Serena Williams is one of the top female tennis players in the world and earned her first Major Singles title at the U.S Open in 1999. In recent years she has been the undisputed force in woman’s tennis and has won 21 Grand Slam singles, several Olympic gold medals and reached the finals of the mixed team events as the world’s number one in women’s singles and is currently ranked as the world’s number one by the Women’s Tennis Association.
Early playing history
Born in Saginaw, Michigan as the youngest of five daughters, while still young the family move to Compton, California. In California, Williams started playing tennis when she was only three years old, where her father home-schooled Serena and her sister Venus. Her official coaches was her mother and father, plus other mentors and a number of official coaches helped her to learn the game, including Richard Williams.
Williams qualified for her first professional event in 1995 at the Bell Challenge, when she was just 14 years old; where she lost in the first round to Anne Miller. While ranked number 304 in the world, she defeated the both world number 7 Mary Pierce and Monica Seles who was ranked number 4 at the time. In the recording of her first career wins she became the lowest ranked player in the Open Era to defeat two of the top ranked opponents in a single tournament, which moved her up to the 99th ranked position.