If there is one female sports personality who has defied odds in the world of sports it has to be Serena Williams. Not only is she a woman but she is an African American who has dominated a sport which was mostly dominated by whites.
Born in 1981 in Saginaw, Michigan, Serena Williams began intensive tennis training at age 3. She won her first major championship in 1999 and completed the career Grand Slam in 2003. Along with her individual success, Williams teamed with sister Venus to win a series of doubles titles. Her victory at Wimbledon in 2015 made her the oldest Grand Slam singles champion in the Open era.
From the world of tennis we delve into the world of golf where another black sportsman has done well for himself. This is none other than Tiger Woods. Despite the issues that have taken place in his personal life, Woods has been a great professional gold player having started achieving exploits at the age of 21.
Highlights: In his first major championship as a professional, Tiger began his front nine on Thursday with an opening 40 (+4) but finished his round with a blistering 6-under-par 30 to get himself back in contention. Woods continued his historic run, playing his final 63 holes in 22-under par. Woods became the youngest Masters champion at 21 and also set the all-time scoring record at 18-under par.
1999 PGA Championship
Mike Weir, who was playing in the final group of a major for the first time, shot an 8-over-par round of 80 to eliminate himself from contention, but a double bogey by Woods on the 13th hole forced him to hold off a dramatic charge by a 19-year-old Sergio Garcia. Tiger parred the final two holes, sinking a clutch downhill eight-footer for par on the par-3 17th to win by one over Garcia. With the victory, Tiger finished in the top 10 in seven of his first 12 majors since turning pro, including near-misses at the 1999 U.S. and British Opens.
In the world of motor car racing there is Lewis Hamilton. He has participated in many races and many times proven himself unbeatable. He continues clinching world titles.
Hamilton proved almost unbeatable in qualifying and races for three-quarters of his triumphant campaign, claiming 11 poles and 10 wins over the season’s opening 16 rounds as he clinched the third drivers’ title of his career in Austin in late October.