Serena Williams lost to Simona Halep at the Wimbledon final Saturday, falling short once again of an elusive landmark.
With this loss, Williams missed her latest opportunity to win her 24th Grand Slam title, which would put her tied with the record for most Grand Slam wins ever, a record Margaret Court set over four decades ago.
Serena Williams plays a backhand in her Ladies’ Singles semi-final match against Barbora Strycova of The Czech Republic during Day Ten of The Championships on July 11, 2019, in London.
Williams, 37, has been chasing that 24th win since the 2017 Australian Open, which she won shortly after learning she was pregnant. Since returning from giving birth to daughter Olympia, Williams has competed in three Grand Slam finals — including this one at Wimbledon — but has not won a final match.
Heading into the final, Williams appeared calm and measured, with that history-making number far from her mind.