WOW! Serena Williams Becomes the Oldest Active Player to Reach a Grand Slam Semifinal

Published 02/16/2021, 6:00 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 14, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts during her fourth round match against Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


The 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams took on the 2-time Grand Slam winner Simona Halep in the quarterfinal of the Australian Open today.

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The American superstar triumphed over her opponent in 81 minutes, winning the match 6-3, 6-3 in straight sets. Williams is now 2 matches away from claiming her 24th Major title. 

After winning her match today, Serena Williams became the second-oldest player to reach a semifinal of a Grand Slam event, only trailing behind the great Billie Jean King.

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Williams achieved this feat today, at 39 years and 143 days old, whereas Billie Jean King reached the semifinal at Wimbledon at 39 years and 208 days old. 

Serena Williams of USA shares a joke with Billie Jean King after her win over Simona Halep of Romania in the final during day seven of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals tennis at the Singapore Sports Hub on October 26, 2014 in Singapore. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Serena Williams achieves another milestone at the Australian Open 2021

However, this makes Serena the oldest amongst the active players on Tour to achieve this milestone. After winning her match today, the 39-year-old earned yet another landmark, she managed to reach a semifinal of a Grand Slam event for 22 years in a row. From the year 1999-2021, the American superstar has been a constant force in the game. 

Reflecting on her performance at the Australian Open 2021 so far, Serena has played a consistent tournament. Besides her fourth-round match against Aryna Sabalenka, Williams won all her matches in straight sets. 

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 16, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her quarter final match against Romania’s Simona Halep REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

In the semifinal, the American legend will be up against another great force in the women’s game, Naomi Osaka. They have played each other on four occasions, with each of them winning two matches. All their matches have been played on hard courts.

The most recent one was at the exhibition event ‘A Day at the Drive’ in Adelaide where Serena overcame the Japanese starlet. The last time Serena won a Major was at the Australian Open 2017, whereas Osaka won her first Australian Open title in 2019. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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