Serena to battle

for Golden Grand Slam

After a disappointing end to 2015, reigning Australian Open champion Serena Williams returns to Melbourne aiming to target another historic achievement this season, by emulating the Golden Grand Slam won by Steffi Graf in 1988

COMPARING GREATS

Serena Williams

Steffi Graf

United States

Germany

Career:

Since 1995

Career:

1982-99

Grand Slam

record

6

3

6

6

Australian Open

Roland Garros

Wimbledon

U.S. Open

4

6

7

5

Career record

Williams would

break Margaret

Court’s all-time

Grand Slam

singles record

of 24, if she

achieves Golden

Grand Slam

Graf is only

player to win

Golden Grand

Slam – winning all

four majors and

Olympic title

in same year,

aged just 19

69

737

123

WTA titles

Wins

Losses

107

900

115

Olympic Games record

(Singles and doubles)

4

0

0

1

1

1

RECENT AUSTRALIAN OPEN FINALS

6-3, 7-6

Serena Williams

2015

USA

Maria Sharapova

RUS

Daphne

Akhurst

Memorial Cup

7-6, 6-0

Li Na

2014

CHN

Dominika Cibulkova

SVK

– first won by

Joan Hartigan

at 1934

Australian

Ch’ships

4-6, 6-4, 6-3

Victoria Azarenka

2013

BLR

Li Na

CHN

6-3, 6-0

Victoria Azarenka

2012

BLR

Maria Sharapova

RUS

3-6, 6-3, 6-3

Kim Clijsters

2011

BEL

Li Na

CHN

Source: WTA

Pictures: Getty Images

© GRAPHIC NEWS

Serena to

battle for Golden

Grand Slam

After a disappointing end to 2015, reigning Australian Open champion Serena Williams returns to Melbourne aiming to target another historic achievement this season, by emulating the Golden Grand Slam

won by Steffi Graf in 1988

COMPARING GREATS

Serena Williams

Steffi Graf

United States

Germany

Career: Since 1995

Career: 1982-99

Grand Slam

record

6

3

6

6

Australian Open

Roland Garros

Wimbledon

U.S. Open

4

6

7

5

Career record

69

737

123

WTA titles

Wins

Losses

107

900

115

Olympic Games record

(Singles and doubles)

4

0

0

1

1

1

Williams would break Margaret Court’s all-time

Grand Slam record of 24, if she achieves Golden Slam

Graf is only player to win Golden Grand Slam – all four

majors and Olympic title in same year, aged just 19

RECENT AUSTRALIAN OPEN FINALS

Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup –

Women compete for

first won by Joan Hartigan at 1934 Australian Ch’ships

Serena Williams

2015

USA

Maria Sharapova

RUS

7-6, 6-7, 6-3, 6-0

Li Na

2014

CHN

Dominika Cibulkova

SVK

6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

Victoria Azarenka

2013

BLR

Li Na

CHN

6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-2

Victoria Azarenka

2012

BLR

Maria Sharapova

RUS

5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5

Kim Clijsters

2011

BEL

Li Na

CHN

6-4, 6-2, 6-3

Source: WTA

Picture: Getty Images

© GRAPHIC NEWS

Serena

to battle

for Golden Grand Slam

After a disappointing end to 2015, reigning Australian Open champion Serena Williams returns to Melbourne aiming to target another historic achievement this season, by emulating the Golden Grand Slam won by Steffi Graf in 1988

COMPARING GREATS

Serena Williams

Steffi Graf

United States

Germany

Career:

Since 1995

Career:

1982-99

Grand Slam

record

6

3

6

6

Australian Open

Roland Garros

Wimbledon

U.S. Open

4

6

7

5

Career record

69

737

123

WTA titles

Wins

Losses

107

900

115

Olympic Games record

(Singles and doubles)

4

0

0

1

1

1

Williams would break Margaret

Court’s all-time Grand Slam singles

record of 24, if she achieves

Golden Grand Slam

Graf is only player to win Golden

Grand Slam – all four majors and

Olympic title in same

year, aged just 19

RECENT

AUSTRALIAN

OPEN FINALS

Women compete for

 

 

first won by Joan

Hartigan at 1934

Australian Ch’ships

Daphne Akhurst

Memorial Cup –

Serena Williams

2015

USA

Maria Sharapova

RUS

7-6, 6-7, 6-3, 6-0

Li Na

2014

CHN

Dominika Cibulkova

SVK

6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

Victoria Azarenka

2013

BLR

Li Na

CHN

6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-2

Victoria Azarenka

2012

BLR

Maria Sharapova

RUS

5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5

Kim Clijsters

2011

BEL

Li Na

CHN

6-4, 6-2, 6-3

Pictures: Getty Images

© GRAPHIC NEWS

Graphic shows career comparison of Serena Williams and Steffi Graf, with details of recent women's finals at the Australian Open.
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Australian Open women’s champions

By Chris Dinsdale

January 18, 2016 - January 31, 2016 - The Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the season, takes place in Melbourne. After a disappointing end to 2015, reigning Australian Open champion Serena Williams returns to Melbourne aiming to target another historic achievement this season, by emulating Golden Grand Slam won by Steffi Graf in 1988.

PUBLISHED: 07/01/2016; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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