Serena Williams first made history when she won her first Grand Slam at Age 17. There was much jubilation in the world for anyone who loves the quintessential American story of winning against the odds. Yet even at height of her career after winning the her 20th Grand Slam at the French Open Serena remains one of the most under-celebrated sports women of all time. No other American has dominated tennis the way that Serena has and if America were a meritocracy then Serena would have been America’s Sweetheart. Serena is the Queen of the Court and has dominated a middle class sport where the blonde haired and blue-eyed have traditionally ruled.
Serena is a champion and she aims to dominate and has dominated the tennis court in a way that makes some uncomfortable. Serena is unapologetic about her drive to win. Her life story is inspirational to many who have observed her ascension to tennis greatness from the most unlikely part of the world. Serena was born in Michigan and then her family moved to Compton California where greatness is not usually associated with. Serena began playing tennis when she was under 5 years old and according to Gladwellian theory of success put in her 10,000 hours by the time she reached 17 and won her first Grand Slam Title at the American Open.
Serena’s father’s role in the life of his daughters cannot be underscored. He had a dream that one day his daughters Venus & Serena would be world champions ruling the tennis world. It seemed an improbable dream given their background but this dream has seen come to pass many times over which goes to show that parents who set big goals for their children give their children purpose which is essential for greatness. As a father he home schooled his children and found them resources that would give them the training that they needed which even included moving the family to Florida to attend a renowned tennis academy.
List of Serena’s Achievements:
- 6 American Open Championships
- 6 Australian Open Championships
- 5 Wimbledon Championships
- 3 French Open Championships
No other American has dominated tennis the way Serena does and yet for all her achievements she has less endorsements and makes less money than the Russian Maria Sharapova who has won 5 Grand Slams compared to Serena’s 20.
For all their abhorrence towards Russians ; Russians hacking American government entities the American corporations would rather spend their money on a Russian than their own.
Serena aims not just to win but to subdue. Her winning streak is a testament to her tenacity and determination. Even though Serena was battling sickness during the French Open she summed up all her strength to achieve what she had been practicing for. Serena has mental toughness that gets her to win against all odds.