She has more Grand Slam tennis trophies than any woman currently on tour (see below). But Serena Williams is greedy. She wants another at the upcoming U.S. Open. Off the court, she also scores as one of the sexiest female superstars in the world.
Check out some of her stats, then read our Exclusive Q&A.
|Total Grand Slam Wins (8)|
|Year||Championship||Opponent in Final||Score in Final|
|1999||US Open||Martina Hingis||6-3, 7-6(4)|
|2002||French Open||Venus Williams||7-5, 6-3|
|2002||Wimbledon||Venus Williams||7-6(4), 6-3|
|2002||US Open (2)||Venus Williams||6-4, 6-3|
|2003||Australian Open||Venus Williams||7-6(4), 3-6, 6-4|
|2003||Wimbledon (2)||Venus Williams||4-6, 6-4, 6-2|
|2005||Australian Open (2)||Lindsay Davenport||2-6, 6-3, 6-0|
|2007||Australian Open (3)||Maria Sharapova||6-1, 6-2|
Notable TV Appearances:
2005 - "ER"
2004 - "The Division"
2002 - "My Wife and Kids"
"I could lose 20 pounds and I'm still going to have these knockers and I'm going to have this ass, and that's just the way it is."
"I'm afraid I'm already a shopaholic. Fortunately, I'm no longer in denial, and the first step to recovering is getting out of denial."
MF: How are you preparing for the U.S. Open?
SW: I'm training every day, and then working out off-court. I love Pilates because of the way it makes my body look. And I do yoga and some lifting in the gym as well.
How does it feel to be known as one of the sexiest female athletes in the world?
You know, I don't think about it. I have large boobs and a sizable ass, so I guess the title comes with the territory. But I just play tennis. I always try to look my best, even though it's hard to look your best when you're sweating, grunting, and making faces. I never look my best when I'm playing.
As one of the top female athletes in the world, do you think guys are intimidated by you?
It definitely makes it harder, which is not really cool because I'm like the girl next door. My attitude is so relaxed and so chill, and what you see is what you get. I guess sometimes people get intimidated, not by my being Serena Williams, but just more or less by the things that I've accomplished and the things that I might have in my life. I think for any woman who is strong and supports herself, that tends to be a problem.
Is it hard to find someone to date who can keep up with your fitness level?
No, that's why I always look for guys who are fit. I'm attracted to guys who are really athletic, so it's never a problem. To be honest, I absolutely hate working out, I hate going to the gym. I do it only 'cause it's my job, and I think about it like, OK, other people's jobs are to go to the office nine to five, and my job is to go to the gym and look sexy. That's the only thing that gets me through it.
From a physical perspective, what's your favorite part of your body?
I love my smile. My smile and my cleavage. [Laughs] I think they go really well together. [Laughs]
What about in guys you're dating? What are the top three things you notice first?
I like someone who's fit. A big, muscular guy is really attractive to me. I also love a beautiful smile, but the smile doesn't have to be perfect. I actually kind of like people with faults because I think it helps to give them more character. So that's what I look for. Muscles. A beautiful smile. And for someone who's spiritual, because I consider myself really spiritual.
How can a guy get a girl like you? What do you look for?
I'm a sucker for gentlemen, I'm old-fashioned. I'm a girl who believes that a guy should take the lead. They should open doors, close doors. I also look for someone who has a good relationship with their mom. My mom always said, "Look for someone whom you can laugh with, 'cause it means you can have fun with that person."
Any major turnoffs?
Guys should never grab me. I hate when guys grab girls. I think it's so rude. I've been grabbed numerous times. Don't touch. I'm not your property. I absolutely hate that.
How is your dating life right now? Harder because you're so busy training?
I have such a big year right now with the Olympics and Wimbledon-I'm playing so much more this year than I've played in a long time-so my only real focus right now is the game. It's fun. I'm just living the lovely single life.
What's the thing that you look forward to the most when you're preparing to compete?
Just being there. Once you get to a match, the whole vibe is different. The energy, seeing the people, just being able to perform in front of so many people. I think that's what I look forward to the most. It's just survival and the buzz around everything.
What would you be doing if you weren't a tennis pro?
I love acting and writing, so I would probably either be a struggling actress or a writer. [Laughs]
You're also very involved with charity work, right?
Right. I just started the Serena Williams Foundation, which supports kids who can't afford to go to college. At the end of my career, I'd love to just dedicate myself to working in philanthropy. I love giving and helping people. I think it's so awesome to be in a position to help people.
What's next for you in terms of your career, after the Open?
I'm going to Africa this November. I'm opening a school there, that's another one of my foundations-a school in Senegal for kids. I went there a couple of years ago, and I thought the situation was awful. You'd see these kids with no place to go-in the streets, without any school. I want to do something to help them in some way. But first it's Wimbledon. Then the Olympics and then the U.S. Open. So I still have a really big summer ahead of me. I can't wait... [Laughs]