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Career

ASSOCIATION OF TENNIS PROFESSIONALS WORLD TOUR 250 SERIES
2013
Winner against Johanna Larsson Swedish Open Båstad / Båstad, Kingdom of Sweden
ASSOCIATION OF TENNIS PROFESSIONALS WORLD TOUR MASTER 1000
2013
Winner against Maria Sharapova Madrid Open / Madrid, Kingdom of Spain
2012
Winner against Victoria Azarenka Madrid Open / Madrid, Kingdom of Spain
GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENTS - SINGLES
2013
Winner against  Victoria Azarenka US Open  / New York, New York USA
2013
Winner against  Maria Sharapova French Open  / Paris, French Republic
2012
Winner against  Agnieszka Radwańska Wimbledon / London, England UK
2012
Winner against  Victoria Azarenka US Open  / New York, New York USA
2011
Runner-up against  Samantha Stosur US Open  / New York, New York USA
2010
Winner against  Vera Zvonareva Wimbledon  / London, England UK
2010
Winner against  Justine Henin Australian Open  / Melbourne, Commonwealth of Australia
2009
Winner against  Dinara Safina Australian Open / Melbourne, Commonwealth of Australia
2009
Winner against Venus Williams Wimbledon  / London, England UK
2008
Runner-up against Venus Williams Wimbledon / London, England UK
2008
Winner against Jelena Janković US Open  / New York, New York USA
2007
Winner against Maria Sharapova Australian Open  / Melbourne, Commonwealth of Australia
2005
Winner against Lindsay Davenport Australian Open  / Melbourne, Commonwealth of Australia
2004
Runner-up against  Maria Sharapova Wimbledon  / London, England UK
2003
Winner against  Venus Williams Australian Open  / Melbourne, Commonwealth of Australia
2003
Winner against Venus Williams Wimbledon  / London, England UK
2002
Winner against Venus Williams French Open  / Paris, French Republic
2002
Winner against Venus Williams Wimbledon  / London, England UK
2002
Winner against Venus Williams US Open  / New York, New York USA
2001
Runner-up against against Venus Williams US Open  / New York, New York USA
1999
Winner against against Martina Hingis US Open  / New York, New York USA
WOMEN'S TENNIS ASSOCIATION TOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS
2013
Winner against Li Na Istanbul, Republic of Turkey
2012
Winner against Maria Sharapova Istanbul, Republic of Turkey
2009
Winner against Venus Williams Doha, State of Qatar
2004
Runner-up against Maria Sharapova Los Angeles, California USA
2002
Runner-up against Kim Clijsters Los Angeles, California USA
2001
Winner against  Lindsay Davenport Munich, Federal Republic of Germany
IOC COMPETITIVE TENNIS - INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE
2012
Gold Medal winner against Maria Sharpova 2012 Summer Olympics (Games of the XXX Olympiad) / London, England, UK
2012
Doubles: Gold Medal Winner with Venus Williams against Andrea Hlaváčková and  Lucie Hradecká 2012 Summer Olympics (Games of the XXX Olympiad) / London, England, UK
2008
Doubles: Gold Medal Winner with Venus Williams against Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual 2008 Summer Olympics (Games of the XXIX Olympiad) / Beijing, China
2000
Doubles: Gold Medal Winner with Venus Williams against Kristie Boogert and  Miriam Oremans 2000 Summer Olympics (Games of the XXVII Olympiad) / Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
WTA Tour - Bank of the West Classic
2012
Winner against Coco Vandeweghe Stanford University / Stanford, California USA
2011
Winner against Marion Bartoli Stanford University / Stanford, California USA
GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENTS - DOUBLES
2012
Winner with Venus Williams against  Andrea Hlaváčková and  Lucie Hradecká Wimbledon  / London, England UK
2010
Winner with Venus Williams against Cara Black and Liezel Huber Australian Open  / Melbourne, Commonwealth of Australia
2010
Winner with Venus Williams against  Květa Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik French Open  / Paris, French Republic
2009
Winner with Venus Williams against Daniela Hantuchová and Ai Sugiyama Australian Open  / Melbourne, Commonwealth of Australia
2009
Winner with Venus Williams against Cara Black and  Liezel Huber US Open / New York, New York USA
2009
Winner with Venus Williams against Samantha Stosur and Rennae Stubbs Wimbledon  / London, England UK
2008
Winner with Venus Williams against Lisa Raymond and  Samantha Stosur Wimbledon  / London, England UK
2003
Winner with Venus Williams against Virginia Ruano Pascual and Paola Suárez Australian Open  / Melbourne, Commonwealth of Australia
2002
Winner with Venus Williams against Virginia Ruano Pascual and Paola Suárez Wimbledon  / London, England UK
2001
Winner with Venus Williams against Lindsay Davenport and  Corina Morariu Australian Open / Melbourne, Commonwealth of Australia
2000
Winner with Venus Williams against Julie Halard-Decugis and Ai Sugiyama Wimbledon / London, England UK
1999
Winner with Venus Williams against Martina Hingis and Anna Kournikova French Open / Paris, French Republic
1999
Winner with Venus Williams against Chanda Rubin and Sandrine Testud US Open / New York, New York USA
GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENTS - MIXED DOUBLES
1999
Runner-up with  Max Mirnyi against David Adams and Mariaan de Swardt Australian Open / Melbourne, Commonwealth of Australia
1998
Runner-up with  Luis Lobo against Justin Gimelstob and Venus Williams French Open / Paris, French Republic
1998
Winner with Max Mirnyi against Patrick Galbraith and Lisa Raymond US Open / New York, New York USA
1998
Winner with  Max Mirnyi against  Mahesh Bhupathi and  Mirjana Lučić Wimbledon / London, England UK
INTERNATIONAL TENNIS FEDERATION - GRAND SLAM CUP
1999
Winner against Venus Williams Munich, Federal Republic of Germany
WTA TOUR - U.S. NATIONAL INDOOR TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
1998
Winner with Venus Williams against Cătălina Cristea and Kristine Kunce Oklahoma City, Oklahoma USA

Accomplishments of note

2014
Winner of most Miami Masters Titles, Men or Women, after winning her 7th title in 9 finals at the tournament Miami Masters / Tennis Center at Crandon Park, Miami, Florida USA
2013
First woman to win more than US$12 million in prize money in a single year
2013
espnW Impact 10 (Number 1) Provides an engaging environment that offers total access to female athletes and the sports they play
Has the record of most years of earning $1 million or more than any other women Years: 2007-2013 and 1999-2005
2013
Oldest No.1 player: (31 years, 4 months)
2012
In her semifinal match against Azarenka, she hit a record 24 aces in a match Wimbledon / London, England UK
2012
Fifth Women's Single Wimbledon Claimed Wimbledon / London, England UK
2012
Won gold medals in singles and doubles, joining sister Venus Williams (2000 Sydney) and Helen Wills (1924 Paris) as the only women to win a gold medal in both singles and doubles in the same year at the Olympics Summer Olympics (Games of the XXX Olympiad), London, England UK)
2011
Most Powerful Black Women in the U.S. (Number 10) Forbes Magazine / New Yok, New York USA American business magazine well known for its lists and rankings
2011
The Root 100 2011: Influencers and Iconoclasts (Number 41) ASPiRE Television Network Listing of the most influential African Americans between the ages of 25 and 45 who are making their mark and are paving the way for change
2011
Named one of the "30 Legends of Women's Tennis: Past, Present and Future" TIME Magazine American weekly news magazine
the only player in tennis history to win three Grand Slam singles titles by beating the top two ranked players, Mauresmo and Davenport 2003 Australian Open; 2002 French Open; 1999 US Open
2010
Became the 7th player to hold the number 1 ranking in both singles and doubles simultaneously
2010
Winning the doubles with sister Venus, they became the first pair since 1998 to hold the four slams at the same time French Open / Paris, French Republic
2010
100 Most Powerful Women in the World (Number 55) Forbes Magazine / New York, New York USA Forbes is an American business magazine well known for its lists and rankings
2010
The World's 100 Most Influential People TIME Magazine American weekly news magazine
2009
First woman to win US$6 million in prize money in a single year
2009
Author: On the Line Publisher: Grand Central Publishing with Daniel Paisner
2008
By winning the US Open she makes the longest-ever gap between stints at No.1 (five years, one month) US Open / New York, New York USA
2007
Became lowest ranked player (Number 18) to defeat the Top 2 players in the world in the same tournament by defeating Number 1 Henin & 2 Sharapova Sony Ericsson Open / Miami, Florida USA
Second non-seeded player to win a Tier I event Evert Cup / Indian Wells, California USA
2007
By winning the Australian Open became the first unseeded player since Chris O'Niel (1978) to win a slam Australian Open / Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Commonwealth of Australia
2005
Ranked as the 17th-best player in 40 years TENNIS Magazine / New York, New York USA
The Celebrity 100 Forbes Magazine / New York, New York USA with The 100 most powerful celebrities of the year accounting for income, Google hits, fan base, press clips and magazine covers since 1999. 56th in 2013, 77th in 2012; 84th in 2011, 61st in 2010; 67th in 2009, 69th in 2008 and 2007, 87th in 2006, 62nd in 2005, 63rd in 2004, 60th in 2003, 72nd in 2002, 71st in 2001 and 68th in 2000
2005
Author: Venus & Serena: Serving From The Hip: 10 Rules For Living, Loving and Winning Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers with Venus Williams and Hillary Beard
2003
After winning the Australian Open, she became the sixth player to win a career grand slam Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Commonwealth of Australia
2003
By winning the Australian Open became the fifth woman to hold all four Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Commonwealth of Australia
2002
Became the first younger sister to defeat her older sister in a Grand Slam singles tournament French Open, Paris, French Republic
2002
Second player after Steffi Graf in the Open era to defeat the first (Jennifer Capriati), second (Venus Williams), and third (Martina Hingis) ranked players at the same tournament Nasdaq-100 Open / Miami, Florida USA
2002
Became the first ever siblings to rank Top 2 at same time with sister Venus
Top 10 Favorite Female Sports Star (Number 1) Harris Poll / Rochester, New York USA with Year: 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2007 Market research firm - one of the longest running, most respected proprietary surveys measuring public opinion
2003
Became the first African-American to win the championship Australian Open / Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Commonwealth of Australia
2001
At the US Open, marked the first time in the Open era, and second time in 117 years that sisters met in a Grand Slam final (with Venus Williams New York, New York USA
2001
First player in tennis history to win the Season-Ending Championships on her debut
Top 10 Favorite Female Sports Star (Number 2) Harris Poll / Rochester, New York USA with Year: 2008, 2006, 2005 and 2004 Market research firm - one of the longest running, most respected proprietary surveys measuring public opinion
Became the first woman in the open era to win the Australian Open singles title five times Australian Open / Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Commonwealth of Australia with Year: 2010, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003
Only player to have won three Grand Slam singles titles after saving match points 2009 Wimbledon versus Elena Dementieva; 2005 Australian Open versus Maria Sharapova; 2003 Australian Open versus Kim Clijsters
US Open Series Champion with Year: 2013 and 2011 Winner of the US Open Series and the US Open
1999
First time in tennis history that sisters won titles in the same week (Venus Williams won Oklahoma City) Open Gaz de France / Paris, French Republic
1999
First pair of sisters in the Open era to meet in a tournament final (with Venus Williams) Lipton Championships / Miami, Florida USA
1999
Named Player of the Year TENNIS Magazine / New York, New York USA
1999
Second African-American woman to win a Grand Slam title US Open / New York, New York USA
1998
Named Rolex Rookie of the Year TENNIS Magazine / New York, New York USA
1998
Fastest woman in tennis history to record 5 Top 10 wins by defeating Irina Spîrlea in 2nd Round (16 career matches) Lipton Championships / Miami, Florida USA
1997
Lowest ranked player in tennis history (No.304) to defeat two Top 10 players Monica Seles and Mary Pierce in one tournament Ameritech Cup / Chicago, Illinois USA

Professional honors and awards

2009
Doha 21st Century Leaders Awards 21st Century Leaders Outstanding Leadership
2009
Women of the Year Award Glamour Magazine
2009
Best Female Athlete of the Decade Sl.com
2009
ITF Women's Doubles World Champion (with Venus Williams) International Tennis Federation
2007
Laureus World Sports Award Laureus World Sports Academy Comeback of the Year
2004
WTA Comeback Player of the Year Women's Tennis Association
2003
34th NAACP Image Award - President’s Award (with Venus Williams) National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
2000
Sportswoman of the Year TEAM SportsWomen’s Sports Foundation
WTA Most Improved Player of the Year Women's Tennis Association
2000
WTA Doubles Team of the Year (with Venus Williams) Women's Tennis Association
2000
Teen Choice Awards - Extraordinary Achievement Award Fox Network
1998
WTA Newcomer of the Year Women's Tennis Association
Laureus World Sports Award Laureus World Sports Academy Sportswoman of the Year: 2010 and 2003
ITF Women's Singles World Champion -2013, 2012, 2009, and 2002 International Tennis Federation
L'Équipe Champion of Champions - 2013 and 2012 L'Équipe (French publication)
WTA Player of the Year Award - 2013 and 2002 Women's Tennis Association
Best Female Tennis Player ESPY Award - 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2004 and 2003 Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN)
Best Female Athlete ESPY Award (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award) - 2013 and 2003 Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN)
2012
Female Athlete of the Year Award United States Sports Academy
WTA Fan Favorite Doubles Team of the Year (with Venus Williams) - 2012, 2010, 2009 WTA Tour Award
Teen Choice Award - Choice Female Athlete - 2012, 2010, and 2004 Fox Network
BET Award - Female Athlete of the Year - 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2004 and 2003 Black Entertainment Television (BET)
2012
BET Award Black Entertainment Television (BET) Subway Sportswoman of the Year
WTA Player of the Year - 2012, 2009 and 2008 Women's Tennis Association
Female Athlete of the Year - 2013, 2009 and 2002 The Associated Press

Community

Community service

2010
Australian Open 2010 - Hit for Haiti Charity Fundraiser Melbourne, Commonwealth of Australia Tennis exhibition
2008
Serena Williams Secondary School Matooni, Kenya Funding
2003
Avon Foundation New York, New York USA Celebrity Role Model

Community honors and awards

2004
Player Who Makes a Difference Family Circle Magazine and Prudential Financial Outstanding contributions to worthy causes
2003
Young Heroes Award Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles and Inland Achievements as an exemplary role model
Nationality
American
Denomination
Jehovah’s Witness
Sports
Professional tennis
Avocation
Writing and acting

Education

Primary school
Home schooled by her father
Compton, California USA
Secondary school
Home schooled by her father West Palm Beach, Florida
Institute
Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA Associate's Degree Fashion Design 19992007
Native language
English

Family

Vital statistics

Birth information
September 26, 1981
Gender
Female
Place of birth
Saginaw, Michigan USA
Marital status
Never married

Parents

Father
Richard Williams
Mother
Oracene Price

Grandparents

Father's mother
Julia Mae Williams