Serena Williams

American multi-champion tennis player Serena Williams

Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player and a former world no. 1. The Women's Tennis Association has ranked her world no. 1 in singles on five separate occasions. She became the world no. 1 for the first time on July 8, 2002 and regained this ranking for the fifth time on November 2, 2009. She is the only female player to have won over $35 million in prize money.
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On Tennis: Serena Williams Loses in a Low-Stake Return at the Fed Cup
NYTimes - 7 days
In a meaningless doubles match with her sister Venus, Serena Williams showed some rust but also flashes of her familiar power and intensity.
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On Tennis: After ‘a Lot of Ups and Downs,’ Serena Williams Nears Her Return
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Williams is scheduled to play doubles in the United States’ Fed Cup match against the Netherlands this weekend.
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On Tennis: Serena Williams Is Set to Reclaim Her Leading Role in Tennis
NYTimes - 20 days
Roger Federer is out and Williams in as the men’s and women’s tennis tours march forward seamlessly again.
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Serena Williams says rising star Tennys Sandgren owes an apology to an 'entire group of people'
LATimes - 25 days
Tennys Sandgren’s Twitter account was wiped virtually clean earlier this week. Serena Williams’s Twitter feed features several new tweets from the last 24 hours alone, including two referring to the rising American tennis player with a history of controversial social media activity. Playing in...
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The Way Serena Williams Looks At Her Baby Girl Will Make Your Heart Melt
Huffington Post - about 1 month
These pictures say it all.
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Serena Williams' postpartum story shows other moms it's okay to take your time
ABC News - about 1 month
Serena Williams should serve as an example for other new moms, experts say.
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Serena Williams Writes About The Reality Many Black Mothers Face When Giving Birth
Huffington Post - about 1 month
She shared a cute video of her daughter while discussing the serious topic.
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Even without Williams, Aussie Open women's field still tough
ABC News - about 1 month
With no Serena Williams in the draw at the Australian Open there's certainly an opportunity for another women's player to go on a surprising run and emerge as a first-time Grand Slam champion, as Sloane Stephens and Jelena Ostapenko did last year
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Reddit founder shares his fears and resolve on wife Serena Williams' labor 'ordeal'
ABC News - about 1 month
Days after Serena Williams revealed the harrowing ordeal she went through upon giving birth to her daughter, the tennis star's husband took to Instagram to share.
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Serena Williams to Play at Madison Square Garden in March
NYTimes - about 1 month
Williams has not played a tennis tournament in almost a year, but the new mother committed to playing a tiebreaker tournament in New York on March 5
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After Serena Williams gave birth, 'Everything went bad'
CNN - about 1 month
In January 2017, two months into her pregnancy, tennis superstar Serena Williams competed in -- and won -- the Australian Open. At 20 weeks pregnant, with the smallest of baby bumps, she posted a picture on Snapchat of her athletic body, in a yellow bikini. Hers was a fortunate and healthy pregnancy, by any standard.
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Serena Williams Talks About The Terrifying Complications She Faced After Giving Birth
Huffington Post - about 1 month
"I’ve broken down I don’t know how many times."
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Timeline
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  • 2016
    In September 2016, it was announced that Serena, along with sister Venus and many other celebrities that she is now a minority owner in UFC.
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    At 2016 Wimbledon, Williams only lost one set en route to the final where she faced Angelique Kerber in a rematch of their Australian Open final earlier in the year.
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    On September 10, the world no. 2 Angelique Kerber defeated Karolina Pliskova in the 2016 US Open Women's Singles Final which made Williams the world no. 2.
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    She repeated the feat similarly against Angelique Kerber in the finals of the 2016 Wimbledon Championships to tie the Open Era record for Grand Slam singles titles.
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    The arrival of the Williams sisters has been credited with ushering in a new era of power on the women's professional tennis tour. Williams was the highest paid female athlete in 2016, earning $28.9 million in prize money and endorsements.
  • 2015
    Williams' return to Indian Wells in 2015 was done in partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit organization that provides legal representation to those who might have been denied a fair trial.
    In December 2015, she was named Sportsperson of the Year by Sports Illustrated magazine.
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    To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Pac-Man, Williams made a cameo appearance in the movie Pixels, which starred Adam Sandler and Kevin James, and premiered on July 24, 2015.
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    In 2015, she also presented her HSN Signature Statement collection for the second time at the New York Fashion Week Showa clothing line exclusively made for the retailer HSN.
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    In 2015, she became the first black female athlete to have a picture by herself on the cover of Vogue, which she did for the April 2015 issue.
    In 2015, Serena decided to end her 14-year boycott and entered the tournament.
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    Prior to the announcement, coach Patrick Mouratoglou hinted that Williams might not play again in 2015 due to a lack of motivation and disappointment following her loss at the Open.
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    Williams completed her second "Serena Slam" (winning all four majors in a row) by winning the 2015 Wimbledon Championships – her 6th Wimbledon and 21st Grand Slam singles title overall.
    Williams began the 2015 season by representing the United States alongside John Isner at the Hopman Cup.
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    Neither Williams or her sister entered the tournament for fourteen years until Williams entered in 2015 as a wild-card (and the top seed).
    Another improbable win occurred in the third round of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships, when she recovered from two breaks of service in the third set to defeat Great Britain's No. 1 female player, Heather Watson.
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    In the semi-finals of the 2015 French Open, Williams was ill and barely able to walk during changeovers, yet beat her opponent, Timea Bacsinszky, 6–0 in the third set.
  • 2014
    Awaiting her there was 21-year-old Garbiñe Muguruza, who had previously handed Williams the worst Grand Slam tournament defeat of her career at the 2014 French Open.
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    At the 2014 WTA Finals in Singapore Serena advanced to the final for the third consecutive year despite having equaled her career worst loss in her second round robin match versus Simona Halep.
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    She was then handed the worst loss of her Grand Slam tournament career by Garbiñe Muguruza at the second round of the 2014 French Open, who defeated Serena losing just 4 games in two sets.
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    Williams won her third title of the season at the 2014 Internazionali BNL d'Italia.
    At the 2014 Dubai Tennis Championships, Williams lost her semi-final match to Alizé Cornet in straight sets.
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  • 2013
    In late December 2013, Williams capped off her year by receiving the Associated Press (AP) 2013 Female Athlete of the Year award, her third AP award after 2002 and 2009.
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    Williams received two prizes at the 2013 ESPY Awards.
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    She was also named the 2013 ITF World Champion, the fourth time that she has been given the World Champion's crown.
    By winning the championship, Williams became the first woman to win more than ten million dollars in a season and with her total of $12,385,572, only Rafael Nadal, in 2013 and Novak Djokovic, in 2011, 2012 and 2013, have earned more money in a single season.
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    After the US Open, Williams headed to Beijing where she beat Jelena Janković to win the China Open for her 10th title of 2013.
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    At the 2013 US Open, Williams began as the top seed and defending champion.
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    At the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, she advanced easily to the fourth round before being upset by eventual finalist Sabine Lisicki in three sets.
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    Williams was upset in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Australian Open by fellow American player Sloane Stephens.
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    Williams' first tournament of the 2013 season was in Brisbane, where she won the title without dropping a set.
  • 2012
    Based on her brilliant show in 2012, Serena was also named International Tennis Federation World Champion.
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    Williams started the 2012 season at the Brisbane International, however, during her match against Bojana Jovanovski, she injured her left ankle when serving for the match.
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    At the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, she hit a women's tournament record of 102 aces which was more than any of the men hit during the two weeks.
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  • 2011
    The US Open final turned out to be Williams' last match in 2011, and she ended the year ranked world No. 12 with 2 titles and with a 22–3 record for the season.
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    Williams finally made a return to the practice court in March 2011.
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    On March 2, 2011, she confirmed that she had suffered a hematoma and a pulmonary embolism.
  • 2010
    In 2010, Williams' first scheduled tournament was in Sydney, losing in the final to Elena Dementieva.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    During the 2009 Wimbledon Championships, Williams said that she is in the process of writing a TV show storyline, which will be converted into script form by her agency.
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    Despite not having won a match on clay in 2009 before the French Open, she lost in the quarterfinals to the eventual champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.
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    Williams began 2009 at the Medibank International losing in the semifinals to Elena Dementieva.
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  • 2008
    She ended 2008 ranked world No. 2 and with four singles titles, her strongest performance in both respects since 2003.
    Williams started 2008 by participating on the U.S. team that won the Hopman Cup with Mardy Fish.
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  • 2007
    Williams finished 2007 as World No. 7 and the top-ranked American for the first time since 2003.
    Williams began 2007 with renewed confidence, stating her intention to return to the top of the rankings, a comment 1987 Wimbledon men's singles champion and commentator Pat Cash branded "deluded."
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  • 2006
    She did not play again in 2006, ending the year ranked world No. 95, her lowest year-end ranking since 1997.
    Williams started 2006 by participating in the Australian Open.
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  • 2005
    She finished the year 2005 ranked world No. 11, her first time finishing outside the top 10 since 1998.
    At the 2005 Australian Open, Williams rejected suggestions that she and sister Venus were a declining force in tennis, following Venus's early exit at the tournament.
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  • 2004
    Williams finished 2004 ranked world No. 7, but did not win a Grand Slam singles tournament for the first time since 2001.
  • 2003
    Williams rebounded from the loss at the 2003 Wimbledon Championships, defeating Henin in the semifinals and Venus in the final.
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    At the 2003 Australian Open, Williams went on to reach the semifinals for the first time, where she recovered from 5–1 down in the third set and saved two match points, before defeating Clijsters.
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  • 2002
    Her three consecutive Grand Slam titles to close 2002 also made Williams only the third player in tennis history (male or female) to win the "Surface Slam", three Slam titles on three surfaces in the same calendar year, after Navratilova (1984) and Graf (1993, 1995, 1996).
    Williams finished 2002 with a 56–5 W/L record, eight singles titles, and the world No. 1 ranking.
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    At the 2002 Wimbledon Championships, Williams won the title for the first time, defeating Venus to win a Grand Slam singles title without dropping a set for the first time in her career.
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    Williams played three clay-court tournaments before the 2002 French Open.
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    Injury forced Williams to retire from her semifinal match at the Medibank International Sydney and to withdraw from the 2002 Australian Open.
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  • 2001
    Williams finished 2001 at world No. 6 for the second straight year.
    At the 2001-ending Sanex Championships, Williams won the championship by walkover when Davenport withdrew before the start of the final because of a knee injury.
    Williams began 2001 losing to Martina Hingis in the quarterfinals of both Sydney and the Australian Open.
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  • 2000
    Williams started 2000 by losing in the fourth round of the Australian Open to Elena Likhovtseva.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    To complete 1999, Williams won a doubles match in the Fed Cup final against Russia.
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    Williams lost in the third round of the 1999 Australian Open to Sandrine Testud.
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  • 1998
    A 16-year-old Serena competed in a tennis "Battle of the Sexes", along with her sister Venus Williams, against Karsten Braasch at the 1998 Australian Open.
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    She did, however, win the mixed doubles titles at Wimbledon and the US Open with Max Mirnyi, completing the Williams family's sweep of the 1998 mixed doubles Grand Slam tournaments.
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    Williams began 1998 at the Medibank International Sydney.
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  • 1997
    She finished 1997 ranked world No. 99.
  • 1996
    Williams did not play a tournament in 1996.
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  • 1995
    Williams' first professional event was in September 1995, at the age of 14 to counteract the forthcoming changes to age-eligibility rules, at the Bell Challenge.
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    In 1995, when Williams was in the ninth grade, her father pulled his daughters out of Macci's academy and, from then on, took over all coaching at their home.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1981
    Born on September 26, 1981.
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