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Serena Williams' 23 Grand Slam titles: A visual guide

Hannah Wilks in News 25 May 2018
  • Serena Williams has won 23 Grand Slam titles in tennis
  • Serena's Grand Slam triumphs revisited from the 1999 US Open to the 2017 Australian Open
  • Photos from all of Serena Williams's 23 major titles
Serena Williams celebrates victory over Caroline Wozniacki in the 2014 US Open final  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

With 23 Grand Slam titles to her name, Serena Williams is the most successful player on the Open Era major winners' list. Here is a visual guide to the 23 majors won by Serena Jameka Williams, perhaps the greatest player of all time!

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2015 French Open - Day Fourteen

Williams with Martina Navratilova after winning the French Open in 2015 (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

  • Serena Williams has 23 Grand Slam titles
  • That's more Grand Slams than Martina Hingis and Maria Sharapova (5), Venus Williams and Justine Henin (7), Monica Seles (9), Billie Jean King (12) and Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova (18), and Steffi Graf (22)
  • Serena has won the French Open three times, US Open six times, and the Australian Open and Wimbledon seven times each
  • Serena has won the most Grand Slam titles in the Open Era (23), but the American great is still one major behind all-time leader, Margaret Court, who won 24 major titles.
  • Serena has the same number of Grand Slam titles as these players put together (Venus's 7 + Sharapova's 5 + Azarenka's 2 + Kuznetsova's 2 + Kvitova's 2 + Kerber's 2 + Stosur's 1 + Schiavone's 1 + Ivanovic's 1 = 23)
  • Serena is 316-43 in Grand Slam matches and has only lost once in the first round, to Virginie Razzano at the 2012 French Open
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Williams kisses the US Open trophy in 1999 (Jamie Squire /Allsport)


Williams won her first Grand Slam title as a 17-year-old at the US Open in 1999, defeating Grand Slam champions Kim Clijsters, Conchita Martinez, Monica Seles, defending champion Lindsay Davenport and world no. 1 Martina Hingis in the final.

Williams was the second black woman after Althea Gibson in 1985 to win the US Open. It was only her second full year on the tennis tour. 
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Serena and Venus Williams after the 2002 French Open final (ANDRE DURAND/AFP/Getty Images)


It would take almost three full years for Serena to capture her second Grand Slam title. After losing to older sister Venus in the final of the 2001 US Open, Serena defeated Mary Pierce and defending champion Jennifer Capriati before claiming her first Grand Slam final victory against Venus, 7-5, 6-3. 

It was the first win of the 'Serena Slam', as Serena would go on to hold all four Grand Slams at the same time.
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Venus photographs Serena and their mother Oracene Price with the 2002 Wimbledon trophy (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Shortly after triumphing at Roland Garros, it was Serena's time to break through at the most prestigious and hallowed tournament in tennis - Wimbledon.

Beating Daniela Hantuchova and Amelie Mauresmo on the way, Serena once again faced her older sister Venus in the final and won yet again by an almost identical scoreline to their Paris meeting: 7-6(4), 6-3. 
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Williams in her 'catsuit' at the 2002 US Open  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


For the first time in her career, Serena won three out of the calendar year's four Grand Slams in 2002 when - rocking her famous 'catsuit' - she blasted her way through the field at the 2002 US Open without dropping a set.

Serena defeated Daniela Hantuchova, Lindsay Davenport and sister Venus in the final once again to claim her second US Open title. 
Serena Williams celebrates with the trophy

Serena with the Australian Open trophy in 2003 (Photo by Sean Garnsworthy/Getty Images)


Williams completed the 'Serena Slam', holding all four Grand Slam titles at the same time, when she won the fifth major title of her career at the 2003 Australian Open, defeating Venus in the final in three sets.

At the age of just 21, Serena became only the fifth woman in tennis history to have held all four Grand Slams at the same time, joining Maureen Connolly, Margaret Court, Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf. 
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Serena and Venus with their trophies after the 2003 Wimbledon final  (ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)


Yet again, it was older sister Venus who stood between Serena and a Grand Slam title - and yet again, it was little sister who prevailed, bouncing back from a semifinal defeat to Justine Henin at the French Open to beat Elena Dementieva, Jennifer Capriati, Henin in the semifinals and an (admittedly injured) Venus 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the final.

Serena became the fifth player to win back-to-back Wimbledon titles in the Open Era, joining Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf and Venus. 
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Serena in action during the 2005 Australian Open final GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)


Injury intervened for Serena after winning Wimbledon in 2003, and she experienced her first Slamless year since 2001 in 2004, suffering a shock defeat to Maria Sharapova in the only Grand Slam final she reached (Wimbledon).

But although she was seeded a relatively lowly seventh, Serena was on top form at the 2005 Australian Open, saving three match points in a 2-6, 7-5, 8-6 victory over Sharapova in the semifinals before defeating Lindsay Davenport (then ranked world no. 1) 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 in the final for her second title in Melbourne. 
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Serena celebrates victory at the 2007 Australian Open (WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)


Perhaps the most dramatic of all Serena's Grand Slam victories came at the 2007 Australian Open. 

Injury and depression after the murder of her sister Yetunde in 2007 had seen Serena miss three of the last six Grand Slams and she had been the target of widespread criticism for being supposedly distracted and unfit, at one point slipping out of the top 100 in 2006. Entering the Australian Open unseeded and ranked world no. 81, Williams beat six seeded players on her way to the title, including dramatic three-set battles with Nadia Petrova and Shahar Peer, before demolishing Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-2 in the final. She became the first woman to win the Australian Open unseeded since Chris O'Neil in 1978.
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Serena with the 2008 US Open trophy in Times Square  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)


Five years after she was last ranked world no. 1, Serena reclaimed the top spot in September 2008 when she defeated Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 7-5 to claim her third US Open title, avenging her quarterfinal defeat to the Serb at the Australian Open earlier that year.

After a surprise loss to Katarina Srebotnik at the French Open and falling short to Venus at Wimbledon, Serena's ninth Grand Slam saw her draw level with Monica Seles on the Open Era winners' list. 
2009 Australian Open: Day 13

Serena thanks the crowd after the 2009 Australian Open final  (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)


Despite dropping sets to Svetlana Kuznetsova and Victoria Azarenka on the way, Serena gathered pace towards the end of the tournament at the 2009 Australian Open (the hottest on record), defeating Elena Dementieva 6-3, 6-4 and Dinara Safina 6-0, 6-3 to claim her fourth Australian Open title.

'I was just like a ball kid on the court today,' Safina said.
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Serena celebrates victory at Wimbledon 2009 (CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)


Six years after last winning Wimbledon in 2003, Serena returned to the winners' circle at tennis's most prestigious Grand Slam when she defeated defending champion Venus 7-6(3), 6-2. 

It was the semifinal against Elena Dementieva which was the most memorable match of the tournament, however, as Williams saved a match point before edging the Russian in what became the longest women's Grand Slam semifinal of the Open Era, 6-7(4), 7-5, 8-6 in two hours and 49 minutes.
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Serena celebrates championship point against Justine Henin at the 2010 Australian Open (FINDLAY KEMBER/AFP/Getty Images)


Serena collected the 12th Grand Slam of her increasingly record-breaking career at the Australian Open in 2010, the fifth title she had won in Melbourne. As a result of her victory, Serena became the most successful women's player in the Open Era history of the Australian Open with five titles overall.

Despite struggling with a couple of injuries, Serena's 12th major title saw her equal the career haul of Billie Jean King as she survived stiff challenges from Victoria Azarenka and Li Na on her way to the final, where she defeated the briefly unretired Justine Henin 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. 
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Serena with the 2010 Wimbledon trophy (Dave Thompson/AFP/Getty Images)


There was nothing unlucky about '13' for Serena at Wimbledon in 2010, as she won back-to-back Wimbledon titles for the second time in her career. 

Serena won the tournament without dropping a set, the second time she had done so after first achieving that feat in 2002. Although she faced the outmatched Vera Zvonareva in the latter's maiden Grand Slam final appearance, Serena had to beat Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova and Li Na on her way to a fourth Wimbledon title.
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Serena high-fives Agnieszka Radwanska during the Wimbledon trophy ceremony in 2012 (ANJA NIEDRINGHAUS/AFP/GettyImages)


Serena had to make another comeback from a long injury absence after a leg injury and a pulmonary embolism saw her miss much of 2010-11. She went seven Grand Slams without winning one - her longest stretch since the gap between the 2005 and 2007 Australian Opens - and suffered her first, and to date only, first-round Grand Slam defeat at the hands of Virginie Razzano at the 2012 French Open.

Despite two three-set encounters in the second and third rounds with Zheng Jie and Yaroslava Shvedova and tight quarterfinal and semifinal battles with defending champion Petra Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka, Serena defeated maiden Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska to collect her fifth Wimbledon title. 
2012 US Open - Day 14

Serena celebrates match point at the 2012 US Open  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


Serena followed up her Wimbledon victory by winning the US Open for the first time since 2008, the first time she had won back-to-back Wimbledon and US Open titles since 2002. 

Now 30, Serena rolled through a draw including Ekaterina Makarova, Ana Ivanovic and Sara Errani without dropping a set to reach the final, conceding just 19 games along the way. Up against 2012 Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka in the final, however, she faced a dramatic battle which lasted two hours and 18 minutes. Azarenka served for the title before Williams won 6-2, 2-6, 7-5. 

Serena with the Suzanne Lenglen trophy in 2013 (CORINNE DUBREUIL/AFP/Getty Images)


After a surprise loss to Sloane Stephens in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Australian Open, Serena shone during an undefeated clay-court season as she won the French Open for the first time since lifting the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen for the first time in 2003.

After a tough quarterfinal battle with Svetlana Kuznetsova, Serena defeated Maria Sharapova in straight sets in the final to become just the fourth woman - after Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf - to win all four Grand Slams at least twice. 

Serena with the US Open trophy in 2013 (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)


One year after the dramatic final against Victoria Azarenka in New York in 2012, Serena once again blasted her way through the field without dropping a set, winning three of four sets in the quarterfinals and semifinals with a 6-0 scoreline against Carla Suarez Navarro and Li Na.

In the final she faced Azarenka again and it was another three-set battle, this time lasting two hours and 45 minutes. Azarenka came back from a set and 1-4 down to force a third set but ultimately Serena was dominant, winning 7-5, 6-7(1), 6-1 to claim a fifth US Open title - 14 years after she won her first in 1999. 

Martina Navratilova, Serena with the 2014 US Open trophy and Chris Evert (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)


Grand Slam victory no. 18 was a significant one for Serena for two reasons. 

Firstly, it followed a difficult year at the Grand Slams. Serena had been hampered by a back injury at the 2014 Australian Open where she lost in the fourth round to Ana Ivanovic, then suffered the most one-sided loss of her Grand Slam career at the hands of Garbine Muguruza in the second round of the 2014 French Open. Nerves and an inspired opponent saw her suffer a shock defeat to Alize Cornet at Wimbledon, but she was rock solid at the US Open, powering through the field without dropping a set.

Secondly, Serena's sixth US Open title saw her tie Chris Evert for the most US Open titles in the Open Era and saw her move level with Martina Navratilova and Evert to second place on the Open Era Grand Slam winners' list behind Steffi Graf (and third overall). 

Serena celebrates winning the 2015 Australian Open (MAL FAIRCLOUGH/AFP/Getty Images)


Winning her 19th Grand Slam at the 2015 Australian Open saw Serena move clear of Navratilova and Evert on the Open Era winners' list and start to close in on Steffi Graf's total of 22 Slams.

With a record sixth Australian Open title - no other woman in the Open Era has won more than four - Serena was halfway to a second 'Serena Slam'. After two three-set battles against rising stars Elina Svitolina and Garbine Muguruza in the early rounds, Serena saw off young American challenger Madison Keys in straight sets in the semifinals before edging 2008 Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova 6-3, 7-6(5) in a tense, high-quality final.

Serena celebrates victory at the 2015 French Open (PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images)


Talk of a calendar-year Grand Slam accelerated in earnest when Serena won the 2015 French Open, marking her third victory at Roland Garros and 20th Grand Slam title overall.

This victory was a true testament to Serena's competitive grit as much as her superb tennis. Suffering from a flu-like illness, Serena had to come back from a set down no fewer than four times throughout the tournament - against Anna-Lena Friedsam (R64), Victoria Azarenka (R32), Sloane Stephens (R16) and Timea Bacsinszky (SF) - before being stretched to three sets by maiden Grand Slam finalist Lucie Safarova before triumphing 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-2.
Day Twelve: The Championships - Wimbledon 2015

Serena with the Venus Rosewater Dish at Wimbledon 2015  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


Serena completed her second 'Serena Slam' as she won her sixth Wimbledon title at The Championships in 2015. 

Extending her winning streak in Grand Slam matches to 28 matches, Serena survived an unexpected challenge from home favourite Heather Watson - who served for the match - in three sets in the third round before Victoria Azarenka once again pushed her hard in a three-set match in the quarterfinals, but ousted Maria Sharapova in straight sets and beat Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 6-4 in the final to put herself just one major title away from tying Graf's Open Era record of 22. 
2015 US Open - Day Twelve

Serena waves goodbye to the 2015 US Open and her hopes of a calendar-year Grand Slam in 205 (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for the USTA)

SERENA GRAND SLAM #22: Wimbledon 2016

Serena Williams captured her 22nd grand slam title at Wimbledon, defeating Angelique Kerber 7-5 6-3 in the final. With that, Williams equalled Steffi Graf's Open Era record of the most major singles titles won - while her win over Kerber also avenged her shock loss to the German in the 2016 Australian Open final.

"It's been incredibly difficult not to think about it," Serena said of tying Graf's record. "I had a couple of tries this year and I lost to two incredible opponents - one of them being Angelique!

"But it makes the victory even sweeter, to know how hard I've worked for it."

Serena Williams hoists the Wimbledon crown for the seventh time. (JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

SERENA GRAND SLAM #23: Australian Open 2017

Serena Williams claimed her 23rd Grand Slam title at the 2017 Australian Open, moving to the top of the Open Era list in the process. Her victory was all the more remarkable when it emerged that she was eight weeks pregnant when she captured the title in Melbourne.

The great American barely gave any hint away, as she zoomed through the draw in straight sets, dismissing the in-form Johanna Konta in the quarter finals before seeing off sister, Venus in the final to complete a historic triumph.

Serena Williams with her record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam title. (PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)

With 23 Grand Slam titles, Serena now sits alone at the top of the list of most Grand Slam titles in the Open Era, one ahead of Steffi Graf, but she remains in second place on the all-time list, one major behind Margaret Court's 24.

A lot has happened in the life of Serena Williams since she her last Grand Slam triumph- she has had a baby, she has got married... Williams returned from maternity leave in January to compete at the Australian Open, and while she is yet to hit peak form, everyone in the draw will be wary of the legendary American as she goes for that record-equalling Grand Slam title at Roland Garros.

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