On Friday night at the 2015 Australian Open Serena Williams once again showed how powerful she is and how far behind her all the other WTA ladies are, including the five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova whom she beat in the final. What's even more impressive is that Serena will turn 34 in September and she's still rocking the tennis courts, just as way back in 2003 when her Australian Open title run coined the term "Serena Slam", as she achieved to be holding all Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously. All this inspired me to make a collage of Serena's Australian Open trophy pics, to give us a better perspective on the 19-time Grand Slam champion's evolution.
This is Serena today, posing with her Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup in Melbourne's Carlton Gardens, and she's still enjoying both the work leading to success and the thrill of winning titles:
I can play as long as I would like. I think now with technology and stuff, players are able to play longer. I can play as long as I want to, so it just depends on how long I want play. I really don’t know (how long I want to play). I do know that I’m having fun. I love winning championships, I love holding trophies at the end of the week. More than anything I love to do the work to get there.
Inspired by the glamorous trophy photoshoot in Carlton Gardens, I decided to make a collage of Williams' Australian Open off-court trophy photo sessions as well. My favorites are the year 2003, when the 21-year-old Serena posed on the banks of the Yarra River, following the victory over sister Venus in the finals, and the year 2005, when Serena displayed her trophy on a water taxi outside the Rod Laver Arena, after her triumph over Lindsey Davenport in the finals.
Serena is a living legend, what more can I say!