September 26

September 26, 1981 – Serena Williams 

One of the world’s greatest tennis players, Serena Jameka Williams was born on September 26, 1981 in Saginaw, Michigan. Williams storybook tennis career evolves into more dominance of the sport with each passing chapter.

Serena Williams Fed Cup

Serena Williams at the Fed Cup

She made history as a on September 11, 1999, when as a young seventeen year old, she 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. She and her older sister Venus Williams have been leaders in the sport during the  the 21st century.

1st round US Open 2013 doubles (9630777375)

1st round doubles action from the Women’s draw at the 2013 US Open. Serena and Venus Williams defeated Silvia Soler-Espinosa and Carla Suarez Navarro; 6-7(5), 6-0, 6-3

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.

Serena Williams embraces Venus Williams as Father looks on

Serena Williams embraces Venus Williams beside their Father Richard Williams