On Thursday, Venus Williams defeated Johanna Konta to advance to her first Wimbledon singles final since 2009. She is now just one win away from capturing her first Grand Slam singles title since last hoisting the aptly named Venus Rosewater Dish at the All England Club in 2008.
Williams’ Wimbledon run calls to mind a few historical US Open moments as well.
Venus’ first Grand Slam final came 20 years ago in New York, when she stormed to the title match unseeded, defeating No. 8 seed Anke Huber and No. 11 Irina Spirlea before falling to Martina Hingis.
Her first US Open singles title came on the heels of her first WImbledon title, in 2000, an astonishing 17 years ago, when she knocked off both the top-seeded Hingis in the semis and No. 2 Lindsay Davenport in the final. Venus added a second Open crown the following year, topping sister Serena in the first-ever prime-time women’s singles final.
For comparison, here is a look at the longest gaps between women’s Grand Slam singles titles in the Open era, with their first and most recent major titles.
Should Venus score a victory over 2015 Wimbledon finalist and 2016 French Open champ Garbiñe Muguruza on Saturday, the 17-year gap between major titles would put her second on this list:
Serena Williams – 18 years (1999 US Open, 2017 Australian Open)
Chris Evert – 12 years (1974 French Open, 1986 French Open)
Steffi Graf – 12 years (1987 French Open, 1999 French Open)
Martina Navratilova – 12 years (1978 Wimbledon, 1990 Wimbledon)
Maria Sharapova – 10 years (2004 Wimbledon, 2014 French Open)