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Tennis icon Serena Williams is one of the most successful players at the French Open in the Open Era, where she won her second grand slam title of what would become a record-breaking, illustrious career in 2003.

Williams was 20 at the time and fired the imagination of tennis fans by winning the final against older sister Venus with a straight sets victory.

The American did not play at the French Open 2022, having appeared 19 times previously in Paris and won two doubles titles to accompany her impressive singles record.

Here’s Williams’ full record at the second grand slam of the year and a look at why she isn’t playing at the French Open 2023.

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Is Serena Williams playing at the 2023 French Open?

Williams is not playing at the French Open this year, extending her absence from the major since her run to the fourth round in 2021.

Now 41, the 23-time grand slam title winner has not played since losing in the third round to Ajla Tomljanovic at the US Open in 2022

When did Serena Williams retire?

Williams said she was “evolving away from tennis” in an article in Vogue magazine in August 2022, leading fans to assume that her appearance at Flushing Meadows would serve as her retirement tournament.

However, she also said that she had “never liked the word retirement” – and at a press conference two months later, she called the chances of her returning to action “very high”.

“I am not retired,” said Williams, adding that not playing for a competition “felt really weird”. “You can come to my house; I have a court.”

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In February 2023, Williams said she was “at peace” with her decision and “leaning in” to her commitment to family life which she said had been the primary motive for her inactivity from tennis.

“I’m like, ‘oh my goodness. I gotta get out there’,” she added to E News. “But it’s hard for me to get out there. I did play the other day, and it’s just like, ‘there’s no way I shouldn’t be playing professional tennis’. There’s literally no excuse.

“But I mean, I guess there is an excuse, right? It’s hard because when I’m playing I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m pretty good at this. I can continue to do this,’ which not a lot of people can say.” 

Serena Williams French Open record

Year Stage
1998 Fourth round
1999 Third round
2000 Absent
2001 Quarterfinals
2002 Winner
2003 Semifinals
2004 Quarterfinals
2005 Absent
2006 Absent
2007 Quarterfinals
2008 Third round
2009 Quarterfinals
2010 Quarterfinals
2011 Absent
2012 First round
2013 Winner
2014 Second round
2015 Winner
2016 Final
2017 Absent
2018 Fourth round
2019 Third round
2020 Second round
2021 Fourth round
2022 Absent

Serena Williams grand slam history

Singles finals

Year Tournament Result Opponent
1999 US Open Win Martina Hingis (6–3, 7–6(7–4))
2001 US Open Loss Venus Williams (2–6, 4–6)
2002 French Open Win Venus Williams (7–5, 6–3)
2002 Wimbledon Win Venus Williams (7–6(7–4), 6–3)
2002 US Open Win Venus Williams (6–4, 6–3)
2003 Australian Open Win Venus Williams (7–6(7–4), 3–6, 6–4)
2003 Wimbledon Win Venus Williams (4–6, 6–4, 6–2)
2004 Wimbledon Loss Maria Sharapova (1–6, 4–6)
2005 Australian Open Win Lindsay Davenport (2–6, 6–3, 6–0)
2007 Australian Open Win Maria Sharapova (6–1, 6–2)
2008 Wimbledon Loss Venus Williams (5–7, 4–6)
2008 US Open Win Jelena Janković (6–4, 7–5)
2009 Australian Open Win Dinara Safina (6–0, 6–3)
2009 Wimbledon Win Venus Williams (7–6(7–3), 6–2)
2010 Australian Open Win Justine Henin (6–4, 3–6, 6–2)
2010 Wimbledon Win Vera Zvonareva (6–3, 6–2)
2011 US Open Loss Samantha Stosur (2–6, 3–6)
2012 Wimbledon Win Agnieszka Radwańska (6–1, 5–7, 6–2)
2012 US Open Win Victoria Azarenka (6–2, 2–6, 7–5)
2013 French Open Win Maria Sharapova (6–4, 6–4)
2013 US Open Win Victoria Azarenka (7–5, 6–7(6–8), 6–1)
2014 US Open Win Caroline Wozniacki (6–3, 6–3)
2015 Australian Open Win Maria Sharapova (6–3, 7–6(7–5))
2015 French Open Win Lucie Šafářová (6–3, 6–7(2–7), 6–2)
2015 Wimbledon Win Garbiñe Muguruza (6–4, 6–4)
2016 Australian Open Loss Angelique Kerber (4–6, 6–3, 4–6)
2016 French Open Loss Garbiñe Muguruza (5–7, 4–6)
2016 Wimbledon Win Angelique Kerber (7–5, 6–3)
2017 Australian Open Win Venus Williams (6–4, 6–4)
2018 Wimbledon Loss Angelique Kerber (3–6, 3–6)
2018 US Open Loss Naomi Osaka (2–6, 4–6)
2019 Wimbledon Loss Simona Halep (2–6, 2–6)
2019 US Open Loss Bianca Andreescu (3–6, 5–7)

Doubles finals

All doubles partnered with Venus Williams

Year Tournament Result Opponents
1999 French Open Win Martina Hingis and Anna Kournikova (6–3, 6–7(2–7), 8–6)
1999 US Open Win Chanda Rubin and Sandrine Testud (4–6, 6–1, 6–4)
2000 Wimbledon Win Julie Halard-Decugis and Ai Sugiyama (6–3, 6–2)
2001 Australian Open Win Lindsay Davenport and Corina Morariu (6–2, 2–6, 6–4)
2002 Wimbledon Win Virginia Ruano Pascual and Paola Suárez (6–2, 7–5)
2003 Australian Open Win Virginia Ruano Pascual and Paola Suárez (4–6, 6–4, 6–3)
2008 Wimbledon Win Lisa Raymond and Samantha Stosur (6–2, 6–2)
2009 Australian Open Win Daniela Hantuchová and Ai Sugiyama (6–3, 6–3)
2009 Wimbledon Win Samantha Stosur and Rennae Stubbs (7–6(7–4), 6–4)
2009 US Open Win Cara Black and Liezel Huber (6–2, 6–2)
2010 Australian Open Win Cara Black and Liezel Huber (6–4, 6–3)
2010 French Open Win Květa Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik (6–2, 6–3)
2012 Wimbledon Win Andrea Hlaváčková and Lucie Hradecká (7–5, 6–4)
2016 Wimbledon Win Tímea Babos and Yaroslava Shvedova (6–3, 6–4)



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