American Serena Williams rose to prominence in the late 1990s winning her first Grand Slam at the US Open of 1999 aged just 17. Since then, Serena Williams has been an evergreen force on the Women's Tour. Blessed with an athletic frame, Serena has used her strength to dominate the game with her powerful serves and groundstrokes.
Serena became World Number 1 for the first time in July 2002 and since then, she has been ranked as the World Number 1 player eight times including an all-time record of 186 consecutive weeks between February 2013 and September 2016 (tying the record held by Steffi Graf).
At the age of 37, Serena's hunger for success still is as strong as ever and the 'WTA Comeback Player of the Year' Award in 2018 is proof of that. Serena Williams will be looking to become the oldest Grand Slam winner in the Open Era come 2019 as she continues in her quest to overtake the all-time Grand Slam tally of Margaret Court.
We take a look at five amazing records set by Serena Williams which are most likely never to be matched or broken.
#5 Years between losing consecutive matches
Serena Williams has been ranked WTA number one in ten different years of her professional career ( 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017). That ties her with Steffi Graf on the all-time charts. No other woman across Eras has matched this record.
In 2009, Serena Williams lost four back-to-back matches at the Key Biscayne Premier Mandatory Open, Andalucia Tennis Open, Madrid Open and the Italian Open. For the next eight years, she didn't lose another couple of back-to-back matches. That streak ended in 2018 at the Miami Open.