Serena Williams has been ranked number one in the world for tennis singles, won twenty-two Grand Slam singles titles, and won four Olympic gold medals. Her powerful serve surprises her opponents—and then her forehand and backhand swings land shots with fierce accuracy. Her speed and strategy are unmatched. Yet, it’s her ability to rally for a comeback that has put her at the top of her game and the top of the field. Serena has defeated injury, personal stresses, and criticism to climb to the top of the rankings and become one of the best tennis players of all time.
This exciting biography of Serena chronicles her career in tennis that started on the courts of Compton, California, her competition and cooperation with her sister Venus Williams, and her triumphant career highlights, as well as her personal pursuits and charitable work.
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Dale Earnhardt Sr. first broke onto the racing scene in 1979, when he was named Rookie of the Year. In the more than twenty years that followed, his daring driving style earned him top honors, including seven Winston Cup Championships, a record six Busch Clash wins, and his proudest moment, a victory at Daytona. On February 18th, 2001, Earnhardt had been racing in NASCAR’s signature event, the Daytona 500, when in the final lap, he died in a fatal crash. While other drivers have come and gone, the face of Dale Earnhardt Sr., with his handlebar moustache and wide grin, will always be the face of NASCAR. Continue reading Dale Earnhardt, Sr.: Legends in Sports
On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson put on a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform and stepped onto Ebbets Field. That day, he became the first African American ever to play for the Major Leagues. Continue reading Jackie Robinson: Legends in Sports
In a career that spanned more than 30 years, George Herman “Babe” Ruth changed the way the sport of baseball was played. He was the first true power hitter, a strong pitcher, and in the outfield made some amazing game-saving catches. His love of the sport shined through in the way he laughed while jogging around the bases, in how he kidded and horsed around with teammates, and in his overall determination to win. But there was a darker side to Babe, one that nearly ruined his career—and his life. In the end, however, Ruth managed to overcome his personal demons, recapture his health, and go on to lead his beloved Yankees to championship status. Simply put, there has never been another player like the Babe. Get to know a true legend. Continue reading Babe Ruth: Legends in Sports
No other figure in recent history has had the wide-reaching impact of the man known simply as “The Greatest.” For four decades Muhammad Ali has served as a symbol of honesty and strength in sports, politics, religion, and civil rights.Throughout his remarkable career, Ali’s courage, skill, ego, and beauty made him one of the most colorful and well-known of all public figures; someone who truly had to be seen to be believed. Using fight posters, tickets, rare memorabilia and classic photographs, Ringside brings Ali’s extraordinary ;life into focus. Alex Haley, Norman Mailer, Joyce Carol Oates, and Peter Richmond each chronicle a decade of the boxer’s storied career, from his stunning victory over Sonny Liston, when he first captured the heavy-weight title, to his epic bouts with Joe Fraizer and George Foreman, to his heroic struggles with Parkinson’s syndrome. Included throughout are quotes from friends, family, and colleagues offering insight into the legend of Muhammad Ali and what has made him one of the world’s true undisputed champions. Continue reading Muhammad Ali: Legends in Sports
Matt Christopher, the number one sports writer for kids, profiles basketball superstar Michael Jordan, covering his childhood, college career, rookie years, professional career highlights, and his short stint in minor league baseball. This reissue features an update, following Jordan from his re-entry into basketball as a player for the Washington Wizards to his third and final retirement announcement. With updated photos and Matt Christopher’s easy-to-read style, this is a biography that’s not to be missed. Continue reading Michael Jordan: Legends in Sports