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One match from history: What's on the line for Serena Williams in the US Open final?

Hannah Wilks in WTA Tour 7 Sep 2019
  • Serena Williams can break multiple records by winning the US Open final
  • Williams faces Bianca Andreescu in the final of the 2019 US Open
History is on the line for Serena Williams in Saturday's US Open final (PA Sports)

What's on the line for Serena Williams in Saturday's US Open final?


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Serena Williams will face Bianca Andreescu in the women's singles final of the 2019 US Open on Saturday - and it could be a historic event.

While 19-year-old Andreescu is trying to make personal history by winning her first major title, and national history by becoming Canada's first singles champion at a Grand Slam in the Open Era, for Williams there is much more on the line.

Here are just some of the things Williams will achieve, should she win the 2019 US Open.

Greatest US Open champion ever?


Williams comes into Saturday's singles final tied with Chris Evert for the most US Open singles titles in the Open Era.

Should she win the title she will be the most successful female player at the US Open in the Open Era - and will only be one behind Molla Bjurstedt Mallory, who won the US Open eight times between 1915 and 1926.


Most US Open titles in the Open Era

PlayerNo. of titlesYears won
Chris Evert61975-8, 1980, 1982
Serena Williams61999, 2002, 2008, 2012-14
Steffi Graf51988-9, 1993, 1995-6
Martina Navratilova41983-4, 1986-7
Billie Jean King31971-2, 1974
Margaret Court31969-70, 1973
Kim Clijsters32005, 2009-10
Venus Williams22000-1
Justine Henin22003, 2007
Monica Seles21991-2
Tracy Austin21979, 1981


Williams is also currently tied with Chris Evert on 101 US Open match wins. They are the only two women to have won more than 100 matches at the US Open. 

Williams will become the all-time record holder for US Open match wins if she wins on Saturday.

Most match wins at the US Open

StandingPlayerNo. of matches won
1Chris Evert101
-Serena Williams101
3Martina Navratilova89
4Venus Williams79
5Steffi Grafd73
6Lindsay Davenport62
7Arantxa Sanchez Vicario56
8Monica Seles53
9Gabriela Sabatini51
10Zina Garrison47


By reaching her tenth US Open final in 2019, Williams has already broken the record for most finals reached, breaking a tie with Chris Evert.


Most singles finals reached at the US Open

StandingPlayerFinals reached
1Serena Williams10
2Chris Evert9
3Martina Navratilova8
-Steffi Graf8
5Billie Jean King4
-Evonne Goolagong Cawley4
-Kim Clijsters4
-Venus Williams4
-Monica Seles4


Even if she loses the final, Williams will tie Martina Navratilova and Evonne Goolagong Cawley for most US Open runner-up finishes, with four - although that is unlikely to prove much consolation.

That elusive 24th title


You may have heard a lot of discussion about Williams winning her 24th major title - not just in the build-up to this final, but in the three she's played over the past year and a bit.

Williams already holds the record for most major titles in the Open Era, having surpassed Steffi Graf's record of 22 major titles when she won the 2017 Australian Open.

The truth is that this record is mainly cosmetic, because 13 of Court's 24 titles came before the Open Era began - when tennis was not a professional sport, and when the level of competition was, not to put too fine a point on it, uneven. Even when the Open Era began, many players did not opt to play the Australian Open (at which four of Court's Open Era titles came) because of the travel involved.

Nevertheless, it will hold significance for Williams, not least because the 24th major title has now slipped through her fingers three times.

Players in bold are those who have won all their major titles in the Open Era.

Most women's Grand Slam singles titles (all time)

StandingPlayerAmateur eraOpen EraTotal
1Margaret Court131124
2Serena Williams-2323
3Steffi Graf-2222
4Helen Wills Moody19-19
5Chris Evert-1818
-Martina Navratilova-1818
7Billie Jean King4812
8Mauren Connolly9-9
-Monica Seles-99
10Suzanne Lenglen8-8
-Molla Bjurstedt Mallory8-8
12Dorothea Lambert Chambers7-7
-Maria Bueno7-7
-Evonne Goolagong Cawley-77
-Justine Henin-77
-Venus Williams-77
17Blanche Bingley Hillyard6-6
-Margaret Osborne6-6
-Nancy Wynne Bolton6-6
-Louise Brough6-6
-Doris Hart6-6
22Lottie Dod5-5
-Charlotte Cooper Sterry5-5
-Daphne Akhurst5-5
-Helen Jacobs5-5
-Alice Marble5-5
-Pauline Betz5-5
-Althea Gibson5-5
-Martina Hingis-55
-Maria Sharapova-55


 

First major as a mother


Williams would be far from the first woman to win a major title as a mother, should she triumph over Andreescu on Saturday.

But it would be Williams's first title since giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. on 1 September 2017.

I don't think it's unreasonable to suggest that this would mean a tremendous amount to Williams, who said after losing the Wimbledon final to Angelique Kerber in 2018 that she was trying to do it for 'all the moms'. 

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Serena Williams faces Bianca Andreescu in the final of the 2019 US Open on Saturday 7 September at 4pm local/9pm BST.


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