Tiger & Serena- A Tale of Two Sporting Legends

American professional golfer Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods was born in Cypress, California, to Earl and Kultida “Tida” Woods.

Woods, who was born on December 30th, 1975, started his career in 1996 when he was 20 years old after a standout junior, collegiate, and amateur golf career.

He won his first major, the 1997 Masters, by 12 shots in a record-breaking performance, and three PGA Tour competitions by the end of April 1997. Less than a year after turning pro, in June 1997, he first attained the top spot in the global rankings. Woods was the golf industry’s undisputed leader during the first ten years of the twenty-first century.

He held the top spot among golfers for 264 straight weeks, from August 1999 to September 2004, and again from June 2005 to October 2010. He got awarded 13 major titles in golf during this time.

He holds a number of golf records, is second in men’s major championships, and is tied for the most PGA Tour victories. Woods is recognized as one of the all-time finest golfers and one of the most well-known athletes in recent times. He was honored with a spot in the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Serena Jameka Williams was tearing up the tennis scene while Tiger Woods was setting the golf world on fire.

American Serena Williams is a former competitive tennis player. She held the top singles ranking in the world for the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) for 319 weeks, including a joint-record 186 straight weeks, and five times she was crowned year-end No. 1. Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, which is the second-most ever and more than any other player in the Open Era.

Serena Williams, who was born on September 26, 1981, was mentored by her parents, Richard and Oracene Williams. She became a professional in 1995, and the US Open in 1999 saw her claim her first major singles victory.

She was unbeatable from the 2002 French Open to the 2003 Australian Open, capturing all four major singles titles to complete a non-calendar year Grand Slam and the career Grand Slam.

She won two more singles majors during the following several years, although she also experienced injury and a drop in performance. But starting in 2007, she steadily got back into shape despite ongoing ailments, reclaiming the top spot in the world singles rankings.

Williams reclaimed her dominance starting at the Wimbledon Championships in 2012, winning the Olympic gold and becoming the first tennis player to complete a career Golden Slam in both singles and doubles.

She completed a second “Serena Slam” by winning eight of the thirteen singles majors, including all four in a row from 2014 to 2015. She surpassed Steffi Graf’s Open Era record by winning her 23rd major singles championship in the 2017 Australian Open. Following her pregnancy, she took a break from playing professional tennis, returning to reach four major finals.

Tiger Woods on his Twitter page commented on Serena Williams performance at the US Open exit
you’re literally the greatest on and off the court. Thank you for inspiring all of us to pursue our dreams. I love you little sis!!!!!!”

After Serena’s win, she mentioned that her decision to take on the US Open was motivated by Tiger Woods who encouraged and was also present at the game. She commented about the golf legend: “He’s one of the reasons I’m here, one of the main reasons I’m still playing. We talked a lot. He was really trying to get me motivated”

The life and story of these two sports legends have inspired and will continue to inspire many beyond the world of sports.

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