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It will be a special afternoon for Serena Williams when she will walk into the Campo Centrale for her debut match against Nadia Podoroska of Argentina. The 39-year-old will be playing her 1000 career match in one of her most beloved events in the world.
For the second time, she is reaching a milestone in one of her “best places in the world” as she celebrated her 700th match in 2013 when she took the title by defeating Victoria Azarenka in straight sets.
Today, she is scheduled to play her first match since the Australian Open not before 2.00pm on the Campo Centrale, where she will be tested by Roland Garros semifinalist Nadia Podoroska. The Argentine was excited to be facing one of the idols growing up and fans will be just as thrilled to see one of the most beloved stars back on court.
There are not many women who passed the three digits in their careers, even when counting all profesional matches (ITF, Olympics, Fed Cup World Group I and Grand Slams). Unsurprisingly, the most active player in the history was Martina Navratilova, with 1661, followed by Chris Evert at 1448. In the list of those who passed 1000 matches we find numerous women who made a name for themselves in the history books of this sport and a couple surprises: Virginia Wade (1168), Patty Schnyder (1099), Francesca Schiavone (1093), Venus Williams (1074), Arantxa Sanchez (1.055), Conchita Martinez (1.036), Steffi Graf (1.017), Jelena Jankovic (1057), but also Samantha Stosur (1049) and Svetlana Kuznetsova (1004), Stephanie Foretz (1025) and Alberta Brianti (1005).