On the Line

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Grand Central Publishing, Sep 1, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
One of the biggest stars in tennis, Serena Williams has captured every major title. Her 2009 Australia Open championship earned her the #1 world ranking for the third time in her illustrious career - and marked only the latest exclamation point on a life well and purposefully lived. As a young girl, Serena began training with an adult-sized racquet that was almost as big as her. Rather than dropping the racquet, Serena saw it as a challenge to overcome-and she has confronted every obstacle on her path to success with the same unflagging spirit. From growing up in the tough, hardscrabble neighborhood of Compton, California, to being trained by her father on public tennis courts littered with broken glass and drug paraphernalia, to becoming the top women's player in the world, Serena has proven to be an inspiration to her legions of fans both young and old. Her accomplishments have not been without struggle: being derailed by injury, devastated by the tragic shooting of her older sister, and criticized for her unorthodox approach to tennis. Yet somehow, Serena always manages to prevail. Both on the court and off, she's applied the strength and determination that helped her to become a champion to successful pursuits in philanthropy, fashion, television and film. In this compelling and poignant memoir, Serena takes an empowering look at her extraordinary life and what is still to come.
 

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The book reads easily beginning from Serena's childhood, through the divorce of her parents, on to the death of her oldest sister, Tundre, until the present day. Statistics are given for all the ... Read full review

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EIGHT
NINE
TEN
ELEVEN
TWELVE
THIRTEEN
FOURTEEN
CLOSING THOUGHTS

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Writer and educator Daniel Paisner received a B.A. from Tufts University and an M.A. from Boston University. He is an adjunct professor of journalism in the communication arts department of Long Island University. Paisner is the author of Horizontal Hold: The Making and Breaking of a Network Pilot and has collaborated on works with the likes of George Pataki, Montel Williams, and model Emme.

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