Legend! Serena Williams has overcome each impediment in her method to develop into one among the best tennis gamers of all time. Perhaps much more spectacular, she now balances perfecting her recreation with raising her daughter, Olympia.
Williams was born in Saginaw, Michigan, in September 1981. She began taking part in tennis at age 4 after she, sister Venus Williams and their household moved to Compton, California. Their mother and father, Richard Williams and Oracene Price, coached the ladies in the sport. When Serena was 9, they relocated to West Palm Beach, Florida, so she and Venus might obtain additional instruction.
Serena made her skilled debut at the Bell Challenge in Quebec, Canada, in October 1995 at age 14. She grew to become a top-10 participant by 1999. She achieved her first Career Grand Slam in 2003 at age 21 after successful the US Open, Wimbledon, the French Open and the Australian Open. Her Wimbledon victory in 2002 launched her to the No. 1 rating for the first time ever.
Although the athlete suffered accidents and handled naysayers, she continued to dominate in her area, incomes title after title. She additionally cast her personal path when she failed to discover tennis gamers with whom she might determine.
“There weren’t a lot of role models for me to look up to [in the sport] and say, ‘Wow, I want to look like this!’ … I kind of had to be that role and be that person,” Serena defined in her February 2019 Allure cowl story. “Venus and I started out being successful, continued to be successful, and we were also unapologetically ourselves. We were not afraid to wear braids. We weren’t afraid to be Black in tennis. And that was different.”
Along the method, the tennis star realized to love herself. “I’m interested in doing the best that I can and winning Grand Slams and being a champion and, you know, everyone has different goals. … I’m not out here thinking, ‘OK, I’m not going to go to gymnastics class today because I don’t want to look fit,’” she advised Time in 2015 of her physique picture. “I literally was born with this most amazing body, and to be historic, and to be amazing, and to be badass. And if anyone doesn’t like it, then they don’t have to. Because at the end of the day, I like it. And I know a lot of other people who like it too.”
Scroll via the gallery beneath to see Serena’s extraordinary life in images.