Serena Williams.. A legendary journey from the tennis courts to the challenges of the economy

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Serena Williams, when every story has an end, and when she wrote the last chapter of her achievement in the world of tennis, when the audience bid her farewell with great warmth accompanied by tears, when she retired from where she started has, after the US Open Tennis Championships, which was her first major tournament, leaving the ball courts. Yellow cry.

The American veteran, who is almost 41, spent 27 years on the tennis court, and the curtain fell on her career after she lost to Australian Ajla Tomljanovic in the third round of the US Open on Friday.

Serena Williams picked up her first tennis racket at the age of three, but little did she know she would become the greatest player ever to change the face of women’s tennis.

And he promised to become one of the best tennis players in history, to find her way in the midst of great difficulties, to start a journey of struggle while maintaining the extension of her career, even though she comes from a poor city, to bump into an obstacle. she faced racism on the basis of color and gender with all her might until it became a symbol Inspiring to make dreams come true.

Born on the throne of tennis in 1981, in the American state of Michigan, the youngest of her five sisters, she moved with the family to Compton, California in her childhood, where she began to learn tennis from her father, Richard Williams and practiced. , in a neighborhood controlled by gangs.

1995 was her first official match, and she won her first major title in New York in 1999, gave birth to her daughter Olympia in September 2017 and spent six weeks in bed after a pulmonary embolism, but she struggled to recover after five return to the courts. months in the doubles competitions in the Federation Cup “Billie Jean Cup” King now” with her sister Venus.

Serena Williams has turned the page of her tennis career, having been distinguished by her own style and strength in her performance.

She was exposed to difficult situations in her life, including the loss of her mother’s sister, who was shot dead by a gang member in 2003 at the age of 31, and Serena was very affected by her departure, as she was her personal assistant.

Days after winning Wimbledon in 2010, she injured her foot after stepping on broken glass in a German restaurant, missing nearly a year and three major tournaments.

On the night of the farewell, the fans gathered at Arthur Ashe Stadium; To watch the extraordinary match against Tomaljanovic, where the attendance set a record for the American player’s farewell in particular, as 23,859 fans attended; For a legendary farewell party worthy of a tennis icon.

The stadium where Serena Williams’ farewell match was held also witnessed the presence of many celebrities such as former US President Bill Clinton, film director Spike Lee and legendary golfer Tiger Woods, all to witness the latest look of Serena Williams, who performed see. many achievements on the tennis courts. .

Serena Williams has 73 career titles and is the fifth most decorated player with 39 Grand Slam titles, including 23 singles titles, 14 doubles titles and two mixed doubles titles.

Serena Williams has won seven Australian Open titles, three French Open titles, six US Open titles and seven Wimbledon titles.

Serena Williams shares her stay at the top of the world rankings for 186 consecutive weeks with Germany’s Steffi Graf, while she has held the top spot for a total of 319 weeks, a number surpassed only by Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova.

After Serena announced her retirement from tennis, Forbes magazine revealed the fortune of the yellow-ball star who changed tennis history and broke sporting and social barriers, with an estimated fortune of $260 million.

Serena is the only woman on the list of the 100 richest women in the world. His business investment group includes 60 companies, which he founded in 2014, a venture capital firm whose investments range from cryptocurrency to food and sports brands.

It has also invested in more than 30 start-up companies, aiming to give opportunity to start-up founders in various industries, with a focus on projects for women and people of color to support diversity, and three-quarters of these companies in which Serena Williams invests. her money, was founded by women Or people of color.

According to the Wall Street Journal, these companies are worth more than one billion dollars, and Serena is not only an investor in them, but also actively involved in the work of these companies, as she recently told that newspaper: “I stand ​​up and go to the office… everything My number is now, I sit and answer calls all day long. When her daughter Olympia goes to school, I go to work.”

After her coach’s comment, US President Joe Biden celebrated the career of tennis legend Serena Williams, as “Biden” wrote on his account on the social networking site “Twitter”: “You are an inspiration, and a hero of all time.. Thank you for dreaming and daring and proving that everything is possible.”

“It’s been a fun trip, it’s been the most amazing trip I’ve had in my life,” Serena Williams said in a meeting after the final match, tears streaming down her face. “Thank you to everyone who said, ‘Come on, Serena, I’m grateful that you’re the reason I’m here,'” she said. “I wouldn’t be Serena if Venus wasn’t with me, so thank you Venus, she’s the reason Serena Williams is.”

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