Despite her inconsistency on the court in recent years, Serena Williams is now the most successful female athlete of all time, having overtaken golfer Annika Sorenstam as the highest earning sportswoman in history.
Williams had an unconventional path into the game, coached at home primarily by her father Richard, alongside her sister Venus, also a former world number one.
After upsetting former world No. 1s Mary Pierce and Monica Seles in 1997, Williams climbed from outside the top 300 to the top 100 in a year. However, it was not until 1999 that she really made an impact on the singles tour, winning her first title in Paris before beating 22-time Grand Slam winner Steffi Graf to win her second title and break into the top ten. She won her first Grand Slam title at the US Open to end the year ranked fourth. However, she failed to build on the success of the previous year. The highlight of 2000 was winning an Olympic gold medal in the women's doubles in Sydney, and finished the year ranked sixth.
In January 2001 Williams completed a career Grand Slam with her sister in the women's doubles after winning the Australian Open. The pair met for the sixth time later that year at Indian Wells, but Venus withdrew from the semi-final, prompting speculations that matches between the sisters were fixed. Williams beat Clijsters to win the title but she was booed throughout the final.
Williams became just the fifth woman in history to hold all four major titles at a time, winning all four Grand Slams between the French Open in June 2002 and the Australian Open in January 2003, in what was dubbed a 'Serena Slam'. Such was the dominance of the world No. 1 that she did not lose a single match in 2003 until April.
However, she was plagued by knee injuries and by 2006 she had fallen outside of the top ten. She won the 2007 Australian Open, but retired and withdrew from a number of events throughout the year with a host of problems, including knee, ankle and abdominal injuries and gum surgery.
But 2009 saw her back to her best, winning the Australian Open to knock Jelena Jankovic off the No.1 spot, and become the highest earner in the history of women's sports. Despite the fact that she held three of the four Grand Slam titles, she was only ranked second behind Dinara Safina, who had never won a major title.
She failed to win a title in the run-up to the US Open, for which she was favourite, but in bizarre circumstances lost in the semi-final to Kim Clijsters, who had recently returned from retirement. On her second serve trailing in the second set, Williams was called for a foot fault, which handed Clijsters two match points. Williams gestured to the line-judge who made the call and used threatening language, and Williams was penalised a point for unsporting behaviour, handing Clijsters the win. Although Williams was allowed to continue competing in the doubles' tournament, she was handed a fine and put on two-year probation.
In January 2010 Williams beat Justine Henin to win the Australian Open for the fifth time and drew level in the al-time list with Billie-Jean King after winning her 12th Grand Slam title, and she moved clear on 13 after a fourth Wimbledon title.
However, a foot injury followed by a major health scare saw her sidelined for nearly a year, returning to action shortly before the defence of her Wimbledon title. Lack of match practice saw her fail to reach the quarter-finals at the All England Club, but after titles in Stanford and Toronto, by the US Open she was the red-hot favourite. The No. 28 seed defeated four seeds en route to the final, but in straight sets to Australia's Sam Stosur, who won her maiden grand slam.
She did not have to wait much longer for her 14th grand slam, as she defeated Agnieszka Radwanska in three sets to claim a fifth Wimbledon title before making her career Grand Slam a golden one with victory at London 2012.
Later in 2012 she took her fourth US Open tittle, making that her 15th grand slam win. Victoria Azarenka pushed Serena to the limit, but was defeated in the third set as Serena added to her trophy cabinet.
Fresh from winning the French Open for the first time to move up to second in the world rankings, Williams beat her sister, the defending champion in the women's final at Wimbledon to win her third Grand Slam title and become No. 1 for the first time.
After a year dominating the women's game, including four consecutive Grand Slam titles, Williams was forced to miss the second half of the 2003 season with injury, and missed the chance to defend her US Open title after knee surgery. After seeing Kim Clijsters take the number one spot, while still recovering from surgery, her half-sister, Yetunde Price was murdered in a drive-by shooting in California.
"Luck has nothing to do with it, because I have spent many, many hours, countless hours, on the court working for my one moment in time, not knowing when it would come."
"I'm a perfectionist. I'm pretty much insatiable. I feel there's so many things I can improve on."
"I got it wrong with Serena Williams. It still amazes me that the top women can play so little yet win. Either they are that good or the others are too inconsistent." Pat Cash
"I've come back in so many matches. Obviously, I would have liked to win easy. But this is a more exciting way to win. You don't know what to expect," Williams said following her US Open final win over Victoria Azarenka. "I honestly can't believe I won. I was preparing my runner-up speech because she was playing so great."
Along with her sister Venus, Williams is a part owner of the NFL team Miami Dolphins.
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It was an hour of television intent on pulling tennis fans out of their offseason doldrums.
Serena Williams sat down with rapper Common—a forever friend and former boyfriend—for a low-key Q&A; literally labeled as "in depth." The venue was ESPN, part of its series promoting The Undefeated website. Common introduced the episode by intoning words that are on many observers' minds in a year in which Serena fell from the top spot in women's tennis.
"You only get one Serena in many lifetimes," he said.
"Do you feel like you are supremely misunderstood?" Common said to start the conversation.
Serena answered at length, as she did many times throughout the discussion.
Serena spoke to being black in America and representing the United States in international competition; even as an independent contractor competing in a global touring sport.
"I'm really proud to wear this color every single day of my life," Serena said.
In the interview, she addressed hearing of police violence against unarmed young black men stateside while playing at Wimbledon this past summer. It was beyond sad when she admitted that, once upon a time, she wished to have a son when older, were she to have children. Now? She would prefer to have a daughter in light of how dangerous life can be for people such as her nephew and other young men of color.
"And the fact that that crossed my mind—in 2016, it's going to be 2017—is … Why do I even have to think about that?” she wondered.
Sunday, 9pm ET on @ESPN: @Common & @serenawilliams sit down and discuss Black excellence and Black life in the USA pic.twitter.com/mBQiId9VuE
Speaking to African American players' histories in the game, she said, "We did some great things in tennis, with Arthur Ashe and Althea Gibson, but it wasn't that one player who was winning multiple, multiple Grand Slams."
In doing so, she subtly corrected Common, who, early in the conversation, stated that Serena and sister Venus Williams more or less put tennis on the map for black people, and became the first African Americans to succeed greatly in the sport.
In truth, Gibson won 11 major titles (in singles, doubles and mixed doubles.) Ashe claimed five of his own. To their credit, Serena and Venus have 22 and seven major singles titles, respectively, along with 14 doubles crowns (all as a tandem) and two mixed doubles titles each.
But this isn't about tallying, and there's no score kept across the generations. Althea and Arthur were pioneers. So, too, are Venus and Serena.
"We literally took the globe and shook it, me and Venus, because we came from Compton, we came from nothing," Serena told her friendly interviewer. "In tennis, you kind of have to have something. And we came and . we conquered."
She delivered that last part with a laugh, a knowing laugh. Now 35 years young, beyond well traveled and perhaps even a bit world-weary, Serena knows that she can say things today without a hint of controversy. Her statements speaking to her still-building legacy do not seem far-fetched these days, not even to her more ardent detractors.
Questions swirl around constantly at this point as to whether Serena is the greatest tennis player ever, male or female, and among the greatest athletes ever—even the GOAT. No one should be surprised that she has thoughts on all that:
"If I was a man, I would've been in these (greatest of all time) conversations six or seven years ago." - Serena Williams
In “The Undefeated In-Depth" episode, Serena turned to matters of sexism, racism and body image. It's notable that she also addressed body contentment:
This likely isn't the last we will see of her before the 2017 WTA season begins. But for now, it is enough. She is enough.
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Pam Shriver and Chris Evert talk to Serena Williams about her sixth Wimbledon title and look ahead to the world No. 1's hard-court season. http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=13242918
Many forget that this time last year Serena hadn't won a grand slam for the year and was in dire straits. It takes a lot mentally, emotionally, and physically to win a slam. Whenever a player is on a winning streak,people tend to take it for granted and don't give the player their full credit. I hope the crowd in NY gives Serena her due and support her efforts to win the tournament.
Dont care if you like serena or not. This women will go down as one of the greatest of all time . Im glad we get to watch history in the making.
Give it up to Chris Evert, she can keep that plastic face throughout. Pam just looks sour the whole time. I wonder what's behind that face…hmmmm.**
Silly overtly loaded biased question in the end!
What do you think is your greatest strength?
Physical or Mental?………..bet she was expecting her to say physical, as if strength is what places those serves at the "T" or in the corners under pressure @0-40 down?
Silly Chris, i guess caucasians can't help themselves, i await them asking the girl with the fastest serve EVER at 131mph Lisciki, if her strength is physical. Effing bigots.
Chris is a bastard for that quick question she snuck in at the last moment. I mean, duuuh…of course it's mental. Then she's like "got it!" Yeah, we got your number Evert lol! I used to like her but I'm not so sure anymore. Still got John though. He's never shady toward Serena!**
You are so beautiful. And that smile.
You have this baby, childlike spirit don't ever loose it. You are an inspiration don't doubt it.
I can never tell if chrissie being fake or not cause be acting so nice, and the smile be on point lol.
They hate her. All Hail Serena!
(Notice how they put Federers scores up against hers as if to demote her acheivements and that question at the end wtf?)
The Championship point was the mostsubdued ending of a match I've ever seen…everybody in the stadion was confused LOL! I'm hoping for Serena's elbow to heal so she can play at Stanford cause these courts play exactly like the USO courts, if she does well there then its gonna give her lots of confidence towards the USO!
Love that sneaky question at the end, what's your best strength mental or physical, are you serious! She has both in the bag and you was expecting her to say physical! She threw egg on face by giving you wrong response because Serena is a smart girl.
She has a great character! That head balancing act reminded of Indian women who balance their water pots after filling it up from the well. hehe just my reflection
Serena is also really cool even with so much competition. Rooting for you Serena. God Bless
Love it how Serena doesn't play it their game but her game in these pointless interviews. Love her deviant side.
Congrats from England XXX
I am proud of both Serena, and Venus Williams. Win or lose, I still admire her. I hope she plays past the 2016 Olympics. Her Wimbledon draw was very difficult, and I thought she hadlost to Heather Watson, but a winner doesn't give up, and she prevailed. An excellent match against Venus Williams, and Victoria Azarenka, they both made her earn it.
I didn't think Chris Evert was wrong in asking the question which is hardest for her, themental or physical. We have all seen Serena get flustered and start making errors, and besides I have seen Chris Evert defend Serena, when other commentators are critical of her. I believe she asked the question because it was an interview for the viewers, everyone who watches her game knows it isn't the physical part that is the hardest. The only one who can beat Serena is Serena. I am her biggest supporter, and fan, and yes I am African-American.
Chris Everett though one of the greatest champions used to be so scathing about
Serena and Venus.
Wow! 21 Grand Slammy's .. Cool!
fake white bitches
I love this channel. Thanks for putting all these vids up.
The hour-long special will air this Sunday at 9pm ET
Serena Williams will sit down with Common in an upcoming interview set to air this Sunday on ESPN.
Titled The Undefeated In-Depth: Serena with Common, the tennis champ and Grammy Award-winning rapper will discuss a number of topics including Williams’ career as one of the world’s greatest athletes, the challenge of being an African American at the top of her sport and coming to terms with her body, ESPN says.
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Common will also provide some interesting insight, seeing that he and Williams once dated.
Set to air at 9pm ET on Sunday, the hour-long program taped in Brooklyn, New York, and William’s hometown of Compton, Calif.
“Serena with Common” is the third in a series of multimedia content initiatives by The Undefeated featuring up-close and personal conversations between accomplished African Americans who have been recognized as leaders in their fields.
“Serena Williams has 22 Grand Slam titles, tying her with Steffi Graff as winner of the most titles in the Open Era,” ESPN says, adding that Common is an Oscar and Grammy award winning actor and musician that just released his eleventh studio album, “Black America Again”.
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