Legend! Serena Williams She has overcome all obstacles on her way to become one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Perhaps even more impressive, she now balances perfecting her game with raising her daughter, Olympia.
Williams was born in Saginaw, Michigan, in September 1981. She began playing tennis at age 4 after her sister venus williams and his family moved to Compton, California. her parents, richard williams Y oracene price, trained the girls in the sport. When Serena was 9 years old, they moved to West Palm Beach, Florida, so that she and Venus could receive more instruction.
Serena made her professional debut at the Bell Challenge in Quebec, Canada, in October 1995 at age 14. She became a top 10 player in 1999. She achieved her first career Grand Slam in 2003 at age 21 after winning the US Open, Wimbledon. , the French Open and the Australian Open. Her win at Wimbledon in 2002 propelled her to the No. 1 spot for the first time in history.
Although the athlete suffered injuries and dealt with naysayers, she continued to dominate in her field, winning title after title. She also forged her own path when she couldn’t find tennis players she could identify with.
“There weren’t many role models for me to look up to. [in the sport] and say, ‘Wow, I want to look like this!’ … I had to be that role and be that person,” Serena explained in her February 2019 post. Seduce cover story. “Venus and I started out successful, continued to be successful, and were also unapologetically ourselves. We weren’t afraid to wear braids. We were not afraid to be black in tennis. And that was different.”
Along the way, the tennis star learned to love herself. “I’m interested in doing my best and winning Grand Slams and being a champion and, you know, everyone has different goals. … I’m not here thinking, ‘Okay, I’m not going to gym class today because I don’t want to look fit,’” she said. Weather in 2015 of his body image. “I was literally born with this amazing body, and to be historical, amazing and badass. And if someone 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.”
Serena intends to pass on those values to her daughter Olympia, whom she welcomed with her husband. alexis ohanian in September 2017.
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