Purposeful Obstruction of Prosperity; Serena Williams

Serena Jameka Williams is a Professional tennis player who is ranked number 1 in the world.

Frequently hailed as “Queen of the Court,” Williams holds the most major singles, doubles, and mixed doubles titles combined amongst active players, male or female.  She holds 35 Grand Slam titles and four Olympic gold medals.  Williams is also a five-time winner of the WTA Tour Championships. Her arrival to the court has been credited with launching a new era of combined power and athleticism in women’s tennis.

So when we speak of tennis it’s not unnatural, considering Serena’s superior accomplishments that her name often dominates the conversation. William’s mark on tennis has included overcoming every stereotype imaginable, while still performing and presenting herself with dignity, excellence, precision and grace.

It’s not uncommon for the top athletes in each sport to be offered an abundance of endorsement deals. The monetary value and breadth of brand endorsements has traditionally been found to correspond with the rank of the respective player. This has rung untrue for Williams.

It’s reported that last year, Sharapova earned twice as much in endorsements as Williams.  According to Forbes, Sharapova earned $22 million in endorsements, compared to $11 million by Williams.

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