The 2015 U.S. Open tennis championships will attract over 700,000 visitors and this year they will all be looking for Serena Williams. Serena’s quest for the calendar Grand Slam will be the story this year, but her previous Flushing Meadows visits had their own moments of high and low drama.
Serena Williams first of 17 appearances at the U.S. Open began in 1998 when she only lasted to the third round. But Serena got the idea of winning real quick in 1999 when she won the championship against Martina Hingis, the reigning world number one player. This was the first Grand Slam title for Williams who has now won the U.S Open six times.
It took Serena three more years in 2002 to capture the trophy again when she beat her sister Venus Williams who was the defending champion. This U.S. Open win was the third consecutive Grand Slam title for Serena Williams.
The U.S. Open journey has not all been pleasant for Serena. The first of many controversies arose in 2002 in her match against Jennifer Capriati. Williams had several calls against her which she attempted to argue and lost. Later video review showed that many of the calls were incorrect. Capriati won the match but the fall out lead to that particular umpire being dismissed from the tournament and the whole mess lead to increased pressure to use the Hawk-Eye system.
Six years later in 2008, Serena held the U. S. Open trophy for the third time by defeating Jelena Jankovic in the final. Williams returned to number one for the first time since 2003.
The next year, 2009, was not a good year for Serena Williams. This was the notorious incident where Serena threatened bodily harm against a lines woman. It happened during a Kim Clijsters match up which was punctuated by Williams smashing rackets and the infamous “foot fault” call. Serena was fined $175,000 and put on probation by the USTA. Williams later apologized and said that she was “humbled” by the experience.
The current streak began in 2012 when Serena would win her fourth U.S. Open title by besting Victoria Azarenka in the final. Williams became only the third woman to win Wimbledon, Olympics and the U.S Open in the same season. Serena would go on to be champion the next two years by beating Azarenka again in 2013 and downing Caroline Wozniacki in 2014.
All of Serena Williams past U.S Open adventures have lead to this year. She is on the verge of making history and all the odds seem to be in her favor. The calendar Grand Slam will be the topper on a legendary career and the world will be watching.
Serena Williams kisses her trophy
Serena Williams after winning a match against Martina Hingis of Switzerland during the US Open at the USTA National Tennis Courts in Flushing Meadows, New York. Serena Williams defeated Martina Hingis 6-3, 7-6, 7-4.
Serena Williams September 8, 2002
US Open singles champion Serena Williams poses for photographers on a horse drawn carriage in Central Park September 8, 2002 in New York, New York.
Serena Williams in Times Square on September 8, 2008
U.S. Open tennis champion Serena Williams poses with her trophy in Times Square on September 8, 2008 in New York City. Williams defeated Jelena Janković 6–4, 7–5 in the final, winning her third US Open title. As a result Williams returned to World No. 1 in the WTA rankings for the first time since 2003.
Serena Williams celebrates match point
Serena Williams after defeating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus to win the women’s singles final match on Day Fourteen of the 2012 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 9, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City
2013 US Open Champion Serena Williams entral Park on her New York City Trophy Tour
2013 US Open Champion Serena Williams of the United States smiles as she poses for a photo in Central Park on her New York City Trophy Tour on September 9, 2013 in New York City.
Serena Williams poses with the US Open Trophy
Serena Williams poses with the US Open Trophy on top of the Empire State Building during the 2014 US Open New York City Trophy Tour on September 8, 2014 in New York City.
Serena Williams: I’m Not The Greatest Female Tennis Player
We found the only person on the planet who doesn’t think Serena Williams is the greatest female tennis player of all-time, and that would be … Serena Williams.