On September 11, 1999, a young seventeen year old Serena Williams became the second African American woman to win the US Open, following the historic Althea Gibson who won the US Open in 1957 and 1958. Williams has dominated this women's tennis with her older sister Venus Williams during the beginning of the 21st century.
Serena and her sister Venus have represented the United States well in the Olympic Games, winning more gold medals than any other women in tennis. Williams has been ranked No. 1 in singles 319 weeks by the Women's Tennis Association and a joint-record of 186 consecutive weeks. She has finished No. 1 five times at the end of the year. Williams was born on September 26, 1981 in Saginaw, Michigan..
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"It doesn't matter what your background is or where you come from, if you have dreams and goals, that's all that matters."