· her winning streak was the longest since her sister, Venus, had a 35-match run in 2000.
“She just continues to be an inspiration to American tennis,” said Gordon Smith, the executive director of the U.S. Tennis Association, which runs the U.S. Open. “Her year this year? Unforgettable.”
By adding a fifth career U.S. Open championship, and a second French Open title, Williams also moved within one Grand Slam trophy of the 18 apiece won by Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert. The record is 24 by Margaret Court.
Pretty heady company.
Evert is one of the only two women with more AP awards than Williams. Evert won four from 1974-80, while Babe Didrikson collected a record six — one for track in 1932, and five for golf from 1945-54.
“Serena already has provided significant contributions to taking our sport to the next level. ... She is chasing records and no doubt will break many records before she’s finished,” WTA Chairman Stacey Allaster said. “That obviously just brings a lot more attention to our sport.”
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