Aug. 24, 2018, 5:25 p.m. (ET)

 

Ahead of Monday's start of the 2018 US Open, there's perhaps no greater American tennis player to reflect on than Serena Williams.

Williams' first US Open was 20 decades ago, in 1998, when she made it to the third round. Since then, we've celebrated two decades of dominance by Williams.

In her second year at the US Open, 1999, Williams won her first ever Grand Slam. Three years later, in 2002, she won all three Grand Slams she participated in that year.

Ten years later, Williams boasted three straight US Open titles from 2012-14. This streak is the longest she's had in any of the major tournaments. 2014 is the last year she won the US Open, with two consecutive semifinal appearances since then. She was absent from last year's tournament while on maternity leave. Williams was ranked No. 1 in the world going into her leave, and this will mark her third Grand Slam of the year since returning. In the French Open and Wimbledon, she made it to the fourth round and to the final, respectively. 

In her 17 US Opens, Williams has reached the quarterfinals or beyond 14 times, which includes six wins. Since her debut, Williams has won 23 singles Grand Slams, four Olympic gold medals, and become a wife and mother off the court.

In this year's US Open, Williams has the opportunity to make history. If she wins, it will mark her 24th Grand Slam, the most in the Open Era and tying her for the all-time record held by Margaret Court. Williams missed out on setting the record last month when she was a runner-up at Wimbledon. She goes into the tournament ranked 17th, one spot behind her sister, Venus. 

In honor of her 20-year anniversary, let's take a look at Williams' success through the years at the US Open.

 

1) 1998 US Open, Third Round
Serena Williams competes at the US Open on Aug. 31, 1998 in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

2) 1999 US Open, Winner
Serena Williams celebrates winning the US Open on Sept. 11, 1999 in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

3) 2000 US Open, Quarterfinals
Serena Williams competes at the US Open on Aug. 30, 2000 in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

4) 2001 US Open, Runner-up
Serena Williams celebrates winning a match at the US Open on Sept. 4, 2001 in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

5) 2002 US Open, Winner
Serena Williams poses with her trophy at the US Open Sept. 7, 2002 in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

6) 2004 US Open, Quarterfinals
Serena Williams competes at the US Open on Sept. 7, 2004 in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

7) 2005 US Open, Fourth Round
Serena Williams serves at the US Open on Sept. 4, 2005 in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

8) 2006 US Open, Fourth Round
Serena Williams prepares to serve the ball at the US Open on Aug. 30, 2006 in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

9) 2007 US Open, Quarterfinals
Serena Williams reacts to a point at the US Open on Aug. 31, 2007 in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

10) 2008 US Open, Winner
Serena Williams (L) poses with her trophy at the US Open on Sept. 7, 2008 in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

11) 2009 US Open, Semifinals
Serena Williams competes at the US Open on Sept. 8, 2009 in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.


12) 2011 US Open, Runner-upSerena Williams reacts while competing at the US Open on Sept. 11, 2011 in the Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

 

13) 2012 US Open, WinnerSerena Williams lifts her trophy at the US Open on Sept. 9, 2012 in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

14) 2013 US Open, Winner Serena Williams poses with her trophy at the US Open on Sept. 8, 2013 in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

15) 2014 US Open, Winner
Serena Williams waves to the crowd after winning the US Open on Sept. 7, 2014 in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

16) 2015 US Open, Seminfinals
Serena Williams celebrates a point at the US Open on Sept. 11, 2015 in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.


17) 2016 US Open, Semifinals
Serena Williams celebrates at the US Open on Sept. 8, 2016 in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.