Serena Williams Matches Incredible Grand Slam Feat After Victory Over Aryna Sabalenka at Australian Open 2021

Published 02/14/2021, 1:14 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/Loren Elliott


Serena Williams is chasing her 24 major crown at the Australian Open 2021. She recently upset the 7th seed of the tournament, Aryna Sabalenka, making it through to the quarterfinals. Interestingly, this is the 54 time that the tennis queen has reached the last eight in a Grand Slam tournament.

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Moreover, with this win, Serena has equaled the record for most-quarterfinal appearances made in a major tournament with Chris Evert. The former American professional and an 18-time Grand Slam champion’s record is finally being shared.

Before this, Williams leveled with another legend of the sport, Martina Navratilova at the US Open last year. She is 13 and 5 semifinal appearances behind both of them, respectively.

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Serena becomes a 13-time QF entrant at the Australian Open

The 39-year-old American has one of the most illustrious careers in the sporting world. With more than two decades of sheer dominance, Serena has set and broken many records.

Undoubtedly, the best of Serena also comes out where it matters the most, in major tournaments. The 23-time Grand Slam champion is one glory behind, to equal the record for all-time Grand Slam titles with Margaret Court.

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

However, she is now at the top of the most-quarterfinals appearances list with Chris Evert. Behind them are Martina Navratilova (53), Steffi Graf (42), and Venus Williams (39). Of her 54, Serena had made 13 quarterfinal appearances at the Australian Open.

Her most QF appearances came on the home turf, at the US Open (17). In Wimbledon, Serena has reached the last eight an astonishing 14 times and 10 times at the French Open.

Serena Williams ties Chris Evert with 54 Grand Slam QFs#AusOpen – 13
Roland Garros – 10
Wimbledon – 14
US Open – 17

— José Morgado (@josemorgado) February 14, 2021

Apart from this, Williams is also only one final away from matching Chris Evert’s record of appearances in a Grand Slam final. Currently, the retired American stands at 34 whereas Serena is on 33.

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Considering her performances in the Australian Open 2021, the current World No. 11 is leaving everything out on the court. All she needs is to keep her energy up for the next two weeks as well.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 12, 2021, Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her third-round match against Russia’s Anastasia Potapova REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Serena will meet the winner between World No. 2 Simona Halep and the reigning French Open champion Iga Swiatek. Can Serena Williams win the title after beating Aryna Sabalenka?

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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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