I'm not a huge tennis fan but I go hard for the Williams Sisters. It's a little ridiculous how much I love these two, and I don't even play tennis! So, one of the greatest tennis players of all time. ALL TIME people. She's been ranked #1 in world singles five times. She's got 30 Grand Slam titles. 13 Grand Slam doubles titles with her sister Venus and the pair is unbeaten in Grand Slam finals (they've been called "invincible" in this year's Australian open). Did I forget to mention those 4 Olympic Gold Medals? Yeah, let's talk about those 4 gold medals and the fact she's the only female tennis player to win over $40 million in prize money. Oh and she's what, 31? What have YOU done with your life?
She was born in Michigan but relocated to Compton, CA as a little girl where she and her sister started playing tennis. When the girls were 9, the family relocated to Palm Beach so they could attend Rick Macci's tennis school. Macci noticed the girls incredible talent but respected the fact their father pulled them out of national junior championships because he wanted them to focus on school. Oh, and the other parents were racist and he didn't want his girls around that. They compeltely left the school when teh girls were in 9th grade and their dad started doing all their coaching from home. At this point, Serena was already number one in her league.
So let's fast forward some, 1995. Her first professional game at 13. Which well, she lost in the first round to no. 149 in the world. In less than an hour. Which really isn't that bad! She's a teenager! Her first round in a major tournament! The fact she made it, I think, is pretty exemplary. Fast forward again, 1998. She's ranked 96th in the world. She beats #3 in the world but loses in the semifinals, again, not bad. She's what, 16 at this point?
Things didn't start picking up for her until 1999 when she won her first major title. And well, you know how the rest of this story don't you? (If not, see the first paragraph of this article!) So we can pass all that. Let's talk about her clothes? She's one of the first female tennis players to make waves for her hair and fashion choices on the court. Which has made the game way more interesting. Remember the boots?