Serena Williams has done it all in tennis, but there’s so much more to come at this year’s U.S. Open.
Williams is heading into the final day of her fifth career Masters 1000 showdown with world No. 1 Serena Williams as the top seed. The last time the two met in the U.S. Open, in 2015, Williams was just a few weeks away from winning her first major at the Australian Open before going on a run that included victories in four Slams—the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open.
The two met during a summer in which the 32-year-old world No. 1 was the reigning Wimbledon champion. Williams came into the All England Club on Aug. 29, 2015, as a 31-year-old with 16 Grand Slam titles to her name. She came into the U.S. Open with a 6-6 record in the previous nine years as the top-ranked player in the world. The world No. 1 had just dropped three sets to Jelena Ostapenko in her opening match of the tournament.
Williams was the top seed in the women’s singles and had not lost a set in three sets in her previous six matches at the tournament, including winning 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, in the first round. Ostapenko, who has won 21 grand slams, including two at the U.S. Open, was the No. 2 seed.
At the time, Williams was looking to avenge her loss to Ostapenko in the French Open final four months earlier and was coming off a win over Elina Svitolina in the first round and another round win over Caroline Wozniacki in the third round.
Ostapenko won on her way to a quarterfinal finish, while Williams won her first Grand Slam, the French Open, and her first tour-level Wimbledon title.
While not taking Williams lightly, the No. 1 seed’s game is not as flashy as Ostapenko’s, nor is she as quick with a serve or volley. Even so, Serena is a more experienced competitor in the sport. Her father was a world No. 1 and her mother was a former top-ten player. She has also