Serena Williams and her sister Venus became stars of women's tennis in the late 1990s and have dominated the pro tour for many of the years since. Serena was a child prodigy who began playing tennis before she reached kindergarten. She is also African-American, which was a rarity in pro tennis when Serena and Venus reached the pros in the 1990s. Serena quickly became known for her determination, powerful game, and flashy fashion sense. Serena is a year younger than Venus and (at 5'10") about three inches shorter, but she became the first sister to win a major tournament by claiming the singles title at the 1999 U.S. Open. Serena went on to eclipse Venus as the dominant women's tennis player of the early 2000s; in 2002-03 she won the "Serena Slam" by holding all four grand slam titles at once: the 2002 French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles, and the 2003 Australian Open. Her other major titles are Wimbledon in 2003, 2009, and 2010, the Australian Open in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2010, and the U.S. Open in 2008.
Acting – she has earned guest roles on various television shows including: My Wife and Kids, Showtime’s Street Time and Law and Order.
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