Serena Williams

Serena Jameka Williams (born September 26, 1981) is an American professional tennis player, who is ranked No. 1 in women’s singles tennis. The Women’s Tennis Association has ranked her world No. 1 in singles on six separate occasions. She became the world No. 1 for the first time on July 8, 2002, and achieved this ranking for the sixth time on February 18, 2013. She is the reigning champion of the French Open, Wimbledon and Olympic women’s singles and doubles. Williams is regarded by many commentators and sports writers as the greatest female tennis player of all-time. Williams holds the most major singles, doubles, and mixed doubles titles combined amongst active players, male or female. Her record of 36 major titles puts her fifth on the all-time list and second in the open era with: 21 in singles, 13 in women’s doubles, and two in mixed doubles. She is the most recent player, male or female, to have held all four major singles titles simultaneously (2002–03 and 2014–15), the fifth woman ever to do so and only the third player, male or female, to achieve this record twice after Rod Laver and Steffi Graf. She is also the most recent player, together with her sister Venus Williams, to have held all four Grand Slam women’s doubles titles simultaneously . Her total of 21 Grand Slam singles titles is [[List of Grand Slam women’s singles champions#Most Grand Slam tournament singles titles|third on the all-time]] list behind Margaret Court and Steffi Graf (22), and second in the Open Era, behind only Graf. She is the only tennis player – female or male – to have won singles titles at least six times in three of the four Grand Slam tournaments. She is also the only tennis player to have won 10 Grand Slam singles titles in two separate decades. She has won an all-time record 12 Grand Slam singles titles on hardcourt. Williams holds the Open Era record for most titles at the Australian Open and shares the record for most titles at the US Open with Chris Evert (6). She has won 13 Grand Slam doubles titles with her sister Venus, and the pair are unbeaten in Grand Slam doubles finals. Williams is also a five-time winner of the WTA Tour Championships. Serena has also won four Olympic gold medals, one in women’s singles and three in women’s doubles — an all-time record shared with her sister, Venus. The arrival of the Williams sisters has been credited with launching a new era of power tennis in the women’s game. Williams was the second-highest paid female athlete in 2015 earning $11.6 million in prize money and $13 million from endorsements. In December 2015, she was named Sportsperson of the Year by Sports Illustrated magazine.

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