Serena Williams -Top Tennis Players

May 5, 2012

Tennis Players

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Name: Serena Williams

Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan

Residence: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Height: 5’9” (175 cm)

Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)

Plays: Right-handed

Turned Pro: 1995 (18 yrs on tour)

Official Site: www.serenawilliams.com

Serena WilliamsAN American professional top tennis player, Serena Williams made a mark in the tennis industry by hitting powerful serves in almost all of her matches. Armed by this, Serena, 30, who is the daughter of Oracene Price and Richard Williams and sister of Venus, made it to be one of the best players in the world in the sports of tennis.

As a proof of this, Serena is presently sixth on the all-time Grand Slam singles title list with 13, which is the most of any active woman tennis player. Based on records, Serena was able to earn more than $34.7-million as prize money in her tennis career. This is considered to be the most money that any female athlete has made in the history of any sport. Although born at Saginaw, Michigan, Serena learned her basics in tennis on the public courts of Compton, California together with her older sister Venus.

Right-handed player, Serena started her professional tennis career in 1999. She was 17 years old then.

The said year was a good year for Serena as she won her first major singles title following her victory against then No. 1 Martina Hingis in the U.S. Open final.

In 2001, Serena played again in the U.S. Open final but her sister Venus in straight sets defeated her.

By the next year until 2003, she earned a “Serena Slam” after she got back on track and won four consecutive Grand Slam singles title: French Open (2002), Wimbledon (2002), U.S. Open (2002) and Australian Open (2003). Serena fought for the top spot on all of these four events against her sister Venus.

Because of the said feat, Serena is the fifth woman who simultaneously holds all four major titles trailing behind Maureen Conolly, Margaret Court, Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf. The said victory has also earned Serena the title of being the ninth woman in the history of the tennis industry to have achieved a Grand Slam.

From 2002 to 2003, Serena held the top spot in tennis in the women category for 57 consecutive weeks.

Serena earned another title in Wimbledon by 2003.

For the next five years, Serena’s tennis career was not all ups though as she only won two major titles, which is the Wimbledon in 2005, and the Australian Open in 2007.

By 2008, Serena again held the No. 1 ranking for four weeks after successfully winning again in the U.S Open title, the third title she had in the said event.

By 2009, Serena occupied twice the top spot in women’s tennis after her fourth victory in the Australian Open and third victory at Wimbledon.

At the last quarter of 2009, Serena added a new title to her tennis career by winning for the second time the championship in Doha. It was in 2001 when she first won in the said event.

With this, Serena finished the 2009 season ranking No. 1. This was her second time to finish the season on the top spot. The first was in 2002.

By 2010, Serena earned her 12th and 13th Grand Slam singles title by winning the Australian Open and Wimbledon respectively.

At the Australian Open, Serena defeated Justine Henin in their championship match. The said feat made her the first woman in the Open Era to have won five titles in the Australian Open.

At Wimbledon, Serena overpowered Vera Zvonareva.

By 2011, Serena failed to play in the first half of the season after she suffered hematoma and pulmonary embolism, which is the complications she got when she went under the knife because of her cut in her right foot. The said injury, which she got after she stepped on a broken glass in one of the restaurants in Munich, earned her 18 stitches.

Serena got back on track and again played tennis by June of the said year where she made an 18-1 record in the U.S. Open Series, which was held in Stanford and in Toronto.

After that major event, Serena did not play another WTA game in the same year.

Serena together with her sister also won two Olympic (2000 and 2008) gold medal in doubles.

Presently, Serena who is residing at Palm Beach Gardens in Florida is not only making a name in the tennis industry but also in the fashion industry after she opened a line of designer apparel. She named her line “Aneres” which is apparently is her name when spelled backwards.

Serena Williams Match record

Singles Titles

2012: Charleston
2011: Toronto, Stanford
2010: Australian Open, Wimbledon
2009: Australian Open, Wimbledon, WTA Championships
2008: Bangalore, Miami, Charleston, US Open
2007: Australian Open, Miami
2005: Australian Open
2004: Miami, Beijing
2003: Australian Open, Paris, Miami, Wimbledon
2002: Scottsdale, Miami, Rome, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open, Tokyo, Leipzig
2001: Indian Wells, Toronto, WTA Championships
2000: Hannover, Los Angeles, Tokyo
1999: Paris, Indian Wells, Los Angeles, US Open, Grand Slam Cup

Doubles Titles

2010: Australian Open, Madrid, Roland Garros 
2009: Australian Open, Wimbledon, Stanford, US Open 
2008: Wimbledon, Olympics 
2003: Australian Open 
2002: Wimbledon, Leipzig 
2001: Australian Open 
2000: Wimbledon, Olympics 
1999: Hannover, Roland Garros, US Open 
1998: Oklahoma City, Zürich

 

 

 

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