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Serena Williams

Considered by many to be the greatest female tennis player of all time, Serena Williams has won four Olympic gold medals to go alongside her 22 Grand Slam titles.

She won the Women's Singles at the London 2012 Olympic Games, thrashing Maria Sharapova 6-0 6-1 on the hallowed grass courts of Wimbledon.

Serena also has three Women's Doubles gold medals to her name, alongside her sister Venus.

However she was unable to add to her tally at Rio 2016, after a Third-Round defeat in the Singles to Elina Svitolina and a First-Round loss in the Doubles, she and her sister turned over by Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova.

Turning professional in 1995, at the age of 14, Serena succeeded Venus as the pre-eminent force in the women's game, the two sisters ushering in an era of powerful hitting and peak physical fitness.

She became world number one for the first time in July 2002 and has twice held all four major singles titles simultaneously. The Williams sisters have also held all four Grand Slam women's doubles titles simultaneously.

One of the world’s highest-paid athletes through prize money and endorsements, Serena has her own designer line of apparel and a signature collection of nail polish.

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Serena Williams Serena Williams of the USA competes against Maria Sharapova of Russia during the gold medal match of the Women's Singles Tennis at the London 2012 Olympic Games. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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