15 moments that have defined Serena Williams' career

Serena Williams returned to tennis Thursday night at Indian Wells for the first time since winning the 2017 Australian Open. Now a mom, Williams, 36, embarks on the newest chapter of an amazing, record-setting life. Here are the 15 biggest moments of her career, written with the expectation that she’ll be soon adding to the list.

15. The first win (1997)

Venus, 17, was the big sister but every conversation about her usually ended the same way. “I hear her sister is going to be even better!” Serena began living up to her hype on a court in Chicago in 1997. Just after turning 16, she got her first main-draw win and then won two more, against world No. 7 Mary Pierce and No. 2 seed (and nine-time major champion) Monica Seles. Serena lost in the semifinals but the point was made.

14. Bizarre behavior at Wimbledon (2014)

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In one of the oddest displays in recent tennis history, Serena took the court alongside Venus in a second-round doubles match at Wimbledon. She had been the No. 1 seed in singles but was upset three days before in a third-round match, continuing a bizarre Grand Slam season in which she was the No. 1 player in the world…

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