Serena Williams and Venus Williams are behemoths in the world of women’s tennis. We are in an era of women’s tennis where it looks almost impossible for a single player to dominate their competition for more than one or two years. Simply saying, the WTA scene has a major lack of consistency.
Every once in a while, a new star emerges but it is only a flash in the pan. However, it looks unimaginable now that there were two sisters who dominated the same sport for more than a decade. They demolished their competition individually, sharing a total of 30 grand slams as singles competitors.
However, their achievements as singles competitors often overshadow their impeccable doubles record. Just imagine that there are players who build entire careers out of being doubles players alone (think of Leander Paes or Daniel Nestor). In this article, we throw some light on the legendary doubles record of the Williams sisters.
Serena Williams and Venus Williams – Bonafide Legends of the Doubles Game
Serena and Venus have been playing doubles together off and on since 1997. Since then, they have dominated their competition. In fact, they have won a total of 22 titles together. Of this, 14 are grand slams. However, the buck doesn’t stop here. They have also won three Olympic gold medals competing together.
Their first major breakthrough came at the French Open of 1999 as they lifted their first grand slam trophy together. While Venus was just 18 at the time, Serena was even younger at 17. To put things into perspective, all of their doubles opponents at that grand slam have retired. These include players like Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport, and Mary Pierce.
They achieved another historic feat in the year 2000. This time, they won the Olympic gold in Sydney. Before this, the Wimbledon and US Open were already in the kitty. Things came full circle at the Australian Open of 2001. After claiming the title there, they not only completed a Career doubles grand slam, they also achieved a Career doubles golden slam.
More importantly, they became the first pair in history to win the Career doubles golden slam. The two sisters have added two more Olympic golds to their portfolio since. One at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the other at the 2012 London Olympics.
Beasts at the Grand Slams
The duo would go on to win four consecutive Grand Slam doubles titles from 2009 Wimbledon through 2010 Roland Garros, which would catapult them to co no 1 doubles players on June 7th, 2010. Two weeks later, on June 21st, 2010, Serena would hold the No. 1 singles ranking, and Venus would be right behind her at No. 2 in singles. Such was the height of their dominance.
Their total grand slams look like this –
They have a 125-14 win-loss record at grand slams. In fact, they have never lost in a grand slam final. Wimbledon is their favorite hunting ground. Their win-loss at the All England Club stands at a staggering 45-5.
Their dominant streak remains intact at the Australian Open. Here, they have a record of 36-4. Even if their record at the US Open and French Open pales in comparison, it is still pretty impressive. The total stands at 42-9.
Can we see them together in the future?
Both players are nearing their forties. Hence, chances are a little bleak. However, fans are holding out hope for a reunion at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. With these two, you can never say never. They will look to close out their careers with another major accolade that they can win together.
CONTROVERSY. Naomi Osaka’s boyfriend Cordae brags his relationship with the world no.2
Naomi Osaka has been dating her boyfriend Cordae for more than 2 years often sparking some controversy. Cordae is an up-and-coming American rapper that loves sending strong messages. Last year, on the occasion of the US Open, he was wildly criticized for showing the middle finger when taking some pictures with Naomi Osaka after she won the trophy. That looked extremely inappropriate also because he was stealing the scene of his girlfriend with that questionable gesture.
Cordae has just launched a song, “More Life”, boasting his relationship with Naomi using the following (strong) words: “My girl a tennis star, you niggas out here marrying hoes.”
According to the comments, many people didn’t really like this.
Cordae and Naomi Osaka are a power couple pic.twitter.com/o8PIpGLpfa
— brown (@BrownRapFan) April 22, 2021
Why Rafael Nadal only had one girlfriend in his life
ABC gave more details on Maria Francisca Perello, Rafael Nadal’s longtime girlfriend and future wife. Maria studied Administration and Direction of companies in the Balearic Islands University. She did not make people notice she was Nadal’s girlfriend.
Then she started working in the department of Communication in Palma de Mallorca. Then she worked in London for Mapfre, which is connected to Nadal. She is currently the director of social integration of the Rafa Nadal Foundation which is based in Barcelona and ran by Nadal’s mother Ana Maria Parera.
In 2013 the couple bought a €4 million worth chalet where they live. Maria understands the sacrifices that her future husband does to keep competing at the highest level. They started dating each other in 2005. She rarely speaks about their relationship.
In 2011, she told John Carlin, writer of Rafa: My Story book, explaining why Nadal often goes to the tournaments being alone: “Travelling around the world would not be good for me and him either. If I followed him everywhere, I think we could stop getting well each other.”
A close source to the couple told ABC: “She gave him his room to relax and not feel tense. When one like Nadal goes through so much pressure he needs to be calm.” In an interview to TODAY Serena Williams was asked her thoughts on her sister Venus as an auntie.
The 23-time Grand Slam winner praised what she considers her best friend. “She’s great. None of us grew up! We’re all just a bunch of kids having fun”, said Serena who became mother of a daughter called Olympia in September 2017.
I feel like things should have changed more,” said Serena, who added: “I feel like the older (Olympia) gets, the more I go back to being how I was. I don’t know if that’s normal, but that (pre-baby life) started coming back for me.”
Naomi Osaka Boyfriend: Tennis Star’s Rapper Boyfriend Didn’t Know She Played Tennis
Naomi Osaka boyfriend: Osaka’s boyfriend – Cordae – was unaware of her tennis fame until after they started dating in 2019 and attended the US Open.
In a few years, Naomi Osaka has made herself at home in everyone’s hearts. She has bagged four Grand Slam titles and is without a doubt one of the best tennis players in the world. Her boyfriend, however, remained unaware of her being a tennis star until after he started dating her.
Naomi Osaka boyfriend: Who is Naomi Osaka dating?
As of now, the 23-year-old tennis star is dating Cordae Amari Dunston – mostly known as Cordae. While Naomi Osaka Cordae have been dating for quite some time now, Cordae was not really aware of Osaka’s tennis fame. “It’s not my sport,” the Grammy-nominated artist said during an interview. “If you asked me about tennis, before being immersed in it because of Naomi, I could only give you Venus and Serena Williams, you know? Because they’re just a part of the culture.”
Later, the rapper even admitted that he felt out of place during the 2019 US Open. “I don’t know if I ever told Naomi this or not, but I felt really out of place. Like, that was my first time being in an environment like that in my entire life,” he said while talking to GQ. He added that it was his first tennis match, and he went to schools where the majority of the kids were Black. As a result, it was “weird” for him to be in that space.
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Cordae, a rapper, moved to LA after college for his career. He released mixtapes as a teenager, going by the name of “Entendre”. He worked on raps as a hobby till 2018, slowly gaining interest later. He was a TBN collective member and was “YBN Cordae” while with them. Last year, he was nominated for Best Rap Album at the Grammys.
Is Naomi Osaka in a relationship? How did Naomi Osaka meet Cordae?
The couple, per reports, met in 2019. They dated in secret for around a year, before going for a date at a LA Clippers game. “I just remember seeing that there were so many people who wanted to take a picture with him,” Osaka said about their first date. ” And I just thought it was really cool how friendly and welcoming he was with everyone”.
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Osaka also revealed that she has been on tour with Cordae, which was like a fun adventure for her. Since then, Osaka has been introduced to a lot of older music by Cordae, which she said was interesting about him, “He knows the whole catalogue of everyone,” she said. “I feel like the knowledge that he has about his craft and his passion is so much more vast than mine”.
It’s Naomi Osaka walking infront of her billboards while wearing Cordae’s record label @hilevel merch for me!! 🤩 pic.twitter.com/qkgXior7oN
— UnapologeticAyesha (@AyeshaAlerts) May 21, 2021
Cordae also spoke about them keeping their relationship private, and how they rarely post intimate moment which they consider sacred. “A relationship is really a sacred thing. Once you let outside influences get into it, it becomes less sacred”.