Friday, 24 February 2017

#BlackHistoryMonth: 7-time Wimbledon Champion Serena Williams #BeInspired!


Current women’s world ranked number one tennis superstar Serena Williams has attained virtually every major Grand Slam title with her God-given midas touch on court since her glowing emergence as a teenager in the mid-90s; Williams first professional event was in September 1995 as a 14 year old.
The 35-year-old - who was born in Saginaw, Michigan - grew up in an equally hardened environment in that of Compton, California and courageously prevailed against all odds on littered courts with broken glass, shady crime activity and drug paraphernalia scattered by the court during adolescence to become undisputedly the greatest women’s tennis player of all-time; Serena Williams is a four-time Olympic gold medallist.
'It is difficult to imagine how I would have achieved many of my greatest accomplishments without Serena in my life' commented Venus Williams.
With documented triumph came heart-wrenching struggle and hardship - intense widespread criticism within the mainstream media for an unorthodox approach to the sport, injuries which derailed the superstar to the side-lines, a fanatical media fascination with her romantic and personal life and deeper personal devastation courtesy of the loss of her older sister, Yetunde.


Serena Williams has successfully garnered twenty three Grand Slam championships, 39 major titles trophies and seven Australian Open cups. Williams is also a seven-time Wimbledon Champion, six-time US Open Champion and a three-time French Open Champion; Serena Williamsrecently won the Jesse Owens Award and was named as the highest-paid female professional athlete in 2016 earning $28.9 million.
Furthermore, Williams' twenty three Grand Slam titles highlighted the superstar surpassing legendary players Chris EvertSteffi Graf andMartina Navratilova, with Margaret Court presently leading in terms of most major titles (24).
Women’s tennis icon Chris Evert invited Serena Williams for dinner thereafter the Michigan-born superstar surpassed Evert’s record of major titles; Williams' victory over the ever-dominant Maria Sharapova at the Australian Open 2015 Women's final in Melbourne, Australia witnessed Williams surpassing Chris Evert (18 Grand Slam titles) on the all-time Grand Slam Women' championship  list.
In hindsight, Serena Williams surpassing Steffi Graf's all-time revered benchmark of twenty two Grand Slam major crowns was essentially based on her overall dedication to health in her thirties, reignited passion for the sport, consistent form and a new and improved intense focus.  Serena Williams' well-documented on-court feud with Russian rival Maria Sharapova remains one of the greatest rivalries in professional sports history and a heated rivalry which has seen Williams so often come out victorious.


Serena Williams has always come out smelling like roses as a true people's champion in pursuing her goals in life and in the public domain; whether embarking in the fields of fashion, philanthropy, television, film or investing in professional sports franchises (NFL’s Miami Dolphins); Williams wants to act thereafter retiring from tennis.
Undeniably, Serena Williams is in it to win it; whether it may be on the tennis court, as a savvy businesswoman or in life. Serena Williams’ eye of the tiger and hunger for more success burns deep within irrespective of her being the most senior champion in tennis history and currently being in the relative twilight of her career.

The great ones never lose their touch and Serena Williams is not only the greatest female player of all-time rather one of the greatest professional athletes in history  – female or male.

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