Serena Jameka Williams (born September 26, 1981) is an American professional tennis player, who is ranked No. 1 in women’s singles tennis. The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has ranked her world No. 1 in singles on six separate occasions. She became the world No. 1 for the first time on July 8, 2002, and achieved this ranking for the sixth time on February 18, 2013.Williams is regarded by some commentators and sportswriters as the greatest female tennis player of all-time.
((Photo: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)) BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 04: Serena Williams of the USA celebrates victory after winning her finals match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during day seven of the 2014 Brisbane International at Queensland Tennis Centre on January 4, 2014, in Brisbane, Australia.
Williams holds the most major singles, doubles, and mixed doubles titles combined amongst active players, male or female. Her record of 36 major titles puts her fifth on the all-time list and second in the open era: 21 in singles, 13 in women’s doubles, and two in mixed doubles.
She has won 13 Grand Slam doubles titles with her sister Venus, and the pair is unbeaten in Grand Slam doubles finals.Williams is also a five-time winner of the WTA Tour Championships.Serena has also won four Olympic gold medals, one in women’s singles and three in women’s doubles — an all-time record shared with her sister, Venus.
The arrival of the Williams sisters has been credited with launching a new era of power tennis in the women’s game.Williams was the second-highest-paid female athlete in 2015 earning $11.6 million in prize money and $13 million from endorsements. In December 2015, she was named Sportsperson of the Year by Sports Illustrated magazine.
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