Sometimes there comes a person who changes the meaning of determination and working hard. The person makes everybody believe again that ‘PRACTICE MAKES A MAN PERFECT’. Today I will speak of such a person who made everybody realize that one should never lose hope and continue fighting on, no matter what happens.
Serena Williams is a professional tennis player from America. She is the current No. 1 women’s singles tennis player and she has reached the top spot on six such occasions. On July 8, 2002, she became the World No. 1 for the very first time and on February 13, 2013; she became the oldest No.1 tennis player in the WTA history. Her game and achievements earned her the title of ‘The Greatest’ Tennis Player and her record $60 million prize money winnings justify that statement.
Williams has a record 34 Grand Slam titles which includes 19 singles, 13 doubles and 2 mixed doubles titles. These achievements put her seventh on the all-time list. She is tied at third on the all time list of 19 Grand Slam singles title along with Helen Wills Moody. She is only behind to Steffi Graf ( 22 titles) and Margaret Court ( 24 titles). Serena and her sister Venus has won 13 double Grand Slam titles. This pair has won 3 Olympic Gold Medals and Serena has won one herself and this is an all-time record. Serena has also won the WTA Tour Championships for 5 times.
Maria Sharapova on Serena Williams in 2013 – “She’s a competitor. She doesn’t like to give free points and free games. No matter the score she wants to win those games and those points, whether she is down a break point or up a break point or whatever it is.”
Williams is basically a baseline player and she builds her by taking quick control of rallies by her commanding and steady serve, service returns and powerful ground strokes by both her backhand and forehand swings. She always produce fast serve, her fastest was 204.1km/h and is the third-fastest on the all time female list. In the Wimbledon Championship of 2012, she served 102 aces, a tournament record. She is also very famous for her mental stability and strength to come back from impossible situations and she has proved that by winning 3 Grand Slam titles in that way.
Serena Williams made her professional debut in September 1995 at the age of 14. Though she lost in the first qualifying round to Anne Miller. In the Ameritech Cup Chicago, ranked 304, Serena defeated the then world No.7 and No.4 Mary pierce and Monica Seles respectively.
Serena won the elusive Olympic Gold Medal in the 2012 London Olympics. She also defended the doubles Gold Medal along with her sister. Thus she completed her career Grand Slam in a Grand style.
Now her objective is to go on and breaking and making many more records. Though she is 34, she is going stronger than ever.