Serena and her sister Venus won gold medals in the doubles event at the 2000 Olympics in Australia. Serena has had a global impact in athletics. She holds the record for most major singles titles won by a woman or man during the open era, with 23. Even after losing a match, Williams remains competitive, modest, and composed. She has expressed interest in playing Davis Cup tennis again in the future.
In addition to being one of the greatest athletes in history, Serena is also one of the best-selling female artists of all time. Her first album went triple platinum and her second album went quadruple platinum. Her third album was the best-selling album of 2001. It has sold over 40 million copies worldwide and was named the best album of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.
Serena's fourth album "Unbreakable" was released in 2009. It became her first album not to top the Billboard 200 since her debut album, and it failed to sell even half as many copies as her previous albums. However, it did produce two singles that reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100: "Share My Life" and "Happy Birthday".
She has been praised for her role model behavior and has inspired many young girls to pursue sports. In 2007, Sports Illustrated named Serena Williams among the 50 Greatest Players in Women's Sports History. In 2010, ESPN ranked her number 1 of the all-time greatest players.
Serena Williams won the most Grand Slam singles championships (23) of any woman or man during the open era. In addition, she and her sister Venus won 14 Grand Slam doubles championships, the second most for a duo in the open era, as well as three Olympic doubles gold medals. The siblings' total of 37 major titles is also second only to Bob and Mike Bryan for all-time great pairs.
Serena has won 11 French Opens, four US Opens, two Australian Open, one Wimbledon and one Gold Medal at the Olympics. She remains the only person to have won the Australian, French, US and Wimbledon Championships consecutively.
Venus has won nine French Opens, four US Opens, one Australian Open and one Gold Medal at the Olympics. She remains the only person to have won the Australian Open twice.
They are the only sisters to have played on the same team in a Grand Slam final. The match was the 2009 US Open women's singles final, which Serena won in straight sets.
Their mother, Oracene Spencer, died in October 2016 after battling brain cancer for several years. She was 46.
Serena and Venus have been joined at the top of the rankings by another pair of sisters: Arantxa Sanchez Vicario and Patricia Gonzalez Vicario.
Venus has won 49 singles titles in her career, while Serena has won 73. From the 2002 French Open to the 2003 Australian Open, the Williams sisters are the only two women in Open Era history to have met in four consecutive Grand Slam finals. Serena was victorious in all four of these finals. As a whole, the Williams sister's record is quite remarkable; it's the best winning percentage of any pair in tennis history. They're also first and second on the all-time list of most major title wins with 12 each.
However, the most significant thing about the Williams sister's success is that they've done it all against each other. Each year, they compete for the same trophies, yet they always seem to come out on top. It's been said that they could be ranked #1 together and it wouldn't matter because neither one of them would be able to beat the other one at their own game.
As a whole, the Williams sister's success is unmatched. They've both been named the No. 1 player in the world multiple times each. Additionally, they're the only twins ever to play on the same team in a Grand Slam final. The 2012 US Open will mark the thirteenth time they've faced off in a Grand Slam event, more than any other duo in tennis history.
They've both had their fair share of controversy during their careers too.
Williams overcame a difficult life in Compton, California, to become a champion women's tennis player, winning seven Grand Slam singles titles, sixteen Grand Slam doubles trophies, and four Olympic gold medals. Williams and her sister Serena are regarded as two of the best tennis players of all time. The sisters won almost every major trophy available on the market, from when they started playing together at the age of four years until they retired in 2016. They were both dominant players who dominated the sport for several years, with Venus winning three out of four Grand Slam events between 2000 and 2004 and Serena winning nine out of ten such tournaments from 2001 to 2010.
Venus began competing internationally when she was only eight years old. By the time she reached her teens, she had already won multiple junior championships. At the age of 17, she became the youngest person ever to win the Australian Open. She went on to win five more Grand Slam singles titles before she turned 20 years old. During that period, no woman has ever repeated as Australia's top tennis player, so Williams is considered by many people to be the greatest female tennis player of all time.
After finishing first in the rankings in 2003, the 22-year-old Williams decided to skip the French Open that year in order to focus on qualifying for the Athens Olympics. She went on to win the next three Grand Slam events, including her second Australian Open, and became the first woman to do so.
Serena Williams has competed in four Olympic Games: in 2000, 2008, 2012, and 2016. She had to miss the 2004 season due to a knee injury. The Williams sisters won doubles gold with her sister in 2000, 2008, and 2012, but only silver in 2016, losing in the first round against Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic.
In total, they have won 23 Grand Slam titles together, making them the most successful female tennis duo in history. They are also the only pair to have won all four major trophies at least once (the Australian Open is the only one they haven't won). The last time two women have won as many majors was 1936 when Frenchwoman Joine Bourneaud and American Helen Myers both accomplished this feat.
Serena is considered by many to be the greatest female tennis player of all time. She has won seven Wimbledon Championships and three US Open titles. In addition, she has eight Olympic medals to her name.
The youngest of the Williams siblings is Venus, who was 11 years old when they debuted at the Atlanta Games. Serena was 17, while Shawn was 15 when they made their debuts at the Sydney Games.
They became the first set of sisters to compete against each other in an Olympic final when they faced off in the 2012 London Games. However, neither sister could continue past the first round that year as they both were defeated by Russian opponents.