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My Life: Queen of the Court (Anglais) Broché – 3 septembre 2009

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‘Serena Williams has fought her way back from a breakdown to reclaim three major tennis titles. If she now wins the US Open she will again be world number one. How did she do it?’
8 page edited extract, Guardian Weekend 29/8
‘Serena, though, as her memoir makes clear, wasn’t always Serena. Her book allows us to see how the younger half of the greatest sister act sport has known came out of the shadow of “V” through a process of intense self-invention’
Observer 13/9
‘Serena, though, as her memoir makes clear, wasn’t always Serena. Her book allows us to see how the younger half of the greatest sister act sport has known came out of the shadow of “V” through a process of intense self-invention’
Guardian Weekly 9/10
‘Williams’s views on who is best in the world could hardly be plainer; you only have to look at the jacket of her autobiography… to see that she doesn’t tend to suffer from self-doubt’
Telegraph 26/10
‘An insight into the mind and life of a world-class tennis pro. Serena’s sensitive style adds depth to her incredible story’
Now magazine 10/11/09
‘In the “gloomy funk” that engulfed her after the violent death of her sister Yetunde, Serena admits to growing to resent tennis and a lifetime of pleasing other people. “It’s like tennis had become a job for me instead of a passion, a joy, a sweet release,” she writes in her autobiography, Queen of the Court. She tried to play her way out of grief but it didn’t work. For months she didn’t leave her apartment in Los Angeles except to go to therapy’
Interview, Telegraph 11/11
‘In the book itself, conceived as equal parts memoir and inspirational tome, Williams assigns the five sisters roles, offering examples of how, as youngest, she’s always been family princess’
Scotland on Sunday 15/11
‘The world No 1 and top seed to win her fourth Wimbledon singles title, at 28 Serena Williams has not done badly for a kid who started off practising to the sound of gunfire in the Los Angeles ghetto, spent her early playing years in the shadow of her elder sister Venus, and was plagued by low self-esteem… Still, the pluses far outweigh the minuses. Serena’s search for her own identity, including visits to Africa to explore her roots, took time, but it has paid off triumphantly’
Book of the Week, 20/6

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One of the biggest stars in tennis, Serena Williams has captured every major title. Her 2009 Australian Open championship earned her the number one world ranking for the third time in her illustrious career-and marked only the latest exclamation point in a life well and purposefully lived. As a young girl, Serena began training with an adult-size racquet that was almost as big as she was. 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 won without struggle. She has been derailed by injury, criticized for her unorthodox approach to tennis, and was devastated by the tragic shooting of her older sister.
Yet somehow Serena always manages to prevail, both on and off the court. She's applied the same strength and determination that helped her to become a champion to her 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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Excellent livre retraçant le parcours de Serena par elle-même, ce qui est vraiment le plus de ce livre.
Seulement, il faut faire attention car je me retrouve avec deux fois le même contenu alors que les titres et les couvertures sont différents... L'autre livre que j'ai est "On the line". Je n'ai pas fait assez de recherches, donc c'est de ma faute mais bon avec des titres différents... ^^'

Sur le contenu, il y a de magnifiques photos au milieu du livre, et il est plaisant d'avoir le ressenti personnel de Serena sur sa carrière, sur les différentes épreuves qu'elle a dû affronter, même si elle est en train de réécrire en ce moment une autre page dans sa carrière (un nouveau Serena Slam), qui n'est pas dans ce livre mais sûrement dans un prochain.

Je recommande ce livre aux fans des Sisters, même s'il est en anglais.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Must Read Book For Youngsters ; Even If You Don't Care About Tennis 21 mai 2015
Par Big Data Paramedic - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Everyone knows Serena will remain as one of the greatest women's player for very long time. But how she got there; and more importantly what this book can potentially do to your your child in your home; your student in that tennis court, in that gymnasium, in that research lab.The book begins somewhere around the tender age of seven, when her elder sister Venus WIlliams is pushing her in a stroller. When her father gave her a full size regulation racquet at the age of seven, the odds of she becoming a professional was close to winning a lotto.

THE ROLE OF PARENTS:
There were no professional coaches and that adds that spicy flavor to the story. We all know her father was the initial coach,but this story explains what a devoted father can do to a child. It was a pot holed public court, every balls bounce differently because no balls, howeven old gets thrown away. Her father himself was learning the art of teaching along the way . His father was available every time the daughters were at home, were out of school. He scheduled his work around his daughters schedule , working mostly at nights. He planned daughters tournaments, shaped their minds with innovative motivational slogans.And her mother, the silent hero who was the nurse provided the much needed balance. Compare that to career minded parents who throw money at some coaches and hope to reap miracles. If money alone can win accolades, all rich men's kids will be world champions.

Parenting is tough; if done correctly . For more on becoming better parents read The Road Less Traveled, Timeless Edition: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth.

DOES YOUR CHILD FACE THESE ODDS?
There were two bunk beds at their home and five daughters. So two of them shared the bed and the fifth one(Serena), snugging in as the third. What you should not miss is that she had a rich social life with her elder sisters, something most Americans don't have.
WHAT DOES A CHAMPION MEAN TO YOU:
Before you or your child desire to become a professional player, make a choice. It is not meant for everybody. Here they have a seven year old who plays 2 hours a day four days a week and at the age of eight, playing four hours a day , every single day ( straight from school to tennis court).Some days getting to the tennis court before sunrise and do stretching exercises until sun comes up and then resume the game after school. Your kid could do all these things and yet a simple injury is all is needed for the dream to end. Many wise parents chose to gently guide their kids to higher probability areas like being a computer engineer or a doctor or a lawyer for this reason ( something you need to keep in mind). Winning a lotto needs only luck. But being a top player needs lot of hard work and some good luck as well . Serena was lucky never to have a career ending injury and was lucky to have Venus Williams to practice against.
RACISM:
The chapter ""Fiery Darts on Indian Wells" touches on another sensitive topic of racism. We all know it exists and insulates no one. I have no idea of what happened on that day or do I really care but the odds a black person faces and the perception is pictured nicely.

MATCH BOOK ENTRY:
If nothing inspires you or you are not even a reader, just pick up an end of each chapter and there is a paragraph of "MATCH BOOK ENTRY"..her mental notes shortly before a game. That is how your son gets to the next level in every endeavor. The extra mind edge. Saturating with positivity and drowning out the negativity. Here is an example
"" U stand on the shoulders of your parents and grandparents. Your ancestors made U. Your ancestors made U the best. Think of all they went through for U. Don't let any girl take away your win, your destiny, your dream. This is an opportunity.Yours. This is your time. At last. This is your dream. Make it happen."""

Summary:
Do yourself a favor; Get this book for your kids. And certainly you should read it as well.I want to wrap up the review with few great lines from the classic. "Somewhere a little girl might be watching. This little girl might be black or white or brown. She might be rich or poor. She might be a future tennis player or a doctor or a fashion designer. Whatever she wants to be, she can be.

Read , Enjoy, Don't forget to Pass it on to your neighbors kid who is getting ready for his Soccer game.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Tennis is a 11-month-a-year sport so she'll finally have time to do great things and help tens of thousands or more around ... 25 avril 2015
Par Carpentersfan - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Serena is definitely one interesting person! I hope she keeps playing for years to come. She's an inspiration to many young kids especially ones that come from meager means and make it big in this world. And I'm not just talking about money. She gives back so much to the community and the world. One can only imagine what humanitarian efforts she will embark on once she retires from the pro tour. Tennis is a 11-month-a-year sport so she'll finally have time to do great things and help tens of thousands or more around the world.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great bio 9 janvier 2013
Par Mama-san - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I bought this biography for my daughter who is nuts for Serena. She loved it and would recommend it highly to anyone interested in tennis.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Five Stars 31 octobre 2016
Par fallingstarts - Publié sur Amazon.com
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great book
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Talking to Serena 12 mai 2015
Par TheTruth13 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Got it for my wife and she enjoyed the read. Said it was just like talking to Serena.
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