The month of February holds true to many highly anticipated events in the world of sports. The NFL playoff picture becomes much clearer with the winners of the respective conferences moving on to competing in the Super Bowl. The NBA begins to prep for the All-Star Game for February pushing the marquee players for the selection process. In NCAA basketball teams prepare for the push towards March Madness. And in tennis, the first Grand Slam of four is played in Australia. Of all the aforementioned, tennis took center stage with Serena Williams winning her 23rd Slam breaking the open-era record of 22 held by Steffi Graf.
Once considered “arguably” the greatest women’s tennis player of all time, Serena was able to affirm without question, that she is undoubted the greatest. Of course, there will always be pundits that will state Margaret Court’s 24 win’s from 1960 to 1973 places her at the helm. However, many of those wins were prior to the open era of the game when professional players could not compete in the Slam events. Also, the level of athleticism seen in the game now versus then cannot be compared. And today, even Ms. Court advocates that Serena will soon win number 24, tying her, and will eventually own the record outright. Williams dominate display in the final, against her sister Venus, left anyone in doubt about Margaret Court’s prediction.
There are three more Grand Slam events left for Serena to play in 2017. The French Open which she has won three times, Wimbledon where she has seven titles, and the U.S. Open which Serena has won twice. Given the scenario of this year, she very well could own 26 Slams by year’s end. One of Serena’s early mentor’s, Billy Jean King, has a motivating statement of: “Go For It” which could not be more apropos today.
Well done Serena—game, set, match.