Can you believe Serena Williams is on course to win grand slams during four different presidential eras?
After an impressive run to the Australian Open quarter-finals, Briton Johanna Konta didn’t have enough to defeat 22-time grand slam champion, Serena Williams – but that comes as no surprise given the world number two’s lengthy career of success.
Nothing illustrates the length of that period better than the fact that Serena is on course to have won grand slams during as many as four different presidential eras – Bill Clinton, George W Bush, Barack Obama and (if she wins another title soon) Donald Trump.
Bear in mind that three of those presidents served two terms in office.
The incredible period of dominance for Serena began in the previous millennium, with victory in the 1999 US Open.
Since then Williams has completed the Serena Slam TWICE (holding all four major trophies at the same time), doing so in 2003 and 2015, demonstrating the longevity of her excellence.
Serena is set to play Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in the semi-final of the Australian Open, reportedly facing the Croat for the first time since 1998.
The semi-finals are dominated by Americans…
…but also by players over 30.
If Serena wins the final she’ll break the women’s record for grand slams in the open era as well. A legend of the game.