Tennis-French Open champion Serena Williams

Sat Jun 8, 2013 4:19pm BST

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June 8 (Reuters) - Factbox on American Serena Williams, who
lifted her 16th grand slam singles title when she won the French
Open on Saturday with a 6-4 6-4 win over Russia's Maria
    * Born in Saginaw, Michigan, on Sept. 26, 1981. (Age 31) 
    * Turned professional in September 1995. 
    * Australian Open 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010; French Open
2002, 2013; Wimbledon 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012; U.S. Open
1999, 2002, 2008; 2012 
    * Williams is sixth on the list of female grand slam title
    * One of only five women, after Maureen Connolly, Margaret
Court, Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf, to hold all four
grand slam titles at the same time. The non-calendar year
achievement in 2002-03 was dubbed the 'Serena Slam'. She beat
her older sister Venus in each of the four finals. 
    * Has also won 13 women's grand slam doubles titles with
Venus and has four Olympic gold medals: singles (2012), doubles
(2000, 2008, 2012). 
    * At the 2009 U.S. Open, Williams was fined $175,000 and
placed on a two-year probation for unsportsmanlike behaviour in
her semi-final loss to Kim Clijsters. 
    * Missed the U.S. Open in 2010 because of medical
complications after cutting her foot on glass while celebrating
her win at Wimbledon.
    * In 2011, had surgery after a life-threatening blood clot
was detected on her lung. Made the U.S. Open final but lost to
Australia's Samantha Stosur. 
    * Saturday's French Open final win extended her winning
streak to 31 matches.
    * She is the fourth woman, since tennis turned professional
in 1968, to win each major at least twice after Chris Evert,
Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova.

 (Compiled by Julien Linden and Julien Pretot; Editing by Ken