Currently the number one female tennis player in the world, Serena Williams shined a spot light on the world of professional female tennis. Her forehand shot is considered amongst the most powerful in women’s tennis and her serve speed ranks among the fastest. Serena has been titled number one by the Women’s Tennis Association five separate times starting in 2002 to this day. This is no surprise considering her amazing accomplishments in the Grand Slam Championships. She is the champion in both women’s singles and doubles at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. She took the tile of champion in the doubles at the US Open as well. She’s honored herself with 11 titles in the singles, 10 in the women’s doubles and 2 in the mixed doubles as well as two Olympic gold medals. She later became the fifth woman in history to hold all four Grand Slam titles simultaneously. This type of talent runs within the Williams family; Serena is the younger sister of Venus Williams who previously earned the title as best female tennis player in the world.
It was a competition among siblings they competed with each other through 23 professional matches dating back to 1998. They also met in eight Grand Slam finals and Serena came out most victorious. When they played against each other they were deadly, but when they played together they were an unstoppable team winning 10 Grand Slams titles. Serena became increasingly popular within the sport and the media as the years progressed. She has appeared on television shows alone and with her sister. She has also lent her voice on animated shows; one in particular was The Simpsons. She appeared on the show with Venus, Pete Sampras, and Andre Agassi. Disney and Nickelodeon contributed to her media exposure as well. She appeared on the 2005 episodes of Higglytown Heroes and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Among her accomplishments on the court and in the media she also gives back. In 2008 Serena helped fund the construction of the Serena Williams Secondary School in Matooni, Kenya. She has won Young Heroes Award, and Family Circle and Prudential financial player Who Makes a Difference Award as well as an award for Celebrity role Model from Avon Foundation for her work on breast cancer. Like Andy Riddick she has focused her time and assistance to a number of clinics, schools and community centers that help at-risk youth.