Serena Williams

Serena Williams

Born: 26th September 1981

Birth Place: United States

Known for: Being one of history’s greatest tennis players.

Serena was ranked world No. 1 in singles on eight separate occasions.

Serena reached the Wimbledon finals only ten months after giving birth.

She was the second African American woman to win a Grand Slam event.

I’ve always considered myself the best and the top. I never considered that I was out of it.

Serena Williams

Life story

 

Early career

 

Serena Williams’s professional debut was in 1995, and she quickly climbed the rankings: in 1999, at just 18 years old, she won the U.S. Open and was ranked number four in the world.

Serena Williams won three more Grand Slam titles in 2002. After her French Open victory in 2002, she climbed to number two behind only her sister, Venus.

 

Sibling success

 

The Williams sisters were the first siblings ever to occupy the top two spots in the world rankings at the same time. On July 8, 2002, Serena overtook Venus in the rankings for the top spot. In 2003, Serena Williams won the Australian Open and Wimbledon, beating her sister in the finals.

In 2012, she won her fifth Wimbledon singles title and fourth U.S. Open title. In 2013, she won her second French Open singles championship and fifth U.S. Open title. She successfully defended her U.S. Open championship in 2014. Serena again won Wimbledon in 2016, increasing her Grand Slam singles titles to 22. In 2017 she earned her record 23rd Grand Slam singles title, with a victory over her sister in the finals of the Australian Open.

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