Serena Williams Profile
Serena Williams is a professional tennis player from the United States of America, and is considered as one of the most successful female tennis players the game has ever seen.
She has been the world number one for 319 weeks which has made her the third most successful tennis player in the history of the WTA. With 39 Grand Slam titles in all the categories, she holds the most number of Grand Slam titles amongst current players, and second highest in the all-time tally.
Serena was coached by her parents Richard Williams and Oracene Price in the early stages of her career. This was due to several instances of racism and conflicts in methodology, but Serena admitted that despite her unconventional training, both she and her sister succeeded, which is testimony of the coaching prowess of her parents.
When she was 14, she played a couple of tournaments with a wild card entry strategy, because of her ineligibility owing to her not being 16 years old, which was the minimum requirement.
Rise to Glory
Williams’ first professional singles title came when she won the Open Gaz de France in Paris. Williams won her first Tier I title by defeating Steffi Graf in the final of the Evert Cup. This brought a turning point in their careers.
As she won the US Open in 1999, she became the first African American woman to do so. That tournament was nothing short of a dream, as she won doubles event with her sister, Venus.
Williams teamed with her sister to win the gold medal in doubles at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Injury forced Serena to exit from the 2002 Australian Open. However, she returned that year to claim the second spot in the WTA rankings, just after her sister Venus.
In 2002, she won the Wimbledon for the first time by defeating her sister, Venus, and thus achieving the world number one rank. She finished 2002 with a 56–5 win-loss record, eight singles titles, and the world number one ranking.
In 2003 Australian Open Williams completed her career slam, becoming the sixth woman in the Opera Era to do so. She also won her 6th doubles Grand Slam title with her sister. After a disappointing season which concluded with her defeat at the hands of Maria Sharapova in Wimbledon, she dropped out of the top 10 ranking for the first time since 1999.
Her form only got worse, by 2007 she had dropped in and out of the top 100 rankings and at several occasions was dropped at the seeding procedure of tournaments.
However, she won the Australian Open in 2007, after receiving an ultimatum from sponsors and criticism from pundits. Serena and Venus teamed to win the women's doubles title in their first Grand Slam women's doubles title since 2003 at Wimbledon 2008.
Recovery and Return to No.1
Williams finished 2009 ranked world number one for the second time in her career, having played in 16 tournaments, more than any other year.
She won the 2010 Wimbledon without losing a single set. However, the best was yet to come, as she won the Golden Grand Slam in 2012, that is, she won the Olympics gold medal and her fifth Wimbledon and fourth US Open title.
Her golden run continued for years as the week of February 15, 2016 marked Serena's 157th consecutive week ranked world number one.
On January 28, 2017, Williams won the Australian Open for an Open Era record seventh time, defeating her sister, Venus. She has 23 singles Grand Slam title, 14 doubles and two mixed double GS titles to her name.
In the singles, she is just behind Margaret Court’s record of winning 24 Grand Slam titles.