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Serena Jameka Williams (born September 26, 1981) is an American professional tennis player. She has been ranked World No. 1 by the Women's Tennis Association on four separate occasions; as of April 20, 2009, she was ranked World No. 2. She is the reigning US Open and Australian Open singles champion and has won 20 Grand Slam titles: 10 in singles, 8 in doubles, and 2 in mixed doubles. She has won two Olympic gold medals in women's doubles. url = http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/summer08/tennis/news/story?id=3539310 , title = Williams sisters net gold in doubles, beating Spaniards in final, accessdate = April 22, 2009 , publisher = ESPN , date=August 17, 2008 She is the most recent player, male or female, to hold all four Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously. She is also the only active player, and the only player since Steffi Graf to have won all four Grand Slam tournaments during her career (one French Open, two Wimbledon, four Australian and three US Opens). She also has won more Grand Slams than any active player. Additionally, Williams has won more career prize money than any other female athlete in history. url = http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/aus09/news/story?id=3870020 , title =Serena sets career prize money mark , publisher = ESPN, accessdate =April 22, 2009, date=January 30, 2009 In 2005, Tennis Magazine ranked her as the 17th-best player in 40 years. url = http://www.tennis.com/features/40greatest/40greatest.aspx?id=700 , title = 40 Greatest Players of the Tennis Era (17-20) , accessdate = April 22, 2009 , work = Tennis Magazine , date = May 17, 2006
She is the younger sister of former World No. 1 professional female tennis player Venus Williams; the sisters have played each other in 20 professional matches dating back to 1998, with matches played between them tied at 10–10 as of May 2009. They are the only women during the open era to have played each other in four consecutive Grand Slam singles finals.
Williams' off-court interests include fashion, acting, and charity.
Original Wikipedia article: Serena Williams
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