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Along with Steffi Graf, Serena Williams is one of the most successful tennis players of the century. In her career she won 23 Grand Slam titles and secured 4 gold medals at the Olympic Games.
Serena Jameska Williams was born in Michigan. A few years later she moved to Compton, Los Angeles with her parents and siblings. Her father, who ran a security company, taught his two daughters, Serena and Venus, to play tennis from an early age. In 1991, the Williams moved to Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Here Serena and Venus trained under coaches like Rick Macci and Nick Bolletieri. After that, father Richard took over the coaching of the two sisters.
At the age of 10, Serena celebrated her first amateur successes. She started her professional career at the age of 14. At the age of 16 she won against the then world number one Monica Seles and after being eliminated in the semifinals she managed to get into the top ten players in the rankings. On September 11, 1999, Serena Williams won the US Open for the first time in her young career at the age of 17. Today there are 23 Grand Slam trophies and 49 tournament victories on the WTA Tour on Serena Williams’ list of successes. In addition, the exceptional athlete won 4 gold medals at the Olympic Games. In February 1999 she achieved her first tournament success in the French capital. In the same year she reached the final of the US Open and defeated the world number one, Martina Hingis. The Grand Slam title was her first singles title to date. In 2001 Sister Venus defeated Serena in the final of the US Open. 2002 was the most successful season for the American. She won the Grand Slam tournament for the second time in her career. With her outstanding performance, she secured first place in the world rankings from July 2002. The 2004 season, on the other hand, was less successful, losing to Sharapova at Wimbledon. In 2005 she won the seventh Grand Slam title of her career. In 2006, the tennis legend fell into a depression after losing to Daniela Hantuchova in the third round. After that season, she ended up at number 95 in the world rankings. In 2008 she made it into the Wimbledon final, which she clearly lost to her sister. At the Olympic Games, the Williams sisters won gold in doubles.
Olympic doubles medals: Gold 2000 Sydney, Gold 2008 Beijing, Gold 2012 London, Gold 2012 London
Olympic medals in singles: Gold 2012 in London
Singles wins: Australian Open (2003, 2005, 2007), French Open (2002), US Open (1999, 2002) Winning at Wimbledon (2002, 2003)
Doubles wins: Australian Open (2001, 2003), French Open (1999), US Open (1999), Wimbledon (2000, 2002)
Number one is my ultimate goal. I’ll get to the top this year. I’m a wild cat, quick-tempered, sometimes unbridled – and: unstoppable.
Any dream can come true if you just keep it in mind and work hard towards it. I had to fight my whole life – had to learn to keep smiling. As long as you don’t forget to smile, everything will be fine in the end. Any dream can come true if you just keep it in mind and work hard towards it.
If anything, losing only makes me more motivated.
Luck has nothing to do with it. I’ve spent countless hours on the pitch working toward my breakthrough, not knowing when it’s even coming.
In 2017, Serena Williams appeared in Forbes magazine as the 51st highest paid athlete with a gross annual income of $27 million. Her main income comes from advertising deals with big brands like Nike, who have signed an 8-year contract with her. According to Spiegel online, Nike will pay the famous tennis player the sum of 55 million US dollars within the contract period. She earns significantly more money through web deals than through bonuses for tournament victories.
She earned her enormous Net Worth of 215 million US dollars not only with advertising deals or sporting successes. Thanks to some nifty stock investments and skillful real estate investing, she is now one of the richest athletes in the world. Serena Williams is always trying her hand at various entrepreneurial industries. She owns several restaurants and owns a soccer team. With products like her own vodka brand, as well as her own fashion line and perfume, she proves that she also has a good hand as an entrepreneur.
The tennis legend also proves linguistic talent with her 3 foreign languages (French, Spanish and Italian).