Happy Birthday: Serena Williams, Michael Ballack, Klaus Augenthaler

Sport360 staff 10:27 26/09/2016
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(Clockwise): Michael Ballack, Klaus Augenthaler and Serena Williams.

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).

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