The American pulled out of this week’s Wuhan Open and China Open with a shoulder injury, but there’s no denying Serena Williams is one of the best players in the history of tennis.
Celebrating her 35th birthday, Serena’s record speaks for itself: 71 WTA titles, including 22 Grand Slams – a feat which is the joint record for the most major wins by a tennis player in the Open Era.
Ranked at No. 2 in the world, there’s every possibility she could emulate Margaret Court’s 24 titles, to which she is tied-second.
With her dominance on court, Serena has topped the world rankings for a span of 309 weeks in total.
Besides holding all four major singles titles simultaneously (2002–03 and 2014–15), she has also won 14 women’s doubles and two mixed doubles crowns in major competitions.
More sports stars born on this day:
1943: Ian Chappell, ex-cricketer, who captained the Australia Test team (73).
1957: Klaus Augenthaler, former Bayern Munich and West Germany defender and World Cup winner in 1990 (59).
1976: Michael Ballack, ex-footballer, who played for Bayer Leverkusen, Chelsea and Germany (40).
1983: Ricardo Quaresma, former Al Ahli footballer, who now plays for Besiktas (33).
On Saturday, Manchester United ran riot in their 4-1 victory over Leicester City and on this day 60 years ago, it was more of the same.
Sir Matt Busby’s side had already triumphed 2-0 in the first leg against Anderlecht in Brussels but there was still all to do to advance from the preliminary round of the 1956 European Cup.
But Dennis Viollet led the way with four goals, Tommy Taylor bagged a hat-trick, Liam Whelan grabbed two and Johnny Berry scored in the 10-0 success at Old Trafford.
It was the first time at British club had hit double figures as United strode to a 12-0 aggregate win.
More unforgettable events on this day:
1960: The first two games in football’s League Cup were played, with Bristol Rovers taking on Fulham and West Ham meeting Charlton.
1965: Franz Beckenbauer made his international debut for West Germany.
2003: Malcolm Glazer, owner of Super Bowl champions the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, increases his stake in Manchester United PLC to 3.17 per cent.
2015: Wales beat England 28-25 at Twickenham in Pool A of the Rugby World Cup.
Bedi was one of the best spinners India has produced and one of the finest left-arm bowlers of all time.
Bedi, who turns 70 today, made his Test debut against the West Indies in the 1966 Kolkata Test. With his smooth action and clever change of pace, the left-arm spinner established himself as one of the foremost slow bowlers in the world and formed a lethal spin attack alongside Bhagwat
Chandrasekhar, Erapalli Prasanna and Srinivas Venkataraghavan.
In all, Bedi played 67 Tests and picked up 266 wickets but it was his impact alongside other spinners that added more weight to his performances. He also captained India in 22 Tests. Bedi was a feisty cricketer and didn’t hold back in his views either. He was a strong critic of Muttiah Muralitharan’s bowling action and ruffled many feathers with his remarks.
More sports birthdays on this day:
1955: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, European Footballer of the Year in 1980 & 1981, now chairman of Bayern Munich (61).
1961: Ronnie Whelan, former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland midfielder (55).
1976: Chauncey Billups, the 2004 NBA Finals MVP with the Detroit Pistons (40).
1987: Monica Niculescu, Romanian tennis player who reached a career high of No. 28 (29).