Serena Jameka Williams turned 38 years old today (September 26th).
Even though she doesn’t celebrate birthdays (Williams is a Jehovah’s Witness), that won’t stop us from celebrating the life and career of the greatest tennis player of all time.
We are at the end of the 2019 tennis season.
Most of the players on the WTA will be finishing up with the “Asia Swing” culminating in the WTA Finals in Shenzhen. The top eight women’s players will compete for the prestigious title.
Williams has won this event five times and is currently ranked ninth. It is unlikely she will play in any events to move her ranking up to qualify, nor does she have to.
Her legacy in the game is secure and her on-court focus is winning more grand slam titles.
Going forward, her schedule, as it has been, will be designed to peak for those four tournaments.
Off the court, she has multiple business ventures and board appointments.
Most importantly, she has her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., who is now 2, and her husband, Alexis Ohanian.
As the pulls of motherhood, family and her businesses continue to grow, and as she faces her own athletic mortality, tennis will eventually come to an end for the game’s greatest champion.
But not for a long time, if you ask her.
Williams was in NYC for Advertising Week and recently commented about when she plans to retire, saying:
“[I plan to] transfer out, you know, in 20 years. Not anytime soon.”
Likely said tongue in cheek, but you never know regarding Serena. That’s what makes her incredible and such a great champion on and off the court.
In honor of her birthday, here are some of “The GOAT’s” greatest moments to remind you why she’ll always be the queen of tennis.
First Grand Slam Title: 1999 US Open
Completing the “Serena Slam”: Holding all four majors at once. ‘02 French, ‘02 Wimbledon, ‘02 US Open and ‘03 Australian Open
Winning her 23rd Grand Slam and an open era record seventh Australian Open title in 2017 while eight weeks pregnant.
Launching Serena Ventures in 2014, one of the few women and minority owned venture capital funds.
The debut of the iconic Serena catsuit at the 2002 US Open when she was still repped by Puma.
First Olympic gold medal in singles and the Career Golden Slam at the 2012 Summer Games in London. She defeated Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1. Promptly did the C-walk after.
Opened the Serena Williams Secondary School in Africa in 2014.
(Photo: Jon Kopaloff/WireImage)