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Player - Serena Williams

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

USA | Rank: 2
BirthplaceSaginaw, MI, USA
Tournament entry ranking2
Highest singles ranking1
Year turned proPro (September 1995)
Height5' 9" (1.75 m)
Weight155 lbs. (70 kg)
YTD wins0
YTD loses0
YTD titles won2
Career titles71
Career prize money$81,758,451
Williams has captured 71 WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) titles and has dominated Grand Slams for the past two decades winning 22 Grand Slam singles titles – an all-time record she shares with Steffi Graf. Along with her singles successes, the American has also won 14 doubles and two mixed doubles titles for a total of 38 Grand Slam successes – the most of any active player male or female. The younger of the Williams sisters has also claimed four Olympic Gold Medals, five Season Ending Championship trophies and had team success winning Fed Cup for America. Williams has been named Sports Illustrated ‘Sportsperson of the Year’ in 2015, Glamour Magazine Woman of the Year (2009), and included in Time ‘100 Most Influential People’, Forbes ‘100 Most Powerful Women’ and for 15 straight years Forbes ‘100 Biggest Celebrities’. She has also been awarded ‘Sports Woman of the Year’ three times at the Laureus Sports Awards (02, 10 & 16), and Associated Press’s ‘Athlete of the Year’ on four occasions (02, 09, 13 & 15). Organisers of the ASB Classic believe Serena’s participation will make this the biggest event in the tournament’s history. “We are obviously over the moon with this news. Serena is one of the biggest sporting stars on the planet. She has had the most Grand Slam victories, most consecutive weeks at Number One and has twice held all four Grand Slam trophies at once. I think she is the greatest player, man or woman, to play the game,” said Tournament Director Karl Budge. Coached by father Richard Williams and mother Oracene Price, she is the youngest of five sisters. She began playing at age 5 at public courts in Compton, California. Williams has devoted a lot of time and money to charity, including opening two Serena Williams Secondary Schools in Kenya (one in 2008, one in 2010); touring Lagos and Johannesburg with sister Venus for 'Breaking The Mould' tour (in 2012) and is a UNICEF International Goodwill Ambassador. Her favorite author is Maya Angelou. Also enjoys acting, watching movies and football, reading, talking on the phone and spending time with family and friends.

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