A long, storied Open career

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Serena Williams beat Monica Seles, Lindsay Davenport and Martina Hingis on the way to her first Grand Slam title at the 1999 US Open.

Serena Williams already holds the record for most years between winning her first and last title at the US Open, and after her 6-0, 6-1 first-round win over Francesca Schiavone on Monday, she’s still the favorite to pad her lead with another title this year. As a 17-year-old in 1999, Serena won the $750,000 first-place check after beating Martina Hingis in the final. As a 30-year-old in 2012, Serena won the $1.9 million winner’s check after beating Victoria Azarenka in the final. The 13-year-span between first and most recent titles (Serena also won in 2002 and 2008) puts her well ahead of the second-place player in the Open era, Steffi Graf, who won her first title in 1988 and the last of her five in 1996.

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