Grand Central Publishing
On Sale: September 1, 2009
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One of the biggest stars in tennis, Serena Williams has
captured every major title. Her 2009 Australia Open
championship earned her the #1 world ranking for the third
time in her illustrious career - and marked only the latest
exclamation point on a life well and purposefully lived.
a young girl, Serena began training with an adult-sized
racquet that was almost as big as her. Rather than dropping
the racquet, Serena saw it as a challenge to overcome-and
she has confronted every obstacle on her path to success
with the same unflagging spirit.
From growing up in the
tough, hardscrabble neighborhood of Compton, California, to
being trained by her father on public tennis courts littered
with broken glass and drug paraphernalia, to becoming the
top women's player in the world, Serena has proven to be an
inspiration to her legions of fans both young and old.
accomplishments have not been without struggle: being
derailed by injury, devastated by the tragic shooting of her
older sister, and criticized for her unorthodox approach to
tennis. Yet somehow, Serena always manages to prevail. Both
on the court and off, she's applied the strength and
determination that helped her to become a champion to
successful pursuits in philanthropy, fashion, television and
In this compelling and poignant memoir, Serena takes
an empowering look at her extraordinary life and what is
still to come.
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