Serena Williams is retiring a tennis legend. These charts prove it.

Grid took a moment to examine Williams’ impressive statistics and create a visualization of her remarkable career.

Tuesday served up huge news in the tennis world: Serena Williams announced she has decided to “evolve away” from the sport and instead focus on her family and business pursuits.

Nevertheless, she said, “These days, if I have to choose between building my tennis resume and building my family, I choose the latter,” adding, “I’m turning 41 this month, and something’s got to give.”

But she’s not done yet: Williams is expected to play in the U.S. Open, which runs from Aug. 20 through Sept. 11. It’s the last Grand Slam tournament of the year and what she says will be the last of her career. Williams has won the event six times in singles and was a runner-up four times.

Grid took a moment to examine Williams’ impressive statistics and create a visualization of her remarkable career. And what is shows is that Williams is pretty much the game, set, match queen of the tennis world.

Since getting her first world ranking in 1999, Williams typically remained in the top 10 list among her fellow singles players each year.


The chart above shows Serena’s enduring presence as a top player in women’s tennis throughout much of her multi-decade career.

She spent about 25 percent of her time on the professional court as the number one player, according to week-by-week rankings data released by the Women’s Tennis Association. But she also ranked in the top 10 of all players — among the many hundreds of fellow professionals in competition each year — for 75 percent of her career, the data show.

She has had a 365-55 record in grand slam singles matches, an 87 percent winning percentage. That ranks her sixth in history, among greats such as Steffi Graf, Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova.

A force and role model off the court, too

Williams ended the Vogue article with a discussion about her legacy, explaining that she hopes the world will think of her as “symbolizing something bigger than tennis.” She also had a message to her fans.

“I’m terrible at goodbyes — the world’s worst. But please know that I am more grateful for you than I can ever express in words. You have carried me to so many wins and so many trophies. I’m going to miss that version of me, that girl who played tennis,” Williams said. “And I’m going to miss you.”

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