Williams’ 23 Grand Slam singles titles is an Open Era record for women or men. The only tennis athlete with more major singles titles is Australia’s Margaret Court — whose record of 24 titles has withstood an inspired assault from Williams in recent years.
When play in the U.S. Open’s main draw begins on Aug. 29, Williams will have a protected ranking of No. 16. The tournament runs for much of the following two weeks, and it will surely bring tributes for one of the greatest tennis players ever to pick up a racket.
Indeed, Williams kept stacking titles up, surpassing Martina Hingis and Monica Seles and her sister, Venus. Then she wrote her name in the record books above the sport’s legends: Billie Jean King; Chris Evert; Martina Navratilova.
In her Vogue article, Williams praised the players who came before her, both for their skills and for fighting for gender equality. But she also spoke about her growing business interests and the inspiration she has drawn from other powerful women, such as Facebook veteran Sheryl Sandberg and Caryn Seidman-Becker, CEO of the security company Clear Secure.