CNN interviewed Serena Williams when she was 9. Here’s what she said, about the effect of her first tennis match on her life. (4:01)
Serena Williams is an athlete.
She plays tennis.
She’s a mom.
Now at age 32, she’s at the peak of her tennis career, having won 17 Grand Slam singles titles and has finished runner-up 15 times. Now Williams, the three-time Wimbledon champion and two-time U.S. Open doubles champion, talks to Rachel Greenberg about her childhood, her family, and how the sport she plays has helped her cope with her divorce.
The tennis boom that took place as a teenager, from age 9 to 16, is nothing to be ashamed of.
But for the first time, Williams has gotten to a different place. She has been able to start a family and begin to build a relationship with her three daughters, ages 8, 10, and 11.
“This sport is a huge part of my life,” she says. “I love all of my family and their life experiences. I feel like I wouldn’t be where I am without this sport…. [It’s] helped me be a better person. So much of the pain I still feel today comes from my parents and what I went through with them.
“As the years went by, it became a big part of my life more and more. After all the girls were born, tennis was something I felt I could do for a while longer.”
Serena Williams will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in a ceremony in April. Rachel Greenberg reports. (Yahoo Sports)
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The woman at the center of one of the world’s most popular sports. The mother of three young daughters. The tennis queen.
Her story may be as familiar to you as the roar of the crowd at the U.S. Open and the thump or pop of a racket.
Serena Williams was 9 years old when she reached her first-ever professional tournament, in her native Texas. It was a junior tournament at the Dallas Tennis Club. It wouldn’t be her last. After it, she would play in six more. In 2011, she earned a chance to play on the junior US