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At the US Open, Williams defeated fourth-seeded Sánchez Vicario in the quarterfinals before losing to second seeded and eventual champion Davenport in the semifinals.Williams played four tournaments in the remainder of 1998.She has reached 16 Grand Slam finals, most recently at Wimbledon in 2017.She has also won 14 Grand Slam Women's doubles titles, all with Serena; the pair are unbeaten in Grand Slam doubles finals. Her five Wimbledon singles titles tie her with two other women for eighth place on the all-time list, but gives her sole possession of No.In her first Tier I event of the year, Williams lost in the semifinals of the State Farm Evert Cup in Indian Wells to No. The following week, Williams won the Tier I Lipton International Players Championships in Key Biscayne, Florida, defeating No. On March 30, 1998, her ranking broke into the top 10 for the first time, at No. Williams played only one tournament on clay before the 1998 French Open.
Williams played five events in 1996, falling in the first round four times but reaching the third round in Los Angeles, before losing to No. Williams played 15 tour events in 1997, including five Tier I tournaments. Her ranking broke into the top 100 on April 14, 1997.
At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Williams became only the second player to win Olympic gold medals in both singles and doubles at the same Olympic Games, after Helen Wills Moody in 1924.
With 49 singles titles, Williams trails only Serena among active players on the WTA Tour.
Richard stopped sending his daughters to national junior tennis tournaments when Williams was eleven, since he wanted them to take it slow and focus on schoolwork.
Another motivation was racial, as he had allegedly heard parents of other players disparage the Williams sisters during tournaments.
5 Sánchez Vicario in the semifinals before losing to No. Williams lost again to Hingis in the quarterfinals of the French Open.