Serena’s Impact on the Tennis World


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Serena Williams shows love to her fans after her loss against Ajla Tomljanovic in the US Open on Friday, Sept. 2.

Kody Moore, Staff writer

Serena Williams finally ended her 23-year career on Friday, Sept. 2 in a loss at the US Open.

Over her career, Williams has won 23 Grand Slam Titles with her first one in 1999 and her last one in 2017. Including her sister Venus Williams winning 7 Grand Slams Titles, the Williams sisters have dominated in every single aspect of the sport for the last twenty years.

Williams has received over 90 million dollars from her career. Along with Nike, Williams’ partners includes Gatorade, Subway and many more popular companies. With all of the partnerships, she is estimated to be the highest-paid tennis athlete ever.

After the end of her career, Williams will focus on her family with her husband Alexis Ohanian, and daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. 

“I’m ready to, like, be a mom, explore a different version of Serena.” Williams said in a Vogue story, “I want to have a little bit of life while I’m still walking. Williams and her daughter have a great connection already. “She’s my little buddy,” Williams said, “We do everything together. We go on dates and it’s so cool because she likes everything I do except for tennis.”

As well as her daughter, Williams inspired many young colored girls to enter the world of tennis. This includes Many of William’s competitors like the 18-year-old superstar Coco Gauff.

 “I think really just the way she was able to transform a sport that’s predominantly white,’’ Gauff said. “That’s something that as a little girl and even now meant a lot to me.”

The effect of Williams’ legacy affects across the country and even in Edwardsville. “Serena influenced more than just tennis players but inspired people to work hard,” EHS tennis player Schaefer Bates said, “She fought in each match and never gave up when she got down.”