Tennis player and Sports Speaker Serena Williams demonstrates style, power, beauty and courage on and off the tennis court. Just the mention of her first name, Serena is recognized. Serena is a philanthropist, a fashion icon, and is known also for her roles on television. Her dominating performances in the game of tennis and her off court endeavors makes her one of the most recognizable names and faces in the world.
Serena is currently ranked World No. 1 in singles.
She has 35 Grand Slam titles which puts her 7th on the all time list: 20 in singles, twelve in women’s doubles, and two in mixed doubles. She has held all four Grand Slam singles titles at the same time and is the most recent player, male or female, to do so and only the fifth women in history to do so. Serena has won more Grand Slam titles in singles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles than any other active female player.
Serena Williams has three Olympic gold medals in women’s doubles, one Olympic gold medal in women’s singles, and has won more career prize money than any other female athlete in history. The two sisters, Serena and Venus, have faced each other in 25 professional matches, and Serena has won 14 of them as well as six out of eight Grand Slam finals against Venus. Together, they have won 13 Grand Slam doubles titles.
Sports Speaker Serena has many accolades including Female Athlete of the Year, Best Sportswoman in the World, BBC’s Sports Personalities of the Year, and was nominated for the Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year Award. She had a great year in 2003, winning the Australian Open in singles and doubles, NASDAQ Open, French Indoors and Wimbledon, also winning two ESPY Awards: Female Athlete of the Year and Female Tennis Player of the Year. Two years later, her victory at the Australian Open gave ESPN2 its highest-rated and most-watched tennis broadcast ever. In 2006, injuries only allowed her to compete in four tournaments, but she came back winning the 2007 Australian Open and the Sony Ericsson Open.
In 2015, Serena won two more Grand Slam women’s singles titles- one against Maria Sharapova at the Australian Open and the most recent one against Lucie Safarova at the French Open.
Sports Speaker Serena is also known for her fashion (on and off the court), acting, and her work in the community. In 2002 People Magazine selected her as one of the 25 Most Intriguing People and Essence magazine honored her as the 50 Most Inspiring African-Americans. Her and her sister, Venus, had a reality TV show following the two sisters around on and off the court, which aired on ABC Family titled, “Venus and Serena For Real” and had great ratings and reviews. Serena has also made appearances on ER, My Wife and Kids, Street Time and on The Division. She has also lent her voice to The Simpsons, and Disney’s Higgleytown Heroes. Vogue Magazine named Serena and nine other individuals as Fashion Trensetters. Using her funky fashion sense, she has created a clothing line, Aneres, and has been featured in In Style Magazine. At the 2011 ESPY Awards Serena won the Best Female Tennis Player award.
Serena is also very passionate about her charity work. She is a regular at schools and hospitals around the U.S. and conducts tennis clinics for at-risk youth. She works with The Owl Foundation, helping to address learning problems for individuals who express academic failure. Other organizations that she is involved with: the S.E. Tennis and Learning Center, in Washington, D.C.; the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund; Race for the Homeless, Stop the Violence, the Special Olympics, and the Arthur Ashe Foundation. She will be making her return to the tour in Eastborne, England and then defend her title at Wimbledon, beginning June 20.
Sports Speaker Serena Williams is available for Sports Clinics, Speaking Engagements and Personal Appearances.