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Serena Williams

Real name: Serena Williams
Birthdate: September 26, 1981
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Serena Jameka Williams, (born September 26, 1981) is an American former World No. 1 ranked female tennis player who has won eight Grand Slam singles titles and an Olympic gold medal in women's doubles.. She is the last player, male or female, to have held all four Grand Slams at the same time. In 2005, Tennis magazine ranked her as the 17th-best player of the preceding forty years. She is the younger sister of another former world no. 1 professional female tennis player, Venus Williams. Serena currently resides in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

After withdrawing from the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina, Williams fell out of the top-100 players in the world for the first time in almost a decade. Shortly after, she announced that she would miss both the French Open and Wimbledon because of a chronic knee injury. She said that she would not be able to compete before "the end of the summer," on doctors' orders.

Williams was granted a wildcard into the U.S. Open, as her ranking prevented her from gaining direct entry into the tournament. She was ranked 79th in the main draw and was unseeded in a Grand Slam tournament for the first time since 1998. Williams lost to Amélie Mauresmo in the fourth round 6-4, 0-6, 6-2.

Her next scheduled tournament was Wimbledon. During her fourth round match against Daniela Hantuchová Williams collapsed in agony on Centre Court after being down 4-2 in the second set. It took close to 7 minutes for her trainer to define what happened to Williams (an acute muscle spasm, it later emerged). Then Serena received a medical timeout taking the break in play to 10 minutes. Serena delayed her play for the rain to return to allow her to recover and after holding serve to force a tiebreak despite being barely able to walk, the rain came and play was suspended for nearly 2 hours. Next up for Williams was a quarterfinal matchup against the top-seeded and top-ranked Justine Henin. The much anticipated match-up lived up to its expectations. Williams arrived at the court with a heavily taped calf, and because an injury to her left thumb had forced her to revert to a one-handed slice, she played the entire match without hitting a backhand winner. Williams lost the quarterfinal matchup 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, but drew more criticism by claiming she would have beaten Henin had she been healthy. Serena stated that her health was "only at 50% today, and that she felt she would've won if she hadn't been injured." After Wimbledon, Williams moved up to World No. 7, the highest she had been since 2005.

Despite the quarterfinal loss, Williams moved up to World No. 7 in the rankings, 2 spots ahead of her sister Venus (No. 9) who is in the top 10 for the first time since 2005.

Williams was the fifth victim and the ninth star ever to be on Punk'd more than once. Her first appearance was when Williams had to save a Punk'd problem kid played by Rob Pinkston until Kutcher exposed the set-up. Her second is when Serena passed the prank on her sister Venus after both Serena and Venus were fighting with a fraud during a photoshoot with some handicapped people.


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