Serena Williams’ first grand slam victory was 20 years ago this month. She was 17 years-old.
Over the past 20 years, Serena Williams has won 29% of women’s grand slams, one of them while pregnant.
She’s about to walk into her 33rd final. She turns 38 in three weeks.
Serena Williams moved into a 10th US Open final and picked up a record-equaling 101st win in New York by routing Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-1 but the number she might still be preoccupied with is 24.
Collecting a 24th major Saturday would tie the American with Margaret Court for tennis’ all-time lead, and the 37-year-old is hoping to get over the finish line after losing her last three grand slam finals — which had never previously happened in her storied three-decade career.
On the other side of the net will be fellow North American Bianca Andreescu, the 19-year-old Canadian who rallied to defeat Belinda Bencic 7-6(3) 7-5 and make a maiden grand slam final.