Serena Williams is just two wins away from winning the first calendar Grand Slam since 1988, but either way she is still the best ever to play the game.
Williams boasts a remarkable collection of singles titles over a glittering career spanning just under two decades, and she hopes to add another on Saturday if she makes the US Open 2015 final.
Having already won six Australian Open titles, three French Open titles, six more at Wimbledon and six US Open titles, the 33-year-old continues to dominate the sport despite her detractors waiting for a dip in her form.
The world number one has overcome numerous obstacles both on and off the court to remain at the top for the majority of her career, and she shows no signs of slowing down in the immediate future.
What makes her achievements more remarkable is that Williams has never really received the appropriate recognition from the media or fans. While that can be explained due to preference or a lack of a relationship or bond between the two, it would undoubtedly have made the American’s job more difficult.
Nevertheless, she has taken it on the chin and continued to succeed with various different competitors emerging over the years trying to take her spot as the dominant figure in women’s tennis.
A look at her record against the other top seeds currently on the WTA tour tells its own story too, as Williams essentially leads them all in their respective head-to-heads.
Her sister, Venus, is the closest in terms of finding a competitive match, but that is largely down to the elder of the siblings dominating in the early years before the power shifted to Serena.
The likes of Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka and Simona Halep don’t come close in terms of titles or in direct matches with the American, and that is a testament to her continued push to be the best.
Williams takes on Roberta Vinci in the semi-finals of the US Open 2015 on Friday, and with either Simona Halep or Flavia Pennetta waiting for her in the final provided she defeats her Italian rival, she is on the brink of creating more history as she rightfully takes her spot at the pinnacle of the game.