2005 Serena Williams tennis season

Serena Williams's 2005 tennis season was hampered by injury and was the first time that she didn't qualify for the Year-End Championships since 1999. Williams also failed to finish in the top 10 for the first time since 1998 despite winning a slam.

2005 Serena Williams tennis season
Full nameSerena Jameka Williams
Country United States
Calendar prize money1,076,226
Season record21–7 (75%)
Calendar titles1
Year-end ranking11
Ranking change from previous yearDecrease 4
Grand Slam & significant results
Australian OpenW
French OpenA
US Open4R

Year in detailEdit

Australian Open and early hard court seasonEdit

Australian OpenEdit

"I didn't deserve to win the way I played," Williams said after her victory. "My serve was horrible. I've worked really hard on it. It's just, I'm a perfectionist, and I played really bad. I don't see too many positives out of except I think I ran well for it on some dropshots. That's about it."

Williams after her win against Petrova

Williams began her 2005 season at the Australian Open after missing the 2004 edition and winning the 2003 edition. Williams entered the event as the seventh seed. In her opening match she easily dispatch of Camille Pin, defeating the Frenchwoman with a double breadstick.[1] She then faced Dally Randriantefy, Williams dominated her opponent dropping just three games including a bagel in the second in just 48 minutes. Williams hit 38 winners and only 18 unforced errors in the match.[2] In the third round, Williams took on wildcard Sania Mirza, Williams closed out the first set with a breadstick and then won the second set with a single break lead in just 56 minutes.[3] In the following match, she faced Nadia Petrova and won the first set easily with a breadstick. Petrova came back winning the second, but Williams eventually closed it out in the third set.[4] In the final eight, she went against 2nd seed Amélie Mauresmo and dominated her injured opponent, who was hampered by an injured groin winning both sets with a drop of two games.[5] In the semifinals, Williams took on Maria Sharapova. Sharapova dominated the first set breaking Williams twice. Sharapova then served for the match at the tenth game, but lost three straight games to lose the set. In the final set, Sharapova once again served for the match at the tenth game, however Williams saved three match points to break. Williams eventually broke for the match in the 14th game of the deciding set.[6] In the final, Williams faced world no. 1 Lindsay Davenport, Davenport raced through the first four games in just 11 minutes. Davenport eventually won the set in the eight game. Williams then failed to convert a break point in the sixth game, but reeled in nine straight games to win the second and third sets. This is Williams seventh slam and second Australian Open. She is also riding with a 14 match winning streak at the event.[7]

Open GDF SuezEdit

Following her Australian Open triumph, Williams played at the Open GDF Suez. After receiving a bye in the first round, she cruised pass local Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro in straight sets before withdrawing in her scheduled quarterfinal match against Dinara Safina because of stomach flu.[8][9]

Dubai Duty Free Women's OpenEdit

Williams then played at the Dubai Duty Free Women's Open and received a bye in the first round. Williams began her tournament against Elena Bovina. Williams slow start gave Bovina the chance to capture the first set with a loss of only a game. However Williams rallied to win 10 of the next 11 games to win the second set and take the first four games of the third. Bovina came back to get one of the breaks back in the sixth game just to see Williams close it out in the tenth game.[10] Williams then faced Daniela Hantuchová in the final eight. Williams edged out Hantuchová in the first set, closing it out in the twelfth game. The second set was easier for Williams winning it in three.[11] In the semifinals, Williams retired in her match against Jelena Janković with an arm injury after losing the first set in a bagel and down by a break in the second.[12]

NASDAQ-100 OpenEdit

Williams came into the NASDAQ-100 Open as the three-time defending champion. Williams began her quest for her fourth consecutive title at the event against Vera Dushevina, Williams won the match with a drop of only three game including a bagel in the second. Williams then took on Shahar Pe'er and won the match with a drop of three games in both set.[13] In the fourth round, Williams faced Elena Likhovtseva and won the first with a break lead. However, Likhovtseva evened it out by dominating the second set with a breadstick. Williams then pegged her back to win the match with a break lead in the deciding set.[14] Williams then took on older sister Venus for a spot in the last 4. Venus took the first set with ease, winning the first set with a breadstick. In the second set, Serena had two set points to push it to a decider but Venus saved both and won the set. This loss ended Serena's 21 match winning streak in the event.[15]

Clay court season and French OpenEdit

Bausch & Lomb ChampionshipsEdit

Williams began her clay court campaign at the Bausch & Lomb Championships. She received a bye in the first round and then cruised through victory against Dally Randriantefy in straight sets.[16] In the third round, she took on Mary Pierce and squeezed through the first set winning it in a tie-break. The second set was tight as well, but Williams won the set with a single break lead.[17] In the final eight, Williams faced Italian Silvia Farina Elia. The first set, the pair went toe-to-toe with Williams winning it in the twelfth game. However, the Italian came back winning the second in a tie-break. After the conclusion of the second set, Williams retired due to a sprained ankle.[18]

Internazionali BNL d'ItaliaEdit

Williams then played at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia and received a bye in the first round. Williams was upset in the second round by Francesca Schiavone, Schiavone won the first set in a tie-break and then took the second set with a breadstick.[19]

French OpenEdit

Williams then withdrew from the French Open with a sprained left ankle.[20]


Williams made her return at Wimbledon having reached the final in the previous three years. Williams began her campaign for a third Wimbledon against compatriot ranked 104 Angela Haynes. Williams led by a break but Haynes came back to force it to a tie-break, which went to a marathon with Haynes winning it in the 26th point. William broke in the third game, but Haynes broke back in the eight game. Williams won the next to games to push to a decider. The final set went on serve until Williams took the last four games beginning with the fifth.[21] Williams then faced 124 ranked Mara Santangelo. Santangelo began the match winning the first four games and closed out the first set in the eight game. However, Williams came back winning the next two sets with ease.[22] Williams then took on American Jill Craybas, Craybas broke in the second game, the pair then traded breaks until Craybas held in the ninth game to win the set. The second set then went to a tie-break which Craybas won, upsetting the two-time Wimbledon champion.[23]

US Open and late hard court seasonEdit

Rogers CupEdit

Williams then made her US Open preparation at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Williams opened her tournament against Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro after receiving a bye in the first round. Cohen-Aloro broke in the first game but Williams won the next two to get it on serve. Cohen Aloro then took 6 of the last 7 games to win the set with a break of serve. Williams then came back winning the second set with a single break lead. In the final set, Williams broke in the first and third game and didn't look back closing it out in the eight game.[24] Williams then withdrew prior to her match against Flavia Pennetta with a left knee pain.[25]

US OpenEdit

Williams then competed at the US Open. She began her campaign against Taiwan's Chan Yung-jan. Williams took the first set with a breadstick and then won the last four games of the second set from the sixth game.[26] Williams then faced Catalina Castaño and dropped only four games with a straight sets victory dropping two games in each set.[27] In the third round, Williams faced Francesca Schiavone and once again won easily winning both set with a single break lead.[28] In the Round of 16, it was a Williams battle, as she took on sister Venus. The first set the sisters went toe-to-toe pushing it to a tie-break, which Venus won. Venus then carried the momentum winning the second set with ease to end her younger sisters US Open campaign.[29]

China OpenEdit

Williams played her final tournament of 2005 at the China Open but was upset by local 127th ranked Sun Tiantian. Sun won the first set with ease but was pushed by her higher ranked opponent into a tie-break, which the Chinese won.[30]

All matchesEdit

Singles matchesEdit

Tournament Match Round Opponent Rank Result Score
Australian Open
Melbourne, Australia
Grand Slam
Hard, outdoor
17–30 January 2005
344 1R   Camille Pin #106 Win 6–1, 6–1
345 2R   Dally Randriantefy #67 Win 6–3, 6–0
346 3R   Sania Mirza #166 Win 6–1, 6–4
347 4R   Nadia Petrova #13 Win 6–1, 3–6, 6–3
348 QF   Amélie Mauresmo #2 Win 6–2, 6–2
349 SF   Maria Sharapova #5 Win 2–6, 7-5, 8–6
350 F   Lindsay Davenport #1 Win 2–6, 6–3, 6–0
Open GDF Suez
Paris, France
Hard, indoors
7–13 February 2005
1R Bye
351 2R   Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro #94 Win 6–3, 6–2
QF   Dinara Safina #48 Withdrew N/A
Dubai Duty Free Women's Open
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
28 February - 6 March 2005
1R Bye
352 2R   Elena Bovina #15 Win 1–6, 6–1, 6–4
353 QF   Daniela Hantuchová #22 Win 7–5, 6–3
354 SF   Jelena Janković #28 Loss 0–6, 3–4 Ret
NASDAQ-100 Open
Key Biscayne, Miami, USA
WTA Tier I
21 March - 3 April 2005
1R Bye
355 2R   Vera Dushevina #42 Win 6–3, 6–0
356 3R   Shahar Pe'er #135 Win 6–3, 6–3
357 4R   Elena Likhovtseva #17 Win 6–4, 1–6, 6–4
358 QF   Venus Williams #9 Loss 1–6, 6–7(8–10)
Bausch & Lomb Championships
Amelia Island, USA
Clay, Green
4–10 April 2005
1R Bye
359 2R   Dally Randriantefy #45 Win 6–3, 6–1
360 3R   Mary Pierce #27 Win 7–6(7–5), 6–4
361 QF   Silvia Farina Elia #24 Loss 7–5, 6–7(8–10) Ret
Internazionali BNL d'Italia
Rome, Italy
WTA Tier I
Clay, Red
9–15 May 2005
1R Bye
362 2R   Francesca Schiavone #26 Loss 6–7(2–7), 1–6
London, United Kingdom
Grand Slam
20 June - 3 July 2005
363 1R   Angela Haynes #104 Win 6–7(12–14), 6–4, 6–2
364 2R   Mara Santangelo #124 Win 2–6, 6–3, 6–2
365 3R   Jill Craybas #85 Loss 3–6, 6–7(4–7)
Rogers Cup
Toronto, Canada
WTA Tier I
15 – 21 August 2005
1R Bye
366 2R   Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro #92 Win 3–6, 6–4, 6–2
3R   Flavia Pennetta #30 Withdrew N/A
US Open
New York City, United States
Grand Slam
Hard, outdoor
29 August - 11 September 2005
367 1R   Chan Yung-jan #261 Win 6–1, 6–3
368 2R   Catalina Castaño #69 Win 6–2, 6–2
369 3R   Francesca Schiavone #26 Win 6–3, 6–4
370 4R   Venus Williams #10 Loss 6–7(5–7), 2–6
China Open
Beijing, China
19–25 September 2005
1R Bye
371 2R   Sun Tiantian #127 Loss 2–6, 6–7(7–9)

Tournament scheduleEdit

Singles scheduleEdit

Williams' 2005 singles tournament schedule is as follows:

Date Championship Location Category Surface Points Outcome
17 January 2005 –
30 January 2005
Australian Open Melbourne (AUS) Grand Slam Hard 700 Winner
defeated Lindsay Davenport 2–6, 6–3, 6–0
7 February 2005 –
13 February 2005
Open GDF Suez Paris (FRA) WTA Tier II Hard (i) 49 Third Round
Withdrew before match against Dinara Safina
28 February 2005 –
6 March 2005
Dubai Duty Free Women's Open Dubai (UAE) WTA Tier II Hard 88 Semifinals
lost to Jelena Janković, 0–6, 3–4 Ret
21 March 2005 –
3 April 2005
NASDAQ-100 Open Miami (USA) WTA Tier I Hard 87 Quarterfinals
lost to Venus Williams 1–6, 6–7(8–10)
4 April 2005 –
10 April 2005
Bausch & Lomb Championships Amelia Islands (USA) WTA Tier II Clay (Green) 49 Quarterfinals
lost to Silvia Farina Elia 7–5, 6–7(8–10) Ret
9 May 2005 –
15 May 2005
Internazionali BNL d'Italia Rome (ITA) WTA Tier I Clay 1 Second Round
lost to Francesca Schiavone 6–7(2–7), 1–6
20 June 2005 –
3 July 2005
Wimbledon Championships London (GBR) Grand Slam Grass 62 Third Round
lost to Jill Craybas, 3–6, 6–7(4–7)
15 August 2005 –
21 August 2005
Rogers Cup Toronto (CAN) WTA Tier I Hard 42 Third Round
Withdrew before match against Flavia Pennetta
29 August 2005 –
11 September 2005
US Open New York (USA) Grand Slam Hard 96 Fourth Round
lost to Venus Williams, 6–7(5–7), 2–6
19 September 2005 –
25 September 2005
China Open Beijing (CHN) WTA Tier II Hard 1 Second Round
lost to Sun Tiantian, 2–6, 6–7(7–9)
Total year-end points 1175

Yearly recordsEdit

Head–to–head matchupsEdit

Ordered by percentage of wins


Singles: 1 (1–0)Edit

Grand Slam (1–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–0)
Finals by venue
Outdoors (1–0)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 26. January 29, 2005 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia (2) Hard   Lindsay Davenport 2–6, 6–3, 6–0


# Event Prize money Year-to-date
1 Australian Open $821,904 $821,904
2 Open GDF Suez $14,100 $836,004
3 Dubai Duty Free Women's Open $45,150 $881,154
4 NASDAQ-100 Open $58,000 $939,154
5 Bausch & Lomb Championships $12,450 $951,604
6 Internazionali BNL d'Italia $6,500 $958,104
7 Wimbledon Championships $34,200 $992,304
8 Rogers Cup $12,450 $1,004,754
9 US Open $63,872 $1,068,626
10 China Open $7,600 $1,076,226

Figures in United States dollars (USD) unless noted.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Blake Begins a Climb Out of a Painful Place". New York Times. 17 January 2005.
  2. ^ "Serena coasts to Australian Open victory". Associated Press. 19 January 2005.
  3. ^ "Serena ends Sania Mirza's dream". BBC. 21 January 2005.
  4. ^ "Angry Serena powers past Petrova". BBC. 23 January 2005.
  5. ^ "Sharapova Benefits from Choke, Serena Beats Mauresmo at Australian Open". Tennis X. 25 January 2005.
  6. ^ "Williams comeback stuns Sharapova". BBC. 27 January 2005.
  7. ^ "Serena Williams Wins Australian Open". China Daily. 29 January 2005.
  8. ^ "SERENA ADVANCES TO PARIS QUARTERFINALS". Associated Press. 9 February 2005.
  9. ^ "Williams withdraws". Chicago Tribune. 12 February 2005.
  10. ^ "Serena, Hantuchova Reach Last 8". AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE. 3 March 2005.
  11. ^ "Serena eases into Dubai semis, Myskina goes out". China Daily. 3 March 2005.
  12. ^ "Davenport, Jankovic in Dubai Open final8". Rediff. 4 March 2005.
  13. ^ "Safin Goes Down in a Huff in the Third Round". NY Times. 28 March 2005.
  14. ^ "Another Williams Showdown Is Set". NY Times. 29 March 2005.
  15. ^ "Big Sister Wins Battle Of Williamses". NY Times. 30 March 2005.
  16. ^ "Serena Williams in action at Amelia Island Wednesday". ESPN. 6 April 2005.
  17. ^ "Pierce sets sights on French Open". Rediff. 9 April 2005.
  18. ^ "Serena Williams retires hurt, Davenport beats Venus at Bausch & Lomb". Associated Press. 9 April 2005. Archived from the original on 10 April 2016.
  19. ^ "Serena falls to Schiavone in Rome". BBC. 11 May 2005.
  20. ^ "Serena Williams withdraws from French Open". Associated Press. 21 May 2005. Archived from the original on 10 March 2016.
  21. ^ "Williams avoids shock exit". Guardian. 21 June 2005.
  22. ^ "Slow-start Serena finds the form that should ease her pain". SMH. 25 June 2005.
  23. ^ "Serena misses out on Venus clash". BBC. 25 June 2005.
  24. ^ "SERENA OVERCOMES SLOW START IN TORONTO". Associated Press. 16 August 2005.
  25. ^ "Serena withdraws from Toronto". Bob Larson's Tennis News. 18 August 2005.
  26. ^ "Serena Williams Begins U.S. Open With Win". Associated Press. 29 August 2005. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  27. ^ "Serena is showing signs of championship form". Orlando Sentinel. 1 September 2005.
  28. ^ "Williamses' Spotlights Converge In 4th Round". NY Times. 3 September 2005.
  29. ^ "Venus Williams Is Showing Her Resolve". NY Times. 6 September 2005.
  30. ^ "Sun Tiantian eclipses Serena at China Open". AFP. 22 September 2005.

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