 104 = 84% (83.97)
Career Singles Titles…………………………………………….46 titles
Career Grand Slam Titles……………………………………..15 GS titles
Career Tournaments……………………………………………149 tournaments
Career Grand Slams Tournaments……………………….49 GS tournaments
Career Olympic Gold Medal…………………………………1 (Singles)
1 Non-Calendar Year Grand Slam (All Four GS simultaneously) (2002-03).
Career Prize Money Earned…………………………………. $41,797,909.00.


Source: http://www.itftennis.com/ProCircuit/...yerID=20007765

Career Title Success = 46/149 = 31% (30.87).
Career Average matches per tournament = 649/149 = 4.3 matches.
Career Grand Slam title success = 15/49 = 31% (30.6)
Career Grand Slam Win/Loss success:
AO…………………………………54 – 7 = 88.5%
FO…………………………………39 – 10 = 80% (79.6)
Wimby…………………………67 – 8 = 89.3%
USO………………………………65 – 9 = 88% (87.8).
Overall GS Win/Loss Success = 225 – 34 = 87% (86.87).


The other aspect of the Serena Williams 2012 tennis season that begs for our consideration is the question: - why at age 31 this phenomenal Champion seems to be playing at her very best level ever, whereas what is supposed to happen is the natural diminishing of career with age instead?

My take on this matter is centered on my original and initial belief in this great athletic – she is most talented female tennis player ever to play the sport. This woman is freak of nature as she through her enormous talent defies most every norm there is a natural female athlete. As a spitting bodily image of her mother’s body type, Serena Williams is a natural big-bone full-figured woman with size D cups breast size and a big posterior – not the natural characteristics of female athlete in terms human body aerodynamics. Nevertheless, this woman, in defiance of human body aerodynamics, is one of the fastest (speedy), strongest, & most agile and athletic player the sport has ever seen. Yet, she is one of the most technically sound and possesses one of the most fluid motions in female professional tennis. Moreover, this woman through her enormous talent pool defies the natural psychological dynamics that exists in sibling rivalry the world over between siblings in sports, where the younger sibling is always dominated by the older sibling- not so with Serena Williams & her older sibling Venus Williams.

Additionally and most importantly, Serena Williams’s ability to overcome her greatest challenge to her tennis career - bodily injuries, and her ability to have continual progress in the immediate in spite of such challenges of injuries may help explain her longevity in the sport, whereas other players falls away naturally. (See: Serena Williams’s greatest rivalry: http://www.tennisforum.com/showthrea...1#post22030551)

Finally, I would like to paint a picture that speaks to the enormous talent of Serena Williams with the use of some visual aids (a few photos) surrounding one aspect of her game – variations in her peculiar backhand shots.

First, it is Cliff Drysdale who during the 1999 Miami semi-finals between Hingis and Serena, calls this peculiar backhand shot of Serena the most dangerous shot in all of tennis:



Secondly, OMG look at the sheer athletic skills of this woman:



Thirdly, pay keen attention to how she gets up on her toes like a ballet dancer for these shots:


http://www.keepandshare.com/userpics...7-12685079.jpg
http://www.keepandshare.com/userpics...?ts=1351708479

Lastly, who else has this particular shot?

http://www.keepandshare.com/userpics...?ts=1351708471

And so, as it is with a good bottle of wine, we are witnesses to the fact that the most talented female tennis player ever (who may also be the greatest female athlete ever) seems to get better with age to the uttermost.
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Very true. I now rate her #2 all time behind Steffi Graf. However by the end of next year I predict she will be #1 all time.
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i know it's all true and don't want to diminish Serena's achievements this year, but probably someone will have to mention in this thread that there were some unknown today players in WTA like the one who had 74 wins in a row , who finished 3 seasons with the record 90-3, 86-1 and 78-2 in a row
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i know it's all true and don't want to diminish Serena's achievements this year, but probably someone will have to mention in this thread that there were some unknown today players in WTA like the one who had 74 wins in a row , who finished 3 seasons with the record 90-3, 86-1 and 78-2 in a row
Yeah back when the WTA had only 2 good players and was a joke of a tour. If the womens game had only 2 or 3 good players Serena might have gone undefeated the last 3 years. After all she has gone undefeated vs Sharapova and Azarenka for awhile.
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Yeah back when the WTA had only 2 good players and was a joke of a tour. If the womens game had only 2 or 3 good players Serena might have gone undefeated the last 3 years. After all she has gone undefeated vs Sharapova and Azarenka for awhile.

this year WTA had only 3 good players, it's definitely not 00'-s and no Davenport, Venus, Capriati , Hingis,henin etc around

And what is more Chris Evert even along is stronger opposition than Sharapova+ Azarenka together...

Let's not forget Tracy Austin and Hana Mandlikova
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who had 74 wins in a row , who finished 3 seasons with the record 90-3, 86-1 and 78-2 in a row
Believe it or not, Czech wikipedia says 82-2

As Churchill once said "the only statistics you can trust are those you falsified yourself"
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Believe it or not, Czech wikipedia says 82-2

As Churchill once said "the only statistics you can trust are those you falsified yourself"
I'm using WTA data on official site, never read Chech wikipedia
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At age 31 and after playing in three decades of professional tennis over nearly a fifteen years span on the WTA tour, the great Serena Williams finishes the 2012 tennis season (which is one of her best, if not her very best year) still the very best player on the tour, and with more corroboration that she is best player of her generation, and much so to the keen delight of those of us who already believe firmly that she is actually the GOAT. This is an examination of the impact of Serena’s 2012 results upon her career stats and also a close consideration as to why at her age she produces what seems to be her best tennis ever. All in all it is the legendary Serena Williams adding to her legacy.

From the 2012 tennis season Serena’s Win/Loss percentage for the year is 58 - 4 = 93.5% success; winning 7 titles from the 13 tournaments she played = 54% (53.8) year’s title success for the year; earning $7,045,975.00 and 9400 ranking points for the year. But, it is the dominance by which Serena (who is notorious for dominating the upper echelon of the sport ever since her initial main draw on the tour in October 1997) dominates the tour, beginning at Charlestown to the tour Championship in Istanbul, which makes her year even more remarkable. Versus Top 10 ranked players Serena was 18 – 2 = 90% in 2012, in which she was 14 - 0 = 100% vs. Top 5 ranked players as follows:
She was 4 – 0 against # 1; 3 – 0 against # 2; 2 – 0 against # 3; 2 – 0 against #4; and 3 – 0 against #5.

After beating the #1, #2, #4, #5, and #8 ranked players in the world for the 2012 Tour Championship title with drop a set, Serena Williams wins 18 straight matches against Top 5 ranked players going back to 2011 East Bourne tournament where she lost to Vera Zvonareva in her second match after a year-long lay-off due to injury and illness. The Fabulous One wins 7 of the 10 tournaments she contested between Charlestown and Istanbul, losing at the French Open and Cincinnati, and giving a walk-over in Rome. Among those 7 titles are two Grand Slams (taking her career GS titles count to 15) and the very last missing items from her otherwise illustrious career-the Olympic Gold Medal in Singles competition, to become only the second women in the history of professional tennis to complete a Career Gold Slam in Singles competition, having previously done so in Doubles competition in the 2000 Olympics.

Throughout her tennis career Serena Williams has more wins against more different World No. 1 ranked players than any other women in the history of the rankings system. Her four wins against the World NO. 1 ranked player in 2012 has given her an accumulated total of 16 career wins against 7 different World No. 1 ranked players as follows:
Versus- Hingis………………………5 times.
Davenport…………………1 time.
Capriati………………………2 times.
Venus………………………1 time.
Henin…………………………2 times.
Wozniaki……………………1 time.
Azarenka…………………4 times.

NB: Navratilova had 18 wins over a World No. 1, but her 18 wins came against just three different players (Evert, Austin, and Graf).


Something else of the Serena Williams’s game that is most noteworthy in respect to her 2012 season is that which is deemed to be the most effective shot in all of professional tennis:-The Serena Serve. At Wimbledon this year Serena became the first and only woman in tennis history to serve over 100 Aces in a single tournament. Throughout the 2012 season Serena racked up a total of 484 Aces from 58 matches. Moreover, her Serve helps her to win 87.5% of her service games.

http://www.wtatennis.com/SEWTATour-A...atch_stats.pdf

So, with the 2012 season behind us Serena Williams career stats are mainly as follows:
Career matches……………………………………...............649 matches (main draw only)
Career Win/Loss (Main Draw matches only)…...545 – 104 = 84% (83.97)
Career Singles Titles…………………………………………….46 titles
Career Grand Slam Titles……………………………………..15 GS titles
Career Tournaments……………………………………………149 tournaments
Career Grand Slams Tournaments……………………….49 GS tournaments
Career Olympic Gold Medal…………………………………1 (Singles)
1 Non-Calendar Year Grand Slam (All Four GS simultaneously) (2002-03).
Career Prize Money Earned…………………………………. $41,797,909.00.


Source: http://www.itftennis.com/ProCircuit/...yerID=20007765

Career Title Success = 46/149 = 31% (30.87).
Career Average matches per tournament = 649/149 = 4.3 matches.
Career Grand Slam title success = 15/49 = 31% (30.6)
Career Grand Slam Win/Loss success:
AO…………………………………54 – 7 = 88.5%
FO…………………………………39 – 10 = 80% (79.6)
Wimby…………………………67 – 8 = 89.3%
USO………………………………65 – 9 = 88% (87.8).
Overall GS Win/Loss Success = 225 – 34 = 87% (86.87).


The other aspect of the Serena Williams 2012 tennis season that begs for our consideration is the question: - why at age 31 this phenomenal Champion seems to be playing at her very best level ever, whereas what is supposed to happen is the natural diminishing of career with age instead?

My take on this matter is centered on my original and initial belief in this great athletic – she is most talented female tennis player ever to play the sport. This woman is freak of nature as she through her enormous talent defies most every norm there is a natural female athlete. As a spitting bodily image of her mother’s body type, Serena Williams is a natural big-bone full-figured woman with size D cups breast size and a big posterior – not the natural characteristics of female athlete in terms human body aerodynamics. Nevertheless, this woman, in defiance of human body aerodynamics, is one of the fastest (speedy), strongest, & most agile and athletic player the sport has ever seen. Yet, she is one of the most technically sound and possesses one of the most fluid motions in female professional tennis. Moreover, this woman through her enormous talent pool defies the natural psychological dynamics that exists in sibling rivalry the world over between siblings in sports, where the younger sibling is always dominated by the older sibling- not so with Serena Williams & her older sibling Venus Williams.

Additionally and most importantly, Serena Williams’s ability to overcome her greatest challenge to her tennis career - bodily injuries, and her ability to have continual progress in the immediate in spite of such challenges of injuries may help explain her longevity in the sport, whereas other players falls away naturally. (See: Serena Williams’s greatest rivalry: http://www.tennisforum.com/showthrea...1#post22030551)

Finally, I would like to paint a picture that speaks to the enormous talent of Serena Williams with the use of some visual aids (a few photos) surrounding one aspect of her game – variations in her peculiar backhand shots.

First, it is Cliff Drysdale who during the 1999 Miami semi-finals between Hingis and Serena, calls this peculiar backhand shot of Serena the most dangerous shot in all of tennis:



Secondly, OMG look at the sheer athletic skills of this woman:



Thirdly, pay keen attention to how she gets up on her toes like a ballet dancer for these shots:


http://www.keepandshare.com/userpics...7-12685079.jpg
http://www.keepandshare.com/userpics...?ts=1351708479

Lastly, who else has this particular shot?

http://www.keepandshare.com/userpics...?ts=1351708471

And so, as it is with a good bottle of wine, we are witnesses to the fact that the most talented female tennis player ever (who may also be the greatest female athlete ever) seems to get better with age to the uttermost.
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Amazing. Her Career W/L increased by 1% thanks to this year and surpassed Seles in the all time list

http://www.wtatennis.com/SEWTATour-A...ife_wl_sgl.pdf

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this year WTA had only 3 good players, it's definitely not 00'-s and no Davenport, Venus, Capriati , Hingis,henin etc around

And what is more Chris Evert even along is stronger opposition than Sharapova+ Azarenka together...

Let's not forget Tracy Austin and Hana Mandlikova
Austin was done after 1981, and all those records you compiled were after 1981. Mandilikova was pretty much irrelevant those years too, her good years were 80-81 and 85-87. Even Evert was playing crap tennis for her standards in 1982, 1983, and early 1984, but of course with absolutely NO good players those yeras she still stayed #2.

The fiield now isnt the best ever, but is still had tons more depth than the period you referred. Look at most of the top 10 then- Bunge, Jordan, Potter, Durie, Hanika, Kohde Kilsch, Jaeger, Shriver, what a joke. I have seen all those players play and they were all either fat, really slow, clumsy, or lacked any significant weapons to their game, a few of them even all those things, lol! Atleast now there are alot of dangerous players who can beat anyone on a given day which definitely wasnt true then. Anyway Serena has faced way stronger fields than the current ones like the one you mentioned and dominated. Navratilova at 30 faced a really weak field in 1987 too, a pre prime Graf and Sabatini being her only competition (and a 33 or 34 year old and near retired Evert) and still couldnt compile the success 30/31 year old Serena did this year, in fact she played second fiddle to 17 year old Graf.

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