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Serena Williams Biography

Born In Saginaw, Michigan, Father Takes Charge Of Career, Enters First Grand Slam TourneyCONTACT INFORMATION

1981-

American tennis player

Together with her older sister, Venus Williams, Serena Williams has taken the tennis world by storm, soaring to the top of a game traditionally dominated by white players. For Serena, 2002 was particularly sweet. The year didn't get off to a particularly auspicious start. A sprained ankle forced Williams to miss the Australian Open in January 2002, but things brightened up considerably for the remainder of the year. She won seven of her next 12 events, winning three of the four 2002 Grand Slam tournaments—the French Open, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open—and snatching from sister Venus the number one world women's ranking. In recognition of her impressive performance in 2002, Williams, along with Australian Lleyton Hewitt, was named International Tennis Federation world champion in December. As 2003 dawned, Williams became only the fifth woman in tennis history to hold all four Grand Slam titles, beating Venus in the finals of the Australian Open. Of Williams' brilliance on the tennis court, tennis great Chris Evert, told People: "Serena really is too good. I'd like to see some players get close to athleticism, and I don't see it yet on the horizon."

Serena Williams

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Address: c/o Women's Tennis Association, 133 First St. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.

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