Women are powerful in every field. Pick any field and you will find a woman leading one of the strongest pillars of it. That outshines everything and everyone. Serena Williams is one of them.

Serena Williams

Williams is an American professional tennis player and former world No. 1 in women’s singles tennis. She has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the most by any player in the Open Era, and the second-most of all-time behind Margaret Court (24). The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) ranked her world No. 1 in singles on eight separate occasions between 2002 and 2017. She reached the No. 1 ranking for the first time on July 8, 2002. On her sixth occasion, she held the ranking for 186 consecutive weeks, tying the record set by Steffi Graf.

In total, Serena has been No. 1 for 319 weeks, which ranks third in the Open Era among female players behind Graf and Martina Navratilova. Williams was born in Saginaw, Michigan, to Oracene Price and Richard Williams. Her family moved to Compton, California, where Williams started playing tennis at the age of four.

Serena Williams records

Williams is generally respected to be one of the best tennis players ever. She holds the most Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles joined among dynamic and active players. Her 39 Grand Slam titles put her joint-third on the all-time list and second in the Open Era: 23 in singles, 14 in women’s doubles, and two in mixed doubles. She is the most recent player to have held each of the four Grand Slam singles titles all the while (2002–03 and 2014–15) and the third player to accomplish this twice, after Rod Laver and Graf.

She is additionally the latest player to have won a Grand Slam title on each surface (hard, clay and grass) in one schedule year (2015). She is additionally, along with her younger sister Venus, the latest player to have held every one of the four Grand Slam women’s pairs titles all the while (2009–10).

Women empowerment

Serena Williams is an advocate of women’s empowerment on many occasions. On one occasion she said, “Changing the status quo will take dedicated action, legislation, employer recognition, and courage for employees to demand more. In short, it’s going to take all of us. Men, women, of all colors, races, and creeds to realize this is an injustice. And an injustice to one is an injustice to all.”

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She motivates women on many occasions. She says, “You just really have to… it sounds crazy and it sounds selfish, but you kind of have to be selfish and just focus on “you.” And you champion other things like women’s equality. But when you’re on your own with your kids as a mom, it’s not easy. You have to really sometimes just take time and do what you need to do, what’s best for your family.”

 I really think a champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall – Serena Williams.