Serena Williams: Tennis
Born on 26 September 1981, Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player and former champion. She won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the most by any Open Era player, and the second-most of all-time behind Margaret Court (24). Between 2002 and 2017, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) ranked her world No. 1 in singles on eight different occasions. She first achieved the No. 1 ranking on 8 July 2002. She held the ranking for 186 consecutive weeks on her sixth occasion and tied the record set by Steffi Graf. She has been No. 1 for 319 weeks, which ranks third among women players behind Graf and Martina Navratilova in the Open Era. Williams is predominantly a baseline player. Her game is based on taking immediate charge of rallies with her strong and reliable service, serve return, and strong groundstrokes, both from her forehand and backhand swings.