Serena Williams Oldest Woman to Hold No. 1 Ranking

Serena Williams Oldest Woman to Hold No. 1 Ranking

Back On Top

Serena Williams is once again back on top of the tennis world, after beating former Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova in the Qatar Open quarterfinals. The new rankings make Miss Serena, at age 31, the oldest woman to ever hold the number one ranking in women’s tennis ever in history. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Prior to Serena taking over the spot, Chris Evert was the oldest to hold the #1 ranking way back in 1985. Evert was thirty years old. “I never thought I would be here again,” said Williams, the 2010 U.S. Open champion. “Oh my gosh, I’ve been through so much. I never thought I would be here.”

A Hard Time

Serena has faced a lot of struggles in the past couple of years. In 2011, she cut her foot at a restaurant and later on, she dealt with blood clots in her lungs. She has also had issues in the past month or so after suffering a sore ankle. Needless to say, Serena has faced some hard times in the past few years. “There were often times that I never thought I’d play again.

Then I thought I’d never be able to win tournaments or Grand Slams,” Williams said. “No. 1 was so far off. I mean, it was always a dream, but, you know, I was No. 1 when tragedy struck, and it was just an awful thing to happen. So I’m happy that I’m back.”

A Long Time Coming

Serena’s last reign as #1 in the world was cut short after she injured her foot after Wimbledon in 2010, and then she suffered those pulmonary embolisms as a complication of her surgery. Serena has had a long road to get back to #1.

Before the match, she was not really showing how much that the #1 ranking was weighing on her mind. She practically rolled her eyes when asked about it, and said this when asked if she was thinking about it: “Not really,” she said. “I’m so over it. Everyone else is thinking about it.”

Celebration on the Court

However, after the match was over, Serena dropped to her knees on the court, overcome with tears and emotion, and offered up a celebration rarely seen in such a public place. Was that planned? No way. Serena says her emotional on-court reaction surprised her. “I didn’t imagine that it meant that much to me. I did not expect to not be able to stop crying.

I didn’t expect to feel that way at all I just thought I would be happy and, you know, just move on to the next round. But my reaction was completely unexpected from me.” Expected or not Serena, you deserve that #1 ranking! Congrats!

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