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The Best Tennis Racquets of 2018

A tennis racquet is essentially just an extension of your arm. Choosing a tennis racquet greatly depends on your skill level. For instance, a beginner will need to look for an improved racquet to further develop their stroke, while an intermediate player will look for a racquet that will help them win more games by primarily going for a racquet that will play to their strengths.

On the other hand, advanced players will have the most freedom when it comes to choosing a racquet as they have the experience and have been playing for years. Advanced players will look for a racquet that perfectly suits their playing style as well as their unique weaknesses and strengths. Below you will find the best tennis racquets for 2018 which are categorised for beginners, intermediates, and advanced tennis players.

Beginner Tennis Racquets

Babolat Drive 115 – This is a terrific option for beginners as it offers a larger head size, giving a bigger sweet spot, which makes it more forgiving when ground strokes are taken. Power and spin comes easily, and it makes it easier when volleying.

Wilson Ultra 108 – This is the perfect choice for club and recreational players who want the most out of their tennis session. Plenty of power and easy manoeuvrability, combined with a bigger sweet spot, will provide a phenomenal experience.

Wilson Hope Lite – This is a perfect racquet for beginners due to its lightweight and over-sized head. It plays quite smoothly and is extremely forgiving when you don’t hit the ball 100% thanks to the bigger sweet spot.

Intermediate Tennis Racquets

Babolat Drive Lite – This is a very user-friendly racquet which provides loads of speed along with easy acceleration. It is ideal for intermediate players, but beginners will also find it quite appealing. The Cortex system together with the Woofer technology will minimise vibrations and offer a lively and smooth feel.

Wilson Burn 100S – This racquet offers fantastic comfort from the baseline. It accelerates quite smoothly and is fairly powerful. Those with two-handed backhands will greatly appreciate the shaft, featuring increased feel and leverage.

Head Graphene Touch Instinct S – This racquet absorbs shock extremely well along with reduced vibration due to the Graphene material. It also offers a huge sweet spot and loads of power and manoeuvring.

Advanced Tennis Racquets

Wilson Blade 98 Countervail – This racquet offers a low, dampened vibration feel along with loads of spin and power, making it one of the best racquets for advanced players that want to dominate directly from the serve.

Babolat Pure Drive Wimbledon Edition – This is the perfect choice for intermediate and advanced tennis players. It provides fantastic control and power, which is vital for any baseline player. It’s also highly recommended as its one of the most user-friendly racquets currently available.

Wilson Pro Staff RF97 – This racquet provides a classic feel due to its thin leather grip and includes a braided graphite layout along with a light head balance. There’s a reason this racquet is used by Roger Federer as its one of the best on the market.

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Wimbledon 2018 Update

Currently, Wimbledon 2018 is on day five of the highly anticipated tennis tournament. Although, day five has held more shocking revelations and results that viewers were not expecting in the least. Despite the events of day five, Nick Kyrgios is still the leading name in headlines while Serena Williams alongside Roger Federer is gaining momentum in the courts during their spectacular and attention-grabbing matches.

Here are the top five events that happened on day five of Wimbledon

1. Roger Federer impresses the spectators against the match with Jan-Lennard Struff

All through this Wimbledon, Roger Federer has been impressing people left and right with his flawless skill on the court. It also seemed too flawless since no matter what the German native, Struff threw at Federer – he always seemed to have the best reaction. While the Swiss player, Federer needed another hour and 34 minutes to win the match, he seemed to be bouncing with excitement as he increased his ongoing winning streak to 29 during this Wimbledon.

2. Venus Williams is the latest tennis star to fall short during the tournament

During this year Wimbledon tournament, Venus Williams, Serena’s Williams sister who was another top seed has fallen out of the tournament. Meaning that currently, after Venus Williams fell out, eight out of the top 10 seed players in the women’s singles did not make it through the last 16. A former Aussie semi-finalist has commented on this development by stating that one of the major reason for this is due to the players not having adequate planning when the match isn’t going as desired. While Venus may be out of the Wimbledon, the other Williams sister, Serena is still in the competition.

3. Serena Williams is Showing Constant Improvement

While her competition may be falling behind, Serena is showing that she knew how to hold her own in a competition. Trough each one of her matches, she is showing that she definitely deserves her place as one of the higher level seeds in the tournament. Despite doing so well, Serena has commented that her making it to the round of 16 twice during the competition is not a bad deal. Although, the star player knows that she can do better if she tries a bit harder and pushes herself a bit more.

4. Serena Williams makes her way into the fourth round

As Wimbledon reaches its fifth day, the fourth round of matches is ending. While Williams is playing a singles woman match during this year’s tournament, she is becoming one of the few remaining as eight of the top ten has already been dropped. Williams other competition, such as the doubles matches with Cameron Norrie and Jay Clark. While the duo may not have been as successful as originally planned, watching them stay energised during a five-hour match proved to be one of the most exciting parts of day five.

5. Nick Kyrgios is the Headliner of the Day

During last year’s Wimbledon, Kyrgios caused a bit of online controversy due to his harsh remarks. The same behaviour is taking place this year as the player, he has received a code violation for using foul language, has been in a heated twitter exchanged against James Keothavong. Despite this, not much has been happening with the player as he awaits his next match.

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Serena Williams is Back on the Tennis Court

Serena Williams has made waves throughout her career as a professional tennis player. She is internationally known and has an unofficial title of being a champion at her sport. Although, after taking some time off last year to have a baby and experience motherhood, Williams will be seeded 25th during the singles draw at Wimbledon according to an announcement made this previous Wednesday. The high status regarding the player was the only notable deviation from the seeding committee, which is compiled of the host and referee of the tournament, representatives of the Lawn Tennis Association, and representatives from the All England Club.

While the seeding is considerably higher than someone who has Williams word ranking, which is 183rd in the world, it can still bring along some demanding challenges for the returning tennis player. Seed who have ranked anywhere from 25th through 32nd are demanded to face one of the top eight seeds during the third round in a highly anticipated and randomized match. Currently, the top eight players are, Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki, Garbiñe Muguruza, Sloane Stephens, Elina Svitolina, Petra Kvitova, Carolina Garcia, and Karolina Pliskova.

Williams Not Expected to Beat Kvitova

Many are betting that Kvitova, a well-known Wimbledon champion in both 2011 and in 2014, Is the current favourite in who is estimated to win the tournament overall. Although, Williams is a second favourite and one player that will create an interesting match. If Williams was placed at a higher seed ranking, namely at 24th, she would have been forced to face the seed players that are ranked 9th through 16th in the third round. Although the drawing for this took place on Friday morning.

The Wimbledon seeding will start the following Monday, announced following the Grand Slam event making the announcement that they will begin to adopt more measures to protect female players during the seeding process after returning to the court after a break for giving birth. Despite this, many players have been on the fence if they truly believed that Williams deserved a place during the seeding process. This is accompanied by another pressing issue in the tennis world if pregnant players should have special accommodations when they step aside. Due to Williams taking time off she was dropped in her world ranking while also losing her first two tournaments. Although, at the French Open last month she played with her heart but sadly had to redraw from the tournament due to an injury she received.

While Williams will be forced to face a new challenge, if she wins or loses will be up in the air as the competition is fierce. Despite that, many players have voiced their opposition to her playing as they do not see it as far. Although, the committee has spoken out about their choice to seed Williams and expressed that the decision came from the committee wanting to create more balance as Williams has won Wimbledon in both 2015 and 2016 after her seed was adjusted.

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Nature Valley International Wildcard Goes to Andy Murray

Andy Murray accepted a Nature Valley International Wildcard wildcard as he continues his comeback after a hip injury that kept him out of action for almost a year. Murray suffered a loss in three sets as he returned on Tuesday to face Nick Kyrgios at Queens. After the match the three-time Grand Slam, 31-year-old champion said he was unsure of what would be the best way forward in his return. The Scot remained positive and said it was good to be back at Queens and that he was hoping to build on that in the next week.

Wimbledon starts on the 2nd of July and therefore the Nature Valley International held at Eastbourne is the final warm-up event available to Murray. He had surgery on his hip in January, and the former number one in the world has since moved the 156th on the rankings list. Before slipping to defeat, Murray was on the court for well over two-and-a-half hours in his match against Kyrgios. He is now looking forward to the opportunity to get more time on the grass courts.

Stan Wawrinka Also Accepted A Wildcard into Nature Valley International

Murray played in 2010 in the Davis Cup at Eastbourne and already knows that the facilities, as well as the courts, are excellent. Another former world number three has also accepted a wildcard into the events after suffering an injury, which is Stan Wawrinka. In the women’s event featuring Heather Watson and Johanna Konta, the top seed is Caroline Wozniacki the Australian Open Champion.

Murray to Experience the Competition Heat Once More Before Wimbledon.

According to BBC’s Russell Fuller, Andy Murray could have decided to play in one of the Wimbledon exhibition events, although he opted to accept the wildcard and play at Eastbourne. By playing in the Nature Valley International, Murray can look forward to playing a considerably weaker field. The top 20 players in the line-up are Diego Schwartzman and Kyle Edmund only, although all players who received entry are inside the top 60 of the world.

During the 2-hour 39-minute match against Kyrgios, Murray mentioned some stiffness in his lower back. He was positive that he could play the Nature Valley International at Eastbourne, but not yet at Wimbledon as in his opinion, five-set matches will be detrimental at this stage of his recovery.

Murray told reporters that Tuesday was an emotional day for him as he waited eleven months to return to the action, after losing to the Australian player Nick Kyrgios. Murray gives his recovery priority and has learned that taking care of his body comes first, and he has decided to do whatever it takes to look after his body to ensure a speedy and complete recovery.

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Rafael Nadal Defeats Dominic Thiem – Wins French Open Final

Nadal entered the Phillipe-Chatrier court by acknowledging the screaming fans by dropping his bag, then taking off his jacket he did a little jig that previously had the full house crowd at his feet. Dominic Thiem broke Rafael with a forehand in round three and to his credit, he did bring his biggest shot to the game.

For Nadal or any other professional tennis player, winning 11 titles is not even a dream, it is simply unbelievable. Nadal raised his arms in celebration as he turned towards his team, it was indeed celebration time as the 2-hour 42-minute French Final ended.

Rafael suffered from cramps during the third set, which made victory so much sweeter, the cramps he explained, is what happens when you as a player are really pushed, in a match. In the final Nadal triumphed 6-4, 6-3 and 6-2 against Dominic Thiem.

Dominic Thiem Waited Since His 11th Birthday to Play Rafael Nadal in a Final

Played under heavy skies the final ended on a high note for the 32-year-old, while the 24-year-old Thiem continued to fight until the end. Dominic Thiem later told the press that he watched his first final on television when he was only 11 years old. He also watched the match in which Nada won his first Roland Garros title on television in 2005. It was his dream to one day, play a final against Rafael Nadal.

Dominic Thiem feels what Nadal achieved is amazing. In total, the Spaniard has 17 major crowns, each as special as the one before it and he wept as the 80-year-old legend, Ken Rosewell presented him the Coupe des Mousquetaires.

Rafael Nadal Applauded Dominic Thiem for Great Play

The eleventh time champion, Rafael Nadal went home with €2,200,000 for this victory, after he praised and applauded the young Dominic for great play. He also ensured the young opponent that he’ll be a big winner. Nadal shared that Dominic is not only a fantastic player he is even a greater person.
World number one Nadal earned his 17th grand slam, which only three adrift of that of the all-time men’s record holder Roger Federer. In Grand Slam totals the last six were win by either Federer or Nadal.

While Thiem had few answers to the brilliance of Nadal, the 7th seed used both his mental resilience and athleticism during the match, after he did show some nerves as he failed to find his rhythm in the opening game.

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Wimbledon Place at Risk for Andy Murray After Injury

It is a race against time for Andy Murray after he had to pull out form another warm-up session this week, while Novak Djokovic also admitted that he too might have to miss out on this year’s event starting on the 2nd of July.

The Libema Open was supposed to be the big comeback for the Scot, although he had to withdraw again from the event in Hertogenbosch in Holland. It was the withdraw that Djokovic confessed that he might not be able to play on the grass this year, following being dumped out of the French Open by Marco Cecchinato.

Andy Murray has been out for the past year after he had hip surgery in January. He regretted not being able to play in Hertogenbosch as he was excited to finally play at the Libema Open, although he realised that he was still not ready to return yet. Murray wants to be 100% in shape when he returns and is still planning to play in the coming weeks.

Murray Hopefull to Participate at Fever Tree Championships

He is hoping to participate in the Fever Tree Championships starting next Monday at the Queens Club, which is the last event he could play, the only other alternative is Eastbourne, which is only one week before Wimbledon.

Neither Murray nor his team expected him to be out of tennis for almost a year, but recovery is slow, and now finally he is getting closer to participation, and hopefully, thousands of fans will see him back on the grass court this season. With his training schedule already planned, Murray had a bit of a setback in April, which delayed his practising on the court by over a month. Last year Murray had no choice but to pull out from the US Open, followed by the Brisbane International taking place in January and then the Australian Open since he had his operation in January in Melbourne.

Murray has not participated in an event since his last year’s quarter-final defeat by Sam Querry at Wimbledon which means he is no longer in the world top 150 after he had 42 weeks in number one, just before his hip injury worsened.

Depending on his progress over the next week, Murray might still decide to play at Eastbourne one week before Wimbledon to gain some competitive match time. In order to build-up his match fitness, he needs matches as he realises he won’t come back and start immediately where he left off. The only thing he can do is to listen to his body and let how he feels guide him as at the end of the day he is the only one that really knows how he feels.

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Colombian Players Creates History With Winning of First Master Title

During the Foro Italico, two players, Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah were pinned against a wall and a hard place through the entire week. Though, on Sunday the two Colombian based players stunned again as they went on to claim their Maiden ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crowns.

Farah and Cabal easily rode past Pablo Carreno Busta along with Joao Sousa with a 3-6, 6-4, and 10-4 in their pursuit to achieve the title during the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. As their appeared at their second final match at the Masters 1000 level, while finishing up as only runners-up during the Miami tournament in 2014, the iconic duo trained harder and played with true preciseness to come out as victors.

Cabal commented on the duo’s win with a smile before saying that the title they received was one they were striving to get for years now. He continued that he and Farah worked hard since their Miami tournament to reach where they are. He finished up the sentiment by stating wins like keeps the duo motivated to keep achieving their goals.

The Only Colombians to Win Masters 1000 Title

The duo of Cabal/Farah are making headlines, not only because they are the first Colombians to win the prized Masters 1000 title. They are doubling as the world’s first all South American team to prevail so flawlessly at this elite level. After their win, the duo is taking home a total of €289,670 in prize money along with an impressive 1,000 additional points for the ATP Doubles Ranking. The point increase has raised the duo to third place in the ATP Doubles Race to London.

Farah added on that they feel amazing before reminiscing about how they played in finals the previous years but never won a title. He continues by stating that winning a Masters 1000 event feels even more special due to the elite level. He finished off with a smile proudly saying that this is something they worked hard before, and it is something that they are going to remember for the rest of their lives.

All the six seeds were told to work and practice in Rome all week, with a shocking three of the four wins coming from the Match Tie-Breaks. Opening with a narrow win over the well-known Dutch pair Robin Haase and Jean-Julien Rojer. The upset the top seeds, Marcelo Melo Lukasz Kubot played straight sets and easily battled against players, Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares in a match during the semi-final that took place on Saturday.

This was the 11th title won by the Cabal/Farah duo, who, at the beginning of the 2018 campaigns, opened with the first Grand Slam Final at the highly anticipated Australian Open.
On the other hand, the other duo of Carreno Busta and Sousa will remain to keep themselves in high spirits as they make an impressive run to the final matches. The duo was the as the team in the field as they Spanish-Portuguese pair were appearing in their first Masters 1000 title competition.

This was due to the pair of Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan withdrawing due to a hip injury that Bob received. This immediately gave Busta/Sousa a chance to take their place and test their abilities on the field. This was Carreno Busta’s first doubles final since the impressive win in Rio de Janeiro last year. On Sousa side, this was his first double final at the prestigious tour-level. The pair split a total of €141,820, along with 600 points of the ATP Doubles Ranking.

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Rafael Nadal wows crowds at Internazionali BNL d’Italia

Rafael Nadal witnessed firsthand his 4-1 set lead vanish on Friday, thus prompting him to give it his all to beat the famed and skilled Italian player, Fabio Fognini. Fognini name gained more fame as he was boosted by the capacity Court Central audience that was spectating the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.

Nadal, also dubbed as the Spanish superstar, brutally denied Fognini his wishes of scoring a win as an early present for his young son, Federico. During the match, Nadal managed to score an impressive 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory that is keeping him in the strong pursuit of retiring to the prized number one spot in the ATP rankings.

If Nadal manages to score his eighth trophy during the Foro Italico competition in Rome, it would be his 32nd record ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown. Nadal will then be in the process of succeeding and eventually replacing the skilled player from Switzerland, Roger Federer at this upcoming summit for men’s professional tennis on May 21st, 2018. On Saturday, Nadal will be playing his 10th Rome semi-finals game against the Siberian number eleven seed and four-time recorded finalist, Novak Djokovic or, depending on the results, The Japanese player, Ken Nishikori.

Nadal – Multiple Championship Wins


Nadal has been the Rome champion of 2005-2007, 2009-2010, and 2012-2013, is currently ranked 54-6 at the historical and ironically known clay-court tournament. Nadal’s intensity was obviously shown as he netted the first break of the match, which had a 3-1 lead at the time. At first, Fognini led the Spanish based player through an extremely wide backhand volley into the open court. However, Nadal flawlessly ran back in and hit the winning backhand strike.

As Fognini was cheered on by his courtside companions, he was finally broken during the 2-4 during the fourth break point with a miscalculated forehand return down the court. Thus, causing Nadal to lead 4-1. During this match, Nadal won 11 out of 41 of the available points. Moreover, Fognini was moving at a fantastic pace and skill around the court, managing to win the first set against Nadal. However, Nadal showed that he wasn’t ready to give up yet as he made a shocking return and refocused his intentions. On the set point moment of the game, Nadal managed to hit a perfected slice serve out wide before striking a crosscourt backhand.

After the game, the beaming Spanish player commented on his performance. Nadal stated how having a break as early as the second set gave him a much-needed confidence boost for this match. The 31-year-old player added on to his statement, reflecting on his playing skills, stating that as he used his forehand strikes more aggressively, his backhand strikes become more precise and effortless. As the Spaniard chucked, he reflected on how every part of the game was a positive learning experience that was needed for his career at this point. Nadal finished his sentiment with a piece of advice that he always keeps in his heart, stating the importance of having the ability to change the dynamics in the match to achieve the desired result – winning.

While Fognini competitor suffered a minor setback during the match, Nadal managed to come back with a passion for victory scored him that desired win after a two hour and fifteen-minute game. This was Fognini first quarter-final in Rome, during his 11th showing at his home tournament.

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Serena Williams Biography

Serena Williams was born Serena Jameka Williams on the 26th of September, 1981. The tennis player is from the United States of America and is currently unranked after only recently returning to the sport after giving birth to a daughter.

As a player, Serena began at the tender age of three, and as she entered the Women’s Tennis Association, she won her first major championship in 1999 and achieved the first of several Grand Slams in 2003. Williams went on to earn twenty-three Gram Slams to date, with her last coming with her defeat of sister Venus at the Australian Open 2017.

Record of Grand Slams

Serena Williams has won a staggering twenty-three Grand Slams since 1999 and has the most on record after her 2017 surpassed the 22 Steffi Graf had won, putting Williams in the history books once again. September 2012 saw Serena beating Victoria Azarenka at the U.S Open to earn her 15th Grand Slam. This was a final that many thought Williams would not win but as history has shown, Williams is one never to count out, yet the win even surprised Williams due to the level of play she faced.

While Williams has won twenty-three Grand Slams as a single, she also has racked up thirteen in the Women’s Doubles. Her sixteenth Grand Slam came at the French Open after defeating Sharapova in two sets. In 2002, Williams added three more titles to her record with victories at Wimbledon, the U.S Open and French Open.

The following year saw her win the Austria Open for the first time and again won the U.S Open in 2013. Her 20th Grand Slam came once again in 2014 at the U.S Open after she proved victorious against Caroline Wozniacki. The wins continued to accumulate with another victory at the Australia Open in 2015.

Serena Williams Personal Life

Serena Williams is married to husband Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit. Engaged in 2016, the married in November 2017 in Louisiana. Williams was adorned in a stunning dress designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen dress. The wedding included a long list of celebrities such as Eva Longoria, Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé.

In the spring of 2017, it was announced that Williams was pregnant and expecting her first child after a snapchat picture was posted with a caption that said “20 weeks”. While the picture was soon deleted, the information quickly spread and was confirmed by Williams shortly thereafter.

On the first of September of 2017, Serena gave birth to a healthy baby girl that they named daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. Williams posted a picture of her daughter on her Instagram account and included a video on YouTube and her website to share the news of her daughter’s birth.

Net Worth

Serena Williams has had a lucrative career in the sport of tennis, having earned many million dollar prizes for her multiple Grand Slam victories. To add to her net worth, the star has entered into multiple endorsement deals with the likes of Mike, Gatorade, Beats By Dre, Intel and others. Her estimated net worth is $84million based on earnings and endorsement deals.

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The Best Men and Women Tennis Player

Like any major sport, there have been several greats in tennis. Some tennis players are universal, and we know their names even if we weren’t necessarily old enough (or even alive) to see them play. Who are these greats of tennis, though? Everybody has their own opinions, but same names stand out more than others and are repeated time and time again. We’ve taken on the challenge and come up with the best men and women tennis player

Who is the Best Men’s Tennis Player Ever?

Andre Agassi won over 60 career titles before retiring in 2006, and this American tennis player’s record of 8 Grand Slams, is tough to beat. John McEnroe may have 7 Grand Slams himself, but he is more famously regarded for losing his temper and slamming is racket down in defeat. Both of those pale in comparison to Björn Borg. With 11 Grand Slam titles over a 10-year career, this Swedish star is regarded as one of the best in the business. And who can forget Pete Sampras? His 14 Grand Slam titles over a 14-year career is still remarkable, even today.

The big winners are all involved in the current game, though. As good as Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are, they don’t hold a candle to Rafael Nadal, whose 16 Grand Slams and 75 career titles grow each year. Inevitably, the all-time best men’s tennis player, though, must be Roger Federer. The Swiss started in 1998, has won 96 career titles, earned over $115m and won 20 Grand Slam titles. There’s just no matching that, really – not even for Nadal.

And the Best Women’s Tennis Player?

Picking the all-time best female tennis player is more challenging, as the competition is a lot fiercer. Justine Henin, Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, and Monica Seles are all right up there, as is Billy Jean King is still a firm favourite with tennis fans. King’s 15-year career saw her win 129 career titles, and 12 grand slams, with her aggressive play much admired even today.

Going into the past, Australia’s Margaret Court and the USA’s Chris Evert dominated in the 70s and 80s, respectively, and deserve to be towards the top of the list. Serena Williams is most people’s pick for the all-time best ladies’ tennis player, but to be honest, many people are biased in this regard. She may be more famous, but she hasn’t won anywhere near as many titles as our top two.

Few real tennis fans would argue that Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf are duking out for the top spot. We couldn’t pick a winner between these gals, with the Czech winning 167 career titles and 18 Grand Slams from 1975-1994, and her German counterpart bagging 107 career titles and a record 22 Grand Slams between 1982 and 1999. By contrast, Serena Williams has just 72 career titles and 23 Grand Slams. Serena may go on to eventually take our title, but as far as we’re concerned, Navratilova’s double record, and 190 Grand Slam Mixed Doubles titles, and Graf being the first woman to win the Golden Slam but them out in front.

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