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Serena Williams – Career Background, Awards and Achievements

Serena Williams embodies style, power, beauty and courage. Like numerous A-list celebrities, Serena is recognized by the mere mention of her first name. Serena has overcome insurmountable odds to win 17 career Grand Slams. Her remarkable tennis skills have sky-rocketed her to fame, but only her unique charm and drive could explain her successful endeavors outside of tennis in film, television, fashion and philanthropy. Her tennis ability combined with her off-court activity makes her one of the most recognizable names and faces in the world–an icon. Serena was born September 26, 1981 in Saginaw, Michigan, to Richard and Oracene Williams. While still an infant, the family moved to Compton, California where she began playing tennis at the age of four. At nine, Serena and her family moved to West Palm Beach, Florida. Since that time, she has become one of the most dominant figures in tennis. In one of the most dominating performances of all time, Serena won a Singles and Doubles Gold medal during the 2012 London Olympics. Serena’s most recent Grand Slam victory was at the 2013 US OPEN where she defended her 2012 US OPEN win. She has won a title in all four Grand Slam tournaments. She has won 56 singles championships, 22 doubles championships, and also was also Gold-Medalist at the 2000,2008 and 2012 Olympics. Serena continues to also pursue her other interests and has set herself up for a career after tennis.

Recognition – Serena Williams

  • At 1997 Ameritech Cup in Chicago, became the lowest ranked player in tennis history (No.304) to defeat two Top 10 players Monica Seles and Mary Pierce in one tournament
  • At the 1998 Lipton Championships in Miami became the fastest woman in tennis history to record 5 Top 10 wins by defeating Irina Spîrlea in 2nd Round (16 career matches)
  • At 1999 Open Gaz de France in Paris marking the first time in tennis history that sisters won titles in the same week (Venus Williams won Oklahoma City)
  • At 1999 Evert Cup in Indian Wells became the second non-seeded player to win a Tier I event
  • At the 1999 Lipton Championships in Miami became the first pair of sisters in the Open era to meet in a tournament final (with Venus Williams)
  • At the 1999 US Open, became the second African-American woman to win a Grand Slam title
  • By winning the 2001 Australian Open Doubles championship with Venus Williams, became the fifth pair to complete a Career Doubles Grand Slam and the only pair to win a Career Doubles Golden Slam
  • At the 2001 US Open, marked the first time in the Open era, and second time in 117 years that sisters met in a Grand Slam final (with Venus Williams)
  • In 2001 became the first player in tennis history to win the Season-Ending Championships on her debut
  • During the 2002 Nasdaq-100 Open in Miami, became the second player after Steffi Graf in the Open era to defeat the first (Jennifer Capriati), second (Venus Williams), and third (Martina Hingis) ranked players at the same tournament
  • At the 2002 French Open, she became the first younger sister to defeat her older sister in a Grand Slam singles tournament.
  • In 2002 became the first ever siblings to rank Top 2 at same time with sister Venus
  • By winning the 2003 Australian Open, became the fifth woman to hold all four Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously.
  • By winning the 2003 Australian Open, became the first African-American to win the championship
  • By reaching the final of the Australian Open, she and sister Venus became the first players to compete in 4 consecutive slam finals
  • By winning the Australian Open by defeating Mauresmo and Davenport, became the only player in tennis history to win three Grand Slam singles titles (1999 US Open, 2002 French Open) by beating the top two ranked players.
  • At 2007 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami became lowest ranked player (Number 18) to defeat the Top 2 players in the world in the same tournament by defeating Number 1 Henin& 2 Sharapova
  • By winning the 2007 Australian Open became the first unseeded player since Chris O’Niel (1978) to win a slam.
  • By winning 2008 US Open she makes the longest-ever gap between stints at No.1 (five years, one month)
  • Her six-year gap between Wimbledon titles is second only to EvonneGoolagongCawley’s nine years.
  • Only player to have won three Grand Slam singles titles after saving match points (2003 Australian Open versus Kim Clijsters, 2005 Australian Open versus Maria Sharapova, and 2009 Wimbledon versus Elena Dementieva).
  • Against Elena Dementieva, she played the longest recorded Wimbledon women’s semifinal in the open era: 2 hours, 45 minutes.
  • First woman to win US$6 million in prize money in a single year: 2009.
  • In 2010, she became the first woman in the open era to win the Australian Open singles title five times.
  • In June 7, 2010, became the 7th player to hold the no. 1 ranking in both singles and doubles simultaneously
  • By winning the 2010 French Open doubles with sister Venus, they became the first pair since 1998 to hold the four slams at the same time
  • In 2012 Wimbledon, in her semifinal match against Azarenka, she hit a record 24 aces in a match
  • In 2012, after winning the singles and doubles gold in the olympics became the most decorated tennis player in the Olympics with a record of 4 gold medals shared with sister Venus.
  • At the 2012 Olympics in London, Serena Williams won gold medals in singles and doubles, joining sister Venus Williams (2000 Sydney) and Helen Wills (1924 Paris) as the only women to win a gold medal in both singles and doubles in the same year at the Olympics.
  • In 2013 won her sixth Miami tournament title, which is a record for the event, she also won 61 match wins the most in the event as well.
  • In 2014 Serena wins her 6thUS Open and claims her 18th Grand Slam Title
  • In 2014 Serena was voted the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Player of Year, she won this prestigious title 6 times.
  • In 2014 Forbes ranked Serena #69 out 100 of the Most Powerful Celebrities
  • In 2014 Time names Serena on the World’s 100 Most Influential People
  • She and sister Venus became the first team to win a record 3 doubles gold in the Olympics as a team
  • She is only the fourth woman to win a tournament six or more times after Steffi Graf, Chris Evert, and Martina Navratilova
  • Longest winning streak against No 1 player (years): 4 (shared with Davenport, Graf and Venus Williams).
  • Most hardcourt slam titles: 10 (stands alone)
  • Most Key Biscayne (Miami) titles: 6
  • Only player, male or female, to ever accomplish a golden career grand slam in singles and doubles.
  • Oldest No.1 player:(31 years, 4 months in 2013).
  • Has the record of most years of earning $1 million or more than any other women from 1999-2005 and 2007-2012
  • She is currently sixth in the all-time list of grand slam winners and fourth in the open era.
  • She stands as the highest earning Women’s athlete
  • After winning the 2003 Australian Open, she became the Sixth player to win a career grand slam
  • She is also only the third player to achieve a career grand slam in singles and doubles after Margaret Court and Martina Navratilova
  • Second player to win a slam singles titles in three decades after Martina Navratilova

1998

  • WTA Newcomer of the Year
  • Tennis Magazine/Rolex Rookie of the Year

1999

  • WTA Most Improved Player of the Year
  • Tennis Magazine Player of the Year

2000

  • WTA Doubles Team of the Year Award (with Venus Williams)
  • Teen Choice Awards – Extraordinary Achievement Award
  • Forbes The Celebrity 100 (No.68)

2001

  • Forbes The Celebrity 100 (No.71)

2002

  • Associates Press Female Athlete of the Year
  • WTA Player of the Year
  • ITF Women’s Singles World Champion
  • Forbes The Celebrity 100 (No.72)

2003

  • 34th NAACP Image Awards President’s Award
  • ESPY Award Best Female Athlete
  • ESPY Award Best Female Tennis Player
  • Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year
  • Avon Foundation Celebrity Role Model Award
  • BET Athlete of the Year
  • Forbes The Celebrity 100 (No.60)

2004

  • WTA Comeback Player of the Year
  • Family Circle/Prudential Financial Player Who Makes a Difference Award
  • ESPY Award Best Female Tennis Player
  • BET Award for Female Athlete of the Year
  • Forbes The Celebrity 100 (No.63)

2005

  • BET Award for Female Athlete of the Year 2005 cont’d * Forbes The Celebrity 100 (No.62)

2006

  • Forbes The Celebrity 100 (No.87)

2007

  • BET Award for Female Athlete of the Year
  • Laureus World Comeback of the Year
  • Harris Poll Most Favorite Female Sports Star
  • Forbes The Celebrity 100 (No.69)

2008

  • WTA Player of the Year
  • Forbes The Celebrity 100 (No.69)

2009

  • AP Female Athlete of The Year Award
  • SI.com Best Female Athlete of the Decade
  • Glamour Magazine Women of the Year Award
  • BET Award for Female Athlete of the Year
  • Harris Poll Most Favorite Female Sports Star
  • ESPY Award Best Female Tennis Player
  • ITF Women’s Singles World Champion
  • ITF Women’s Doubles World Champion (with Venus Williams)
  • Named Second Best Tennis Player of the Decade by ESPN (with Roger Federer at Number 1)
  • WTA Player of the Year
  • WTA Doubles Team of the Year Award (with Venus Williams)
  • WTA Fan Favorite Doubles Team of the Year Award (with Venus Williams)
  • Doha 21st Century Leaders Award
  • – Outstanding Leadership
  • Forbes The Celebrity 100 (No.67)

2010

  • Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year
  • TIME Magazine The World’s 100 Most Influential People
  • Forbes The Celebrity 100 (No.61)
  • BET Award for Female Athlete of the Year
  • ESPY Award Best Female Tennis Player
  • Harris Poll Most Favorite Female Sports Star
  • Teen Choice Awards – Female Athlete Award
  • Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women in the World (No.55)

2011

  • BET Award for Female Athlete of the Year
  • Forbes The Celebrity 100 (No.84)
  • TIME Magazine 30 Legends of Women’s Tennis
  • Best Female Tennis Player ESPY Award
  • US Open Series Champion
  • Forbes Most Powerful Black Women in the U.S. (No.10)
  • The Root 100 2011: Influencers and Iconoclasts (No.41)
  • Harris Poll Top 10 Favorite Female Sports Star (No.1)

2012

  • Forbes The Celebrity 100 (No.77)
  • BET Award for Sportswoman of the Year
  • WTA Player of the Year.
  • WTA Fan Favorite Doubles Team of the Year (with Venus Williams)
  • ITF Women’s Singles World Champion
  • L’Équipe Champion of Champions
  • United States Sports Academy Female Athletes of the Year Award

2013

  • Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year
  • Forbes The Celebrity 100 (No.56)
  • Best Female Athlete ESPY Award
  • Best Female Tennis Player ESPY Award
  • Harris Poll Top 10 Favorite Female Sports Star (No.1)
  • US Open Series Champion
  • WTA Player of the Year
  • ITF Women’s Singles World Champion
  • L’Équipe Champion of Champions
  • espnW Impact 10 (No. 1)

2014

  • Tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams helped unveil $18 million renovation of the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center in Washington (named: Williams Arena)
  • 6th  US Open win
  • 18th Grand Slam
  • Named Forbes #69 of 100 Celebrities
  • Names Time Magazine’s  World’s 100 Most Influential People

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