Serena Williams won her first Grand Slam title at the US Open 20 years ago. A 24th major victory this year at Flushing Meadows would be even stronger symbolically.
The 2019 edition of the US Open will be a bit special for Serena Williams. Aged 17, she won her first Grand Slam tournament at Flushing Meadows 20 years ago, on September 11, 1999. The American then took the best in two sets over world No. 1 and only slightly older Martina Hingis than his opponent (19 years old). This was the beginning of an outstanding career for Williams, which in 2019 resulted in 72 singles titles, including 23 Grand Slams.
Two decades later, Venus Williams' youngest daughter is still here. Currently 8th player in the world, she can legitimately see far away in New York, she remains on a final in Toronto during its preparation. But the six-time winner of the last Grand Slam tournament of the year had to give up against Bianca Andreescu, a victim of back pain, before forfeiting Cincinnati, leaving a hint of uncertainty about her state of form as she begins the competition in a highly anticipated match against Maria Sharapova.
A new coronation 20 years after the first would be highly symbolic because synonymous with record. A triumph would make her (at last) the record Grand Slam victor with Margaret Smith Court (24 titles). Since returning from maternity in early 2018, Serena Williams has been three times on the last step in the final, losing to Angelique Kerber at Wimbledon last year (6-3, 6-3), against Naomi Osaka in the final. US Open (6-2, 6-4) and last July again in London against Simona Halep (6-2, 6-2).