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Serena Williams Continues To Dominate Women's Tennis

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Earlier today Serena Williams reached career a milestone when she won the French Open. The win was the third time that Williams won the French open, and her 20th major win. Only two women have won more major titles than Williams: Steffi Graf with 22 career wins, and Margaret Court Smith with 24. But considering that 33-year-old Williams is still going strong, she’s likely to pass both Graf and Smith’s records.

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Consider her win today, Williams was coming off an unspecified illness and still rallied from behind after she blew her initial lead. The AP reports:

This one did not come easily, though, for Williams, who has been dealing with an illness and skipped practice Friday.

She double-faulted 11 times, part of 42 total unforced errors, 25 more than her opponent. In the third set, she fell behind 2-0, was warned by the chair umpire for an audible obscenity and even resorted to hitting one shot left-handed.

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Regardless, Williams still beat Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-7, 6-2. The perfect chance to revisit this moment:

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I think you can make a solid case that Serena’s the best ever even if she doesn’t surpass Graf or Court. Graf arguably wouldn’t have reached 22 if her most serious rival hadn’t been stabbed by a complete psychopath. And eleven of Court’s 24 titles are Australian Open wins. It’s very admittedly impressive, but Court didn’t have a ton of competition at the Australian Open in the early 60s (she won seven in a row from 1960-1966). Many competitors didn’t travel to Australia then. It was a long and expensive trip. Plus, she’s a depressing homophobe.