With her debut at the WTA 1000 in Rome, Serena Williams hit an incredible record. The second-round match against Nadia Podoroska was nothing less than her 1,000th game as a professional tennis player. From one hundred to one hundred, a review of their round matches.
WTA debut – Moscow 1997: After three classifications that she could not overcome, the first step came for the youngest of the Williams. His debut in the main draw of Russia was against Kimberly Po-Messerli, 22 of the world, and fell in two sets. Serena was 448th in the WTA ranking at that time and was 16 years old.
Match 100 – Grand Slam Cup 1999: In Munich he only needed 53 minutes to defeat Arantxa Sánchez Vicario in an ITF tournament that brought together the eight best Grand Slam players of the year. In her senior year it was Serena’s first destination after capturing her first major title at the US Open over Martina Hingis in her 99th match.
Game 200 – Scottsdale 2002: A storied matchup with Jennifer Capriati who won four of her first five matches in 2000-01, then Williams won the next eight. In the second of those eight, the final of the tournament crossed her with her compatriot. It was Serena’s 12th professional tournament.
Match 300 – Miami 2004: Serena’s return to action after eight months of inactivity due to knee surgery that would initially set her aside for eight weeks took place after the consecration at Wimbledon 2003. In the semifinals, against the Greek Danilidou (in the best tournament of her career) , had a double 6-4 success for a tournament that would end up winning after beating Elena Dementieva in the grand final.
Game 400 – Miami 2007: In the round of 16 Serena had no mercy on Maria Sharapova, who was number 1 in the world at the time, and whom she beat 6-1 and 6-1. Towards the end of that week Williams smiled once again at Key Biscayne lifting the title against Justine Henin in the final.
500 match – Dubai 2009: In February 2009, Serena was back on top of the world. I had won the last two majors at the 2008 US Open and 2009 Australian Open. Zheng Jie had become the first Chinese Grand Slam semi-finalist at Wimbledon the previous year and had broken into the Top 20 in February 2009. The third round in The United Arab Emirates saw a comfortable straight-sets victory from Williams.
Match 600 – US Open 2011: After a year inactive due to a home accident in 2010 that resulted in a bruise and pulmonary embolism, Venus’ younger sister returned on the turf tour without much success but then managed to accumulate 18 consecutive victories on the North American cement tour. . Without losing a single set, he stood in the final of the US Open 2011 and it was defeat vs. Samantha Stosur.
Match 700 – Rome 2013: Serena hit a 28-game winning streak on clay in Rome (eventually reaching 32) and lost just 16 games in five matches to lift a title she hadn’t won since 2002. Victoria Azarenka, who regained world number one in February of that year, he was defeated in the final.
Match 800 – WTA Finals 2014: In her debut in the tournament, she defeated Ana Ivanovic by a double 6-4. Despite a curious loss to Simona Halep in the second match, she managed to qualify for the semifinals to finally reap her fifth title in the WTA Finals, taking revenge against the Romanian in the grand final.
Match 900 – US Open 2016: For the second round he beat Vania King, a local tennis player invited by the organization. This second-round result allowed her to tie Martina Navratilova’s record of 306 Grand Slam victories, one she immediately surpassed as she reached the semis where she fell to Czech Karolina Pliskova.
Match 1000 – Rome 2021: The longest span of a hundred games was this. Between pregnancy, maternity, injuries and a pandemic, Serena Williams considerably reduced her load of hours on the court and therefore of matches. Months after his 40th birthday, he faced and lost to Argentine sensation Nadia Podoroska, the current semi-finalist at Roland Garros, in his debut at the Italian tournament.