Serena and Federer are Hot 30s

August 2011:
Roger Federer and Serena Williams
make headlines around the world
by having a birthday –
only this one meant turning 30!

These two Super Tennis Professionals have a lot in common besides birth months!  They both hold more singles Grand Slam titles than any other active player.  Roger has won a record 16 Grand Slam titles (all in a seven-year span).  He is also one of only seven men to have achieved the Career Grand Slam.  Serena also completed the Career Grand Slam (better known as the ‘Serena Slam’) and her Grand Slam count stands at 13 titles.  She is the ninth woman all-time to have won each of the four Grand Slam singles titles  at some point in their careers.

2003 was a significant year for both players in terms of career highlights and record setting achievements.

Federer Wins his first Grand Slam at Wimbledon 2003

Federer hadn’t advanced past the quarterfinals at a major before it all came together at Wimbledon in 2003. Seeded fourth, the 20-year-old Federer defeated Mark Philippoussis in straight sets in the final to become the first Swiss man to win a Grand Slam title.

Winning the 2003 Australian Open – Serena achieves her Career Grand SlamSerena added this Grand Slam title to the French Open, U.S. Open and Wimbledon crowns she won the previous year, all against her sister.  Her “Serena Slam”, as she called her four grand slam victories, made her the fifth woman in history to win all of the Grand Slams consecutively. Her dominance of the game was unquestionable!

Roger Federer announced he was far from finished at this year’s French Open!  With awesome Federer-like-play he ended Novak Djokovic’s hot winning streak;
becoming the first man to beat Djokovic this year, as he inflicted on
him a 7-6, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 defeat.   In addition to reaching the finals at Roland Garros; Federer reached the semis of the Australian and the US Open and the quarters of Wimbledon.

Williams reached the final of this year’s
US Open after a year’s absence with injury and illness. During the six months
she played in 2010, she won two Slams (Australian and Wimbledon) and reached
the quarters of the third.

More about most successful active woman in tennis,
the sixth most successful of all time
Serena Williams

Serena in 2011: the Williams story of year-long injury and illness is an extraordinary one!  She recorded a 22-3 win-loss run that takes
in two titles after  tremendous physical turmoil.  When she returned to the grass this summer after her 12-month absence, she looked as fit and strong as she had in winning her previous 13 Slams. With back-to-back wins in Stanford and Toronto, she immediately became the favourite for New York, even though the lowly seeding of 28 made her path seem too difficult to overcome.

Nevertheless, she progressed with ease, pausing for one tiebreak against No4 seed Azarenka before taking out No16 Ana Ivanovic,
No17 Pavlyuchenkova and top seed Wozniacki—all without dropping a set.  The loss to Sam Stosur in the final of the 2011 US Open is like a small blemish on the landscape of Serena’s phenomenal comeback!

Serena will return, I predict with even greater determination, to win more titles.  Plus knowing how she likes her fine jewelry (remember the diamonds at this year’s US Open) Serena will be going for the gold! Both have won Olympic doubles gold;Serena with sister Venus and Federer in 2008 teaming with Stanislas Wawrinka

2012 Federer and Serena their eyes are on the prize –  that one title missing – the glitter of Olympic singles gold!

Wimbledon champions Roger Federer and Serena Williams pose for photographs prior
to the 2003 Wimbledon Ball

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