Almost from the moment she turned pro, Serena Williams has been writing her name into tennis' history books.
Ann Odong

11 Jul 2016 - 8:30 AM  UPDATED 11 Jul 2016 - 10:16 AM

When Serena Williams announced her arrival in women's tennis almost two decades ago, her father Richard predicted that she would be one of the greatest players of all time.  He was laughed at then but this weekend his prediction came to fruition.  

Along the way Serena Williams' has had some big moments and created magical memories.  

1.  Chick with the braids (1999)

While older sister Venus had made the final of the US Open in 1998, it was younger sister Serena who beat her in capturing the family's first grand slam title.  At just 17 years old, the beaded Williams defeated then number 1 seed Martina Hingis 6-3, 7-6 (4) to claim her first grand slam title.  In doing so, she became the first African-American woman in over 40 years to win the US Open.


2. Serena Slam (2003)

At the back end of 2002 and early 2003, Williams went on a tear.  After starting 2002 slowly, she went on to win the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open before completing the "Serena Slam" by defeating sister Venus 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-4 in the Australian Open final.  Williams was the first women since Steffi Graf in 1988 to hold all four grand slams at the same time but the moments were bittersweet as she defeated Venus in each of those four finals. In that time period, she also won the Wimbledon and Australian Open doubles titles with Venus.  


3.  Serena surges back (2007)

The back end of 2005 and all of 2006 were lean years for Williams as she struggled with knee injuries, depression and the loss of a sister.  Out of shape and out of the limelight, Williams' ranking dropped out of the top 100 before rising again to 81 heading into the 2007 Australian Open.  Unseeded, Williams had to do things the hard way.  Running through the draw, Williams capped off a remarkable run by crushing Maria Sharapova in the final 6-1, 6-2 to become the first unseeded player to win the Australian Open since 1978.


4. The Queens joins the King (2010)

A student of history, Williams has often spoken about her respect and admiration for tennis legend Billie Jean King.  In 2010, she continued her love affair with the Australian Open when she defeated Justine Henin 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 to join King on 12 grand slam titles.  To continue the historical theme, Australian legend Margaret Court, who is the all time grand slam titles record holder, presented the trophy to Williams.  


5. Golden Slam (2012)

Not only did Williams complete the second "Serena Slam" of her career, she went on to win gold at the London 2012 Olympics.  Once again it was rival Maria Sharapova who was demolished 6-0, 6-1 in the gold medal match with Williams celebrating with a centre court dance.  

It was double the celebration for the Williams family as the sisters again teamed up to claim gold for the United States in the doubles. It was the first time a player held all four grand slam titles, the Olympic singles gold medal and the Olympic doubles gold medal at the same time.  


6.  Still she rises

Then there is the moment on the weekend.  With a seventh Wimbledon title, Williams joined another great of the game Steffi Graf on 22 grand slam titles, the second most in women's tennis.  After making all three grand slam finals this year, it may not be long before she is challenging Margaret Court (24 titles) for the grand slam singles record. History is there for the taking and it would be brave person to bet against a player who has continually re-written history. 


Serena Williams is feeling 22
Serena Williams joined Steffi Graf on 22 grand slam wins