Serena Williams’ six US Open wins, while the 23-time Grand Slam champion looks to add another

After 26 years in professional tennis, Serena Williams has one last tournament waiting.

A final opportunity to further cement the Williams name in the tennis world of her home country and around the world.

Unmistakably, Serena goes out on her terms. The 40-year-old announced in Vogue that she would be retiring from tennis and diving into a life beyond the sport.

Williams has become an American icon that goes beyond sports thanks to her constant activism

Williams has become an American icon that goes beyond sports thanks to her constant activism

The development, as she puts it, will see Serena step away from the courts she has so often dominated to focus on family.

Her last major singles tournament was at the Australian Open in Melbourne in 2017.

Sure, Williams’ retirement has been looming over the sport for a number of years, but now that it’s arrived, many won’t want to say goodbye.

here Dailymail.com takes a trip down memory lane and looks back on Serena’s six hard-court successes at Flushing Meadows.

#1 – 1999: Williams defeated. Martina Hingis 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)

Williams entered the tournament as the seventh seed despite her young age.

The 17-year-old didn’t drop a set until the third set against Kim Clijsters, but managed to defeat the Belgian in the tiebreak of the third set.

Williams had three set wins through to the final, defeating Monica Seles and reigning champion Lindsay Davenport.

When the big stage appeared, Serena didn’t disappoint, defeating No. 1 Martina Hingis in straight sets for her first slam.

A 17-year-old Williams prevailed in straight sets against top seed Martina Hingis

At the time, Williams was the 11th youngest woman to ever win a Grand Slam singles title

Serena Williams celebrated her first Grand Slam singles major in 1999 at the age of just 17

#2 – 2002: Williams defeated. Venus Williams 6-4, 6-3

The Williams sisters went as first and second seeds in the final Grand Slam of the year.

Serena was ranked as the higher of the two and showed it in the final by defeating Venus in straight sets.

In fact, the younger Williams didn’t drop a set throughout the tournament as she drove to her fourth Slam and second US Open crown.

The win marked the third straight Major in which Serena had defeated Venus.

Williams serves to fellow American Corina Morariu during the first round of the 2002 US Open

With an almost forgotten blonde look, Williams stormed through the 2002 tournament

Williams stormed through the 2002 edition, eventually beating her sister Venus in the final

#3 – 2008: Williams defeated. Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 7-5

Serena worked her way into the quarterfinals before pushing past seventh sister Venus 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (9-7).

Williams was more than a deserved winner, not dropping a set throughout the tournament.

In the final she defeated Serbia’s number 2, Jelena Jankovic. In doing so, she took revenge for her defeat in the quarterfinals at this year’s Australian Open.

The triumph earned her No. 1 again and relegated Jankovic to world No. 2.

Williams was delighted after beating Serbian world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic in straight sets

The American regained her status as the best player in the world after beating Jankovic in the final of the US Open

Williams was delighted after beating Serbian world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic in straight sets

SERENA’S RESUME

The American icon’s 39 Grand Slam titles

’98 Wimbledon – Mixed

’98 US Open – Mixed

’99 French Open – Doubles

’99 US Open – Singles & Mixed

’00 Wimbledon – Doubles

’01 Australian Open – doubles

’02 French Open – Singles

’02 Wimbledon – Singles & Doubles

’02 US Open – Singles

’03 From Open – Singles & Doubles

’03 Wimbledon – Singles

’05 From Open – Singles

’07 Off Open – Singles

’08 Wimbledon – Doubles

’08 US Open – Singles

’09 Off Open – Singles & Doubles

’09 Wimbledon – Singles & Doubles

’09 US Open – Doubles

’10 Out Open – Singles & Doubles

’10 French Open – Doubles

’10 Wimbledon – Singles

’12 Wimbledon – Singles & Doubles

’12 US Open – Singles

’13 French Open – Singles

’13 US Open – Singles

’14 US Open – Singles

’15 Out Open – Singles

’15 French Open – Singles

’15 Wimbledon – Singles

’16 Wimbledon – Singles & Doubles

’17 From Open – Singles

#4 – 2012: Williams defeated. Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 2-6, 7-5

Williams lost back-to-back semifinals to Kim Clijsters in 2009 and 2010 before losing to Australia’s Sam Stosur in the 2011 final.

However, 2012 should be for Serena. After ultimate success at Wimbledon, she slacked off at Flushing Meadows.

The 30-year-old didn’t lose a set until the middle of the final against world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka.

Azarenka even served up for the match in the third set but failed to capitalize.

Williams won her fourth US title and fifteenth Slam overall in singles.

Williams won their fourth US title and fifteenth Slam in singles in September 2012

Williams won their fourth US title and fifteenth Slam in singles in September 2012

Queen Serena couldn't hide her smile after surviving a scare against Victoria Azarenka in 2012

Queen Serena couldn’t hide her smile after surviving a scare against Victoria Azarenka in 2012

#5 – 2013: Williams defeated. Azarenka 7-5, 6-7 (6-8)6-1

The American and the Belarusian faced off in a replay of the 2012 final. Luckily for the home crowd, the result was identical and just as impressive.

Williams became the oldest-ever US Open champion at the age of 31. After frustration with the windy weather and general play, Serena recovered from throwing a racquet on her way to the No. 17 Slam.

The win brought her back-to-back US Open titles and over $50 million in career earnings.

Victory in 2013 brought her back-to-back US Open titles and over $50 million in career earnings

Victory in 2013 brought her back-to-back US Open titles and over $50 million in career earnings

Williams hit the high-five after her second straight US Open loss to Azarenka

Williams hit the high-five after her second straight US Open loss to Azarenka

#6 – 2014: Williams defeated. Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3

After a difficult year at the other Grand Slam tournaments, which included losing in the fourth round of the Australian Open, second at the French and third at Wimbledon, Williams reacted violently.

Both on the WTA circuit and of course at the US Open. As is often the case at Flushing Meadows, Serena went through the entire tournament without dropping a set and never lost more than three games in any of them.

Wozniacki had lost two sets en route to the final, and none after her fourth-round win over fifth-seeded Maria Sharapova. Despite being no match for the American, she won her third consecutive US Open.

At the same time, she equaled Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova’s 18 Grand Slam singles titles and Evert’s six US Open crowns.

Serena continued to share history with Evert, becoming the first woman since Evert to win three straight games since 1975-78.

Williams completed three US Open titles after defeating Caroline Wozniacki in 2014

Williams completed three US Open titles after defeating Caroline Wozniacki in 2014

The American tennis legend showed off her sixth home title from the Empire State Building

The American tennis legend showed off her sixth home title from the Empire State Building

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