Serena Williams goes into women’s HOF

Former Compton native and retired tennis star Serena Williams is one of 10 individuals slated to be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2024. Other inductees include civil rights icon Ruby Bridges, Patricia Bath, a Black inventor and academic, Kimbele Crenshaw, a civil rights scholar, and Loretta Ross, a noted Black feminist and academic. 

The National Women’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place in New York sometime in March 2024. 

Williams is considered to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest female tennis players of all time. Williams, along with sister Venus, another heavyweight in the world of tennis, shook up the predominantly all-white sport with complete dominance. 

During her extended playing career, Williams racked up an astonishing 858 wins against just 156 defeats while racking up nearly $100 million ($94 million) in tennis prize earnings. Throughout her career, Williams, according to the Women’s Tennis Association, won a total of 73 singles titles. 

When Williams retired from the sport she left tennis having won 23 grand slam titles and posting an unreal 367-56 record in those matches. Williams won six U.S. Open championships, captured the top Wimbledon seven times, won the Australian Open seven times, and walked away with the Roland Garros top trophy on three other occasions. 

The bigger the stage, the better Williams performed. Williams recorded a 98-14 record at Wimbledon and posted an unbelievable 108-15 mark at the U.S. Open. She waltzed her way past the competition at the Australian Open, going 92-13. She earned a No. 1 world ranking in her career 10 times.

Top Photo Credit: September 9, 2020 – Serena Williams in action against Tsvetana Pironkova during a women’s singles match at the 2020 US Open. (Photo by Simon Bruty/USTA)