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15 years ago on this date July 6th, 2002 23-time grand slam champion Serena Williams triumphed over her older sister, Venus Williams in the 2002 Wimbledon Women’s Single Championship. This victory was bitter-sweet, as it also stopped her sibling Venus from breaking the record for the first time since Steffi Graf to win the title three times in a row. It was Serena’s first Wimbledon championship and surely not the last.

“It was now or never” Serena said. “I was playing the two-time champion. (Her sister).”

Venus and Serena Williams hugging. Posted on Serena’s Instagram page June 28th, 2017

Serena went on to win 6 more Wimbledon championships after this date, her most recent being in 2016.  She has won a total of 23 Grand Slam titles, breaking the record for the most grand slam titles in an open era for a man OR a woman. On numerous occasions Serena has thanked her sister for always pushing her to do better, “Every time she won her match, I felt obligated to win – I’ve got to win, too. The motivation she gives me, it’s really second to nothing.” She said. Venus responded with, “That’s my little sister you guys. Your win has always been my win.”

Serena Williams is a titan and icon in the sports industry. She is a living legend, a unmatched Tennis player who inspires athletes all over the world through her relentless hard work and dedication to her passion. She has shattered many records and will continue to do so because of her drive, fearlessness, and determination to break walls and barriers so that she can be the best that she can be. Congratulations to Serena Williams, we recognize you and what you have done! And congratulations to her unborn child which she should be expecting in these upcoming months.