Despite missing out on her 24th Grand Slam tennis title, Serena Williams has still achieved A LOT. Here’s a look back at her amazing career so far.
Serena was born in Michigan in the US but moved to California when she was three, where she started to play tennis. She has four sisters – here she is with her older sister Venus, who has also been very successful in her tennis career.
Their dad, Richard, taught Venus and Serena at home instead of going to school, to give them more time to practise tennis.
Serena became a professional tennis player when she was just 14 years old. Even at this young age, the two Williams sisters were getting a lot of attention from the press because of their talent.
In 1998, Serena won her first match at a Grand Slam competition. She beat Irina Spirlea from Romania during the Australian Open – it was a huge moment for her. Grand Slams are the most important competitions in tennis and include Wimbledon, the US Open, the Australian Open and the French Open.
Serena won the US Open in 1999, which was her most memorable Grand Slam singles win. This implied she turned out to be just the second African-American lady to win a Grand Slam singles competition. The Williams sisters likewise brought home the duplicates championship that year.
Serena won Wimbledon in 2002 for the first time, beating her sister Venus to win the singles title. This earned her the number one ranking in the world, knocking Venus off the top spot.
At the 2003 Australian Open, Serena won the ‘Grand Slam’, or ‘Serena Slam’ – winning of all four Grand Slam competitions in a row. She did it for a second time in 2014-2015. In total, she has won 21 Grand Slam singles titles.
Serena reached another milestone at Wimbledon 2016 – winning her 22nd Grand Slam title, and matching the record set by Steffi Graf.
In September 2017 Serena delivered the principal picture of her infant girl Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr on Instagram. She says having a girl has made not set in stone and has given her the motivation to win significantly more Grand Slams! Go Serena!!
Serena made it through to the finals in the Wimbledon women’s singles tournament. She was hoping for her 24th Grand Slam victory but missed out when she was beaten by Simona Halep.