Today’s French Open championship victory over Lucie Safarova inched Serena Williams, the world’s #1 women’s tennis player, a little closer to surpassing Steffi Graf for most career Grand Slam titles.
Williams exhibited tremendous fortitude in rallying several times over the past week to capture the coveted clay court crown – her 20th individual major in an incredible career.
Not only did Serena beat talented, aggressive competitors, but she also overcame a taxing flu bug to emerge victoriously today at Roland Garros.
The always gracious Graf even commented on Serena’s success by citing that she was rooting for Williams to surpass her milestone of 22 Grand Slam tournament titles.
With Williams likely winning a 23rd major title before she retires, Serena will dispel any argument that she would be the greatest female tennis player of all-time. Few would argue.
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One of the world’s most recognized female athletes burst onto the women’s professional tennis circuit at the tender age of 13. She failed to disappoint in her debut. At the Bell Challenge in Quebec City, this teenager exceeded all expectations surrounding her United States Tennis Association high ranking for budding players.
Since then, Serena Williams has utilized her potent serve, diligent work ethic and aggressive style of play to emerge as one of the sport’s best players ever.
Serena’s fabulous tennis resume has translated into nearly $45 in career prize money. She’s now the all-time leader in women’s tennis and fourth earner overall among tennis greats.
Now in her 30s, Williams continues to excel at the sport. The press has dropped her last name altogether and simply labels her as Serena. Her remarkable career shows no sign of slowing down, in spite of a serious blood clot issue that arose in 2011 that she courageously overcame.
Off the court, Serena Williams has evolved into a savvy businesswoman with a keen sense of style. She has leveraged the worldwide appeal of her iconic name and tennis success by developing fashion line called Aneres – her first name spelled backward.
This fabulous female athlete has left an indelible mark on the sport of tennis. From an early age, her physical strength and powerful athleticism allowed her to dominate on the court.
But her personal drive, business acumen and penchant for fashion have her poised for another successful career away from the grass, clay, synthetic and asphalt surfaces of international tennis tournaments.
It’s no surprise that Serena Williams aces my list at #8 of Favorite Female Athletes. To buy the book for 99 cents, just click on the red cover above to safely download it from Amazon.
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