For over two decades, the 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams has been at the forefront of women’s tennis. She has established herself as one of the greatest tennis players ever and inspired an entire generation to chase their dreams.
Recently, former tennis players Pam Shriver and Rennae Stubbs joined hosts Chanda Rubin and Zina Garrison to explore the qualities that helped Williams cope with stress at the top and the reasons behind her longevity.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 17: Serena Williams of the United States plays a shot in her first round match against Belinda Bencic of Switzerland on day two of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 17, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Serena Williams: The Holy Grail of Longevity
Over her ongoing career, Williams has won four Olympic medals, all of which are gold. She won her first Olympic gold medal in a doubles event with her sister, Venus, at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. After skipping the 2004 Games, her second gold medal came in a doubles event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
At the 2012 London Olympics, Williams shone the biggest, winning her first singles Olympic gold medal and her third gold medal in a doubles event, which took her overall career tally to four.
In reply, Rennae attributed Serena’s success at the Olympics to her love for representing her country and hunger to win at all costs. In addition, the Australian talked about the formidable partnership of the Williams sisters, who together won three Olympics gold medals in doubles.
“She loves winning. She loved representing the United States…I think it’s wanting to win and passion. I think they [Serena and Venus] loved playing and loved competing and they loved putting that medal around their neck, particularly together,” said Rennae.
In fact, Venus has won five Olympic medals – three gold medals in doubles alongside Serena, a gold medal in singles at the 2004 Athens Olympics, and a silver medal in mixed doubles at the 2016 Rio Games.
Serena, who turned 40 last month, skipped the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and it is highly unlikely that she would compete at the next Olympics.