U.S. Open Biography: Serena Williams of the United States

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Serena Williams has become one of the most prolific tennis players of all time. Serena plays with an aggressive play style that has changed the way the game is played and viewed. Her serve is often considered by expert analysts to be the greatest serve delivered by a female tennis player. The power and consistency of her serves is only one aspect of her dynamic tennis game, one that includes a brutal forehand and a striking double-handed backhand.

Despite recent health scares that threatened her career and well-being, her win at Wimbledon this year and her two gold medals at the London Games show that her ambition, passion, skill set, and keen tennis smarts are back with a vengeance.

Can she add yet another Grand Slam title to her legendary resume at the 2012 U.S. Open?

Name: Serena Williams

Pro Since: 1995

Birthday: September 26, 1981

Astrological Sign: Libra

Stats: 5 feet 9 inches, 150 pounds

Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan

Residence: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Career Matches Won (pre-2012 U.S. Open): 531

Career Matches Lost (pre-2012 U.S. Open): 103

Career Singles Titles (pre-2012 U.S. Open): 44

2012 Matches Won (pre-U.S. Open): 44

2012 Matches Lost (pre-U.S. Open): 3

Major Tournament Wins

Australian Open (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010)

French Open (2002)

Wimbledon (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012)

U.S. Open (1999, 2002, 2008)

Olympic Success

2000 Sydney Games - women's doubles - gold medal

2008 Beijing Games - women's doubles - gold medal

2012 London Games - women's singles - gold medal

2012 London Games - women's doubles - gold medal

Interesting Accolades

- Serena Williams has won 14 Grand Slam singles titles, 13 Grand Slam doubles titles, and 2 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles, for a total of 29 Grand Slam titles.

- Serena Williams' 29 Grand Slam titles place her ninth on the all-time Grand Slam titles list.

- Serena Williams and her sister, Venus Williams, are undefeated in Grand Slam doubles finals.

- Serena Williams is the most recent tennis player (male or female) to hold all of the Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously. She is only the fifth woman to ever accomplish this feat.

- Serena Williams' 14 Grand Slam singles titles place her sixth on the all-time list.

Official Website: www.serenawilliams.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SerenaWilliams

The author has been a devoted tennis fan for the past decade.

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