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.