Serena Williams: Standing tall and proud
Today, she is a force to be reckoned with, in the sports world, but Serena Williams did not always have it easy. The no. 1 female tennis champion had to battle against many odds, both personal and professional, in order to achieve what she has, today. She is a woman who is not just an able sportsperson, but also a role model for countless young girls who want to be strong, independent, and successful. Williams was born to Oracene Price and Richard Williams, in Saginaw, Michigan. She was the youngest child from the family of five daughters, and she is the younger sister of the other tennis superwoman, Venus Williams. Serena and Venus were both trained from a very young age, and they were both home-schooled by their father during their training. The family moved to West Palm Beach, and when she was nine, she and her sister were sent to Rick Macci’s training academy to get better professional training. However, soon, her father decided to take on all the responsibility and both the sisters started practicing by themselves. For such talent to be garnered from a very young age, Williams had to battle with the pressure of performing well from a very young age. In 1995, she entered the first professional tournament at the age of fourteen. By 1997, her worldwide rank was 99. The next year, she started off again, with renewed fervor, and better moves, and by the end of 1998, she held the admirable rank of no. 20 in the worldwide rankings. This was the year she won the mixed doubles in the Wimbledon tournaments. By 2001, Serena Williams had been holding the no. 6 position for two consecutive years. However, a knee injury kept her from performing well throughout most of 2002. She had to forgo quite a few matches in order for her injury to heal properly, but 2003 saw her entering the semi-finals at the Australian Open. This was the first time she had reached this advanced a stage, and although she lost the semi-finals, she did put up a good fight, and she had stretched her limits in order to achieve more and conquer the odds. The Women’s Tennis Association has given her the prestigious rank of no. 1 not once, but six times so far. She has, time and again, beaten odds, and lazy speculations about falling short of expectations. The 2012 Wimbledon saw her making history by hitting 102 aces, a record which was unparalleled even by the men in the series. Despite a lot of fuel being added to the tension that arises from two sisters competing against one another, Serena Williams, while playing a match against her older sister, has managed to be exemplary in terms of her professional dedication and her zeal towards the game. She has managed to do so without letting the matches come in the way of her relationship with her family, and especially her sister. Today, Serena Williams stands tall as a woman who has consistently out-performed herself and those around her. She has managed to rise against the odds and she has always managed to surprise cynics, who, time and again, speculated on her career being over. Today, she forms in image of a strong woman who has never made excuses for her gender. She stands tall as a woman who has managed to raise the standards higher by getting up and fighting back every time she has fallen.