Serena Williams Named in Top 100 Influential Women of The Last Century

Published 03/10/2020, 3:37 PM EDT


There won’t be an end when it comes to counting the laurels that Serena Williams has earned during her four-decade-long stay on the WTA circuit. Time and again the 38-year-old tennis icon is lifting up the prestigious accolades and inspiring people across all generations.

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Recently the 23-time Grand Slam Williams made it to the list of top 100 influential women of the last century of Time Magazine. They stated Serena’s achievements in the 2003 tennis season drove her into the list.

That year the superwoman Williams held as four Grand Slam at the same time. She was the fifth woman in the history of the sport to achieve that glory.

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Time Magazine’s statement on Serena Williams

The magazine gave a detailed report regarding Serena’s ingress into the list of top 100 influential women of the last century.

“Williams was only 21 years old. If she had reached her peak at that time, she would have deserved distinctions like an all-time great. The Open era – later, it has more influence than ever. Its influence extends far beyond the baseline,” Times Magazine stated.

After becoming invincible on the WTA Tour, Serena Williams began giving a new dimension to tennis. In the process of doing that, she was also tackling issues such as racism, meltdowns and quarreling with the match officials during professional tennis matches.

“She battled fatal injuries and illnesses, including a complicated delivery of her daughter Olympia in 2017. Months later, however, Williams returned to the women’s tour, at 36, as a working mom,” the magazine further justified her reward. 

“Since then, she has reached the finals of four major events. Showing that women can embrace motherhood and work as long and exhausting as professional tennis.”

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World Number nine Serena Williams continues to hit the ball hard on the professional tour and shows no signs of retirement. 38-year-old Williams plays against the women aged less than half of her age. And she simply withers away their notion to win WTA matches.

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The American ace began her career by winning titles as a naive teenager from Compton. And now in the third decade of the 21st century, she continues to ace as a mother on the circuit.

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Mahalakshmi Murali

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Mahalakshmi Murali joined EssentiallySports in 2018 as a tennis author and has gone on to pen more than 1800 engaging articles, probing into various aspects of the sport and its illustrious players. With her expertise on the sport, Mahalakshmi has interviewed stalwarts from the sport such as Serena WIlliams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou and Kevin Anderson’s physio, Carlos Costa. Equipped with her vast experience and a keen understanding of the sport, Mahalakshmi now co-heads the tennis department.

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