Serena Williams

Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Career Overview

Serena Williams

Serena Williams is regarded as one of the most dominant players in the history of tennis, never mind the fact that she’s a woman. She is the first female player to win over $50 million in prize money and has 17 singles Grand Slam titles, 15 doubles titles, and two mixed doubles titles for a total of 32 Grand Slams. She also has 58 WTA titles and has won each Grand Slam title at least twice. Williams was born in Michigan on September 26, 1981 and seemed destined for greatness from a young age as both she and her sister Venus dominated women’s tennis with power and athleticism seldom before seen.

Early Years

Due to upcoming changes to age eligibility rules, Williams made her debut at the Bell Challenge at the tender age of 14 in September of 1985, but only won two games and was beaten in the first round of qualifying. She did not play a tournament in 1996 and while she started 1997 slowly, she soon came to prominence by reaching the semi-finals of the Ameritech Cup after beating two top 10 opponents along the way. Williams reached six quarter-finals in 1998; however, she was beaten in the second round at Wimbledon by her sister Venus. Serena went on to win the mixed double Grand Slam title at Wimbledon and another at the U.S. Open with Max Mirnyi.

Rise to the Top

The Open Gaz de France in 1999 was her first ever WTA title win and she quickly followed up with French Open and U.S. Open Grand Slams in the same year. Victories at the Australian Open in 2000 and Wimbledon in 2001 meant that Williams had completed a Career Grand Slam at the age of 19! Despite all of this success, she did not end the season as the world’s number one ranked woman tennis player, instead she had to wait until the end of 2002 to achieve that feat.

Williams then completed what is known as the ‘Serena Slam’ by winning the four Grand Slam tournaments consecutively. Unfortunately, it did not happen in the same season as the run began with a French Open win in 2002 and ended with an Australian Open triumph at the start of 2003. The period from 2004 through 2007 was considered to be ‘lean’ by Williams’ amazingly high standards and her desire to play tennis was questioned. Despite injuries and a loss of form, she did win the 2005 and 2007 Australian Open titles. She claims she was suffering from depression during this period when she fell from grace and ended up outside the top 100 rankings in 2006.

Recovery

The 2007 Australian Open win was remarkable, as Williams became the first unranked player since Chris O’ Neil to win a Grand Slam. By the end of 2007, she was back to number seven after critics had claimed she was ‘washed up.’ She was to win five more Grand Slams from 2008 through 2010, but in March 2011, it was confirmed that Williams had suffered a pulmonary embolism and a hematoma. She only entered six tournaments that year and got into hot water for abusing a chair umpire in one of her matches. Her passion sometimes spills into anger and she has been in trouble many times because of her temper.

However, 2012 was to be another great year for Serena Williams as she won the Olympic Gold medal in London to complete a Golden Grand Slam along with Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles. In 2013, Williams added another French Open to go along with the U.S. Open title she won at the end of the season. Although she lost to Ana Ivanovic in the fourth round at the Australian Open at the beginning of 2014, Williams is still world number one ranked female player and by all accounts, is enjoying her tennis and appears hungrier than she’s ever been before.

Serena Williams Tennis News & Updates

Pro Tennis Spotlight: Venus and Serena Williams

Posted by on Apr 20, 2014 in Blog, Professional Players, Serena Williams | 0 comments

Pro Tennis Spotlight: Venus and Serena Williams

Most Americans remember when Venus and Serena Williams took the Olympic spotlight at the summer 2012 games. But where are they now? Unless you follow tennis news closely, you may not have heard their names since, but that is about to change. The Williams sisters’ father, Richard Williams, has a book scheduled for release on May 6, and there has been recent news about the documentary “Serena and Venus” regarding a legal dispute. In the Media The book by the tennis stars’ father unveils the circumstances that bred the success of Serena and Venus. He came from humble beginnings and worked for every penny he had. His father abandoned him at a young age, and thus he promised to never do that to his family. His dedication to his daughters is highly admirable and has helped them get where they are today. This would be a great read for the parents of young tennis players, because it exhibits a recipe that has created champions. The love and support of parents is of utmost importance to the success of young athletes. Because of their father, his dedication, and their passion for the sport, Venus and Serena have become tennis legends. Despite a legal dispute regarding some footage from the U.S. Open, the movie chronicling the lives of these incredible women continues to be enjoyed by tennis fans. Keep your eyes open for this documentary; it is incredibly inspiring for tennis players of all ages. Fortunately, fans will continue to be able to watch the documentary in its complete form, as the dispute has been settled, and both parties have come to an agreement. Champions Through and Through Serena and Venus, ages 32 and 33 respectively, continue to dominate the women’s tennis world. They have both had the honor of being ranked by the Women’s Tennis Association as the world’s Number 1 player. Each holds four Olympic gold medals, one each in singles and three in doubles. The two play in singles against each other and are considered to be rivals. Serena, the younger sister, is currently ranked ahead of Venus. The two sisters have always managed to keep their professional rivalry separate from their personal lives and remain close. Although they may not currently be in the tennis spotlight, these two incredible athletes are ones that tennis players everywhere can look up to. They are a great example of how people can work together and be competitive at the same time. Keeping your head in the game and focusing on the goal at hand is of critical importance. Look out for the book “Black and White: The Way I See It” to learn more about the tennis stars’ father and how he concocted the recipe for their success. If you get the chance, check out “Serena and Venus” as well. These stars will surely continue to be icons of the tennis...

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The World of Tennis February 2014 Update

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Australian Open, Blog, News & Events, Professional Players, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, World Tennis Tournaments | 0 comments

The World of Tennis February 2014 Update

The 2014 tennis season has already started in earnest and fans are really looking forward to seeing if anyone can halt the runs of Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal. Although it is early in the season, we have already had a Grand Slam as the Australian Open reached its conclusion at the end of January. In this tennis update we review that tournament and look forward to the next big events on the calendar. 2014 Australian Open Review The first Grand Slam of the year took place at Melbourne Park from January 13th through 26th and both the men’s and women’s tournaments ended with surprise winners. Men’s tennis has been dominated by Federer, Nadal, Murray, and Djokovic for some time, but Stanislas Wawrinka upset the form book by being the first non ‘big four’ member to win a Grand Slam since the 2009 U.S. Open. He defeated Djokovic and Nadal en route to a memorable win. In the women’s event, Serena Williams broke the all-time record for most wins at the Australian Open; however the superstar was surprisingly beaten in the fourth round of the event. The tourney was to be won by Li Na who became the first ever Asian Australian Open winner, after defeating Dominica Cibulkova in the finals. Li Na recovered from match point down in the third round against Lucie Safarova. Preview of Upcoming Events On the men’s ATP Tour, the next big event is the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. It is the first of nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events to be held in 2014 and with total prize money of over $4.7 million and huge rankings points on offer, you can rest assured that the world’s top players will all be ready for his hard court bonanza. On the ATP tour, there is a big tournament happening as we speak in the form of the Qatar Total Open. It features 15 of the world’s top 20 players, including Australian Open winner Li Na who is currently ranked the world’s third best woman player and the number one seed for the event. The top eight seeds all received byes into the second round and all, barring Caroline Wozniacki, have made it safely through to the third round. In the News of Tennis While Rafael Nadal is an all-time great, not everyone enjoys his habit of taking extra time during breaks. Roger Federer has criticized Nadal for this tactic and has complained about the Spaniard not being penalized. According to a poll on Tennis Tonic, 76 percent of fans agreed with the Swiss master and believe that Nadal gets away with lengthy breaks and should be punished for this indiscretion. Speaking of Nadal, the Spaniard has opened up and admitted that battling injuries and playing with pain are issues he will need to learn to live with for the rest of his career. He is known for having chronic knee problems and came back in February 2013 after a seven-month layoff to have one of his best seasons to date. He pulled out of a tournament in Buenos Aires, but is expected to return to action in Rio de Janeiro. That’s it for the latest tennis update; however, we’ll be back with results from important upcoming tournaments, such as the BNP Paribas...

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Wimbledon 2013 Wrap-Up

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Blog, Novak Djokovic, Professional Players, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, The Game of Tennis, World Tennis Tournaments | 0 comments

Wimbledon 2013 Wrap-Up

The 2013 edition of Wimbledon, one of the four Grand Slam events on the calendar, took place in London, England from June 24th through July 7th. Roger Federer was the defending men’s champion, while Serena Williams was the red hot favorite to retain the women’s title. Meanwhile, Andy Murray of Scotland was the British hopeful and carried the burden of a nation on his shoulders. It was to be two weeks of drama, action, and plenty of surprises along the way. Men’s Singles Although Rafael Nadal is arguably the greatest clay court player of all time, he is less invincible on grass, but no one expected his extraordinary first round defeat at the hands of Steve Darcis. Unfortunately, Darcis was one of an unusually large number of players that was forced to later withdraw due to injury. The second round held another massive upset with Federer knocked out by #116 ranked Sergiy Stakhovsky. For the first time in 11 years, neither Nadal nor Federer would be in the final. This opened the way for Andy Murray to become the first British male player to win the tournament since Fred Perry in 1936. In the quarter-finals, he came from two sets down to defeat Fernando Verdasco in one of the tournament’s best matches. He reached the final and faced an old adversary Novak Djokovic, the world ranked #1. Murray seemed to thrive on the pressure and produced an amazing performance to take the title 6-4, 7-5, 6-4. Women’s Singles #5 seeded Sara Errani was the high profile first round casualty, while the rest of the seeds tumbled at an incredible rate. Indeed, half of the top 16 ranked players were eliminated in the first or second round; however, no one saw the biggest shock of the tournament coming. Serena Williams looked unstoppable until she met Sabine Lisicki in the fourth round and was beaten in three sets. On the other side of the draw, #15 seed Marion Bartoli was making good progress and once Williams was defeated, the entire tournament seemed to open up for the rest of the players. Bartoli was simply exceptional as she didn’t drop a set in the entire tournament. In the final, Lisicki seemed overwhelmed by the occasion and was easily beaten 6-1, 6-4 by the jubilant Bartoli. Doubles You will not be surprised to learn that the Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, were the immoveable objects in the men’s doubles as they beat Marcelo Melo and Ivan Dodig in the final. It was their 9th title of the year and 3rd Grand Slam of 2013. They are the first duo ever to be holders of all four Grand Slams and the Olympic title at the same time. Now they are aiming for a calendar year slam to complete a record breaking season. Unheralded Peng Shuai and Hsieh Su-Wei won the women’s title and it was the first Grand Slam for either woman. They defeated Australian duo Casey Dellacqua and Ashleigh Barty 7-6, 6-1. It was a memorable event with upsets, great tennis, and a national hero being made. Here’s hoping that the 2014 Wimbledon championships are equally exciting! Image license #1: Creative Commons (view source) Image license #2: Creative Commons (view source) Image license #3: Creative Commons (view source) Image license #4: Creative Commons...

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