On the Line by Serena Williams

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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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Serena Williams is one of the top athletes in tennis and in all of sports. At the age of 27, she has captured every major title. Growing up in Compton, CA, she was trained by her father on the public tennis courts before rising up the tennis ranks. Serena has wide-ranging interests aside from tennis, including starting her own fashion line and opening a school for children in Africa.Daniel Paisner is the author or co-author of more than forty books. He has collaborated on seven New York Times best-selling titles, including Denzel Washington's A Hand to Guide Me, Whoopi Goldberg's Book and Geraldo Rivera's Exposing Myself. He lives in Port Washington, NY.
Published August 13, 2009 by Grand Central Publishing. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Serena, however, channels Dr. King’s Montgomery, Ala., speech from March 25, 1965 (“Our God Is Marching On”), in which he invoked 19th-century poet Cullen Bryant: “Truth pressed to the earth will rise again.” Over the years, Serena has had to rely on the “power in that sentiment,” such as at a...

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By Angelia Menchan • Sep 29th, 2009 • Category: Book Review 2009 • Email This Post • Print This Post On the Line by Serena Williams is a nice glimpse into an amazing and very young life.

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Williams says that her father – a self-taught tennis visionary who knew talented players could make big bucks – made slamming a ball seem like fun, which made all the Williams girls want to make a big racquet.

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