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Serena Williams, born September 26, 1981 in Michigan, is a professional American tennis player who has earned many Olympic Gold Medals, in addition to over thirty grand slam titles. She has been training vigorously since she was three years old. Her first major championship victory was in 1999. She had won the US Open at 17 years old, defeating her sister, Venus Williams, on the path to their family’s first Grand Slam victory.

In 2002, Serena was victorious in the French Open, The US Open and Wimbledon, defeating her sister, Venus, in the finals of each tournament. In 2003, she had her first Australian Open Victory, which satisfied her desire to hold all four major titles at the same time. She identified this as the “Serena Slam”. She has teamed up with Venus on many occasions to win a string of doubles titles. In 2008, at the Beijing Games, through her teamwork with her sister, she earned a second women’s doubles Olympic Gold Medal.

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