Serena Williams on Verge of Breaking Roger Federer’s Grand Slam Record at Australian Open 2021

Published 02/13/2021, 5:33 AM EST
Tennis – Yarra Valley Classic – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 3, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts during her match against Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova REUTERS/Loren Elliott


Serena Williams is one of the longest-serving players on the WTA Tour. She’s also the most revered, and the same can be said of the great Roger Federer.

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These veterans have been competing tirelessly for a number of years, and Serena is now on the verge of overtaking Federer in a major stat! 

Serena Williams vs Roger Federer: The race for Grand Slam victories 

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Serena Williams made her maiden Grand Slam appearance at the 1998 Australian Open, while Federer did it at the 1999 French Open. These two have been playing at the pinnacle of the tennis circuit ever since they broke out onto the scene, and their Grand Slam record is just staggering. 

Now almost everyone knows how successful Federer and Serena are when it comes to Majors. They’ve won a combined 43 titles, and their win/loss record is even more impressive. 

In 22 years of competing, Roger Federer has amassed a 362-59 record at Grand Slams, which speaks volumes about his dominance in the men’s game. Federer isn’t playing at the Australian Open 2021 and didn’t compete in two of the three Slams in 2020 as well. 

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 01: Serena Williams of the United States and Roger Federer of Switzerland take a selfie on court following their mixed doubles match during day four of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena on January 01, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

As a result of his absence, Serena Williams now has a chance to overtake the Swiss maestro’s winning record at Grand Slams.

Serena recently recorded her 360th victory with a win over Russia’s Anastasia Potapova in the third round of Australian Open 2021, and she’s hungry for more. 

Three more wins at the Happy Slam will guarantee Serena Williams a place at the semi-final as well as a spot over Roger Federer on the all-time Grand Slam wins list. Can she achieve the feat in Melbourne? 

Can Serena reign supreme at the Australian Open 2021?

Serena Williams has 7 Australian Open titles to her name, with the most recent one coming in 2017. It is also her last Grand Slam title to date, and the chances of her winning it in 2021 are quite strong. 

Serena is now sitting in the fourth round, and she’s yet to drop a set in the tournament. The 39-year-old has brought her aggressive game and not many can put up a fight when Serena is at her best. 

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Tennis – Yarra Valley Classic – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 1, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates winning her match against Australia’s Daria Gavrilova REUTERS/Loren Elliott

An 8th Australian Open crown is certainly within reach, but Serena would have to get past the Aryna Sabalenka test first. It will be a tough matchup for both athletes as these display a similar type of game on the court. 

Serena also has a tough draw this time around and will face either Iga Swiatek or Simona Halep in the quarters, if she manages to dispatch Sabalenka in the fourth round.

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It has been a good run by the 23-time champion so far, and the expectations of going all the way weigh heavy on her shoulders. Will she be able to mount a viable challenge to Roger Federer’s impeccable record?

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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