Serena Williams

Serena Williams

is an American professional tennis player and a former World No. 1
Serena Jameka Williams (born September 26, 1981) is a professional women's tennis player, who is a former World No. 1 of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA). She is the younger sister of another female tennis champion, Venus Williams. She currently resides at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, United States.Early lifeSerena Williams was born in Saginaw, Michigan. When she and her four sisters were young, their parents, Richard and Oracene (also called Brandy), took them to the poor and sometimes violent Los Angeles suburb of Compton. Her father dreamed of making at least one of his daughters a tennis superstar, hoping that involvement in sports would give them a way out of that neighborhood.When Serena was four and a half, she won her first tournament, and she entered 49 tournaments before the age of 10, winning 46 of them. At one point, she replaced sister Venus as the number one ranked tennis player aged 12 or under in California.1991-1997In 1991, Richard Williams, saying that he hoped to prevent his daughters from facing racism, stopped sending them to national junior tennis tournaments, and Serena attended a tennis school run by professional player Rick Macci instead. Macci had already helped the careers of Jennifer Capriati and Mary Pierce, among others. Soon Richard, who had struck a deal on behalf of his daughters with a major clothing company, was able to move the rest of the Williams family to West Palm Beach, to be near Serena and Venus.Serena became a professional in September 1995 at the age of 14. Because of her age, she had to participate in non-WTA events at first. Her first professional event was the Bell Challenge in Quebec, and she was ousted in less than an hour of play.By 1997, ranked number 304 in the world, she upset both Monica Seles and Mary Pierce at the Ameritech Open in Chicago, recording her first career wins over top 10 players. She finished 1997 in the top 100 at no. 99.19981998 was the first year when she finished in the WTA top 20. She began the season in Sydney as a qualifier, ranked no. 96, and she beat world no. 3 Lindsay Davenport in the quarterfinal. Serena, with her top 20 ranking, was then expected to do well in her first Grand Slam tournament, but she lost in the second round of the Australian Open to sister Venus.Serena reached six other quarterfinals during the season. She won the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon and US Open with Max Mirnyi, completing the Williams family's sweep of the 1998 mixed doubles Grand Slams. Sister Venus also won the mixed doubles at the Australian and Roland Garros opens with Justin Gimelstob. She won her first pro title in doubles at Oklahoma City with sister Venus becoming the third pair of sisters to win a WTA tour women's doubles title. She earned 2.6 million dollars in the season.1999In 1999, Serena was ranked number 21, and she and sister Venus had become celebrities. She defeated Amélie Mauresmo in a final the same day that Venus won in Oklahoma City, marking first time in professional tennis history tht two sisters had won titles in the same week.Ranked number 21, she defeated 3 top 10 players: world no. 2 Lindsay Davenport in the second round, world no. 8 Mary Pierce in the quarterfinal, and world no. 7 Steffi Graf in the final at Indian Wells.Serena has been the focus of many ad campaigns, including one with shoe and clothes maker Puma, which signed her to a $12 million agreement.On September 11, 1999, Serena won her first Grand Slam tournament when she became US Open champion, becoming the first African American woman to win a Grand Slam tournament since Althea Gibson in 1958. The next day, she and sister Venus won the doubles championship at the same tournament. She finished 1999 ranked no. 4 in just her third full season.2000-2002In 2000, she won the doubles gold medal at the Olympics with sister Venus. 2001 was the third consecutive year in which she finished in the top 10 reaching her first Grand Slam singles final in two years. In 2002, she won the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open.2003She won the Australian Open in 2003, her fourth straight Grand Slam singles title, becoming only the ninth woman ever to win all four Grand Slam events.For the first time since January 2002, the Grand Slam final did not read Williams-Williams at the French Open in June 2003. Venus lost to Vera Zvonareva in the fourth round of the French Open. Among boos and catcalls, Serena lost to Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium in a controversial match marred by questionable sportsmanship on the part of Henin-Hardenne. Henin-Hardenne backed away from her position, just as Serena was about to serve at a critical point in the match. Serena missed the serve. After a futile exchange with the umpire which turned the crowd against her, the lost point stayed. Henin-Hardenne later said she would have told the umpire the truth about obstructing the serve "if it was anyone but Serena." Henin-Hardenne's coach, Carlos Rodriguez publicly voiced the same sentiment. Henin-Hardenne commented: "Everybody's happy today, but the Williams sisters." Henin-Hardenne was responsible for two of Serena's three losses in 2003 (all on clay).At Wimbledon in 2003, Serena Williams became back-to-back champion, defeating Henin-Hardenne in straight set in the semifinals and her sister Venus in the finals by a score of 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.Serena beat her sister Venus to win the Australian Open in 2003. This was only the sixth time a woman has held all four of tennis' major championships within 12 months. This accomplishment was also remarkable in that Serena had to beat her sister each time. The Williams siblings are the first two women in Grand Slam history to square off in five consecutive finals.Williams' older sister, Yetunde Price, was murdered on the morning of September 14, 2003, by gunshots as she passed by in a car driven by a man in the Compton area.Serena withdrew from Australian Open 2004 to continue rehabilitating her left knee. She reached the final of Wimbledon once again, but lost to the 17-year-old Russian player Maria Sharapova. On July 30, Serena withdrew from her quarterfinal match against Russia's Vera Zvonareva with a left knee injury. On August 1, she announced her withdrawal from the Rogers Cup due to the same injury. The injury also forced her to pull out of the 2004 Summer Olympics.Controversy has arisen over Williams's level of dedication to the sport. Some believe that she is far too concerned with her fashion and acting careers and has not focused enough recently on her tennis. Disappointing performances during 2004 have been cited as proof of this lack of focus. However, in 2005, she won her seventh Grand Slam event, winning the Australian Open. She defeated the top two seeds, Maria Sharapova and Lindsay Davenport, en route to the title.In April 2005, MTV announced plans to broadcast a reality show around the lives of Serena and Venus Williams. Williams was also on Punk'd when she was trying to save a Punk'd problem kid played by Rob Pinkston until Ashton Kutcher exposed the set-up.Her participation in Wimbledon 2005 ended in the third round when she was beaten by fellow American Jill Craybas (ranked 85th in the world) 6-3, 7-6(4). Serena broke down in tears in the subsequent press conference. She had come into the tournament with an stress fracture in her ankle, a severe lack of conditioning, and had not played a competitive match for six weeks, missing the French Open.As Serena slumped in the tournament, Venus progressed, defeating top-seeded Lindsay Davenport in the 2005 Wimbledon final. Venus admitted later that she emulated Serena's never-say-die spirit, and this attitude led her Wimbledon victory.Source:
I grew up watching my mom in the kitchen, that's how I know anything about cooking. I've always wanted to go to a culinary class actually.More Serena Williams quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Who says that your thirties is when you're supposed to be done? I would like to know who made that rule!More Serena Williams quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
You can't play well if you don't look good.More Serena Williams quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
My dad is a marketing mastermind.More Serena Williams quotes [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I try not to be protected. Because I feel like you can become a little bit of a robot. That's not who I am. And I don't want to be monotone. It's important to be yourself, whatever the cost.More Serena Williams quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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