Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player who has been ranked singles world No.1 by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) for 319 weeks, including a joint-record 186 consecutive weeks and finished as the year-end No.1 five times.
She has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the most by any player in the Open Era, and the second-most of all time (behind Margaret Court’s 24).
Serena Williams has announced his retirement. He took to his media handle to write,
“There comes a time in life when we have to decide to move in a different direction. That time is always hard when you love something so much. My goodness do I enjoy tennis. But now, the countdown has begun. I have to focus on being a mom, my spiritual goals and finally discovering a different, but just exciting Serena. I’m gonna relish these next few weeks.”
Williams was the world’s highest-paid woman athlete in 2016, earning almost $29 million. She repeated this feat in 2017 when she was the only woman on Forbes’ list of the 100 highest-paid athletes, with $27 million in prize money and endorsements. She has won the Laureus Sportswoman of the Year award four times (2003, 2010, 2016, 2018), and in December 2015 was named Sportsperson of the Year by Sports Illustrated magazine. In 2021, she was ranked 28th on Forbes’ World’s Highest-Paid Athletes list. She is the highest-earning woman athlete of all time.