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Serena Williams's Biography

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Who is Serena Williams?

Serena Williams was born on 26 September 1981 in Saginaw, Michigan, USA.

Her mother and father, Richard and Oracene played a major part in Serena's development as a tennis player.

Serena Williams turned professional at 14-years-old in September 1995.

Serena's sisters are Venus (also a top tennis player), Lyndrea, Isha, and Yetunde (who has passed away).

In September 2008, Serena Williams beat Jelena Jankovic to take her third US Open title and earn her the top ranking in women's tennis for the first time since 2003.

The victory took Serena Williams's record to one French Open, two Wimbledons, three Australian Opens and three US Open titles.

She is notable for once holding all four grand slams at the same time.

In her official website Serena Williams stated her Daily Motivation: "Go where you're celebrated, not where you're tolerated."

In 2007, Serena said "I could lose 20lb and I'm still going to have these knockers and I'm going to have this ass, and that's just the way it is."

She went on to lose a lot of weight and gain fitness. Serena Williams told Men's Fitness in August 2008 on being voted one of the sexiest female superstars in the world:

"I have large boobs and a sizeable ass, so I guess the title comes with the territory. But I just play tennis. I always try to look my best, even though it's hard to look your best when you're sweating, grunting and making faces."

In 2008 it was revealed that Serena Williams was releasing an autobiography entitled Queen of the Court in 2009.

On 31 January 2009, Serena Williams easily defeated Dinara Safina 6-0 6-3 to win a fourth Australian Open title and her 10th career Grand Slam singles title.

On 4 July 2009, Serena reversed the previous year's Wimbledon final when she beat her sister Venus Williams in straight sets.

On 30 January 2010, Serena Williams beat Justine Henin 6-4 3-6 6-2 in the final of the Australian Open to draw level with Billie-Jean King on a total of 12 Grand Slam singles titles.

On 3 July 2010, Serena Williams beat Vera Zvonareva in the final to win a fourth Wimbledon and her 13th Grand Slam title.

On 7 July 2012, Serena Williams beat Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1 5-7 6-2 to gain her fifth Wimbledon singles title.

She also won Olympic singles gold, the US Open and the WTA Championships, and in February 2013, she overtook Chris Evert to become the oldest woman to reach the world number one ranking. She was 31 years and 145 days.

On 9 July 2016, Serena Williams beat Angelique Kerber 7-5 6-3 to win a seventh Wimbledon and 22nd Grand Slam title, thereby equalling Steffi Graf's record of major titles.

In December 2016, Serena Williams announced her engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

On 28 January 2017, Serena Williams beat her sister Venus to win the Australian Open. It was her 23rd Grand Slam singles title.

It was later revealed that she was pregnant at the time.

On 1 September 2017, she gave birth to a baby girl.

In November 2017, Serena married Alexis Ohanian.

On 2 July 2019, it was confirmed that Andy Murray and Serena Williams would play mixed doubles at Wimbledon, however they lost 2 sets to 1 in the round of 16.

Serena reached the finals of the Wimbledon singles but lost to Simona Halep 2-6 2-6.

In January 2020, she won her first title in 3 years when she beat Jessica Pegula in the final of the Auckland Classic.

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