Serena Williams is quite simply one of the dominant athletes in the history of not just women’s tennis but sport as well.
The American, who turns 34 today, is the world No1 player at the moment and has been ranked at the top on six different occasions.
Williams has the most major singles, doubles, and mixed doubles titles combined among active players, male or female. Her record of 36 major titles puts her fifth on the all-time list and second in the Open era and her total of 21 grand slam singles titles is third on the all-time list behind Margaret Court (24) and Steffi Graf (22).
She is the reigning champion of the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, WTA Tour Championships and Olympic women’s singles and doubles.
Little surprise that Williams is regarded by many commentators, writers and players as the greatest female tennis player of all time.
1943: Ian Chappell, former Australia Test captain turned commentator (72).
1947: Richard Roth, American former swimmer and Olympic champion in 400m IM (68).
1976: Michael Ballack, former Chelsea and Germany midfielder who scored 42 goals for his country (39).
1983: Ricardo Quaresma, Portugal winger who plays for Turkish club Besiktas (32).
Dubai Kartdrome hosted Round 11 of the 2015 SWS Sprint Series on Monday night, with Anjum Shaikh and Vincent Fraisse winning the senior races, Adrian Jones tops in the SWS Masters, and Seif Al Naggar and Oliver Walton doing the business in the junior category.
It was clear from qualifying that the racing for the 30 drivers would be close in the SWS Seniors class as the top dozen drivers were within one second and the difference between the top five a mere tenth of a second – reigning SWS champion Atef Al Barwani claimed pole position.
In Race 1 Anjum Shaikh shone as he turned seventh place on the grid into a win, edging Rai Azzam by 0.087 of a second as they crossed the finish line.
Ahmed Al Hammadi claimed third, albeit three seconds behind the leading duo, with schoolgirl Abi Birch fourth, Paul Chatenay fifth, Romaldo Rabroy sixth, Rashid Bin Humaidan seventh, Maz Nawar eighth, Hussein Umid Ali ninth and SWS debutant Nicolas Fargeas rounding out the top ten.
Newcomer Vincent Fraisse, a French karting champion, signaled his intent by qualifying second but had a tough introduction to the rigours of SWS in the UAE in the first race and found himself finishing down in 12th.
In Race 2, Fraisse showed his true class, carving his way through the field to claim victory – the first time a driver has won on his debut SWS race event at the Kartdrome.
Behind him Azzam was second again, ahead of Labrooy in third who was chased across the line by Nawaz, Umid Ali, Birch, Shaikh, Allan Khoury, Chatenay and Ali Al Mansoori tenth.
Azzam's double second place was enough to see him walk away with the winner's trophy for combined race points, with Shaikh second and Birch third in the points table.
In the ‘race-within-a-race’ SWS Masters, Adrian Jones did the treble by claiming wins in both races and thus ended top points scorer on the night. Porus Nashir was second and Ziad Merhi third.
In the SWS juniors a new format of combined practice and qualifying followed by two races was introduced and attracted 20 drivers to the grid.
From the outset Seif Al Naggar set the pace by claiming top spot in qualifying and then turning that into a win after a race-long duel with Jakub Fitsimmons who finished second and Oliver Walton in third.
Kamal Agha drove a storming race and turned 19th on the grid to fourth place, with Luis Velasco fifth and Maxine Dubois sixth.
Race 2 saw the leading trio battling it out for all nine laps, this time with Patrick Debattista also in the mix. There was little to separate the quartet as they crossed the line with Walton taking a narrow victory ahead of Al Naggar, De Battista and Fitsimmons in his slipstream. Velasco was fifth and Dubois sixth.
Round 12 of the 2015 SWS Sprint Series takes place at Dubai Kartdrome on 5 October 2015.
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