Serena Williams is one of the most successful and well-known tennis players in the world. With more Grand Slam Singles titles than anyone else, she’s carved out her place as a successful player and inspiration to millions of girls. How did she become a champion? Here’s her story.
Serena Williams was born in 1981, and learned to play tennis from her dad, alongside her sister Venus. She turned professional in 1995 and, despite her sister being predicted to do this, Serena was the one who ended up winning a Grand Slam Singles title in 1999. Although her unique style of playing garnered criticism in the beginning, it has now become her signature and changed the world of tennis forever- talk about sticking to your guns!
Against all odds
We know Serena is a champion, but her journey has been full of ups and downs. In 2010, she had to stay off the court for almost a year due to various health issues. After this setback, she came back stronger than ever. In 2016, she had no wins at the US Open. This was despite many expectations that she would win, due to her triumphs in the past. After that disappointing season, she was able to bounce back yet again.
Serena’s career map is also made up of wins and losses, and her story is important to recognise because it reminds us that the road to success is never straight-forward. In addition to her successful tennis career, she’s a savvy businesswoman who knows how to make her money and fame work for her. In 2018, she was named the 3rd richest tennis player in the world with a net worth of $85 million. In addition to her prize money (which actually isn’t where most of her earnings come from), she does brand endorsements and deals. Because of her marketable image, she’s worked with brands such as Nike, Gatorade, Beats and many others. With over 10 million followers on Instagram, she has built herself up as an influencer and continues to own her platform proudly.
What we can learn from her
Luck has nothing to do with it, because I have spent many, many hours, countless hours, on the court working for my one moment in time, not knowing when it would come.
Serena is a champion not because she’s never failed but rather, because she’s come back stronger after every defeat. Both on and off the court, she embodies power and determination, despite the criticisms and insults people have thrown her way. When it comes to building an empire, you can’t let the opinions of others or even your own failures hold you back. You have to trust your inner resilience and stand up tall and proud, even when it feels like the whole world has seen you fall.