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Serena Williams        

Iconic Professional Tennis Player & Olympic Gold Medalist; Activist, Philanthropist & Entrepreneur

Serena Williams embodies style, power, beauty and courage. Like numerous A-list celebrities, Serena is recognized by the mere mention of her first name. Her remarkable tennis skills have sky-rocketed her to fame, but only her unique charm and drive could explain her successful endeavors outside of tennis in film, television, fashion and philanthropy.

Considered one of the greatest women's tennis players of all time in a career hampered by numerous injuries, Serena has won more Grand Slam titles in singles, women's doubles, and mixed doubles than any other active female player. She is the most recent player, male or female, to have held all four Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously, and is only the fifth woman in history to do so. Williams also holds the distinction of having more singles titles than any other men's or women's tennis players in the Open Era.

The Wimbledon singles champion has also earned Olympic Gold Medals in tennis. Williams became only the second woman and fourth tennis player in history to accomplish what's known as the "Golden Slam," winning all four of the sport's majors and Olympic singles gold.

Also passionate about fashion, Serena has had several lines of designer products, including Aneres (her first name spelled backwards), Serena Williams Signature Statement and Glam Slam. In February 2019, Serena Williams was appointed to the board of directors of online fashion marketplace Poshmark.

Serena is also deeply committed to philanthropic causes. She visits schools and hospitals and conducts tennis clinics for at-risk youth. She helped to fund the construction of the Serena Williams Secondary School in Matooni, Kenya. She is a supporter of the Special Olympics and the Arthur Ashe Foundation and has also worked with other groups addressing learning disabilities, ovarian cancer, homelessness and literacy programs. Williams has also received several awards for her activism, particularly for her activism directed towards Black communities.

Her tennis ability combined with her off-court activity makes her one of the most recognizable names and faces in the world–an icon.

In 2015, she became the first black female athlete to have a picture by herself on the cover of Vogue, which she did for the April 2015 issue

Williams is also known for having won the Australian Open in January 2017 while she was eight weeks pregnant with her daughter with husband Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit.

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A Conversation With Serena Williams

One of the most talented and successful athletes of all time, Serena Williams knows what it takes to win. She’s come back from major injuries to win international titles, and she’s persevered to become one of top tennis players in history.

An entrepreneur as well, Serena has also branched out off the court to pursue her love of fashion, running a successful line of clothing, handbags and jewelry. A conversation with Serena Williams offers audiences nationwide a rare up-close and personal perspective on world-class dedication, training, winning, success, risk taking, entrepreneurship, the importance of giving back.

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Serena Williams said she's not going to play tennis forever so having a backup plan is crucial to life after her pro career.

Serena Williams engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian

Serena Williams and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian are engaged.

Spokespeople for both Williams and Ohanian confirmed the news Thursday. The 33-year-old Ohanian popped the question while the two were vacationing in Rome.

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