I decided to read this autobiography because I'm a tennis player myself in the making, and Serena Williams is one of the best players of All Time and she's an amazing inspiration to many young tennis players around the world. I absolutely loved this book. It was very interesting to experience Serena's life through her eyes in this autobiography and it's what I enjoyed most. Serena was just a young girl living in Compton, USA in a family with not much money. She lived with her mother, Oracene Price, father, Richard Williams and her 4 older sisters: Yetunde, Lyndrea and Isha Price, her half-sisters, and her only full sister, Venus Williams. Venus is also one of the best tennis players in the world and plays alongside Serena. One day, their father was just watching a tennis match on TV and he couldn't believe how much money these women were making "just from hitting a tennis ball". The next day, he came home and said to his wife, "We need to make two more kids and make them into tennis superstars." Richard and Oracene taught themselves the game. They learnt everything they knew about tennis from a book, literally. All the sisters were into tennis but after a while, the 3 half sisters drifted off from it and only Venus and Serena continued. They practised hard every single day with their father, who taught them everything he knew about tennis, everything he learnt from a book. I was truly amazed at this. They were brought up with determination, competitiveness, a whole lot of heart and guts and MANY other things. Serena came from a poor background with not much of anything, but that certainly didn't stop her from becoming what she is today; one of the most decorated players in the history of women's tennis and the top-earning female athlete of All Time. This just goes to show and really emphasizes that if you put your mind to something, you can truly do it and really achieve more than you expect. One of my favourite quotes from this book is "...Good thoughts are powerful. Negatives thoughts are weak. Decide what U want to be, have, do and think the thoughts of it. Your vision will become your life. Hold on to the thought of what U want. Make it absolutely clear in your mind. U become what U think about most. U attract what you think about most. Think. Do. Be." I really like this quote because it expresses the true mind set of an athlete, in my opinion. Having the dream, the goal set, and being 'hungry' and determined to live it, do it and be it as quoted. Because tennis is not only a physical sport, but the mental side of it is just as important. It's another one of the many things I admire about Serena; she is very mentally fit and has a very strong mind set.Overall, I would recommend this book to many of my friends because I enjoyed it a lot and I love it.
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