“Important For My Career”: Serena Williams Reveals How Olympia and a Slam Match Were Her Biggest Wins

Published 08/20/2021, 12:11 PM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 16, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates winning her quarter final match against Romania’s Simona Halep REUTERS/Loren Elliott


The great Serena Williams has had one of the most decorated careers in the world of tennis. Playing for two decades now, her tennis journey has been filled with highs and lows. For someone who has won 23 Grand Slam titles, she’s bound to have experienced some euphoric moments. But which in particular does Serena rate as her favorite on-court and off-court moments? Find out.

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The queen of Tennis has overcome numerous hurdles on her path to glory. Along with sister Venus, she has set the benchmark for sporting aspirants. Combining for a total of 30 majors, it is only natural that they fondly cherish some life-changing experiences in their careers. In a recent conversation with her elder sister, the former World No.1 Serena revealed her favorite memories on the court as well as off of it.

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What does Serena Williams consider her best moments?

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One of her title wins? A particular match? Her marriage? The birth of her adorable child? Serena Williams’ career has been overloaded with so many glorious pit stops. And on the ‘Wellness With Venus’ program on YouTube, the American spoke about the two incidents that she places above the rest. “Well, I would say Australia 2005 in the semifinal. That was fun. No, no, no, 2003. That was really important for my career,” quoted the 39-year-old.

In a candid chat with Venus, she elaborated the importance of her semifinal victory in Melbourne that year. “I needed to win that match [against Clijsters] and I ended up winning the Open after that. [To Venus] Where were you in 2003? I wore those short shorts, I don’t know where you were. So that was really important for my career because who knows what would’ve happened to my mental health if I’d lost that match.” Speaking of her off-court highlight, Serena reiterated the value that her daughter brought into her life. “Off the court, probably Olympia.”

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 10: Designer Serena Williams walks the runway during S by Serena Williams Runway Show Sponsored By Klarna USA on September 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Thomas Concordia/Getty Images for Style360)

In a momentous career, these are the two things that the 23-time major winner can pin-point as highlights. What are the other potential experiences that were memorable in Serena’s career according to you? Have your say.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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