Williams then proceeded to win the next 4 games and defeated Azarenka.
is an American professional tennis player and former world No. The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) ranked her world No. On her sixth occasion, she held the ranking for 186 consecutive weeks, tying the record set by Steffi Graf. 1 for 319 weeks, which ranks third in the Open Era among female players behind Graf and Martina Navratilova.
1 in singles on eight separate occasions between 20. Williams holds the most Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles combined among active players.
Braasch beat both Williams sisters, playing a single set against each. Williams lost in the third round of the 1999 Australian Open to Sandrine Testud.
A month later, Williams won her first professional singles title when she defeated Amélie Mauresmo in the final of the Open Gaz de France in Paris.
Her total of 23 Grand Slam singles titles marks the record for the most Grand Slam tournament wins in the Open Era She has won an all-time record of 13 Grand Slam singles titles on hard court.
Williams holds the Open Era record for most titles won at the Australian Open (7) and shares the Open Era record for most titles won at the US Open with Chris Evert (6).
She is also the most recent player to have won a Grand Slam title on each surface (hard, clay and grass) in one calendar year (2015).
She is also, together with her sister Venus, the most recent player to have held all four Grand Slam women's doubles titles simultaneously (2009–10).
Experiences of racism also drove this experience, as Richard Williams had heard white parents talk about the Williams sisters in a derogatory manner during tournaments.
In 1995, when Williams was in the ninth grade, her father pulled his daughters out of Macci's academy and, from then on, took over all coaching at their home.
She consistently projects great pace and placement with her serves; in the 2013 Australian Open, she had a peak serve speed of 128.6 mph (207.0 km/h) which is the third fastest all-time among female players (only Venus's 129 At the 2012 Championships at Wimbledon, she hit a women's tournament record of 102 aces, which was more than any of the men hit during the two weeks, a rarity given that aces are more common in the men's game.