Serena Williams’ quest for a 24th Grand Slam title has reached the finals at the 2019 Wimbledon championships.
Williams advanced to the championship round at the All England Club for an 11th time and will face first-time finalist Simona Halep for the major crown Saturday.
The seven-time Wimbledon champion remains one Grand Slam victory shy of Margaret Court’s singles record of 24 — a mark she hopes to equal in 2019.
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Williams’ last major victory came at the Australian Open in 2017, the longest drought of her career. Her most recent Wimbledon win came in 2016.
If Williams falls at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open in August will be her final chance of 2019 to match Court’s record. She went 0-2 in the finals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2018, has yet to win a tournament on the 2019 schedule, and this might be one of the last, best chances the all-time great has to make history.
How many times has Serena Williams won Wimbledon?
The All England Club has been Serena Williams’ most successful major venue. Her 11 Wimbledon finals appearances and seven wins are second all time in women’s singles, trailing only Martina Navratilova, who won nine of her 12 finals matches at tennis’ most prestigious major.
Williams also has won a whopping six Wimbledon women’s doubles titles with sister Venus.
|Singles||11||7||2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2003, 2002|
|Doubles||6||6||2000, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2016|
Who won Wimbledon in 2018?
Angelique Kerber interrupted Williams’ initial crack at Margaret Court’s Grand Slam record in 2018. It was Williams’ first appearance in a major finals since giving birth less than a year earlier in 2017, and the new mother overcame a series of injury setbacks to get there.
Kerber won in straight sets, earning her first Wimbledon championship and revenge after Williams’ head-to-head win in the 2016 final.
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Serena Williams vs. Margaret Court’s Grand Slam record
Serena Williams has won more Grand Slam championships (23) than anyone in tennis history — man or woman — except Margaret Court. It’s not unlike Tiger Woods’ famous pursuit of Jack Nicklaus in golf, but Williams has a more realistic chance to finish as her sport’s undisputed GOAT than Woods.
Here’s how Williams and Court compare performing in tennis’ Grand Slams.
|Margaret Court||Serena Williams|
|All-time finals W/L||24-5||23-8|