This Day in Black History: Sept. 26, 1981

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 29:  Serena Williams of the United States of America serves during her women's singles second round match against Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan on Day Four of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

This Day in Black History: Sept. 26, 1981

Tennis superstar Serena Williams was born on Sept. 26, 1981 in Saginaw, Michigan.

Published September 26, 2014

Reigning tennis superstar Serena Williams was born in Saginaw, Michigan, on Sept. 26, 1981. She is the youngest of five girls.

Williams began practicing with her father two hours a day when she was 3-years-old with her sister Venus Williams at tennis courts in Compton, California. Her father taught them how to play tennis through books and videos.

Williams turned professional in 1995 and quickly rose through the ranks with her sister. In 1999, she won the U.S. Open title, her first Grand Slam win. Over the next decade, she took over the sport. In 2013, she won her 17th Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open. She has won 10 doubles titles with her sister Venus Williams.

Williams has four Olympic gold medals, one for women's singles in the 2012 London games and three in women's doubles overall. As of Feb. 18, 2013, Williams ranked as the world's no. 1 player in the WTA.

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(Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Written by Natelege Whaley


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