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Added February 16th, 2015 by Ian

Why tennis player Serena Williams dominates her sport

American female tennis player Serena Williams recently won the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year and many sports experts now consider her to be the world’s most dominant athlete. When fans check out her statistics it might be hard to argue against that statement. Let’s take a look at her numbers.

Williams has managed to win 23 out of her last 24 matches against top-10 ranked players. This means the other nine top female players have managed to beat her just a combined 4.1 per cent of the time over those contests. The only woman to beat her was Simona Halep at the WTA Finals last year. However, Williams still managed to win the event. In the men’s division, Australian Open winner and top-ranked Novak Djokovic has gone 21-3 against top-10 ranked players in his past 24 matches.

Williams has now won her past 11 tournament final matches, so if she makes a final there’s a great chance that she’s going to win it. The last time she lost in a tournament final was in 2013 to Victoria Azarenka in Cincinnati. Since then she’s on an 11-0 run and in her past 28 final matches she’s an incredible 26-2. On the men’s side, Djokovic is 20-8 in his past 28 finals.

When it comes to Grand Slam crowns, Williams has racked up 19 of them while the rest of the WTA has won 21 combined. Her sister Venus Williams has won seven of those 21 with Maria Sharapova winning five of them. Azarenka, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Petra Kvitova have captured two each while Samantha Stosur, Francesca Schiavone and Ana Ivanovic, each have one.

As far as the Grand Slams go, Williams has won one out of every three she’s competed in. When winning the first set of a Grand Slam final she’s gone 17-0 and has only had to go three sets just six times. She is just the second tennis player to win three different Grand Slam tournaments at least five times with the other being Steffi Graf. Williams has also won each Grand Slam event a minimum of two times. She’s won six Australian Opens, five Wimbledon crowns, and half a dozen U.S. Opens and a pair of French Opens.

Williams has been the number-one ranked tennis player in the WTA for over 104 weeks now, which is a two-year stretch. However, in the past she’s finished a year with a pair of Grand Slams and wasn’t given the top ranking. She could soon pass Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova for the most consecutive weeks ranked at number one. Evert reigned for 113 straight weeks while Navratilova held the spot for 156.

 
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