One of the greatest athletes of all time.
It's that time of year again. August has approached us and we are feeling the summer time vibe here in the states. Hmmm what do I care about in Sports? The NBA is in offseason and other than free agency trades there's not too much going on there. The NFL is in the middle of training camp preparing for their first preseason game.
Well baseball is in season, but there's over 100 regular season games and I don't really get interested until the post season. I love soccer and I know there is something going on in the soccer world. I just don't have time to keep up. Theres something and someone that caught my attention and continues to inspire me. That's the GOAT Serena Williams.
Serena is ranked number 1 in the world as a professional tennis player by the Women's Tennis Association and has been ranked number 1 in singles six times by the WTA. Serena defies gravity at age 33 and will be 34 at the end of next month. It's remarkable how well she's playing going into her mid 30s. There's an older sister who you may have heard of by the name of Venus Williams. They have dominated the women's doubles circuit taking home all four Grand Slam women's doubles titles. Serena is the youngest of the two and is carrying on the family torch. She has taken her game to new heights after following in the foot steps of her older sister, Venus Williams. Straight outta Compton, the young teenage tennis prodigy turned pro at 14 and won her first Grand Slam title at 17 (defeating Martina Hingis at the U.S. Open).
Lets just say, she continued to dominate/elevate her game and now has 36 major titles, which makes her fifth on the all time list. She has 21 Grand Slam singles titles, third on the all time list behind Margaret Court (24 titles) and Steffi Graf (22 titles) and sitting second all time behind Steffi Graf in the Open Era. Serena has been crowned with 4 gold medals with 1 in singles and 2 in doubles with big sis Venus.
Serena has been playing this game since the age of three, so you could say she was destined for greatness. Her mom, Oracene Price, and Dad, Richard Williams, started out coaching the sisters from day one after attending schools in Compton and West Palm beach, FL for Tennis. Her parents then decided to home school their daughter and be their coach. They received back lash and racial hate because of the dominance of their daughters. What's fascinating, to me, is seeing what it takes to be great. Throughout her career she has faced physical injuries, mental hurdles and overcome the adversity title after title. Serena is at an age where some would think that she would be slowing down. No! she is elevating! This year she has won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon. The U.S. Open is approaching and I'm sure Serena is more prepared than most.
"When I was a little girl, in California, my father and my mother wanted me to play tennis," the 33-year-old American told the crown in French earlier. And now I'm here, with 20 Grand Slam titles."
Serena stated this after winning this years French Open (2015). She went on to win Wimbledon (2015) as well, which puts her at 21 Grand Slam titles in her legendary career. There are those that are destined, have the determination and focus to become great! Behold, we are witnessing not only the greatest women's Tennis player to ever play the game, but also one of the greatest Athletes of all time.