Serena Williams celebrates after defeating Victoria Azarenka in the women's singles final.

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Serena Williams....."One of the most successful African-American female tennis player of all-time and one of the greatest female athletes ever."

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Venus Ebony Starr Williams was born on June 17, 1980, in Lynwood, California. On October 31, 1994, she turned pro, something she proved she was more than ready for in her first match.

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Get to know professional tennis player Serena Williams on Read about her Grand Slam titles and other highs and lows of her career.

Serena Williams, born September 26, 1981, in Saginaw, Michigan, began playing tennis early, enduring daily two-hour practices with her father at age three. In 1995, Serena turned pro, and, along with her sister Venus, enjoyed a run of high-profile victories. In 2009, Serena was fined and placed on probation for allegedly threatening a lineswoman, but is doing her best to move past the incident.

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