Tennis without Venus and Serena Williams is hard to imagine. The two sisters began their professional careers in 1994 and 1999 respectively, winning many majors and having a lasting impact on the sport.
But as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end.
Serena announced in August that her gaming career was coming to an end in a first-person essay on Vogue.com. She didn’t use the word “retirement,” opting instead for “evolution” when describing her possible exit from professional tennis. She said her desire to increase her family was a reason to leave and suggested the 2022 US Open could be her last tournament.
However, Venus hasn’t revealed much about her tennis future. After losing to Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck in the first round of the US Open, Venus said in a post-match press conference that she is “only focused on the doubles” where she will play with Serena.
On Thursday (7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN), the Williams sisters will face Linda Noskova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic in the first round of the doubles tournament. It’s the first doubles night session at Arthur Ashe since Mike and Bob Bryan defeated Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray in the men’s doubles quarterfinals in 2013. It is also the first night session in women’s doubles since the Williams sisters lost to Nadia Petrova and Maria Kirilenko there in the third round in 2012.
If Serena and Venus lose, it could be the last doubles they play together professionally. Regardless of the outcome, the Williams sisters’ legacies as tennis legends stand firm. And we have the stats to prove it.
Here are some numbers behind Venus and Serena’s Hall of Fame worthy careers:
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14: Competing at the 2022 US Open, Venus and Serena have won 14 women’s doubles Grand Slams as partners. The only duo with more in the Open Era are Pam Shriver and Martina Navratilova (20). There’s a chance for the Williams sisters to add another double Grand Slam with a win at this year’s US Open.
3: The Williams sisters have won three Olympic gold medals as teammates in doubles (Sydney 2000, Beijing 2008, London 2012).
2002: After the 2002 French Open, where Serena defeated Venus 7-5, 6-3, the sisters were ranked 1st and 2nd in the WTA rankings. It was the first time in WTA history that sisters took the top two spots. Serena ended the year as No. 1 and Venus as No. 2.
136.930.533: As of Thursday, the Williams sisters have earned a total of $136,930,533 in career prize money. Serena received $94,618,080 and Venus received $42,312,453.
31: Serena and Venus faced each other 31 times in singles matches. Serena has the advantage with a 19-12 record. Nine of those games were in a Grand Slam final. Serena comes out on top again with a 7-2 record.
23: Competing at the 2022 US Open, Serena has won 23 Grand Slam singles championships. That’s the highest by any player in the Open Era (since 1968) and the second-highest of all time. Margaret Court is first at 24.
Serena could tie Court’s record if she wins the US Open. She has won the tournament six times.
367 and 73: Serena has won 367 major matches, the most by a woman in tennis history. She has also won 73 career singles titles, the fifth most among women in the Open Era.
4: Winning all four Grand Slam events in tennis is no easy feat, let alone back-to-back. But Serena proved otherwise. She has won four consecutive majors twice in her career (2002-03 and 2014-15). Steffi Graf is the only other tennis player to have accomplished this feat.
Four is also the number of Olympic medals Serena has won, all gold. She earned her hardware in doubles at the 2000 games, in singles and doubles at the 2008 games, and in doubles at the 2012 games.
30: Serena’s dominance after 30 years is a testament to her longevity and skill. These are some notable achievements Williams has achieved since she was 30:
She has won 10 Grand Slams, seven more than any other woman in the Open Era.
Williams won the 2017 Australian Open at the age of 35 years and 124 days, becoming the oldest woman to win a title in the Open Era. She didn’t drop a set throughout the event and played with her daughter Olympia while she was pregnant. After her win at the Australian Open in 2017, Serena was ranked No. 1 in the WTA rankings, becoming the oldest person to hold the top spot.
319: How dominant is Serena? During her career, she spent 319 weeks as the ATP or WTA No. 1 player. To put this in perspective, only four other players have spent more than 300 weeks as the ATP or WTA No. 1 player (Graf, Navratilova , Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer).
186: Serena spent 186 consecutive weeks as the WTA’s No. 1 player from February 2013 to September 2016. This is the longest streak at No. 1 since the inception of the WTA rankings (1975).
91: With a wildcard entry at this year’s US Open, Venus has appeared in 91 major singles tournaments. That’s the most of any player in the Open Era.
7: Venus is a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion and trails her sister in most active players. It is also the eighth place among women tennis players in the Open Era.
2/25/2002: On this day, Venus reached No. 1 in the WTA rankings and spent 11 weeks there. She was the first black man or woman to rank first since the ATP (1973) and WTA (1975) rankings began.
1: Opponents shouldn’t doubt Venus, even if she’s a double-digit seed. She is the only woman in the Open Era to have won multiple Grand Slam singles titles as a double-digit seed. Venus won Wimbledon in 2005 as number 14 and 2007 as number 23.
5: Wimbledon treated Venus well. She has won the tournament five times, fourth most among women in the Open Era. She is behind Navratilova (9), Serena (7) and Graf (7).
Venus is also a five-time Olympic medalist. She won gold in singles and doubles at the 2000 Games, doubles at the 2008 Games and doubles at the 2012 Games. Venus also won silver in mixed doubles at the 2016 Games. Her five medals are the most by any female tennis player, with Kathleen McKane Godfree.
ESPN stats and information contributed to this story
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