What a year it was for the World No.1 player. After suffering through much of 2011, with various health concerns, Serena began her comeback in 2012 and was full blast by 2013..to say the least. Serena boasted a 78-4 record in 2013, the most she’s ever played, and personal best 11 WTA titles on the season.
Serena’s Fun-Facts 2013:
- February 18, 2013 – At age 31, becomes the oldest female tennis player to be ranked number 1 since computer rankings began in 1975. This is the sixth time in her career to be ranked number one.
- September 8, 2013 – Beats Victoria Azarenka to retain her U.S. Open title. At 31, Williams is the oldest female winner of the hard court Grand Slam in the Open era.
- Serena’s 78 wins in 2013 are 20 more than she had in any other season.
At 32 years old, Serena is doing what no other tennis player has done…win major titles. Steffi Graf won one Grand Slam after turning 28 and retired almost immediately after turning 30. Chris Evert didn’t win a Slam after turning 31. Even the greatest older tennis player in women’s history, Martina Navratilova, could only tally two Grand Slams at 30, plus a career-capping Wimbledon title at 33.