‘Dominant Greatness’: Serena Williams Leads Naomi Osaka and Others in Incredible Grand Slam Stat

Published 02/07/2021, 5:00 AM EST
Tennis – A Day at the Drive Exhibition – Memorial Drive Tennis Club, Adelaide, Australia – January 29, 2021 Japan’s Naomi Osaka with Serena Williams of the U.S. at A Day at The Drive REUTERS/Morgan Sette


The days are about to get better for tennis fans as the Australian Open starts tomorrow. It is also the tournament that can bring the American tennis queen Serena Williams her much-awaited #24.

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However, before we go into the tournament, an exhilarating stat has surfaced that shows us who among the active women tennis players has the best winning percentage in the first round of the Slams.

Indisputably, with a career spanning over two decades and being World No.1 for 319 weeks, Serena Williams tops the list. She has garnered 75 wins in 76 first-round Majors matches, which gets her a .973 winning percentage. Her only loss came against France’s Virginie Razzano at the 2021 French Open.

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Given the stat, the 23-time Grand Slam champion will most likely steer past Germany’s Laura Siegemund in the first round tomorrow.

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Naomi Osaka trails Serena Williams in this Grand Slam stat

Behind Serena, Japanese World No.3, Naomi Osaka, has taken the seat. Being a 23-year-old, it is an incredible feat for her to be so high up on the list. However, it is unlikely for any player to cross the American in this particular stat.

Naomi Osaka of Japan cries after winning the Women’s Singles finals match alongside runner up Serena Williams of the United States on Day Thirteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018, in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Winning 15 first-round matches out of 17 played, Osaka has generated a winning percentage of .882. She would like to add more wins in this without losing any further in her career. But looking at the draw, it is clear that she faces the toughest path ahead. For starters, the former World No.1 will face six-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the first round.

Following Osaka, Madison Keys and Garbine Muguruza fill spots three and four with .875 and .838, respectively. While the American stands at 28-4, the Spaniard has won 26 against 5.

The list also includes Venus Williams, Victoria Azarenka, and Vera Zvonareva, all close to one another. They all will begin their campaign for the Australian Open 2021 title tomorrow.

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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

The 39-year-old American tennis great has a room-full of stats to her name. But it is the 24 Grand Slam title that she is passionate to win. In doing so, she will equal Margaret Court’s record and cement her place as the greatest.

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Considering her performance in the lead-up tournament, Yarra Valley Classic, she looks ready to win the Major. Her only threat will be staying fit throughout the tournament.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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