316 match wins in Grand Slams
23 Grand Slam singles titles
16 Grand Slam doubles titles
7 WTA Player of the Year awards
4 Laureus World Sports Awards for Sportswoman of the Year
4 gold medals in the Olympics
I could go on and give you some more fascinating statistics about the journey of Serena Williams in the tennis world. But as you can see, she is a champion of champions.
Money, fame, victory, endorsements...Serena has it all. But it was neither easy nor straightforward. Serena Williams is a true champion who has time and again defied the odds to reach the pinnacle of the tennis world.
She had to tread on a tough road to achieve her dreams. She was home-schooled. She was just coached by her parents initially. She stopped playing on the junior circuit when she was dominating it.
Serena has faced her share of ups and downs; injuries, surgeries, prejudices, personal attacks, career breaks, controversies, everything. But she has still managed to play on the professional circuit for more than 23 years now, which says a lot about her perseverance and dedication.
Many commentators, tennis players and tennis experts have called her the greatest athlete/woman athlete of all time. But she does not stop only at tennis. Beyond the sport, she has her clothing line, fashion accessories line, social work, and foundation that works for the education of underprivileged children.
She is also busy with assignments in the entertainment industry! Serena is living proof that nothing is impossible.
Her story is an inspiration to everyone. We all can learn a thing or two from her in different aspects such as hard work, self-confidence, perseverance, success and failure.
Here are some Serena quotes that will definitely inspire and encourage you to give your best in everything.
On success and winning
Winning is very important for Serena. She hopes her wins inspire, but at the same time, she believes that her losses teach her more than her wins.
"Victory is very, very sweet. It tastes better than any dessert you’ve ever had."
"I really think a champion is not defined by their wins, but by how they can recover when they fall."
"I always believe I can beat the best, achieve the best. I always see myself at the top."
Serena's last Grand Slam victory was the 2017 Australian Open where she defeated elder sister Venus Williams in straight sets (6-4, 6-4) to win the match.
She has made a comeback after marriage and motherhood and has reached the finals of two Grand Slams. It remains to be seen if she can win another Grand Slam championship, but you can be sure she will continue giving her best.