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The Genesis of Serena Williams: Professional Tennis Player | NowThis

August 17, 2019

When Serena Williams and her
sister Venus burst onto the scene the late ’90s, She took this sport and transformed it
into her image: Serena Williams picked up her first
racket when she was only 3 years old. But her path to the pros
was unconventional to say the least. In a sport characterized by country clubs, youth academies,
and elite universities, Serena and Venus practiced their games in the city parks of Compton, California. Though the Williams sisters
came from a stable household, gang violence was an everyday
occurrence in Compton. Their father, Richard Williams, trained the girls at an early age to stop and lie down on the court if they ever heard gunshots
while practicing. Serena’s family left Compton
when she was 9. They moved to West Palm Beach, Florida to attend one of the nation’s
top tennis academies. But that experiment was short-lived.
Within a year Serena’s father pulled both girls out of the academy, and junior tennis
tournaments altogether. in part due to allegedly racist remarks from the parents of other players
on tour. From there, Richard became
Serena’s full time coach. Serena and Venus’ bond with her father is probably one of the biggest foundations for their lasting
success in tennis. By all accounts, Richard Williams was a larger than life, and, at times, boisterous personality, but he deeply loved his daughters and supported them in any adversity. In a sport where many prodigies can burn out from the pressures and expectations they face
at a young age, Richard Williams was never afraid to let his girls be just that: girls. Greatness is the only word that can
describe Serena’s pro career. It might not describe it enough. it might not describe it enough Jews She’s held the world’s
number one ranking eight different times
between 2002 and 2017. In addition to her neverending shelf of
trophies, Serena’s transformed the entire way women’s tennis was played. For years, the sport was characterized by long volleys and finesse,
but Serena’s unstoppable serve and baseline groundstrokes added a
new era of power & athleticism to the game. Also, it’s impossible to
ignore the historic impact Serena’s made for representation and and diversity in tennis, as a
Black woman dominating a sport that, prior to her,
had only seen white faces. In 2017, Serena’s influence took on a new dimension: Williams stepped away from tennis in order to give birth to her first daughter, Alexis. Serena suffered life-threatening pregnancy complications &
blood clotting during labor, and required multiple surgeries for recovery. Serena’s willingness to speak candidly about those struggles — as well as
her battle with postpartum depression— shortly after, has been a source of comfort and solidarity to moms everywhere. Amazingly, barely six months
after her ordeal, Serena was already back where
she belonged: the tennis court. And, after back-to-back
Finals appearances at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018 the greatest women’s tennis
player in history has proven she has plenty more to add
to her legacy in the years ahead.


  • Reply Spoiler Alert September 10, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    Here's the video of Serena's coach — Patrick Mouratoglou — coaching her:

  • Reply Wothanar September 10, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Serena looks like a man…

  • Reply Gaius Julius Caesar September 10, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    Love Serena and Venus! Nice video!

  • Reply Thanos September 10, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    Screaming sexist yet she lost to a woman…

  • Reply Kawaiipusheenlove Xoxo September 11, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Serena you are my hero 💪🏽💪🏽so strong 💪🏽 you ever let any haters get in to you!!keep fighting for what’s is right 🙌🏾🙌🏾

  • Reply RightReverend BubbaBullfrog September 11, 2018 at 9:12 am

    So incredibly, dynamically BEAUTIFUL!

  • Reply psulionz87 September 13, 2018 at 4:28 am

    She told a female ref that she stuff balls down her throat

  • Reply Imperial Watch September 13, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    Just stop it. An asskissing video like this won't cover up her meltdown.

  • Reply rabblerouser September 13, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    Poor sportsmanship is Serena’s bread and butter apparently.

  • Reply Marc Tradler September 13, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    Dawn what´s her weight? Gotta be at least 180 pounds.

  • Reply SKAZI G September 19, 2018 at 9:05 am

    dident she just lose

  • Reply shaken'bake September 19, 2018 at 8:16 pm


  • Reply Jojof September 20, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    You think she could follow the rules after such a long history in the sport.

  • Reply Caleb Kirby September 26, 2018 at 5:12 am

    then why did she lose to a nobody lol

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