- Serena Williams
Infobox tennis player
playername= Serena Jameka Williams
country= United States
residence= Palm Beach Gardens,
Florida, U.S. cite web |author=WTA |publisher = WTA |url=http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/players/playerprofiles/Playerbio.asp?PlayerID=230234 |title=Serena Williams Bio on WTA Tour website |accessdate=2008-04-01]
datebirth= birth date and age|mf=yes|1981|9|26
weight = convert|150|lb|abbr=on
plays= Right; Two-handed backhand
(3nd in all-time rankings) [http://www.thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=54513]
highestsinglesranking= No. 1 (July 8, 2002) (September 8, 2008)
currentsinglesranking= No. 1 (as of September 8, 2008)
AustralianOpenresult= W (2003, 2005, 2007)
FrenchOpenresult= W (2002)
Wimbledonresult= W (2002, 2003)
USOpenresult= W (1999, 2002, 2008)
Othertournaments = Yes
WTAChampionshipsresult= W (2001)
Olympicsresult= QF (2008)
highestdoublesranking= No. 5 (October 11, 1999)
grandslamsdoublesresults = 7
AustralianOpenDoublesresult = W (2001, 2003)
FrenchOpenDoublesresult = W (1999)
WimbledonDoublesresult = W (2000, 2002, 2008)
USOpenDoublesresult = W (1999)
updated= August 25, 2008
Serena Jameka Williams (born September 26, 1981) is a professional tennis player who is currently ranked World No. 2. She has won 18 Grand Slam titles: nine in singles, seven in women's doubles, and two in mixed doubles. She also has won two Olympic gold medals in women's doubles. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/summer08/tennis/news/story?id=3539310 Williams sisters net gold in doubles, beating Spaniards in final] ] She is the most recent player, male or female, to have held all four Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously. In 2005, "Tennis" magazine ranked her as the 17th-best player of the preceding forty years. She is the younger sister of a former World No. 1 professional female tennis player,
Venus Williams. Serena currently resides at Ballen Islesin Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.Fact|date=December 2007
Serena was born in Saginaw,
Michigan. When she and her four sisters were young, their parents, Richard and Oracene (also called Brandy), moved to the Los Angeles suburb of Compton. Her father dreamed of making at least one of his daughters a tennissuperstar, hoping that involvement in sportswould give them an opportunity for a better life. The children were homeschooled. [ [http://sharebradenton.homestead.com/Famous.html Successful & Famous People that were Homeschooled] ]
When Serena was four and a half, she won her first
tournament, and she entered 49 tournaments by the age of 10, winning 46 of them. At one point, she replaced her sister Venus as the number one ranked tennis player aged 12 or under in California.
In 1991, Richard Williams, saying that he hoped to prevent his daughters from facing racism, stopped sending them to national junior tennis tournaments, and Serena attended a tennis school run by professional player
Rick Macciin Haines City, Florida at Greneleaf Resort and Conference Center instead. Macci had already helped the careers of Jennifer Capriatiand Mary Pierce, among others. Soon Richard, who had struck a deal on behalf of his daughters with a major clothing company, was able to move the rest of the Williams family to West Palm Beach, to be near Serena and Venus.
Williams became a professional in September 1995 at the age of 14. Because of her age, she had to participate in non-WTA events at first. Her first professional event was the tournament in Quebec City, where she was ousted in less than an hour of play.
Williams's biggest achievement of 1997 was her run in Chicago; ranked World No. 304, she upset both
Monica Selesand Mary Pierce, recording her first career wins over top 10 players. She finished 1997 at World No. 99.
1998 was the first year that Williams finished ranked in the WTA top 20. She began the year in Sydney as a qualifier, ranked World No. 96, and defeated World No. 3
Lindsay Davenportin a quarterfinal. Williams was then expected to do well in her first Grand Slam tournament, but lost in the second round of the Australian Open to sister Venus.
Williams reached six other quarterfinals during the year. She won the mixed doubles titles at Wimbledon and the US Open with
Max Mirnyi, completing the Williams family's sweep of the 1998 mixed doubles Grand Slams. Williams won her first pro title in doubles at Oklahoma City with sister Venus, becoming the third pair of sisters to win a WTA tour women's doubles title. She earned U.S. $2.6 million in prize money during the year.
In 1999, Serena defeated
Amélie Mauresmoin the final of the Open Gaz de Francetournament in Paris, the same day that Venus won the tournament in Oklahoma City. This was the first time in professional tennis history that two sisters had won titles in the same week.Fact|date=January 2008
In March, Williams won the
Tier I Pacific Life Openin Indian Wells, California, becoming the second of only five unseeded Tier I champions in WTA history. Williams (ranked 21st) defeated the World No. 2 Lindsay Davenportin the second round, the World No. 8 Mary Piercein a quarterfinal, and the World No. 7 Steffi Grafin the three-set final.
At the Tier I
Sony Ericsson Openin Key Biscayne, Florida, sister Venus halted Serena's 16-match winning streak in the final. This was the first all-sister singles final during the open era.Fact|date=January 2008 Serena defeated World No. 3 Monica Selesand World No. 1 Martina Hingisen route to the final.
On April 5, 1999, Serena made her top 10 debut at World No. 9. Venus was ranked sixth the same week, marking the first time that two sisters appeared in the top ten simultaneously since April 22, 1991, when Manuela and
Katerina Maleevawere in the top ten.
Williams teamed with sister Venus to win the women's doubles title at the
French Openbut lost in the third round in singles at that tournament. Williams missed Wimbledon because of an injury.
In the summer, Williams won the
hard courttournament in Los Angeles, defeating World No. 8 Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, World No. 1 Hingis, and Julie Halard-Decugis.
At the US Open, the seventh-seeded Williams defeated World No. 4 Seles, World No. 2 Davenport, and World No. 1 Hingis to become the lowest seed to win the titleFact|date=January 2008 and the second African-American woman (after
Althea Gibsonin 1958) to win a Grand Slam singles tournament.
Williams went on to take the
Grand Slam Cupin Munich, defeating Venus in the final.
Williams won her singles match and doubles match during the tie between the United States and Russia in the final of the Fed Cup. The U.S. won four of the five matches and its 16th title overall. In their doubles match, Serena and Venus defeated
Elena Dementievaand Elena Makarova6–2, 6–1.
Williams finished the year at World No. 4 in just her second full year on the main tour.
Williams became the focus of many ad campaigns, including one with shoe and clothes maker Puma, which signed her to a U.S.$12 million agreement.
Following her breakthrough season, Williams's results declined slightly in 2000. Her best Grand Slam showing was a run to the semifinals at Wimbledon, before losing to sister and eventual champion Venus. Her defense of the US Open title came to a disappointing end when she fell to
Lindsay Davenportin straight sets in the quarterfinals.
Perhaps the highlight of Williams's year was picking up the gold medal at the Sydney Olympics for women's doubles, along with Venus. The Williams sisters also teamed up to take the women's doubles title at Wimbledon, while Serena picked up singles titles in Hanover, Los Angeles and Tokyo. She finished the year at number six, a slight decline on her finish the year before.
Williams reached the quarterfinals of the
Australian Openfor the first time before falling to World No. 1 Martina Hingis. Serena and her sister Venus won the women's doubles title there, becoming only the fifth women's doubles team in history to win all four Grand Slam doubles titles during their career, a "Career Grand Slam".
Williams then won the
Tier I Pacific Life Openin Indian Wells, California.
Williams reached the quarterfinals at both the
French Openand Wimbledon.
During the North American summer
hard courtseason, Williams captured her second title of the year at the Tier I Rogers Cup in Toronto, defeating World No. 3 and top-seeded Jennifer Capriatiin the final. At the US Open, Williams defeated Hingis in the semifinals to reach her second Grand Slam final before losing to sister Venus.
At the year-ending
WTA Tour Championships, Williams saved eight match points before defeating Capriati in the semifinals. She then won the final by default when Lindsay Davenportwithdrew.
Williams finished the year at World No. 6 for the second straight year.
Williams was forced to withdraw from the Australian Open due to injury but won her first event of the year in Scottsdale, defeating World No. 1
Jennifer Capriatiin the final. She then won the Tier INASDAQ-100 Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, again defeating Capriati in the final. She then captured her first career title on clay at the Tier I Internazionali BNL d'Italiain Rome, defeating Justine Heninin the final.
Williams was the third-seeded player at the French Open and dropped just two sets en route to the final. She then defeated sister Venus 7–5, 6–3. At Wimbledon, Williams won the title without dropping a set, defeating Venus once again in the final. This win earned Williams the World No. 1 ranking (dethroning her sister and becoming the second African-American woman to hold that ranking on the
Women's Tennis Associationcomputer). The Williams sisters also won the doubles title at this event.
Williams captured her third straight Grand Slam singles title at the US Open, once again not dropping a set en route, and defeated Venus yet again in the final in straight sets. Williams then won back-to-back titles in Leipzig and Tokyo. She reached the final at the year-ending Home Depot Championships but lost to 19-year-old
Kim Clijsters7–5, 6–3.
Williams finished 2002 with a 56–5 record, eight singles titles, and the World No. 1 ranking.
At the Australian Open, Williams dropped only one set while reaching the semifinals. She then defeated
Kim Clijsters4–6, 6–3, 7–5, recovering from a 5–1 deficit in the third set and saving two match points. She then faced her sister Venus for the fourth consecutive Grand Slam final and won in three sets, to become the fifth woman in the open erato complete a Career Grand Slam, joining Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, and Steffi Graf. The Williams sisterswon their sixth doubles title together at this event.
Williams then captured titles at the
Open Gaz de Francein Paris and the Tier I NASDAQ-100 Openin Key Biscayne, Floridaand went into the French Open trying to capture her fifth consecutive Grand Slam singles title. However, she lost to eventual champion Justine Heninin the semifinals 6–2, 4–6, 7–5 (having led by a break in the third set) in a match marred by controversy, in which Williams was booed. Two weeks later, however, Williams won her sixth Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon, defeating Henin in the semifinals 6–3, 6–2 before defeating Venus in the final.
Wimbledon was Williams's last event of the year, as a knee injury forced her to withdraw from all other events (including the US Open). As a result, she lost her World No. 1 ranking to Clijsters in August, having held it for 57 weeks. Williams finished the year ranked World No. 3, despite having played only seven tournaments plus
Williams's older sister,
Yetunde Price, was murdered on the morning of September 14, 2003, by gunshots as she passed by in a car driven by a man in the Compton area.
Williams withdrew from the Australian Open to continue rehabilitating her left knee. After eight months away from the tour, Williams began her comeback at the
Tier I NASDAQ-100 Openin Key Biscayne, Florida, where she defeated Elena Dementievain the final. She then lost in the French Openquarterfinals to Jennifer Capriati6–3, 2–6, 6–3, which was the first time she had lost before the semifinals at a Grand Slam singles tournament since Wimbledon in 2001. She reached the final of Wimbledon, but in one of the most surprising upsets in the tournament's history, the 17-year old Russian player, Maria Sharapova, defeated Williams 6–1, 6–4.
On July 30, Williams withdrew from her quarterfinal match in San Diego against Russia's
Vera Zvonarevawith another left knee injury. On August 1, she announced her withdrawal from the Rogers Cup due to the same injury. The injury also forced her to pull out of the Summer Olympics.Fact|date=April 2008
Williams's next tournament was the US Open, where she lost a quarterfinal match to Capriati. The match was plagued by disputes over calls with the umpire. Williams protested later on the Ellen show by wearing a bright orange shirt with white capital letters, stating "THE BALL WAS IN!"Fact|date=April 2008
At the China Open in Beijing, Williams defeated the newly crowned US Open champion,
Svetlana Kuznetsova, in the final. Williams earned enough points there to reach the WTA Tour Championships, where she again lost to Sharapova in the final. Williams suffered a stomach muscle strain during the match after leading 6–4, 2–1Fact|date=April 2008, consequently Williams began delivering serves barely reaching the 100 mph mark and Sharapova eventually won the match, 4–6, 6–2, 6–4. Despite the loss, Williams finished the year at World No. 7.
Williams won the
Australian Open, her seventh Grand Slam singles title. She defeated three of the tournament's top four seeds (#2 Amélie Mauresmo, #4 Maria Sharapova, and #1 Lindsay Davenport) en route to the title. Williams saved three match points against Sharapova in the semifinals. The win moved her up to World No. 2, and Williams stated she was now targeting the number one spot in the foreseeable future. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/4217997.stm Williams eyes return to top spot] ]
Williams did not reach the final at any of her next five tournaments. This period included a loss to sister Venus - her first since 2001 - in the quarterfinals of the
Tier I NASDAQ-100 Openin Key Biscayne, Florida.
An ankle injury forced Williams to miss the
French Open. At Wimbledon, Williams was defeated in the third round by fellow American Jill Craybas(ranked World No. 85) 6–3, 7–6(4).
At the US Open, Williams lost to her sister Venus in the fourth round 7–6, 6–2. This was the earliest the sisters had met in a Grand Slam tournament since their first meeting at the
1998 Australian Open. Williams played just one more match during the remainder of the year, a loss to World No. 127 Sun Tiantianin Beijing.
Williams finished the year ranked World No. 11 and with just one singles title.
Williams did not participate in any of the official warm-up tournaments for the
Australian Open. Williams was the defending champion at the Australian Open but fell to Daniela Hantuchová6–1, 7–6(5) in the third round, [http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/players/playerprofiles/PlayerActivity.asp Serena Williams Playing Activity] (2006 results can be accessed by selecting the year from the drop-down menu), WTA Tour official website. Accessed August 19, 2008.] provoking media reports that Williams had lost enthusiasm for the sport, which she denied. Her world ranking then fell out of the top 50 for the first time in many years, and she withdrew from the tournaments in Antwerp, the Dubai, and the Key Biscayne, Florida.
After withdrawing from the
Tier I Family Circle Cupin Charleston, South Carolina, Williams's world ranking fell out of the top 100 for the first time in almost nine years. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/4971008.stm Serena targets late-summer return] ] Shortly after, she announced that she would miss both the French Openand Wimbledon because of a chronic knee injury. She said that she would not be able to compete before "the end of the summer," on doctor's orders.
Williams, however, returned to the game earlier than expected, accepting
wildcards to summer hard courttournaments in Cincinnati and Los Angeles. Ranked World No. 139 because of her inactivity, Williams upset the Cincinnati tournament's second seed and World No. 11 Anastasia Myskina6–2, 6–2 in the first round before losing in the semifinals to the eventual champion Vera Zvonareva6–2, 6–3. Williams's ranking rose to World No. 108 after Cincinnati. In Los Angeles, Williams defeated Hantuchová in the third round but lost in the semifinals to Jelena Janković6–4, 6–3.
Williams was granted a wildcard into the US Open, as her ranking prevented her from gaining direct entry into the tournament. She was unseeded in a Grand Slam tournament for the first time since 1998. However, she defeated
US Open Serieschampion Ana Ivanovićin the third round before losing to top seed Amélie Mauresmoin the fourth round 6–4, 0–6, 6–2. Williams did not play again for the rest of the year.
Williams ended the year ranked World No. 95, her worst end-of-year ranking since 1997 when she finished World No. 99.
Williams finished 2007 ranked World No. 7 and won two singles titles, her best performance in both aspects since 2004. She was also the top-ranked American for the first time since 2003.
Williams began the year by stating that she had no doubt she would be World No. 1 again, [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/6236551.stm Serena targets number one ranking] ] a comment that attracted criticism in the press from
Pat Cash. [ [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article1292868.ece Williams is lost cause] ]
Williams competed at the tournament in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia as a warm-up for the Australian Open. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/6236551.stm Serena targets number one ranking] ] However, she lost to unseeded
Sybille Bammerof Austria in the quarterfinals. Williams was unseeded at the Australian Openbecause of her World No. 81 ranking and was widely regarded as "out of shape". [http://www.tennis.com/tournaments/2008/australianopen/australianopen.aspx?id=110906 New Mindset: Serena Playing for Herself] , TENNIS.com. Accessed August 19, 2008.] In the third round, however, Williams defeated fifth-seeded Nadia Petrova, [http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/players/playerprofiles/PlayerActivity.asp Serena Williams Playing Activity] (2007 results can be accessed by selecting the year from the drop-down menu), WTA Tour official website. Accessed August 19, 2008.] which was her first win over a top 10 player since defeating Lindsay Davenportin the 2005 Australian Openfinal. In the quarterfinals, Williams was two points from losing to Shahar Pe'erbefore prevailing [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/6289351.stm Williams battles to win over Peer] , BBC News. Accessed August 19, 2008.] and then defeated tenth-seeded Nicole Vaidišováin the semifinals in straight sets. In the final, Williams defeated top-seeded Maria Sharapovain straight sets [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/6299369.stm Superb Williams wins Aussie title] , BBC News. Accessed August 19, 2008.] to win her third Australian Open singles title, her eighth Grand Slam singles title, and her sixteenth Grand Slam title overall. Williams dedicated the title to her deceased sister Yetunde. Her performance in the final was described by TENNIS.com as "one of the best performances of her career" and by BBC Sport as "arguably the most powerful display ever seen in women's tennis". [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/6669051.stm Resurgent Serena targets Paris] , BBC News. Accessed August 19, 2008.] Her ranking rose to World No. 14 as a result of the win. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/6283845.stm Champion Serena soars up rankings] ]
Williams next played at the
Tier I Sony Ericsson Openin Key Biscayne, Florida. In the fourth round, Williams again defeated World No. 2 Sharapova 6–1, 6–1. [http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/players/playerprofiles/PlayerActivity.asp Serena Williams Playing Activity] (2007 results can be accessed by selecting the year from the drop-down menu), WTA Tour official website. Accessed August 19, 2008.] She went on to reach the final, where she defeated World No. 1 Justine Heninin three sets after Williams saved two match points in the second set. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/6514957.stm Serena takes title in epic final] , BBC News. Accessed August 19, 2008.]
At the Tier I
Family Circle Cupin Charleston, South Carolinaon clay courts, Williams received a first round bye and then retired from her second round match due to a groin pull. The following week, Williams won her first singles match in the first round Fed Cup tie against Belgium on hard courts but withdrew from the second singles match to rest her knee.
Williams played only one clay court tournament in Europe before the
French Open. In Rome at the Tier I Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Williams lost to fourteenth-seeded Patty Schnyderof Switzerland 6–3, 2–6, 7–6(5). After the tournament, however, she re-entered the top 10, moving up to World No. 9.
As the eighth seed at the French Open, Williams lost in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Henin 6–4, 6–3. Following the match, Williams said her performance was "hideous and horrendous" and worse than ever. [ [http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/06/sports/tennis/06tennis.html Serena Williams Falters and Henin Capitalizes] ] She also said that she felt "violated." [ [http://itn.co.uk/news/adc8cfc4e6dc17da6d406bde8af5ef40.html Serena felt 'violated' by Henin defeat] ]
Despite this loss, Williams was one of the favorites for the Wimbledon title. [ [http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/serena-ready-to-reclaim-top-billing-454447.html Serena ready to reclaim top billing] , The Independent. Accessed August 19, 2008.] During her fourth round match against
Daniela Hantuchová, Williams collapsed from an acute muscle spasm at 5–5 in the second set. After a medical timeout and holding serve to force a tiebreak, the rain came and play was suspended for nearly two hours. When the players returned to the court, Williams won the match 6–2, 6–7(2), 6–2. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/6262654.stm Injured Serena seals amazing win] , BBC News. Accessed August 19, 2008.] Williams then lost her quarterfinal match with World No. 1 Henin 6–4, 3–6, 6–3. Williams started the match with a heavily taped calf and was forced to use a one-handed backhand slice because of an injury to her left thumb. Williams drew criticism when she claimed after the match that she would have beaten Henin had Williams been healthy. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/6271780.stm Serena hits out at Stich comments] ] After Wimbledon, Williams moved up to World No. 7, the highest she had been since 2005.
Because of the thumb injury, Williams did not play a tournament between Wimbledon and the US Open. At the US Open itself, she beat 2007 Wimbledon runner-up
Marion Bartoliin the fourth round, setting up her third consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal with Henin. Williams lost again, 7–6(3), 6–1, her third straight loss to Henin in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam event.
In October, Williams lost in the quarterfinals of the tournament in Stuttgart to World No. 2
Svetlana Kuznetsova6–3, 6–3. Williams then reached her third final of the year at the Kremlin Cupin Moscow, defeating Kuznetsova in the semifinals. In the final, however, she lost to Elena Dementieva. Nevertheless, Williams's performances at these tournaments increased her ranking to World No. 5 and qualified her for the year-ending Sony Ericsson Championships in Madrid. Williams's participation there was short. Because of injury, she retired from her first match with Anna Chakvetadzeafter losing the first set and then withdrew from the tournament.cite news | url = http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1887 | author = Women's Tennis Association| title = Justine Reaches Semis; Injury Forces Serena Out | date = 2007-11-07| accessdate = 2001-11-07 | publisher | Women's Tennis Association ]
Williams started the year by participating on the U.S. team that won the
Hopman Cupfor the fifth time in Perth, Australia. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7170304.stm USA beat Serbia to take Hopman Cup] , BBC News. Accessed August 19, 2008.]
Williams entered the
2008 Australian Openas the defending champion and seventh seed but lost in the quarterfinals to World No. 4 and third-seeded Jelena Janković6–3, 6–4. [http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/players/playerprofiles/PlayerActivity.asp Serena Williams Playing Activity] , WTA Tour official website. Accessed August 19, 2008.] This was her fourth straight loss in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam singles tournament. In the women's doubles event, Serena and her sister Venus lost in the quarterfinals to the seventh-seeded team, Zheng Jieand Yan Zi.
Williams then withdrew from the tournaments in Paris, Antwerp, and Dubai due to an urgent need for dental surgery. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7279958.stm Serena returns to action with win] , BBC News. Accessed August 19, 2008.]
Upon her return to the tour, Williams won three consecutive singles titles. At the Tier II tournament in Bangalore, India, Serena defeated sister Venus in the semifinals 6–3, 3–6, 7–6(4) after Serena saved a match point 6–5 in the third set. This was the first time they had played each other since the fourth round of the
2005 US Open. Serena then defeated Patty Schnyderof Switzerland in the final. At the Tier I Sony Ericsson Openin Key Biscayne, Florida, Williams won her fifth career singles title there, tying Steffi Graffor the most singles titles at this tournament. Williams defeated World No. 1 Justine Heninin the quarterfinals, World No. 3 Svetlana Kuznetsovain the semifinals, and World No. 4 Janković in the final. This was Williams's 30th career singles title. At the clay courtTier I Family Circle Cupin Charleston, South Carolina, Williams defeated, for the fourth consecutive time, second-seeded Maria Sharapovain the quarterfinals 7–5, 4–6, 6–1. In the final, Williams defeated Vera Zvonarevato capture her tenth career Tier I title and first clay court title since the 2002 French Open.
Williams's 17-match winning streak was ended by
Dinara Safinain the quarterfinals of the Tier I Qatar Telecom German Openin Berlin 2–6, 6–1, 7–6(5). Williams was the fifth-seeded player at the Tier I Internazionali BNL d'Italiain Rome and made it to the quarterfinals, where Alizé Cornetreceived a walkover over Williams because of a back injury. Williams was the fifth-seeded player at the French Open. Although she was the only former winner of this tournament in this year's draw, she lost in the third round to 27th-seeded Katarina Srebotnik6–4, 6–4.
At Wimbledon, the sixth-seeded Williams reached the semifinals for the first time in four years. She defeated former World No. 1 and 2006 Wimbledon champion
Amélie Mauresmoin the third round 7–6(5), 6–1. She then defeated Agnieszka Radwańskain the quarterfinals and Zheng Jie, a Chinese wild card, in the semifinals. Williams, however, lost the final to her older sister Venus in straight sets. Serena and Venus then teamed to win the women's doubles title without dropping a set the entire tournament, defeating Lisa Raymondand Samantha Stosurin the final.
Williams then played four
World Team Tennismatches for the Washington Kastles, [ [http://www.wtt.com/teams/kastles/PDF/Kastles%202008%20schedule%20announce%20-%203%2019%2008.pdf Washington Kastles Announce 2008 Team Schedule Featuring Serena Williams and the Addition of John McEnroe and Anna Kournikova] ] contributing 49 points for her team. Williams was seeded first at the tournament in Stanford, California. After defeating fifth-seeded Schnyder in the quarterfinals, Williams retired from her semifinal match against qualifier Aleksandra Wozniakwhile trailing 6–2, 3–1 because of a left knee injury. That injury caused Williams to withdraw from the tournament in Los Angeles the following week.
Beijing Olympics, Williams was the fourth-seeded player in singles but lost to fifth-seeded and eventual gold-medalist Elena Dementievain the quarterfinals 3–6, 6–4, 6–3. Serena and her sister Venus were the second-seeded team in doubles. They won the gold medal, beating the Spanish team of Anabel Medina Garriguesand Virginia Ruano Pascual6-2, 6-0 in the final.
Williams was seeded fourth at the US Open and defeated her seventh-seeded sister Venus in the quarterfinals 7–6(6), 7–6(7). Serena trailed 5–3 in both sets and saved two set points in the first set and eight set points in the second set. Williams then defeated Safina in the semifinals 6–3, 6–2. She went on to win the title, defeating Janković in the final, and became the new World No. 1. [ [http://usopen.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/07/match-tracking-jelena-jankovic-vs-serena-williams/?hp Serena Williams Wins to Regain No. 1 Ranking] ]
At the Tier II
Porsche Tennis Grand Prixtournament in Stuttgart, Serena was the top seed, but lost to World no. 30 Li Na 6-0, 1-6, 4-6 in the second round.
Williams also entered the doubles draw in Stuttgart with her sister Venus, and are the fourth seeds. They beat the team of
Daniela Hantuchovaand Agnes Szavayin the first round, 6-4 6-1. But due to a left ankle injury to Serena, they had to withdraw from the tournament.
Williams issued a statement on 3rd October 2008 announcing her withdrawal from the
Kremlin Cupin Moscow, citing a continuing left ankle injury and a desire to give her body time to recover from a packed 2008 playing schedule [http://www.tennis.com/news/ticker.aspx] . In her statement, Williams recognised that her withdrawal from the Kremlin Cupsignificantly hindered her chances of finishing the season ranked No.1 in the world [http://www.tennis.com/news/ticker.aspx] .
Williams is primarily a baseline player. Her game is built around taking immediate control of rallies with her powerful serve, return of serve, and forceful groundstrokes that can come from both the forehand and backhand wing.
Her serve is widely regarded as the best in the women's game. She is known for having a very smooth motion and her serve is one of the most highly respected on the WTA tour. For example,
Lindsay Davenporthas said that Williams's serve is the best serve that she has faced on the WTA tour. Williams frequently hits serves over 120 mph and often varies the placement of her serve. She can hit flat, slice, and topspin serves to both corners of the service box. At the 2008 Family Circle Cupin her quarterfinal match against Maria Sharapova, Serena tied her sister Venus's record for the second fastest serve by a woman on the WTA tour with a 129 mph serve.
Williams is capable of overpowering her opponents when returning serve, off both second and first serve.
Williams is also effective at the net, employing solid volleys (being especially effective on the drive volley) and powerful overheads. She also can produce good drop volleys, a shot that not many players use.
Although Williams's forehand is among the most powerful shots in the women's game, her
backhandis considered to be one of the best, if not the best, on the Women's Tennis Associationtour. Williams can often hit a winning backhandshot in any position or place on the court down the line or cross court. Williams strikes her backhand groundstrokeusing an open stance. She also uses the same open stance for her forehand.
Because of her aggressive style of play, Williams hits a relatively high number of unforced errors. This is tempered, however, by the fact that she typically hits more outright winners than her opponents. Other times her number of unforced errors are tempered by her powerful strokes forcing her opponents to commit errors.
Although many think of Williams as only an offensive player, she also has a good defensive game. Williams is quick around the court, and her core strength enables her to hit the ball efficiently from difficult positions. Williams has more variety in her game than the typical offensive baseline player. Although she normally dictates play from the baseline with heavy strokes, Williams occasionally slices her backhand or hits heavy
topspingroundstrokes or drop shots to change the pace of the ball.
Williams is known for her unusual and colorful outfits on court. In 2002, Williams created an on-court stir when she wore a
leather-looking catsuitat the 40 million dollars and was signed in April 2004. [http://www.allbusiness.com/specialty-businesses/minority-owned-businesses/767050-1.html]
Outside the tennis courts, Williams was also the center of attention when in November 2004, she reached a new level of exposure at the London premiere of
Pierce Brosnan's new film, " After the Sunset". In an outfit that had a near-topless effect, Williams wore a red gown with strips of sheer fabric.
Williams has her own line of designer clothing called Aneres — her first name spelled backward (a la
Oprah Winfreyand Harpo productions) — that she plans to sell in boutiques in Miami and Los Angeles. Venus also appeared as one of her models, showing her latest designs.
In 2001, Serena along with her sister, Venus appeared in "
The Simpsons" episode " Tennis the Menace"; after Bart and Lisa are dropped by parents Marge and Homer respectively to play against each other. She has also posed for a Sports Illustratedswimsuit issue and has had a lucrative career in advertisements. [http://www.darrenwestlund.com/PeoplePage1/SerenaM.jpg] [http://www.africanamericans.com/images2/SerenaWilliams.jpg] [http://www.milknewsroom.com/images/ad_serena.jpg]
In April 2005,
MTVannounced plans to broadcast a reality showaround the lives of Serena and Venus Williams; however, ABC Familyended up airing the show.
Williams was the fifth victim and the ninth star ever to be on "
Punk'd" more than once. Her first appearance was when Williams had to save a "Punk'd" problem kid played by Rob Pinkstonuntil Kutcher exposed the set-up. Her second is when Serena passed the prank on her sister Venus after both Serena and Venus were fighting with a fraud during a photoshoot with some handicapped people.
In 2002, Williams played "Miss Wiggins" in the season 3 episode "Crouching Mother, Hidden Father" of "
My Wife and Kids". In 2005, Williams guest starred in an episode of the twelfth season of "ER". She also guest starred on an episode of "".
Welsh indie band,
Super Furry Animals, sang a track on their 2003 album Phantom Powercalled "Venus and Serena" - dedicated to the sisters.
In 2007, Williams appeared in the ABC reality television series "", featuring a dozen celebrities in a
stock carracing competition. In the first round of competition, Williams matched up against surfer Laird Hamiltonand former NFL quarterback John Elway. That same year, Williams appeared on " Late Night with Conan O'Brien", where he challenged Williams to a tennis match on the Wiivideo game console. [ [http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/levelup/archive/2007/02/02/double-life-serena-williams-conan-o-brien-nintendo-wii-need-we-say-more.aspx Double Life: Serena Williams. Conan O'Brien. Nintendo Wii. Need We Say More?] ] Conan overcame a break point to win the match. [ [http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8266797288451201272&q=Conan+O%27Brien+Serena+Wii+clip&hl=en CONAN O'BRIAN VS SERENA WILLIAM ON WII TENNIS] ]
On the fourteenth page of a January 2007 issue of
TV Guide, it is stated that "Tennis star Serena Williams will provide a guest voice on the Nickelodeon cartoon "" next season." Williams herself has gone as far to state that "Avatar" is her favorite show. [ [http://women.webmd.com/features/serena-williams-gets-back-game Serena Williams Gets Back in the Game] ]
She was previously a guest voice on the Playhouse Disney animated kids show, "
Higglytown Heroes" as the snow plough driver hero.
Williams appears nude in the July issue of "
Jane Magazine" along with Eva Mendes, Joss Stone, and five other famous faces. [ [http://www.whudat.com/newsblurbs/more/serena_williams_takes_it_off_in_jane_magazine_1680721071/ Serena Williams Takes it Off in Jane Magazine ] ]
Williams appears in an American music video for the conscious rapper Common, along with
Alicia Keys, and rapper Kanye Westcalled "I Want You", released on November 2007. [ [http://www.yahoo.com/s/731183 Yahoo! Music Videos] ]
From 2004 to 2005, Williams dated
Brett Ratner. She is currently dating rapper Common.
Williams explains how her deceased older sister Yetunde inspired her to win her third Australian Open singles title in 2007: "I just said, 'Serena, this has to be motivating. This has to be more than enough to motivate me,' and I think it was." [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/6304713.stm Aussie Open day 13 quotes] ]
1999 US Open, Williams said about Martina Hingis, "She just speaks her mind. I guess it has a little bit to do with not having a formal education. But you just have to think more ... use your brain a little more in the tennis world." [ [http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/99open/usofs16.htm Truce declared for Hingis, Williams family] ]
Record against other top players
As of September 3, 2008, Williams' win-loss record against certain players who have been ranked World No. 10 or higher is as follows: [ [http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/players Player Profiles] ]
Mary Joe Fernandez0-1
Grand Slam singles finals (12)
ingles performance timeline
"To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only once a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded. This table is current through the
2008 Porsche Tennis Grand Prixin Stuttgart, Germany, which ended on October 5, 2008." : * As of September 8, 2008.
Results against Venus Williams
List of Grand Slam Women's Singles champions
List of Grand Slam Women's Doubles champions
List of Grand Slam Mixed Doubles champions
Laureus World Sports Awards
List of celebrities who have been Punk'd on Seasons 1 to 5
* [http://www.serenawilliams.com/ Official web site of Serena Williams]
* [http://www.hossli.com/articles/2008/01/04/serena-williams-im-a-thinker/ Interview with Serena Williams on Hossli.com]
* [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1622574,00.html Serena Williams article] on Time.com (a division of Time Magazine)
* [http://sidewalkstv.com/webclips/w/serenawilliams.html Serena Williams 2006 Interview] on "
* [http://www.afewmomentswith.com/ Serena Williams Interview on Fox News Radio]
* [http://www.zadzadz.com/index.php?commercial_id=628 Serena William in the HP Commercial]
* [http://www.washingtonkastles.com Washington Kastles]
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