Serena Williams, who pursues at the Australian Open the possibility of equaling the absolute record for Grand Slam titles, held by Australian Margaret Court with 24, already has tied another historical record related to the majors: that of victories. With his triumph over Simona Halep, the American reached 362 and rose to the first place of all time together with Roger Federer, absent this year in Melbourne.
Serena will be able to surpass the mark that the Swiss soloist had until now if she defeats the Japanese Naomi Osaka this Thursday in the semifinals of the women's team. Williams and Federer have behind, still far but on the prowl, Novak Djokovic, who has raised his figure to 306 victories these days and has put himself at the level of the legendary Martina Navratilova.
Most Grand Slams wins
|1.||Serena Williams (USA)||362|
|-.||Roger Federer (Sui)||362|
|3.||Novak Djokovic (Ser)||306|
|-.||Martina Navratilova (Rch / USA)||306|
|5.||Chris Evert (USA)||299|
|6.||Rafael Nadal (Esp)||289|
|7.||Steffi Graf (Ale)||278|
|8.||Venus Williams (USA)||270|
|9.||Jimmy Connors (USA)||233|
|10.||Andre Agassi (USA)||224|
|eleven.||Ivan Lendl (Rch / USA)||222|
|12.||Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (Esp)||210|
In bold, active players.
Rafa Nadal has 289 and the other player who remains active within the top-10 of wins in major events is Venus Williams, who left her locker at 270 after beating Belgian Kirsten Flipkens in the first round a few days ago. In the twelfth position of that illustrious list is another Spanish, the great Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, who won 210 matches in Grand Slams during her successful career.
Claiming your greatness
During the match between Serena Williams and Halep on Tuesday, it was seen in the box of the American that both her husband, Alexis Ohanian, like another member of his team, wore Nike t-shirts with the silhouette of the multi-champion and the phrase Greatest Female Athlete (The greatest female athlete), but with the second word crossed out. A clear claim to the role and significance of the 39-year-old player in the history of tennis and world sport. One wonders if Nike would have made this garment if Federer continued on their payroll.