When Serena Jameka Williams isn’t going hard in the Qatar Open like she has been doing this past week, she is consistently breaking records for holding the most titles in tennis competitions. Williams has been making black history for over 17 years with that deadly serve.
It all started in September 1995, when she was 13. At the Bell Challenge in Quebec City, Williams lost in her first professional competition in the first round, while still earning $240 for her efforts. She never stopped playing and went on to make her Grand Slam debut in 1998, where she won the first round, and then lost in the second, to none other than her own sister Venus.
Since then, we’ve seen her rack up 30 Grand Slam titles, which ties her for eighth on the all-time list. She is the most recent player, male or female, to have held all four Grand Slam titles simultaneously. She is also the fifth woman to have ever done so.
Williams has won four Olympic gold medals. The Women’s Tennis Association has ranked her No. 1 in singles on five separate occasions. In a world where short skirts and small neon balls are maneuvered aggressively across a court, what can’t this one woman do?