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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Doesn’t get much better than this: Serena Williams ROCKS!

Champion
Serena Williams
Chris Oddo pens a true champion’s “Impossibly Good” season
Editing, end comment by
Carolyn Bennett

With her title in Istanbul (Turkey) ─ winning the WTA Championships for a fourth time ─ SERENA Williams crowns a remarkable season: 57 titles, exceeding Monica Seles’ 53, Lindsay Davenport’s 55 and Virginia Wade’s 55 on the WTA’s all-time title list.

Serena at Istanbul
Serena’s milestones 
(2013 records)

New Prize Money Record: $12,385,572 in prize money finishing season, $4 million above the previous record; only 26 players, according to the WTA, have earned $10.8 million in their whole careers. Williams beat that by $1.5 million in one season!

Grand Slam Title 16th and 17th: Serena ties Roger Federer and is one Slam away from Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert.

Career Most Matches Played (record): Williams played more than 80 matches for the first time (year she turned 32) in her career.

Oldest Player to Hold No. 1 Ranking: Serena Williams took over the WTA’s top spot again on February 17, becoming the oldest player in WTA history to do so.

On court at Istanbul, Turkey
Career Best Titles: Sunday in Istanbul, Serena Williams achieved her 11th title; she is the 10th player in Open Era WTA history to have won 10 or more.

Largest Single Prize Money Purse earned in Tennis History:  Williams’ $3.6 million payout at this year’s U.S. Open is the largest in tennis history (ties Rafael Nadal).

Career Best Winning Streak: Williams reached 34 consecutive wins before falling to Sabine Lisicki at Wimbledon.

600-Win Plateau reached: Williams won her 600th career match at Wimbledon this year; one of two active players to have won as many; Venus Williams, Serena’s sister, is the other.

Career Best Winning Percentage achieved: Serena Williams finished the 2013 season at 78-4, a winning percentage of .951, which is good for ninth all-time among WTA players.

Seventh on the All-Time Title List achieved

Serena's Serve/return of serve
Serena

Serena Williams is “known for her serve.” By most if not all accounts, she is the best server in history of women’s tennis
Serena Williams’ masterful return of serve in 2013 enabled her to keep potential rivals at bay
Serena Williams, Return, 2008-2013

For the first time since 2008 (the WTA began compiling year-end statistics in 2008), Williams is in the top three of all return categories.
It is the first time that the 17-time Grand Slam champion has been in the top 10 of all four categories (points won against first serve, points won against second serve, break points converted and return games won).
YEAR
1ST SERVE RETURN
RANK / %
2ND SERVE RETURN
RANK / %
BP % CONVERTED
RANK / %
% RETURN GMS WON
RANK / %
2013
2nd / 44.7
3rd / 61.6
3rd / 54.1
2nd / 53.9
2012
5th / 42.4
5th / 59.8
NOT TOP 10
6th / 46.8
2011
NOT TOP 10
NOT TOP 10
NOT TOP 10
NOT TOP 10
2010
NOT TOP 10
NOT TOP 10
NOT TOP 10
NOT TOP 10
2009
NOT TOP 10
NOT TOP 10
NOT TOP 10
NOT TOP 10
2008
NOT TOP 10
NOT TOP 10
NOT TOP 10
NOT TOP 10


2013 marks the first time that Williams has won more 50 percent of her return games in a season since the WTA began compiling numbers.
Serena
In 2013, five different players won more than 50 percent of their return games for the first time. Prior to 2012, there are no records of anybody winning more than half of their return games over the course of a season. In 2012, two players (Victoria Azarenka and Sara Errani) won more than half their return games.

Winning 50 percent of return games, since 2008
YEAR/ PLAYER
% RETURN GAMES WON
MATCHES PLAYED
2013 / AZARENKA
54.8
52
2013 / S. WILLIAMS
53.9
82
2013 / ERRANI
50.4
67
2013 / MEUSBURGER
50.2
27
2013 / HALEP
50.1
62
2012 / AZARENKA
52.5
78
2012 / ERRANI
51.2
72

Champion
Billie Jean King

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Billie Jean King
ennis great Billie Jean King founded the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) in 1973. It is the principal organizing body of women’s professional tennis. It governs the WTA Tour which is the worldwide professional tennis tour for women. The WTA’s corporate headquarters is in St. Petersburg, Florida; the European headquarters in London, the Asia-Pacific headquarters in Beijing.
Billie Jean King
 
It doesn’t get much better than this.


Sources and notes

By Chris Oddo/ Sunday, October 27, 2013: http://www.tennisnow.com/News/Statisfaction-10-Mindblowing-Stats-about-Serena-Wi.aspx
See more at: http://www.tennisnow.com/News/10-Mindblowing-Stats-About-Serena-Williams-Impossi.aspx#sthash.MBrSkxzp.dpuf

“Serena Williams’ Returns: Vastly Improved STATS (satisfaction) 2013” by Chris Oddo / Thursday, October 31, 2013, http://www.tennisnow.com/News/Statisfaction-Serena-Williams-Return-Was-Vastly-Im.aspx
See more at: http://www.tennisnow.com/News/Statisfaction-Serena-Williams-Return-Was-Vastly-Im.aspx#sthash.5eyhuTml.dpuf

ALSO:
http://www.wtachampionships.com/page/WelcomeWTA
http://www.wtachampionships.com/
http://www.wtachampionships.com/articles/20131027/finals-gallery_2267567_3513765?imageNo=19#picture

WTA brief from Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women's_Tennis_Association

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